The biggest advantage of hiring a virtual assistant is the reduction in labor costs. Other benefits include flexible scheduling and additional time to focus on pressing tasks.
Virtual assistants work from home on an independent contractor basis. This means that the employer does not need to worry about providing much of the infrastructure that regular employees require. The employer does not need to account for things like payroll taxes, vacation pay, sick days or worker's compensation. Additionally, employers are not required to provide virtual personal assistants with benefits such as dental and health care. Without any of these or OSHA regulations to follow, the employer can save a considerable amount of money.
Virtual assistants also offer greater schedule flexibility. Employers can make use of this type of worker on an on-call basis. Whenever a particular task requires additional attention, a virtual assistant can step in. This reduces the need to heavily rely on part time employees or temporary employment agencies. This can save both time and costs.
Additionally, a virtual assistant allows an employer to complete the everyday tasks of business operations without taking away from other necessary projects. This allows greater focus on the tasks, which furthers the goals of the company.