Business owners have a lot of responsibilities that must be handled on a daily basis. For the most part, all of those responsibilities fall on them, especially as solopreneurs. Yet, consider the fact that the number one reason that people become entrepreneurs has nothing to do with managing paperwork. It is undoubtedly, however, something that comes with the territory. Most entrepreneurs, especially those that are starting off can't really afford to hire a full time staff to assist in managing the day-to-day operations. But that doesn't mean they can't find those that can partner with them to help manage these tasks. That is the beauty of hiring a virtual assistant.
There are a lot of benefits to hiring a virtual assistant that we could possibly list here, but consider these few examples:
Reduced labor costs
If you hire a full-time employee, there are other costs to consider on top of his salary, such as taxes, sick days, vacation leaves and medical benefits. On the other hand, virtual assistants work as independent contractors. This means they handle all their own expenses such as internet, utilities and taxes. You hire them simply to perform a specific task, pay them for their time, and that’s it. Think of all the money you’ll save that can be better used elsewhere!
In a standard 8-hour workday, the average U.S. office worker does a little less than 5 hours of actual “productive” work. Virtual assistants work differently. Without the distractions of an office environment, they’re able to focus to getting tasks done. And since they're self-employed, their number one goal is client satisfaction. If they start slacking off and missing deadlines, it’s unlikely the client will hire them for future work. For this reason, virtual assistants are very highly motivated and they can be a very effective part of your team.
With a VA, you’re not burdened to a 9-5 workday. They work around your schedule and are there when you need them. If you’re in different time zones, that can work to your advantage, too. Rather than assigning eight-hour shifts, you can develop a schedule that maximizes output while keeping costs in check. And, in the unlikely event that you’re dissatisfied with your VA, you can simply end the contract and hire a different assistant. It’s not always that simple with a full-time employee!
There are a lot more reasons why it's beneficial to hire a VA, but these are only a few. The bottom line is that your business can still accomplish great work while limiting cost. It's all in how you leverage what is available to you. Now that you know how beneficial a virtual assistant can be for your company, what’s stopping you from hiring one?
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