They say that time is money, but we’re willing to wager that freedom is worth even more. After all, what’s the point of money if you don’t have time to enjoy it?
One of the greatest answers to why hire a virtual assistant is that by doing so, you have can free yourself from the shackles of your office and truly live freely. Just imagine how liberating it will be for you to be able to take that random flight to Nepal that you’ve always wanted, at a moment’s notice, and know that your business will still be running without you being there in person.
How can a virtual assistant make this happen? It starts with setting up your virtual assistant to answer your office phone line. The next step is giving your virtual assistant access to your business email account (this takes trust and letting go), giving them instructions on what to flag for your attention, and what they can handle by themselves.
It helps to have template responses created for standard situations that they can use. We’ve also found that it helps to have them answer with an email signature that signifies that they are responding on your behalf. We’ve found that this lessens the stress of thinking that others might think less of you if there’s a typo in your email.
Lastly, you should have all customer service inquiries routed through a support ticketing system that the virtual assistant can manage on your behalf. You can skip this if you don’t have many customer service requests, and if so you can just use your email inbox instead.
Once all of this is set up, you are free to jet and work remotely from anywhere in the world. You’ll feel relaxed knowing that while you’re in the air for half a day, your customers will still be taken care of by your virtual assistant. Now that’s freedom!