Why Should You Hire A Virtual Assistant Over a Virtual Employee?

  • SumoMe

Well, everyone thinks the term Virtual Assistant and the Virtual Employee, are same, but they’re not. If you do not know the difference between these two read my post further….

A Virtual Assistant is an independent business owner who runs her/his virtual assistant business and provides services to her/his clients worldwide. She/he is responsible for her/his own equipments, expenses, taxes and benefits. Where as a virtual employee is still your own staff, who has the right to claim all the perks and benefits on top of her/his salary.

Does that make sense? Most of the time, people interchange these two terms and get confused with the term Virtual Assistant. This rings us to the questions, why A Virtual Assistant and why not a Virtual Employee.

  • Virtual Assistants are always experienced business professionals. They’re well equipped with technology, skills and talents. Virtual Employees come with experience and non-experience. Some times, you need to train even the experienced virtual employees to do certain tasks that they’re unaware of.

  • Virtual Assistants are your Business Partners (without claiming a share in profits). They treat your business as their own. This is the basic ground rule for becoming a Virtual Assistant. Unless, you treat your client’s business as your own, you cannot grow your own business and every VA knows this before becoming a successful Virtual Assistant. A Virtual Assistant studies your business from the scratch and then helps you take step-wise actions to take your business to the next level. A Virtual Employee just follows your instructions and completes the tasks. She/he is not able to guide in the right directions to succeed in your online/offline business.

  • Virtual Assistants bill their time only for the productivity. That means, the VA’s hourly rate doesn’t include lunch time, coffee breaks, vacation time and other benefits. Whereas for a virtual employee, you have to pay for their unproductive hours too.

  • As I said earlier, All Virtual Assistants are experienced in their niche. But, when you hire a Virtual employee, you need to instruct them constantly and always need to have an eye on them to do the things exactly as you expect.

  • Professional Virtual Assistants upgrade their skills to be on the top in their market and always have a keen desire to learn new skills that will help your business. But, if you want your virtual employee to learn a new skill, you need to pay the cost of the new training program/skill.

  • Virtual Assistants are always looking for long-term working relationships. You can use the service of a VA only in need. But, virtual employee has a little interest in the employer’s business as she/he’s working for the monthly salary.

  • Professional Virtual Assistant will help you execute your unique ideas quickly to achieve the expected results and thereby grow your business faster. But, a Virtual employee always waits for your instructions to proceed further on the given tasks.

  • When you’re hiring a Professional Virtual Assistant you’re investing in your business growth. But, when you’re hiring a Virtual Employee it’s your business cost.

Now you need to decide whether you want to use a Virtual Assistant (who is also a virtual business owner) for growing your business or a virtual employee (who still need instructions to perform tasks) to take care of your daily admin chores.

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