At Bauhinia Solutions, we are no longer surprised by the number of clients who, after they have used our services, have admitted that using the services of a Virtual Personal Assistant (VPA) was nothing like they thought it would be.
There seems to be an abundance of common myths out there on the subject of hiring a VPA and these myths, in fact, couldn’t be further from the truth. Here are the five most common ones we hear on a regular basis.
Myth #1 – VPAs cost more than permanent employees
Let’s get the cost factor out of the way first. While there is an expense to hiring a quality VPA just as there is with any other professional staff, you can actually save money in the long-term. There is no need to arrange an office space and cover such expenses as a computer, desk, lighting, heating and an endless supply of coffee. At Bauhinia, our VPAs are available to you as and when you need them from a low minimum of just 10 hours a month.
Myth #2 – VPAs can only assist with basic administrative duties
While many are qualified for basic and even advanced administrative tasks, VPAs actually have a wide range of skills and industry knowledge to tap into. At Bauhinia, we utilise a team of proficient and qualified staff that can help with the regular life administration you may need as well as complex, intricate and technical assistance should the need arise.
Myth #3 – One VPA is just like another
If you had the chance to meet our VPAs, then you would know that this is definitely a myth. Our VPAs all come from a unique background and are handpicked for your personal needs and requirements. Each VPA has a particular skill-set and where one may be strong in administrative and organizational skills, another may excel in household accounting. We can tell you, however, that all of our VPAs are certainly passionate about what they do and assisting our clients to the best of their ability.
Myth #4 – Communication is troublesome with a VPA
Technological improvements mean that communicating with VPAs, regardless of their location, is easier than ever. Whether you prefer Skype, Zoom or Slack or more traditional methods such as email or instant messaging, our VPAs are easy to reach even when you are out of the office or traveling. Communication is never an issue, and our VPAs are really only a message away
Myth #5 – Security is a problem when working with a VPA
We make issues such as privacy and security a high priority and will never divulge confidential or proprietary information to anyone. We issue non-disclosure agreements to all of our clients providing extra peace of mind to all that we work alongside. And while you may not wish to divulge passwords to everyone you work with, risk-free platforms and apps such as LastPass will give someone access to your information without revealing all of your logins and passwords.
If you’re overwhelmed, struggling to get things done, or recognise you need some assistance, book a discovery call to discuss your personal support needs.