Outsourcing is the strategic use of outside resources to perform activities traditionally handled by internal staff and resources. Small business owners can outsource non-core functions to specialized and efficient service providers. It is required of businesses to hire special contractors for particular types of work or to meet the demands put forth by sudden spurts in the workload. Recently, the trend of partnering with firms whose capabilities complement their own giving them an access to resources that were beyond their individual reach has come up. The difference between simply subcontracting and outsourcing is that outsourcing involves the wholesale restructuring of the corporation around core competencies and outside relationships.
As a consequence, has emerged a new class of skilled entrepreneurs – the Virtual Assistants. They are the independent entrepreneur providing administrative, creative and/or technical services. Utilizing advanced technological modes of communication and data delivery, a professional VA assists clients in their area of expertise from his/her own office. A VA completes your projects and carries out the work through email, fax, telephone and postal service. The location of your VA is not important and it gives you a liberty to look for professionals best suited to your needs located anywhere on the globe.
Since they’re paid only for time-on-task, businesses can hire several VAs and have 24-hour support. Paying far less than an employee or temporary would cost for such comprehensive assistance.
By outsourcing to a VA rather than hiring an in-office assistant, you will never need to pay employment insurance, vacation pay, sick pay, or contribute to retirement plans and worker’s compensation.
Engaging a VA gives you time allowing you to do what you do best. You can focus on delivering the higher value and service to your customers.
As skilled VAs are chosen to perform particular tasks, they can do it better as they do it all the time. It is their business.
Like you, VAs are entrepreneurs and understand the needs of businesses today, ensuring the success of their clients. VAs value each and every client; it is because of these clients that VAs can ensure the success of their own businesses.
The resources of the VA can give your business access to technical advances you would not normally have access to.