If you’re not overly techy minded, you probably do, at the very least have a smart phone. In fact, around 3.2 billion people worldwide have a smart phone. This tells me that nearly half of the worlds’ population has a fair idea of the internet, apps and have maybe heard of ‘the cloud’ or cloud computing, but what the heck is cloud computing?!?!?
Simply put its technology that allows businesses and peoples to store their electronic things, from photos and documents, through to whole account systems and databases, somewhere off site in a superdoooper server (computer filing system/brain) but rather fantastically it lets them gain access to those files/databases via the internet. It also means companies can save a small fortune by not having to install and maintain their own IT infrastructure. Do you remember the days when Windows software would be bought on disc and loaded onto your computer or in the office the accounts package of choice would be loaded onto a pc. Something would then go wrong and if you were lucky enough to find the needed disc in among your pile of 11ty billion other discs then chances were, you wouldn’t be able to find the friggin registration key!!! Sense my frustration? Uh huh, this might have happened to me once or twice over the years. That rarely happens anymore, in fact some laptops don’t come with a slot for discs at all – mine that I’m using now for example, doesn’t have one. The reason for that is most software can now be downloaded from ‘the cloud’. Industry analysts IDC discovered that 78% of worldwide companies were already using the cloud. Gosh, the nerd in me does love a statistic or three!
The rising trend in cloud-based software means that freelancers, including VA’s like me are becoming more popular, simply because we can work from anywhere with a WIFI signal. If I am doing your bookkeeping, I can simply log into your portal from my secure home office and do the work needed. I can even send you documents securely in all kinds of formats through programmes such as Dropbox or Google Drive. I was going to say the only thing I would probably struggle to do would be bringing you a cup of coffee – but I think Deliveroo has that one covered!!!
For people using our services it’s a very cost-effective way of working as we work like other trades people. A client doesn’t have to commit to our salary, PAYE, NI, pension etc as we pay our own. A client doesn’t have to provide us with office space or equipment as we have our own. Imagine calling a plumber out and them expecting you to provide all the tools needed for the job! It doesn’t happen (I hope). All you have to commit to doing with your plumber is give them access to what they have to work on and pay them for the time they spent. It’s the same with a VA, but we don’t unblock your toilet – or at least this one doesn’t!