On the fence about hiring an in-house assistant or a VA? Here’s why hiring a virtual assistant is a better decision.
Every business has mundane activities. Tasks such as answering phones, social media management, scheduling meetings, or sending emails back and forth take a lot of time and energy. And, frankly are better handled by someone else so that you can focus on your business’s core processes.
Outsourcing to a Virtual Assistant is an increasingly popular practice among both small and large businesses. In fact, according to Wikipedia, there are as many as 25.000 virtual assistants worldwide. And, with all the benefits of outsourcing to a VA brings, it is expected that this business practice will only continue to grow in popularity.
If you still can’t decide whether you should hire an in-house or a virtual assistant, here’s why we think working with a virtual assistant is a better decision business-wise.
You save money
Similar to having an in-house assistant, when hiring a VA, you’re going to pay a monthly or weekly salary, depending on how you agree on with the VA.
However, unlike when hiring an office-based assistant, hiring a VA will help you save a lot of money on office space, furnishings, and equipment. Since the VA provides their services from a remote location, you won’t have to pay for all office-related equipment.
Moreover, when hiring a VA, you also save a lot of money on fringe benefits. In other words, you don’t have to worry about paying for perks such as health insurance or vacation pay. A virtual assistant pays for all their own overhead costs.
In fact, data shows that each full-time VA a company hires instead of an office-based employee helps the company save nearly 78%.
According to a study from Stanford University, remote workers are 13% more productive than their office-based counterparts. The study found out that remote workers take less sick days and fewer breaks, leading to a whopping 13% in their productivity compared with their traditional employee counterparts.
Moreover, another piece of research showed that remote workers are 20 percentage points less stressed and anxious than traditional office employees. And, you know what they say, “happy employees make happy customers”.
A wider variety of services
As the experts from Virtalent explain” Virtual assistants are people who come from various business backgrounds and have expertise in many different areas from digital marketing to finance, recruiting, and managing personal tasks or preparing reports.”
Thus, a VA can help you with almost every task you need to take off your shoulders from administrative work to personal responsibilities, or content creation.
If your business is going through a busy period, and you need some short-term help from an assistant, hiring a VA is a great solution. You won’t have to spend a lot of time on going through a long and time-consuming recruiting process, a VA can usually start work right away, and there’s also no commitment on how long you want your collaboration to be.