If you're like most small businesses in today's economy you're probably looking for new and innovative ways to cut costs while still maintaining your day to day business activities. This is a common problem that we hear every day from small business owners and entrepreneurs in a wide variety of industries.
Many small businesses, self-employed individuals, and even large corporations are turning to a virtual office assistant to stay on top of administrative tasks while eliminating the need to fund a full-time staff. As USA Today wrote, "The savings come from being able to concentrate efforts on building the business instead of balancing the checkbook and typing envelopes."
Your time and money are worth more when you are able to concentrate on what you do best and leave the rest to an assistant.
What exactly is a virtual office assistant?
"Virtual Assistants (VAs) are independent entrepreneurs providing professional administrative, creative, managerial, technical, business office and/or personal support services. Virtual assistants use the most advanced means of communication, and the newest and most efficient and time-saving office products and work delivery, regardless of geographic boundaries. Virtual Assistants work from their own offices, on a contractual basis, and abide by an established Code of Ethics requiring integrity, honesty and due diligence."
~The Alliance for Virtual Business
What tasks can a virtual office assistant do for me?
Here are just a few tasks that a Virtual Office Assistant can handle for their clients:
§ Appointment Setting
§ Cold calling
§ Answering Phones
§ Database management
§ Newsletter preparation
§ Lead qualification
§ Internet marketing
§ Social networking activities
How much money can I save by hiring a virtual office assistant vs. an employee?
Although exact dollar amounts will vary, you can expect to see a huge savings in the following areas:
§ Avoid buying an additional computer for your assistant.
§ Avoid buying a desk for an assistant.
§ Avoid paying FICA (Social Security Tax) - legally!
§ Avoid paying unemployment tax - legally!
§ Avoid paying for holiday, vacation, and sick time.
§ Have happier workers who are more efficient at their jobs.
§ Pay ONLY for the time used/work produced - not several hours a week more due to a "9 to 5" workweek.
§ Finance your payroll with your credit card or PayPal account.
§ Get highly-skilled workers from around the country for a fraction of the cost of hiring locally.
§ Stay on budget with your staffing needs-you can set a cap with the virtual assistant.
§ Get daily reports from the virtual assistant so you can see where your money is going every day.
These things alone can add up to a substantial savings for any small business but at Team Double-Click® the savings don't stop there. For a limited time we're offering a 15% rate reduction on all of our virtual office assistant services in order to help clients combat a poor economy. We understand that if a company cuts costs too deeply it can no longer grow and so we're reaching out to small businesses everywhere who are interested in saving money without taking away from their business.
If you would like a free consultation to see how a virtual assistant can save money for your business please visit us at www.teamdoubleclick.com. Talk to one of our experienced Virtual Services Representatives and start saving money today!
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