The age of the secretaries and administrative assistants has changed dramatically as technology has revolutionized how business is being done. From top level executives to marketing departments, hiring an online virtual assistant has evolved time consuming tasks like customer service, checking emails sending mass mailings and scheduling appointments from a one personal request to a computerized command sent to someone you may never actually meet but will pay each week regardless. This has employed freelancers all over the world who are trying to earn a passive income, and has saved employers thousands of dollars in operating costs in health insurance through contracting.
Benefits for the Company
Virtual assistants are human beings. They are contracted freelancers that earn a passive or even an active income by working from home by completing the tasks that you don’t want to. Have a lot of customer service sales and inquiries? Have a separate telephone number that is sent directly to your virtual assistant. Have a lot of emails? They will check them. These are just a few of the many tasks that they are capable of. Any office duty that can be done by computer at the office can be done by a virtual assistant with the use of a phone and a computer. The benefits? Savings in time and money. Companies that hire these contractors are relieved from shelling out benefits, including pensions, health insurance and more, which is substantial in their payroll. Contractors are responsible for paying their own taxes at the end of the year.
Benefits for Freelancers
Most freelancers can take on more than one client at a time. Therefore, they are able to work as much or as little as they want to depending on how much they want to earn or how much time they have. Some companies have a lot of demands. Those who do not need a lot, can hire a freelancer. A secretary at a slow company can be sitting around all day waiting for a phone to ring, while a virtual assistant can take on other companies and keep earning other incomes and staying busy and developing their skills. These jobs are great for stay at home mothers and for older individuals who are looking for careers that allow them flexibility to work around hectic schedules, or to earn a few dollars in their retirement.
Jumping into the world of technology requires a little bit of faith and having the knowledge to make that leap with some safety and security under your belt. Hiring a contractor through an agency that will protect your company, having your paperwork in order legally, and having proper communication with your contractor is all important. However, the benefits are incredible. The savings of not having to pay human resources costs like paid vacations, benefits, or retirement pensions because your administrative costs are not contracted out will save your company thousands of dollars per year. You will save time having someone else handle tasks that you no longer wish to muddle your day with. Most of all, you can utilize space within your building for production, rather than more office space.