Hiring a new employee is out of the question for many business owners but the ability to take on a Virtual Assistant and pay for only what you use gives you multiple benefits and helps you to keep your business moving with minimal cost, greater flexibility and a lot of expertise. Why should you consider outsourcing your admin work to a Virtual Assistant.
Cost is usually the biggest concern or consideration when deciding on whether to recruit an employee or outsource to a Virtual Assistant, so undertaking a cost benefit analysis will be useful in helping to decide what’s affordable to you and your business. Don’t forget it’s not just the salary that will be your cost it is all the additional charges from office space, training costs, inconvenience around staff leave and many other costs.
When hiring a VA you only pay for the time used and are charged by the hour – only want 2 hours, then you only pay for 2 hours. There are no additional costs, no computers to buy, no software to purchase – we have it all.
Workload / Flexibility
Like any business I’m sure yours will have peaks and troughs which result in a fluctuating workload at any given time of the week, month or year. You may even have those one-off tasks such as a mail merge, setting up templates or creating a database of your clients and contacts. If you were to consider a Virtual Assistant, they can be utilised for exactly the jobs you need no matter the frequency or length of time they take therefore filling gaps as and when required. This allows you to take back your work day and keep your business moving.
Trying to find the right person with the skillset you need can be difficult at the best of times, especially if you don’t know exactly what you want. Quite often the job you initially employ someone for can morph into something quite different as your business grows and develops and your needs evolve, so too can the tasks required to help your business function. An employee can work well if you hire someone who is flexible and has the motivation to learn and develop and grow with your business. Although, if they don’t have the right skillset, this can lead to poor quality output and an unsatisfied and frustrated employee. We often see people who fill in their time because they were employed to work a certain number of hours. That is not adding any value to your business and is certainly a cost no employer can afford.
One thing that can be guaranteed is that VA’s specialise in business administration, there is a bigger talent pool to choose from and they can fill any knowledge gaps you may have in your business.
Whether to hire an employee or a Virtual Assistant isn’t an easy decision for a business owner. There are many different factors to consider and pros and cons for both options, so once you’ve considered key factors you will be able to make an informed decision on what is best for your business.
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