The virtual industry has changed substantially in the last two decades, and it’s continually attracting new, aspiring VAs to the field. But what is it about hiring a virtual assistant over an employee that has business owners buzzing?
Here are some of the differences between hiring an employee and a virtual assistant:
When a business hires an employee, they will be paying the employee an hourly wage, in addition to health benefits, taxes, unemployment insurance. They also need to pay for extra office space, office furniture and any equipment and supplies necessary for getting the job done.
A virtual assistant is an independent contractor, and therefore, clients are not responsible for office space and equipment themselves.
Also, the client pays for 100% productive work when working with a VA. No need to pay for washroom breaks, lunch hours, or sick days.
Thanks to our ever-changing and ever-improving technology, there are more and more ways for a VA to work with clients. Some examples of this are:
- Google Voice
These applications bring virtual meetings and tasks together, seamlessly, allowing a virtual assistant the ability to do everything an on-hand employee can do; for less per year than the cost of an employee.
Virtual assistants are well-versed in clear communication and have many options at their fingertips. The Internet makes it happen in many ways (refer to the above list), but in addition to that, email and phone conferences also help with communications. With the advancement of communication in recent years, it’s possible to even have your phone answered remotely. Many businesses benefit from this as it adds a personal touch – a receptionist without the added cost.
Virtual assistants come from a varied range of business backgrounds and can perform many different roles. VAs can replace employees such as:
- executive assistant
- office manager
- legal secretary
- legal assistant
With this wide range, many VAs have niches that can assist just about any business, such as:
- website editing
- secretarial work
- social media marketing
- data entry
- customer service
Depending on your business needs, you can hire one or several virtual assistants, and still be way more productive. Tim Ferriss mentions working with VAs in his book, The 4-Hour Workweek, and claims they have managed his email, paid his bills, and ran parts of his company.
Lastly, hiring a virtual assistant is a tax write-off for your business.
So, you can see, hiring a virtual assistant has so many benefits over hiring an employee. If this is something you’re considering for your own business, I suggest you get to work on your to-do list 🙂