Surrey, United Kingdom, July 24, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- It’s one of the fastest growing professions in the UK and yet, most of us have never even heard of a ‘virtual assistant’. But businesses of all sizes are using VAs – virtual office workers who work from home – for all kinds of office and business tasks, from typing up this morning’s meeting to writing and designing a new website.
One such VA service, Just Too Busy (www.justtoobusy.co.uk), has become so inundated with the demand for its business organisation and support services, that it is now looking for more potential VAs to join the team on a self-employed basis.
With the current credit crunch in particular, being able to call on extra business support without needing to hire staff is seen as a major advantage by VA users. “Using a VA service is one of the most cost effective ways to get support on an every day or ad hoc basis,” explains Alex Stone, who founded Just Too Busy in July 2005. “Businesses who use a VA know that the service is there just when they need it.”
Just Too Busy customer and entrepreneur business coach, Steve Clarke, didn’t know that virtual assistants existed until a few months ago. “Now I’d struggle without their services,” says Steve. “My business required the skill set of a high level PA, but we didn’t have the workload to justify the expense. I now get the best possible results for my business and only need to pay as and when I need their services. It’s exceptional value for money.”
Like most VA services, Just Too Busy offers all the traditional secretarial skillsets, such as audio typing and spreadsheet management. But thanks to managing director Alex Stone it also offers expertise in marketing, PR and design.
“We specialise in working with small business owners who are trying to launch a business or who are ready to expand and need a revised marketing strategy. Our current client list includes an English stately home, a US-based business coach and a video production company,” says Alex. “Because of the variety in our client list we’re looking for potential team members with all kinds of business and creative skills.”
The VA life suits people who have worked in a business setting and are now looking for flexible, part-time, challenging work from home. And, unlike much part-time work, being a VA is extremely well-paid, with rates averaging at about £25 per hour. All that without the need to commute. Alex, whose background includes journalism, publishing and marketing, set up Just Too
Busy after her first child was born and life as a local newspaper editor became too hectic. “I know what it’s like to be a mum looking for that elusive work-life balance, and working as a VA is the ideal solution,” says Alex. “And, as a small business owner myself, I am also intimately familiar with running a business and needing extra support from time to time.
Whether it’s day-to-day admin or a comprehensive marketing campaign, we’re here to help.”