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What does a Virtual Assistant Do?

A Virtual Personal Assistant offers top notch remote traditional administrative and technical assistance. By enabling companies or private individuals to outsource critical business support functions, thereby, allowing them time to focus on more pressing work/life matters.

There are a number of areas you might need support and want to outsource to a Virtual PA:

Administration

  • Diary and email management/filtering
  • Booking accommodation and travel
  • Event organisation & management
  • Online research
  • Edit/format documents
  • Prepare presentations
  • Find and make restaurant reservations
  • Booking appointments with clients/suppliers
  • Assist with recruitment
  • Manage CRM
  • Proof reading
  • Minute taking
  • Post social media updates
  • Sending out newsletters

Personal Administration

  • Purchasing gifts
  • Organising events
  • Sending cards
  • Making doctor/dentist/vet appointments
  • Research & book holidays

Financial

  • Invoicing
  • Credit control
  • Expenses

Don’t delay if you think you need some support, or wish to discuss your requirements.

Why work with a Virtual Assistant?

There are two main reasons:

Cost Benefits –

  • it is much more cost effective to hire an independent contractor than a permanent member of staff;
  • you won’t have any HR headaches – holidays, sick leave, tax etc;
  • you will not incur any recruitment or agency fees; and
  • you won’t have to give up precious workspace in the office as VAs generally work from their own home offices.

All you need to do is simply engage a VA to perform a specific job and pay them only for the time they work.  How easy is that and best of all just think about all the money you will be saving!

Time Benefits –

  • you get precious hours back in your day;
  • you get more time to do what you do best – landing that new client, go to that networking event;
  • you can leave the admin to someone else; and
  • you can delegate those tedious jobs cluttering up your in tray

but most importantly imagine having all those hours back and being able to spend more quality time with your family, friends, those who are important in your life – time that you’ll never get back.

If this sounds like something you’re interested in, please get in touch

My First Client…

… and how I got them….

Being a new VA, I was worried about how I was going to find clients, but luckily enough it didn’t take me too long to get my first one on board.

MY FIRST CLIENT IN THE BAG!

My first client was a change consultancy firm, specialising in change management and project management. The firm’s founder was an ex-colleague I had worked with at least 15 years previously!

She set up her change consultancy business after leaving where we worked together. I launched MT Virtual PA by emailing all of my friends, family and colleagues, asking them to share the love about my new business. She contacted me to say that her business needed administrative support and put me in touch with the Head of HR.

THE TO DO LIST!

It was a really interesting, varied and very busy role. My typical ‘To Do List’ consisted of organising training courses, maintaining staff records, setting up template documents, organising travel, credit control, setting up interviews, chasing associates to complete time sheets and much more.

They were a fabulous team to work with and very supportive of entrepreneurial businesses. I am so pleased to have been able to support them through a time of high growth and transition and will always be grateful to them for giving me and my business a chance by becoming my first client.

MT Virtual PA is born!

Ok, so it’s taken me a while, but now with my 2-year business anniversary approaching, I thought I’d take the plunge into the blogging world!

So, here goes, where to start……the beginning I suppose…

At the end of 2016 the firm I worked for in Jersey was acquired by a global financial services provider. My Principal, the COO of the Jersey firm, retired from the business at the time of the acquisition and I took the decision to accept voluntary redundancy and exit the firm at the same time. I must admit at the time this was a pretty scary decision. If it weren’t for the acquisition, I would not have left my EA role, I loved the job and the team I worked with. Initially I started the hunt for a new EA role, during which time I started to consider setting up my own business (well actually credit where it’s due it was my Hubby’s idea) and that is exactly what I did. In March 2017, MT Virtual PA was launched – my first ever business – eek!

Plenty to think about….

I spent hours and hours researching everything I could find about starting your own business and being a Virtual Assistant. I had to think about things like registering the business, data protection, logos, terms & conditions, marketing, business insurance etc, etc. There was so much to think about, it was a huge learning curve but one which I really enjoyed.

The first two years haven’t been easy there have been highs and lows. The highs most definitely outweigh the lows and I feel truly grateful that I:

  • run my own business;
  • work from home most of the time;
  • have the flexibility to work the hours I want to;
  • can walk my dogs any time of the day; and
  • have had the pleasure of meeting so many new people over the last two years.

Blog No 2!

Which brings me on to the subject for my next blog (yes, I think I’ll do another!) my first clients, the ones who started this business really happening for me and to whom I will always be grateful for giving me the opportunity.

I can’t sign off without thanking all my friends & family who have been so supportive during the last 2 years, I couldn’t have done it without them.