by Devon Higgins
A real estate virtual assistant can be a key player on your team when you really understand what their role should be.
Most realtors are used to multi-tasking and wearing many different hats when on the job. One minute you’re setting up an appraisal, the next you’re working on a new offer, and the next thing you know, you’re knee-deep in paperwork that needs to get done ASAP. It’s all part of the job, but as you grow, the administrative tasks of real estate can become overwhelming.
But today’s advanced digital workplace is making the job a lot easier than ever before. Remote work is transforming work everywhere, and real estate is no exception.
Real estate virtual assistants are like full-time employees who do not require an office, a desktop computer or other benefits in order to work for you. They work virtually, from their homes, and offer you their valuable time, services, and support at a fraction of the cost of a full-time US employee.
Benefits of a Real Estate Virtual Assistant
There are 4 specific areas in which a real estate virtual assistant can be a real asset to you and your business:
Managing Your Workload
Probably the biggest value a virtual assistant can provide is in the day-to-day operations of your business. From managing your calendar to filling out paperwork and even managing your social media accounts, you can delegate your most repetitive, time-consuming work to a virtual assistant. This allows you more time to work on other high value areas of your real estate business.
Freeing Up Your Time
When you are confident that the daily operations are in the safe hands of a virtual assistant, it removes a lot of the pressure and frees up your time. Suddenly, you can step back, look up over the horizon to see what’s coming and where the new opportunities lie. You can focus on building your brand, fostering relationships with new leads and old clients, and even just spend more time with your friends and family. Getting some of your time back allows you to think ahead and grow your business, secure in the knowledge that the important details of your real estate business are being taken care of.
A virtual assistant can drastically increase the amount of work that you can take on. Once the relationship hits its stride, you’ll be surprised at how much more work you can handle. Now that you have all of this free time, it’s important to start prioritizing your high value tasks and delegating the lower value tasks to your virtual assistant. You’ll soon realize that your time is best spent on aspects of the business that only you can do or have knowledge about, passing everything else along to your virtual assistant.
A True Partner
Despite the fact that the relationship is virtual, a real estate virtual assistant can quickly become a valuable member of your team. Just like a partner, your real estate VA will be right there with you as you come up with ideas, and implement new tools, and grow your business. There is a confidence that comes from having reliable help that you can trust and rely on. You should be able to talk to your virtual assistant about the issues and problems that are coming up at work, and use the experience they have built up over time to solve problems that you may not have even seen coming.
When your relationship with your virtual assistant is truly collaborative, it can have a profound effect on the way you work.
As a business owner, it’s always tempting to try and do everything on your own and resist adding additional costs. But that’s not always the smart choice: a virtual assistant should help you work smarter, make more money and enjoy the work that you do by handing off the low value and the repetitive tasks which are holding you back.
To find out more about PhotoUp virtual assistants, set up a free consultation to learn more and set up interviews with qualified, ready to hire VAs.