The business world is changing
The business world is slowly but surely getting accustomed to a new way of delegating. For generations we were used to the idea of hiring people to work for us if we needed a specific job to be completed and would take on the responsibility of training them, as well as looking out for their welfare in many respects too. In relation to the work involved this was quite a considerable undertaking and associated cost, but it was the way that things were done and was just seen as the cost of doing business.
Ability to communicate
Our ability now to communicate with others a lot more efficiently has enabled us to look at this rather differently. We are now able to interact with others on a worldwide basis without thinking twice about it, efficiently and productively. This has enabled business owners to outsource work that would otherwise have been dealt with in-house.
Advantages to VA’s
There are so many advantages attached. When you’ve located the company you want to work, you have a professional entity willing to provide you with a first-class service. The virtual assistant is ready and willing to do the work required.
Compared with in-house employees
Compare that to the in-house employee situation. Firstly, will you find a person locally with the appropriate training? Remember that if they have to come into your office each day then that automatically restricts your potential pool of applicants, geographically. Assuming that you find one, it’s in your best interest to ensure that they are “up to speed” with developments in relation to their work and this means that you will be responsible for on-going training
Look at productivity – Even the most enthusiastic employee isn’t productive 100% of the time. There are so many reasons why this could be the case and only so much you can do about it, in realistic terms. Compare that to the virtual assistant who charges you for the amount of time it has taken to complete the tasks. You don’t have to worry about their productivity.
Whenever you employ someone there are also some quite substantial additional costs to consider:
- You’re responsible for their welfare at work and have to maintain insurance accordingly
- You have to pay employee related taxes and “your share” of national insurance contributions
- Contributions to their retirement fund
- You have to allow them time off with pay for up to a month of holidays, typically
- You have to give them a certain allowance for those sick days now and again
- You have to provide the equipment and space needed to work in your office
When you add it all up and apply it to a single project for comparison purposes you’ll see just what you’re getting and how cost-effective hiring a virtual assistant really is.
Welcome to the new generation!