Why is it Smarter to Hire a VA?
*Note packages can be customized to fit your needs/budget.
Do you wonder why VA pricing seems higher than an on-site, in-house administrative assistant?
This will explain the difference in pricing between an on-site office administrative assistant and a virtual assistant. Contracting with a VA can actually be a cost saving over hiring a full-time, on-site administrative assistant!
In-house assistants are employees. Employees must be paid weekly, or bi-weekly whether or not they actually worked the entire time. Most small businesses go through lulls and busy periods throughout the day, the employee must be paid whether they are busy or not!
Benefits such as medical, dental, vision
Paid time off
You will have to provide them with:
As a business owner, you are also legally responsible for:
Withholding their taxes
Providing W-2s at the end of the year
Workers Comp. Ins.
As of 2017, the (average) rate for an in-house administrative assistant was $38,000/year or $23.00/hr., based on a 35-hour work week. Source - Bureau of Labor Statistics: What does an Administrative Assistant handle?.
Virtual assistants can handle the typical in-house day-to-day duties that, in the past, could only be accomplished by an on-site administrative assistant.
Virtual assistants are small business owners/Independent Contractors
Virtual Assistants, a.k.a VAs are responsible for:
Paying their own Federal, State, and Local taxes
Pay their own utilities
Covering their own medical, dental, vision and life insurance
Supply their own equipment
Supply their own office supplies
Supply their own internet
Supply their own office space
Supply their own furniture, and furnishings
This article in Wikipedia is a good overview of the VA business. Wikipedia article: What is a VA?
When you contract with a VA:
It is not a boss/employee relationship, it’s two equals collaborating to create a work/life balance.
VAs are business owners and know what it takes to build your bottom line.
Many VAs specialize and get certified in specific niches such as Real Estate support.
VAs generally don’t need to be trained.
A good VA knows the importance of working efficiently.
Time management and organization are skills that VAs must learn and excel in as they work with and for multiple clients.
VA’s come with experience and knowledge
A VA gives you the financial flexibility of contracting only during your busy periods, you don’t pay a VA for slack time.