What is a Virtual Assistant?

What is a Virtual Assistant?

Anything you want them to be; from an administrator to a bookkeeper, a social media manager to an event planner. Whether it is general office support you are after or a specialist skill, a virtual assistant will be able to provide you with professional and efficient online business support.

Hiring a virtual assistant is a fairly new concept for some businesses, but one that, especially since Covid rocked our world, is growing in popularity across ALL industry sectors. For the businesses who are already reaping the benefits of having a VA, they considered them to be a key member of their team with the only difference being they carry out their work remotely rather than in your office, using a range of online collaborative tools to ensure a seamless and secure process.


With almost all businesses in the UK falling in the SME bracket, flexibility is key to ensuring sustainability in an ever-changing economic climate. I read an article that said the demand for flexible workspace is set to grow by 30% in the next 5 years and represents one of the biggest shake ups of the commercial property industry. Without the commitment of long term leases, businesses can increase or reduce the space they need for their workforce. In exactly the same way, a virtual assistant can provide a business with the specialist support they need when they need it, without the costs associated with a permanent employee.

Online Business Support

Some VAs have a niche; a skill, knowledge area or industry that they specialise in. For example, if you only need support with social media management or bookkeeping, then you can find a VA who specialises in that area. As well as being experienced in providing senior PA support, I have a background in human resources and recruitment, so this is my 'niche' skill set and one that works well when combined with my love of systems and natural flair for organising.

Alternatively, your small business may require general administrative assistance across various essential business functions to help improve overall efficiencies. This will help free up your time to focus on what makes you money and drive your business forward.

The type of Virtual Assistant you hire depends entirely on the needs of your business - as your requirements change so can your VAs workload.

Could your business benefit from some online business support with the help of a Virtual Assistant?

Please contact me to find out how I can help you and your business be more productive.

Ellie Lane
Fast Lane VA Ltd

E: ellie@fastlaneva.com
M: 07814 456740