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Busted Myths About Virtual Assistants

Busted Myths About Virtual Assistants

Virtual Assistants (VAs) are hired by businesses to do a variety of company jobs from remote locations. VAs don’t usually meet or work with clients but are hired through agencies or as freelancers from any location around the world. This year, brick and mortar companies have had to set employees up to work at home. Some companies saw this as a frustrating time of adjustment just to stay in business. Those companies who already worked with virtual assistants were ahead of the curve, mostly able to continue business as usual without constraints.  

Addressing the 3 Top Objections to Virtual Assistants 

Today, companies are faced with making decisions about how to continue business in the most efficient way. The change to permanently working with remote workers presents a choice between hiring new remote employees or virtual assistants. To choose what might work best for your company, it’s important to first dispel three myths about hiring VAs:

  • VAs are temps – Remote work is now easily regarded as tasks which can be assigned permanently. Though it’s not uncommon to hire a VA for temp projects, you can also think of a VA similarly to the way you do with permanent employees who have started working from home. They are professionals with skills to perform regular tasks necessary for daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly or annual duties just as an on-site office worker might do. 
  • VAs only do administrative tasks – You might be surprised at how many business processes can be covered by VAs. Entire companies are run out of living rooms with VAs doing every company job other than whatever the owner or CEO does out of their home. Along with all general administrative duties, professional VAs perform as graphic artists, content writers, social media coordinators, accountants, bookkeepers, marketing specialists, and customer service reps. Hire just one, a few, or an entire team. You also have a better choice of workers over local employees because you can choose VAs from locations and time zones across the world.
  • VAs are expensive – In order to accurately compare the cost of hiring a VA vs hiring a regular employee, consider a few factors. You pay an employee’s wage, along with other expenses. A true employee requires payroll taxes, workman’s comp insurance, and benefits. You’ll need an additional employee to deal with all employee documentation and payroll tasks, or do it yourself. You might hire a supervisor (another employee) and use time-keeping software to monitor their efforts at work or at home, along with supplying all their equipment and software. Contrast that with VAs: they are professional subcontractors who pay their own taxes, and supply their own office set-up and software. There are no benefits. The only thing you’d supply might be your company’s proprietary software. 

For other questions or more detailed information about hiring VAs, go to our website. 

Posted on July 8th, 2020 by Client Advocate Team

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