Diana Barnum, President

Moving Ahead Communications

(614) 529-9459




How to Work With Outsourcing Teams and Virtual Assistants


If you are a business owner and you do it all yourself, you may be a little overwhelmed and stressed out. You may often find that there is just not enough time in the day to do everything.


In fact, if you admit it, you more than likely need help. So hire a virtual assistant and team.


To put it simply, virtual assistants and their teams do not work in your office, they most often work from their homes, a center business location, or a combination. And hiring a virtual assistants and teams is becoming increasingly popular in the world today, as some advantages of having a virtual assistant include the following.


            One:  If you have no employees working on-site, you have no responsibility for them. This means you are not responsible for giving them any benefits (sick leave, vacation, insurance, etc.), no worker’s compensation, taxes, no pensions, no training, no maternity or paternity leave. Virtual assistants are self-employed, so they are responsible for all of these extra expenses.


            Two: When using a virtual assistant you do not have to deal with them sitting around talking to co-workers and telling you their life story. Virtual assistants are all business. This way you are not “paying” for personal phone calls, crises, lateness, childcare problems, etc. Having a virtual assistant means they support your needs not you support theirs. For most business owners, like you, this is a selling point.


            Three: When you have a virtual assistant, you do not pay them if they are not working on a project. With normal employees you pay them for the hours they are in the office (in other words on the clock) each day. Virtual assistants record the hours they work for you. Therefore, you only pay them for work accomplished. You never have to pay for them to take breaks, lunch, or run personal errands.


            Four: Working with a virtual assistant means flexible hours. Being that they are self-employed like you they know how important to have the availability when you need it. They can provide service outside of normal business hours when needed. They are there for your business and your needs not for their convenience.


            Five: Having a virtual assistant can be a lifesaver. They can be ready and available to work when the chips are down, when you need to run to the doctor, when guests drop in and you want time off and any number of other things.


Hint: when you decide that a virtual assistant is right for you, you do make sure you hire one who will fit your needs. Do a little research and don’t be afraid to ask some questions. Check into getting a detailed list of the services the assistant can provide as well as a price list. And be willing to have open communications with a little instruction as needed to get to know one another, and to learn the tasks you need completed.





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