Virtual Assistants are an amazing business resource. They can really make a huge difference to your business. And one of the best things about Virtual Assistants is that they are virtual and therefore you can work with a Virtual Assistant who is located anywhere in the world, as long as they have good internet.

So let’s explore some of the benefits of using Australian based Virtual Assistants.

But first, let me be clear about this – there are pros and cons to using Virtual Assistants anywhere, and I’m not saying that you should only use Australian VAs for your business – this is simply a list of a few reasons why using an Australian VA specifically can be useful.

 

  1. Most Australian VAs are business owners too

I love this. Personally I love working with fellow business owners because you can only understand what it’s like to run your own business if you ARE running your own business. A fellow business owner, especially one who offers business support services, will always look at ways to grow, streamline and improve your business. There are also financial benefits to working with fellow business owners as contractors rather than employees.

 

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  1. English is hard. ‘Australian’ is even harder!

Communicating to your stakeholders the right way is important. And if your stakeholders are also located in Australia, it’s useful to have people on your team who understand the truly unique ways in which Australians speak. Over the years I’ve found that not only slang, but simply the tone in the written word, varies from country to country.
If your business has stakeholders in another country, it’s often useful to find offshore support in that country too, for this very reason.

 

  1. Australian VAs are connected to your stakeholders

Good Virtual Assistants network and build their community. An Australian VA can help you find the right people for the right job/project/sale/question. Their network is effectively your network.

 

  1. Australian VAs must abide by Australian business laws

Working with other people in business can be scary, and is always a risk. It’s a judgement call which can, at times, go wrong. It’s reassuring to know that the people you are doing business with fall under the jurisdiction of Australian business law. This includes payments, agreements and Intellectual Property.

 

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  1. Australian VAs charge in Australian dollars

For some this may be a pro, some a con. But for me, the consistency of knowing what my VA is charging, irrelevant to what the worldwide economy is doing, helps me with cash flow.

So there you have it. I know there are many other reasons why Australian VAs can be an asset to your business – feel free to share your thoughts and experiences below!

 

 

By |2018-06-07T17:55:14+10:00January 25th, 2016|Resources for VAs, Working with VAs|4 Comments

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4 Comments

  1. Karen Talbot 27/01/2016 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Great points Rosie. I especially like point 1 which is why I have started to call myself an Online Business Manager. I think the title of Virtual Assistant underestimates our capabilities.

    • Rosie Shilo 27/01/2016 at 4:09 pm - Reply

      Thanks Karen! I absolutely agree. I see the term ‘Virtual Assistant’ as an Industry title not a role title. Like Tradesmen aren’t just called tradesmen and they aren’t all the same, Virtual Assistants aren’t all the same and have different skill sets on offer.

  2. Sasha B 29/01/2016 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing, Rosie. I think these points are very important to remind people because businesses are outsourcing to countries/regions other than Australia but they because it is so cheap to do so. So we need to explain to them why using an Aussie is more valuable in the long run.

    • Rosie Shilo 01/02/2016 at 10:33 am - Reply

      Thanks Sasha! I agree. There needs to be more factors considered before making the decision, rather than just thinking it’s cheaper and that’s enough reason. That may be an important factor for some but I would assume it couldn’t be any only factor.

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