Difference between a Virtual Assistant & an Employee

What’s the difference between a Virtual Assistant & an employee?


In the last few months, we have been asked this question a few times. We thought we would share with you our thoughts on the differences between a Virtual Assistant & an employee?

Think about these questions:

  • Are you or your small business overloaded with administrative tasks?
  • Are your non-revenue based tasks taking up precious time?
  • Is your to-do list never ending?
  • Do you feel you are no longer focused on your customer’s requirements?

If you answered yes to the above questions, chances are that you need either an employee or a super Virtual Assistant, maybe from us at The VA Team Ltd. 

But what is the difference? I hear you say, right, let’s see.

If you have a workload that is regular and is so great that it requires an in-house, full-time person, you are probably better off hiring an employee to manage your office on a daily basis. You get the control over the person’s schedule, verify how the work is done, double check all the outcomes etc.

If on the other hand, you have a need for irregular work or short-term project(s), or simply don’t have space or the budget for an employee, working with a Virtual Assistant will absolutely offer you the very best, convenient and strategic alternative in meeting your administrative support needs.

Here at The VA Team Ltd, we do a lot of work that is similar to that which an employee would do, it’s important to keep in mind that there are some major differences about the working relationship:

  • You are the client to a Virtual Assistant, not the employer.
  • You won’t be managing or supervising her/him, or the work, in any way;
  • A Virtual Assistant runs their own business and sets their own fees, hours, policies and procedures, but work with you on your requirements;
  • A Virtual Assistant works remotely, using the latest technology to collaborate with you;
  • A Virtual Assistant depends on clear communication in order to be able to work independently.

Do you think a partnership like this would work for you? Could you see the benefit on not hiring an employee and save money? If you do, or even have more questions, contact us via our website and let’s discuss how we can help.

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