Do You Need a Virtual Assistant or an Employee?
If you are reading this, you have come to the realization that you need someone to take care of business for you! The daunting task of deciding employee vs. Virtual Assistant can be especially challenging. Read below to determine what is best for your business:
You Should Hire An Employee If:
* You have the infrastructure, knowledge and staff capabilities to offer benefits, pay workman’s compensation and pay 50% of the employee’s Social Security and Medicare taxes
* You already have a large in-house staff
* Having someone’s physical presence in the office building is integral to your business’ success
The Virtual Assistant Route Will Work Best For You If:
* You do not have – or want to create – the in-office space to house an employee (especially true for the ever growing ranks of home business owners)
* You are looking for another expert’s advice and recommendations in innovative , fresh practices in marketing, social media, web design and more
* You are not interested in directly supervising an employee hour-to-hour
* You need to hire someone who can immediately hit the ground running – and has the experience and knowledge to know what to do
* You have a set budget per month that you can spend on other’s work
Virtual Assistants work as independent contractors – you do not have to pay taxes, insurance, benefits or paid time off. Virtual Assistants are in business solely to provide ongoing, high-caliber support to business owners. Virtual Assistants also make consultative recommendations to clients, since they are closely involved and have a vested interest in the clients’ business success. Virtual Assistants are perfect for clients who need a behind the scenes office team, but cannot warrant hiring a full-time, in house, permanent employee.
About the author: Danielle Cuomo, MBA, was nominated to the exclusive list of the Best 50 Women in Business and Top Businesses to Follow on Twitter. She has also received 3 awards for excellence in Public Relations. Before entering the VA world, Danielle worked in Global Publicity for ESPN, and then for an IT Consulting company. Danielle shows clients how to propel their businesses by delegating tasks. Danielle’s virtual assistance firm, Virtual Assist USA, helps clients all over the world meet business development challenges.