Running a business is about so much more than strategy, numbers and great ideas. There’s a whole raft of everyday admin tasks that keep a business ticking along smoothly: managing emails and phone calls, organising meetings, staying on top of paperwork, chasing people for the deliverables they promised last week, the list is endless.

What if you could hand these tasks over to someone else, without the hassle of recruiting and managing an in-house personal assistant? With a virtual assistant, you can. Here are four reasons to consider hiring a virtual assistant today.

1. You’ll have more time. By handing over some or all of your day-to-day admin, you can focus your time and energy on the tasks that matter most – whether that’s strategic planning, cultivating business relationships, winning new clients, or any other core business activity. You’ll have a better work–life balance, too. Our clients tell us that they feel much calmer and more in control, knowing that their time-consuming admin tasks are in hand.

2. You’ll cut costs. This may seem counter-intuitive, since hiring a virtual assistant obviously comes at a cost. But compare that to the costs of hiring in-house support as your business grows: staffing overheads, recruitment fees, holiday and sickness pay, pension contributions, HR and legal support, payroll, and so on. A virtual assistant comes with none of these costs.

3. You’re not tied in. There when you need them, no pressure when you don’t – virtual assistants are a great option for smaller businesses because they’re so flexible. With OCTOPUS, you only pay for the time you use, meaning you can increase your support as and when the need arises. No minimum requirement, no filling time for the sake of it, no fuss.

4. You’ll have a partner you can trust. Running a business can be a lonely pursuit, and many business owners benefit from having a confidant or sounding board to turn to. When you work with a virtual assistant, they very quickly become a trusted, invaluable partner – someone who knows you well, who understands the business inside out, and who’s there to help you run it in the best possible way.

At OCTOPUS, we specialise in affordable, flexible admin support that delivers all these benefits and more. Tell us about your business and what you want to achieve, and we’ll find the ideal virtual assistant for you.