A Virtual Assistant or Part-Time Employee; Which One is Right For You?
There comes a time for some businesses when you realise that there really is no chance you are going to be able to grow and expand on your own. With so many tasks to do, it can seem overwhelming, and therefore you are going to want to have someone to help you and your business get where you want to be.
The most obvious option to consider is to have someone who you employ, be that part or full time, dedicated to helping you with all those key tasks that need to be done but take up too much of your time. However, there are other options open to you, such as hiring a Virtual Assistant (VA) to tackle that work.
Which one would work better for your business? Let’s take a look at how a part-time employee versus a virtual assistant works out.
The Pros of Hiring a VA:
A Part-Time Employee Needs Office Space and Equipment
Hiring a part-time employee would mean that you need to give them their own space in your office, a computer and other equipment to do the job. The costs associated with this can be expensive and are not ideal if you work from home or have limited office space. Whereas hiring a VA has none of the costs needed to set up an employee and you don’t have to organise for them to have space in your office. They work remotely with their own equipment.
A VA Has a Wide Range of Skills
When you hire someone to work for you, it is likely that you hire them because of the skills that they have. These skills are going to be exactly what you need for your business at that time. But what if they could give you even more? One of the benefits of a VA is that they have a wide range of skills that they can offer to you. This could be something that you need, or something that you didn’t even realise were going to be worthwhile to your business in the long term. Expertise such as bookkeeping, admin, marketing, website management are the types of support a VA can provide.
There Are a Number of Costs You Won’t Consider When it Comes to a Part-Time Employee
It is likely when you are considering hiring someone part-time to work with you, that you only really think about how much you are going to have to pay them on a monthly or weekly basis. However, there are so many other things that you might not instantly consider that you are going to have to pay for. This includes pensions, sick pay, paid holiday, training and any associated costs with any benefit or perks are all expenses for the business
They may not seem like they are costly but when you total it up, it can end up costing you quite a lot. A VA, however, works on the basis you only pay for the hours or services they provide. No hidden extra costs, everything is up front when you sign the contract.
The Pros of Hiring a Part-Time Employee:
A VA by nature works virtually. This sometimes can mean a lack of face to face time, which can be important for some businesses if client facing roles are required. If not, with all the technology today working flexibly can absolutely work even for employees.
Questions of Commitment
Whilst every VA will be dedicated to your business for the time they agree to be, you may not be able to utilise their time at a drop of a hat. Whereas an employee you hire will only be working for your business and their role in it. For some, this is more of an assurance and can provide control when it is needed.
There are a variety of ways that a part-time employee and a VA compare to one another. So, why not think about which one is going to be right for you and help your business to get exactly where you want it to be?
For more information on VAs and how they could help you, read our last blog ‘How to tell if you’re ready to hire a Virtual Assistant’