Virtual assistance is a rapidly expanding sector, yet many people have still not heard of it, in a nutshell, it’s a service industry where expert administrators provide high quality, remotely based support to sole traders, small businesses, academic researchers and even students. These people often cannot afford to employ a full-time member of staff, hire in expensive agency temps, or they just have one-off pieces of work that they want to outsource. It’s pay as you go administration.
Administration is an essential part of any business, it’s a vital cog in the organisational machine and it’s important to take it seriously. Poor administration can lead to missed opportunities, confusion, disorganisation, reduced business success, legal challenge and unwanted stress.
We found out more from Martin Allen who runs Admin Saint, a small but thriving Hastings-based, virtual administrative support service. Martin told us that the business was set up in early 2011 after leaving the public sector and with any start-up, it was tough going to begin with as Martin was only getting small one-off pieces of work from individual clients on a freelance basis, but as the company gained a reputation for high quality work, it garnered repeat business and an expanding client base.
Martin saw the need for the service he offers after he attended the Let’s Do Business event in Hastings in September 2011 and was astounded at both the interest in the virtual assistant sector and the wide lack of knowledge of its existence and advantages and since it began Admin Saint has a number of regular clients based in locations as near as Sedlescombe and as far as Australia, New Zealand and Dubai.
Its important to also understand that each virtual assistant will have their niche elements, however most virtual assistants can offer anything from Microsoft Office work, audio transcription, producing on-line surveys, proofreading documents and even web design and management.
A virtual assistant isn’t going to suit everyone or every business, but the world has moved on from the 20th century and in many cases technology can provide many answers to administrative needs. Skype for example is a great way to keep in touch with clients, iCal and Outlook are our daily diaries and the inbox easily replaces the in-tray.
Virtual assistance is really transforming how some small businesses operate and can provide a vital service to those who would welcome a small amount of support, but are not quite sure where to turn.
If you would like to know more about how a virtual assistant can help your business. A good place to start is Martin’s website www.adminsaint.com