03 August 2009
Real Estate Agents Can Benefit From Working With A Virtual Assistant
Real Estate agents are arguably some of the busiest people in the business world, needing to spend valuable time on marketing themselves, marketing their listings, working directly with clients and following up after a sale.
The more successful a Real Estate agent is, the more administrative tasks they create and the more time they spend on administrative tasks, meaning there is less time to generate new revenue.
Too much administrative work can become exhausting and time consuming. It can take away from a Real Estate agent’s bottom line and prevent them from concentrating on what they do best... working with clients and selling property.
If a Real Estate professional doesn’t seek the help of an assistant, they will have to spend time being the assistant as well. This is when working with a Virtual Assistant (VA) can be highly advantageous.
A Virtual Assistant is an extremely valuable business tool for the most successful Real Estate agent’s in the industry. Imagine having your own assistant who is ready to work for you, but only when you need them?
Marion Jackson, Director of My Virtual Assistant, in Auckland, says: “Even if a Real Estate office already has an in-house assistant, there will be times when an agent needs extra help. Working with a Virtual Assistant means having access to an off-site, independent contractor, who can save a significant amount in time and money.”
Partnering with a Virtual Assistant reduces stress, protects cash flow, eliminates administrative hassles and enables Real Estate professionals to find the success they originally set out to achieve.
A Virtual Assistant provides all the advantages of outsourcing – there are no employee taxes to think about, no sick leave or vacation time to pay for and no equipment or office space to provide. A Virtual Assistant will only charge for the hours worked, which means if things aren’t so busy then money isn’t wasted on ‘downtime’.
Getting support from a Virtual Assistant can enable savvy Real Estate professionals to stay on top of the competition and get ahead in their industry.
Marion Jackson, owner and operator of Auckland based company, My Virtual Assistant, says: “The online solution is a popular and fast growing trend, what with things like virtual supermarket shopping, travel reservations and banking already being an acceptable and practical part of our daily lives. So it makes sense that it should be a relevant part of our business world, too.”
Many Virtual Assistant’s (commonly known as VA’s) started out as corporate professionals, having spent a number of years working in the ‘real’ world and were looking for a flexible work-from-home solution. However, the Virtual Assistant industry in New Zealand is becoming a thriving, extremely valuable and very affordable resource for companies feeling the pinch in these uncertain times.
Not only can a company save significant costs when working with a Virtual Assistant, they will also find that VA’s are efficient, knowledgeable, experienced, very dedicated and highly motivated people. Because VA’s run their own businesses, they want to do a great job for their clients. Neither the location of a company or a VA is a barrier, because everything can be done online.