Employee versus Virtual Assistant (VA): How do you Choose?
There comes a time, in every entrepreneur and small business owner’s life, when the realization hits; they can no longer run their business alone. For some, this realization comes prior to business launch, for others it may take months, or even years, before they seek assistance.
At one time, the only solution was to hire an employee. However, with the rapid advancements in technology a viable alternative evolved. That alternative is a virtual assistant (VA).
How do you choose between an employee and a virtual assistant? What are the advantages of working with a virtual assistant rather than hiring an employee? Here are some points to consider when you’re ready to take your business to that next level.
Virtual Assistants are Business Owners
Unlike some employees and temporary staff who just show up, virtual assistants own their own business and take the needs of their clients very seriously. A VAs success is dependent on their clients’ success.
Office Space, Furniture and Equipment
Business owners do not incur the cost of office space, furniture and equipment when working with a VA. VAs work remotely, from their fully equipped offices. They keep their equipment up to date with the latest software and virus protection.
Virtual Assistants are 100% Efficient
Several years ago, a workplace survey found employees to be, on average, only 75% productive during the work day. This equates to just 6 hours of productivity for an 8 hour workday. A VA, on the other hand, is 100% efficient and charges only for the time spent on each task.
Payroll Tax, Insurance & Benefits
Virtual assistants are independent contractors. Unlike an employee, when working with a VA, there are no payroll taxes, social security, unemployment insurance payments or benefits; there is no vacation or sick pay to deal with.
Virtual Assistants are Flexible
A virtual assistant is available on an as needed basis. A VA is able to assist with as little as the occasional 1 hour project, to providing a 20+ hour a month service plan. Again, business owners and entrepreneurs pay only for the time spent on their task(s).
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