- May 21st, 2015
In our modern age, there are so many ways to run a business. As technology has grown by leaps and bounds, companies are now re-inventing themselves, often heading entirely online. Money-making enterprises have taken on a new mode of operation, and it is changing the landscape of nearly every industry.
Employment is changing, too, as our Internet connectedness makes it possible for organisations to hire remote workers for a wide variety of positions. Traditional employees can often work from afar or from home, but this is usually temporary, and such employees generally return to the home office or work site. Over the past several years, a new and effective role is taking hold in many businesses: the virtual assistant or VA. Many businesses find that outsourcing some administrative or technical tasks to a remote virtual assistant is an incredible way to save time and money and a great business decision. Could a VA be right for you?
The Benefit of a Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant works remotely, typically online, to assist you with any tasks your business might need. Virtual assistants can manage a vast range of tasks for a business: answering phones and taking messages, accounting, creating and sending outreach emails, making travel arrangements, payroll, marketing, social media management, ordering, web development, data entry, customer service, research, and much more. With our modern communication and technology, all of this can be effectively and efficiently completed online, with files easily sent back and forth from the VA to the main office.
Help from Kilometres Away
Your VA can be located anywhere in the world, which means you can find the best person for the job. Although overseas outsourcing is an option, the number of VA’s right here in Australia is growing rapidly, and many businesses are now recruiting remote Australian workers to keep business a bit “closer to home.” Using an Australian VA ensures your employee will be on the same time zone as your business (or only a few hours’ difference). An Australian employee also is likely to understand the ins and outs of doing business in Australia, reducing the time needed for training your new VA, and making overall communication that much easier.
How Will Outsourcing Save You Money?
One of the top reasons to hire a remote worker is because of the money it will save your business. Employing remote Australian workers will reduce your overheads; for instance, you won’t need to provide a space for your employee to work, nor will you need to provide equipment or covers such as workers compensation. Essentially, a virtual assistant or other outsourced worker is a contractor, which places them in a different realm than your traditional employees and removes many of the associated expenses involved in hiring a full-time worker.
Does it sound like a virtual assistant might be right for you? Contact our team at On Line Recruitment and Labour Hire to learn more about remote contractor positions and casual roles. We’ll help you understand the type of roles that do not necessarily require the worker to be in the office or workplace and help you decide if hiring such an employee is a smart choice for your business.