by Mau Carlton
When your budget does not justify adding additional help to the payroll there is another option. The virtual assistant can be available to help you on an as needed basis. They work from home and have helped many clients such as you when they are in a pinch. They can also assist during that busy time of the year and even when someone on your staff is out sick or on vacation.
Virtual assistants services can be found doing a variety of specialized tasks. For instance, if you have a small computer network at your office you can hire a virtual assistant to maintain it for you. If there is ever a problem you can call them to fix it right away. Likewise, if you need a receptionist but do not have the space or money in the budget for one, a virtual assistant can field and direct your calls. The virtual assistant services are limitless.
Hiring a VA is easy. Many of them list their name and services in directories. The directories can be found on the Internet. First, have a good understanding of exactly what you want from a virtual assistant. This way you can find one that specializes in exact what you want done. Then decide how much per month you afford for their services. Call a few of them in the directory and negotiate the hours, times of the day or night, and any other particulars you may require. If the two of you can meet on the details, you are on your way to a good relationship.
Another advantage to using virtual employees is low overhead. Since you are contracting the work there are no employee benefits or other costs associated with hiring a full-time employee. In some cases, the savings can be enough to pay for them. The disadvantages of hiring a VA are few. It is always better to have an employee on site when a task needs immediate attention. You may not be able to get the immediate attention of your VA during the times you have not negotiated. If you hire a virtual from offshore there may be communication problems, annoying time differences, and other unanticipated problems. For the most part however, virtual assistants services are worry free and can be a great way to have additional help. Once they are trained how you want things done, life around the office can become much easier.