Entrepreneurs always look for leading-edge and cost-effective solutions for their work, while generating more and more profits. Hiring virtual employees can help them in a big way. But what is a virtual employee?

A virtual employee, also known as a virtual assistant, is a highly skilled individual who provides technical, creative or administrative business support solutions from a remote location through the internet. Virtual assistants are highly skilled individuals who work according to the specifications provided by the client and they offer a wide range of services. Many small and big businesses hire them and are quite content with the quality services offered by them. Statistics show that there has been an increase of 80% in remote employment in the last decade.

There are several benefits of hiring a virtual employee.

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Cost effective

Outsourcing your business process to a virtual employee can save a lot of money for your company.

    • You don’t need to pay for office space, furnishing and other rental charges.
    • You only pay for the hours virtual employee work, if you pay on an hourly basis. No money to be paid for lunch breaks, tea breaks or gossip sessions.
    • No need to buy expensive software and tools.
    • You don’t need to pay during vacations, sick leave, casual leave, maternity leave or other such leaves of virtual employees if you are paying on an hourly basis.
    • There are no hiring, training or induction costs
    • No annual appraisals and management expenses
    • You don’t need to pay for health insurance, fringe benefits or other labour law related benefits.

Access to better talent

You have access to better talents around the globe at an affordable price. Virtual employees have an experience in working with a lot of different industries. So they have good knowledge and experience which gets reflected in each task performed by them. This means best skills at comparatively lower prices.

Focus on core operations

Many times by outsourcing your non-core business activities, you can focus on core business without much hassles. You can also outsource your routine tasks or tedious work, and focus on more important core operations. Virtual employees take care of all daily routine work, keep you organized and help in smooth functioning of your business.

Increased production

Virtual assistants are highly skilled and experienced and they always provide quality work. They know the challenges of businesses well and they know revenue depends on the proper execution of tasks.

Higher retention rate

Most virtual employees are satisfied with their jobs and have a higher retention rate. Statistics show that 82% of them have reported lower stress level. They do not have a 9 to 5 job routine to follow. They work as per their comfort and are more likely to have a perfect work-life balance which makes them less likely to quit their jobs.

Better control

When you hire a virtual employee, you have better control over the projects as you pay only for the projects that get completed. They work on project basis or hourly basis and you have an option to hire them accordingly. You can use service of virtual employees only till the time you need. You can end the contract if you don’t need them without any legal hassles.

Serve customers 24X7

As virtual employees are willing to work at any time slot at your convenience, you can get more done at any time of the day. This makes sure your business is available to serve your customers any time of the day or night, even when you are sleeping or are enjoying holidays.

Hassle free deployment

Virtual employees are skilled to perform their jobs. So no training is required. You don’t have to provide them with all the necessary supplies and equipments. Traffic jams and vehicle emergencies are never an excuse for them. No hiring and firing hassles. No documentation and records to be maintained. No employee disagreements and office conflicts.

In spite of remote location, virtual employees are accessible through phone, email, Skype and other forms of remote communication. Some of them are also up for occasional meetings to understand the job criteria better. They provide you with daily, weekly, or monthly reports for keeping track of the work process. Also, they work on time tracking tool, providing you information on how much work was done in what amount of time.

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