The Innovation VAs Bring to The Construction Industry
Whether you are a [small construction company] or [a large-scale one], management will, inevitably, become difficult. Running a [construction company] is perhaps one of the most challenging tasks in the entrepreneurial world today. The dilemma lies mainly in managing operations efficiently both in the field and in the office.
[Construction projects] are not ordinary business projects but require constant supervision of on-site operations as well as a substantial amount of administrative work at the office. The result? Delay in payments, lack of online visibility, administrative load, poor time management, poor customer service, missed deadlines, a decline in sales, compromise on quality and so forth. Amidst such a chaotic work environment, a common suggestion is to hire an assistant. However, not all businesses have the budget nor the space or time to hire a full-time assistant. Enter, a [virtual assistant].
[Virtual professionals] have become a worthy investment for [construction companies] today. They are slowly becoming an asset for both [large] and [small businesses]. A [virtual assistant] works remotely and allows you to direct your energy towards completing on-site tasks. There is no limit to the type of work you can assign them. It can range from bookkeeping to technical help to marketing services or even administrative work.
[According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,] there are over 3.7 million secretaries and administrative jobs occupied by secretaries and administrative assistants in the U.S. This includes both in-person and virtual assistants. Successful entrepreneurs are confident that virtual assistants are the future of outsourcing. While one may be skeptical regarding the efficiency of an [assistant working remotely], [a survey conducted by CTrip], found promising results. Both productivity and work satisfaction were found to be higher in virtual assistants as compared to in-office assistants.
Hiring a [virtual assistant], hence, is not only an [innovative way] for a [construction company] to streamline its processes but also one that offers great scope for [diversification]. One may hire an assistant at a highly reasonable rate through [outsourcing], assign a range of tasks to them and increase efficiency. However, a [contractor] aiming for greater [specialization] may even hire multiple assistants for different tasks. These tasks can be [diversified] to no end. They include, but are not limited to, email management, inbound and outbound call management, social media marketing, IT assistance, lead generation, project budget tracking, bookkeeping, purchase order or supplier invoicing and payment tracking, change order request management and so forth. The scope for what [virtual assistants] can do for a [construction company] is, quite simply, as wide as the company desires.
Say, you own a [construction company]. As a [contractor], it is your responsibility to oversee all financial, technical, and administrative aspects of each project. A project manager, salesperson or finance assistant is bound to commit an error or feel overburdened once multiple projects start to line up. The struggle to maintain a firm hold on administrative tasks at the office while also overseeing on-site operations, all while trying to attain more leads and a higher demand for your services, may end up creating an emotionally taxing environment. However, there is little time, space, or finance to recruit assistants. What you are seeking is an immediate solution.
Your immediate solution, therefor, is to [outsource an assistant]. Depending on how [small] or [large] your business is, you can hire a single or multiple [virtual assistants]. What will that achieve? Well, for starters, you no longer need to be everywhere. Your assistant can help your project managers stay aligned with important details of each project, keep jobs on schedule and handle smaller administrative tasks that are otherwise neglected. They can even help you grow your online presence, an often-overlooked aspect of a construction business that, ultimately, results in missed leads.
You, on the other hand, can fixate on core tasks such as on-site operations and finances. If you want to diversify even further, you may even hire an assistant exclusively for the latter. The scope for simplification is immense. Consequently, hiring virtual assistants can increase the efficiency of both small and large businesses in the construction industry. They are a valuable, efficient, and innovative alternative to in-office recruitment and incidentally, a much less costly one as well. As Peter Drucker quite aptly put it, if you want something new, you must stop doing something old. The construction industry is a traditional one at its core. However, there is much to explore, including new, previously untested avenues. Through the innovation and diversification that virtual assistants bring, the construction industry will be able to do just that and, in doing so, adopt an increasingly prosperous and efficient business mechanism.