Virtual PA firm joins Thrive

This week we are pleased to announce that Octopoda PA services have joined the Thrive Family. Offering a range of administrative support solutions and Personal Assistant services Octopoda is a welcome addition to the Thrive partnership programme.

Many entrepreneurs and start ups are now choosing to seek the assistance of remote workers. There are a host of reasons for this but essentially, virtual work is widely considered a great advantage in the pursuit of cost cutting; whilst continuing to demonstrate a professional and efficient image of your company to the client. By choosing to outsource to a virtual PA, companies are benefitting from the wider skill set associated with remote workers whilst continuing to enjoy the flexibility of utilising this resource A Brief Range of the Services Octopoda can provide (the list is not exhaustive):

  • Secretarial tasks – diary management/creating spreadsheets/booking travel & accommodation/expenses & invoices /typing  (copy/audio/reports/ general admin)

  • Research – seeking best suppliers/quality  service providers

  • Organisation, managing schedules and projects

  • Client management and maintaining records

  • Event planning

Lee Parker, Thrive Founder on the announcement of the partnership said;

"Being a small business, you may not have the time, money or inclination to employ or ask for additional help. Instead your workload continues to stack up and you are overwhelmed with a list longer than you can cope with, we find this often with Entrepreneurs and small business owners. We see this as a much needed support service and having Octopoda on board and working alongside our other partners is a refreshing addition to the team. "

Increased Productivity In a standard eight hour working day, the average UK office worker does less than three hours productive work. Why pay another employee to drink coffee and browse the internet? Virtual PA’s don’t have the typical distractions associated with working in an office environment. Therefore their time can be spend concentrating on getting tasks done and deadlines met. Increased Flexibility The use of a virtual PA gives a company the flexibility to be free of typical office working time restraints; 09:00-17:00. With the ability to work around your schedule, virtual PA’s can adapt to different time zones and develop a professional relationship that maximises output but keeps costs down. In the unlikely event that you are dissatisfied with your virtual PA, you can simply end the contract and hire a new one which is not always so easily implemented with a permanent member of staff.

Founder of Octopoda Emily Hancock highlighted;

"When tasks gradually build up, clients get neglected and your business becomes stagnant. Wouldn’t you rather have all those smaller details taken care of? Your clients chased on a regular basis and kept happy? The Octopoda freelance PA service means you can pay for the additional help as and when you require it, leaving you with free time to fully focus on the growth and development of your business. Joining the Thrive community will allow us to further our offering and provide assistance to companies looking to lighten the administrative burden".

Most start ups and entrepreneurs will seek additional help when overwhelmed by the current workload. If you have more paperwork than you and your existing staff can handle and you want to use your time more productively, it may be time to consider outsourcing to Octopoda. If you simply cannot afford another full time member of staff and you need something done that you don’t possess the skill to do yourself, it might be the right time to hire Emily and her team. In doing so, for more information you can contact Emily HERE. #virtualpa#officeassistance#outsourcing#startups#entrepreneurs#talent#vision#direction

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