Tanya Dickinson on why to use a VA over a PA?

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Date: Friday 1 May 2020

Speaker: Tanya Dickinson

Business: Platinum PA

Topic: : Why use a VA over a PA?

In these ever-changing times when social distancing and remote working have become the norm, the advantages of VAs (Virtual Assistants = online) over PAs (Personal Assistants = physical) has become even more pronounced.

As a reminder, here are 3 key benefits a VA can offer your business:

1. PAYG (Pay as You Go)

  • With cashflow and workflow proving more difficult to predict, a traditional PA represents a fixed cost and commitment for your business.
  • By comparison, VAs work flexibly as & when you require their services.
  • That means no recruitment, tax or National Insurance costs.

2. Social Distancing

  • The notion of a physical office for all employees was already being challenged pre-COVID 19.
  • In this ‘new world’, being able to work remotely and at a distance has become mandatory
  • VAs are accustomed to managing dynamic workflows and working from their own premises

3. Outsource & upskill

  • VAs usually have their own unique set of skills, aside from the usual word processing, spreadsheeting and presentation competencies; e.g. invoicing, expenses and purchase ledger management
  • Also, VAs are usually great networkers with an extensive book of contacts, so if there is a particular job you need, a VA should probably be your first port of call!

Conclusion

Having worked as a PA across a wide range of industries (financial, retail, pharmaceutical) I understand what businesspeople need and how to deliver it effectively.

There isn’t a one size fits all – everybody’s requirements and ways of working are different, which is where a VA such as myself fit in nicely!

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