Author: Maneet Puri
Starting a businesses and expanding it is the market is a very huge and exhausting task, and if you are not careful you may never achieve your prime goals and objectives. In due course of time, as you do more business, you have to handle more administrative tasks and therefore, lesser time to focus on your prime revenue-generating processes.
Thus, an obvious solution is to increase the manpower. Just think about having a personal assistant who can always help you with your work and be there whenever you need any assistance. This is where virtual assistants come into play! They are professional experts who provide practical solutions for your business and deliver their services through the internet.
Why hire a Virtual Assistant?
Virtual assistants are professionals either working independently or for an outsourcing service providing firm who act as temporary employees for your company. They charge you only for the number of hours they work for you or as per the tasks completed.
Virtual assistants provide you with a great deal of benefits and have an advantage over paid employees. By hiring virtual assistants, you can get all the benefits of offshore outsourcing and free yourself from paying any employee taxes or benefits issues. At the same time, you can still have the same level of loyalty and steadiness of a permanent employee.
Often, traditional staffing solutions don't work for businesses or may be quite expensive for them to maintain. If you need someone for only a few hours of the day or week, hiring a permanent employee would just be waste of resources. Moreover, it would prove to be very expensive in terms of training and maintenance. Also, you are at the risk of employees leaving the company in search of better opportunities. This is especially true in case of small businesses with a limited budget.
Apart from all this, permanent employees would need office equipment and furniture to work. In addition your also have state and federal obligations and employee compliance and unemployment liabilities. Not to mention the benefit package you have to provide each employee like sick leaves, paid leaves and so on. In fact the over all cost of keeping a permanent employee can highly accelerate their salary in terms of benefits and liabilities.
Benefits of Virtual Assistants
The internet is the new-age platform to conduct businesses and operate all the marketing and communications channel. And this is one of the chief reasons why virtual assistants are considered as an effective solution for staffing problems. For a very nominal hourly rate, that is very less than the cost of maintaining employees, businesses can benefit by hiring professional services of experienced people.
Since they deliver their services online, virtual assistants are very proficient with computers and technology and can help you with your particular needs in a fast and hi-tech manner. They can help you with a variety of needs and requirements including, website design & development, office support services, data processing, internet research, paying bills, scheduling appointments and meetings, maintaining your calendar and so on. In fact, with a little more experience in working with you, you can even make your virtual assistants go beyond administrative support and ask them to manage client development and provide marketing support as well.
About the Author:
Maneet Puri is the managing director of LeXolution IT Services, a reputed IT services company based in India. His company excels at providing a range of KPO services like virtual assistance and data processing services.