How a virtual assistant can help you and your business

PUBLISHED: 09:28 17 July 2020

A virtual PA is a skilled remote assistant who can provide valuable support for you and your business. Picture: Getty Images

A virtual PA is a skilled remote assistant who can provide valuable support for you and your business. Picture: Getty Images

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Do you want to make the most of your time? Here’s how a virtual assistant can help

Jane Cattermole is managing director of Bay Tree VA. Picture: Simply C PhotographyJane Cattermole is managing director of Bay Tree VA. Picture: Simply C Photography

We all know the feeling – you’ve got too much to do, but not enough time to do it. Whether you run a successful business or you’re someone who has a busy lifestyle, it can feel as though there aren’t enough hours in the day to keep up with every demand.

Enter the virtual PA – a skilled remote assistant who can help make your professional and personal life that little bit easier.

Jane Cattermole, managing director of Bay Tree VA, shares four ways a virtual assistant can benefit you and your business.

Jane Cattermole and Fiona Portway from Bay Tree VA. Picture: Simply C PhotographyJane Cattermole and Fiona Portway from Bay Tree VA. Picture: Simply C Photography

Work smarter

Struggling to stay on top of an ever-growing list of tasks? For business owners and working professionals who want to spend their time more productively, a virtual assistant can help to lighten the workload and ease some of the pressure.

“Delegating tasks to a virtual PA can help you make the most of your time, project a professional image and run your business more efficiently,” says Jane.

Bay Tree VA have a team of experienced virtual PAs who can help you action your ideas and grow your companyBay Tree VA have a team of experienced virtual PAs who can help you action your ideas and grow your company

Virtual assistants can help with a range of tasks, whether it’s being a point of contact for enquires, making diary appointments, taking minutes, creating to-do lists or email management.

A wealth of expertise

It’s not just admin support either – virtual PAs often have wide-ranging expertise, from marketing and project management to setting up systems and processes using web-based software.

“We have a highly-skilled and experienced team with a diverse skill-set,” says Jane. “Since we established in 2008, we’ve grown to become a trusted back-office support partner who can help you action your ideas and grow your company.”

It’s flexible and cost-efficient

The way we work is changing, with more businesses having to adopt flexible and agile working practices. Although hiring full time staff has its benefits, for small or growing businesses with fluctuating workloads, a virtual personal assistant is an efficient and cost-effective solution.

“Flexibility has become the most valuable currency,” says Jane, “and what we’re seeing now is that people only want to pay for what they need. Our virtual assistant service works a bit like a subscription which adapts to your changing needs. After being matched with one of our Bay Tree VAs, you benefit from continuity of support and an additional resource to support you and your team.”

Achieve a more balanced lifestyle

Virtual PAs aren’t limited to business support and can help you achieve a more balanced lifestyle outside of work too. “We can help with personal to-do lists, which includes everything from getting involved with clubs and committees, property management, party planning, booking holidays and buying gifts,” says Jane.

Assisting with ‘life admin’ can often have a knock-on effect in other areas of life too. “It means people can spend more time doing what they love with family and friends and finally switch off with peace of mind that there is someone else to take care of things.”

If you think you could benefit from virtual assistant services, contact Bay Tree VA on 01284 828974 or standingby@baytreeva.co.uk. You can also visit baytreeva.co.uk for more details.

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