One way or another, your business will grow. By the time it does, you will realize that the more you work alone, the more it doesn’t feel like a business. Your hands will be tied to doing all the work when you already have the means to take the burden off of yourself and start expanding and growing more. So what’s the better option? Hire a virtual assistant or an employee?
The choice to whether hire a virtual assistant or an employee cannot be a rash decision. You need to sit down and consider your business needs. So let’s begin…
Should I Hire a Virtual Assistant or an Employee?
If you choose to hire a virtual assistant, you will not think about securing healthcare benefits, paying employer taxes, pay vacation leaves or sick leaves, or even setup an office with complete equipment. Your virtual assistant will do all that for himself/herself.
The employee, on the other hand, is required to have healthcare benefits, paid vacation and sick leaves, an office equipped with tools he/she needed for work, life insurance, and others mandated by the labor law to employers in your location.
Those who hire a virtual assistant do so because they only pay for the work hours or on a project basis. As a business owner, you have the option to choose how many hours your virtual assistant can work. You can also choose to arrange per project work setup or part time work on an as needed basis.
For your employee, you need to pay him/her by the time he/she gets her foot inside the office, whether you have work for him/her to do or not. You are paying your employee by the hours he/she spends in the office and not how much work he/she completes.
One of the perks you get when you hire a virtual assistant is you don’t need to spend too much on training and onboarding. This is because of the fact that virtual assistants are highly skilled remote professionals who come to you because they know they can perform the job.
Employees are not unnecessary. There are things that an employee can do working at an office compared to a virtual assistant working remotely. For example, someone can greet visitors for you or fix the mess on your table, perhaps. Some employees have several college degrees and some have one or none. But all of them need training and onboarding so they can get into the same page as your company. This may mean hiring a certified coach or trainer to do that for you or having an entire HR department on your payroll.
These are at least three things you need to consider when deciding on whether to hire a virtual assistant or an employee. They both have their purposes, but you should choose based on the size of your company and how much you’re willing to spend.
If spending more on overhead doesn’t bother you as long as you have someone at the office to make you coffee, then hire an employee. But if you want to spend less but still get the quality you want and use the money you save on scaling your business even more, then you should hire a virtual assistant.