Whether tackling daily operations or planning long-term strategy, law practices face endless obstacles on their path to success. So how can you get a competitive advantage? One word…delegation. Delegate is defined by the dictionary as, “to entrust (a task or responsibility) to another person, typically one who is less senior than oneself.” You may not think you can but the real question is, how can you not?
- How much time do you spend on tasks outside your area of expertise? You know the ones you “know enough to be dangerous”.
- How much time has it cost you?
If your answer to the above was anything like, “too much, a lot, I can’t even count”, then this article is a must-read for you. Here are a few ways a legal virtual assistant can give you a competitive advantage.
Competitive Advantage: Saving money
As you probably know, the cost of employing someone reaches beyond the salary you pay them. By removing these costs and using a legal virtual assistant you will be able to free up capital for your practice that can be used to generate revenue in other aspects of your practice. These costs include social security, Medicare taxes, state and federal unemployment taxes, workers’ compensation insurance, medical and dental insurance, retirement benefits, and even vacation time. Not to mention, no office space is required! Your legal virtual assistant is just that, virtual. No need to rent the office and pay for all the expenses that come along with it.
Competitive Advantage: Extra time
As an attorney, when was the last time you had nothing to do? Exactly…there is always something to be done. Hiring a virtual legal assistant and handing off the day-to-day operational tasks and projects that just aren’t your expertise to someone whose it is will allow you to focus on what you do best, and the success of your company.
Advantage: Skill Building
With the increase in demand for virtual legal assistants, the areas of expertise available are expanding. One of the biggest advantages of hiring a virtual legal assistant? You get to choose the services that you want. Just a few of the different areas: scheduling, email management, bookkeeping, customer service and CRM Management, legal admin, social media, and project management. The flexibility is yours, and as you build a relationship with your virtual legal assistant(s), the list of tasks to delegate will continue to grow.
Advantage: No commitment
As an attorney, getting locked into a contract or taking on the sometimes cumbersome Human Resource rules is of great concern. However, with the flexibility that most virtual legal assistants offer, you have the freedom to try out their services to see if they will be a good match for you and your practice. Start out having the VA try a couple of the ongoing tasks needed and see how they do and does their work ethic and personality match up with yours?
Your advantage starts when you hire a legal assistant to help you!