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The early stage of an online business is usually managed as a one-man show, with the owner wearing many hats.
A typical online entrepreneur takes on the role of a writer, editor, copywriter, graphic designer, marketer, psychologist, administrator, moderator, course creator, transcriptionist, and help desk officer.
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While this is tolerable when a brand is starting and building some considerable level of traction, the next level of growth will require you to hire a virtual assistant.
Delegating little tasks to a Virtual Assistant (VA) frees up your time so you can concentrate on the core parts of your online business while reducing costs.
I’ve compiled a list of the best places to find virtual assistants that’ll speed up the growth of your online business.
Not only can hiring virtual assistants help cut down on overhead costs, but it also helps you improve productivity and team efficiency.
While several factors determine the costs of hiring a VA, it’s easy to find one that fits your budget. This article breaks down the key factors that affect virtual assistant costs.
And besides, several blogging influencers have reported successful brand growths when they hired and outsourced time-consuming jobs to a VA.
It makes more work done with less stress.
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Virtual assistants can save you up to 78% on operating costs each year
Hiring a virtual assistant eliminates the need for renting an office space, internet subscription services, and other sundry expenses involved in maintaining an employee workforce.
Replacing full-time employees with virtual assistants cuts down operating costs by 78% a year.
That means it is three times cheaper to hire a VA than an employee.
Operating costs like employee training can be averted since a virtual assistant is only hired based on the specific skill set needed.
Remote jobs are gradually taking over traditional office jobs.
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The average VA salary ranges from $400 to $5,600 per month
Philippine is the preferred place for hiring virtual assistants. Most Americans find them convenient as they have an affordable rate of $400/month.
Indian virtual assistants place their price at $800/month. U.S. virtual assistants have the second to highest price at $4000/month and Australia ranks the highest at $5600/month.
Aside from the low salary of the Philippines, they are usually preferred because they speak American English, do their jobs efficiently, and are least likely to take over your business.
U.S. virtual assistants have a high salary of $4000/month because of the high standard of living, while the Filipinos are alright with $400/month because of the low cost of living found there.
A virtual assistant salary is decided partly based on the number of tasks that are outsourced to him.
90% of remote workers prefer to work remotely for the rest of their career
No doubt working remotely gives you the flexibility to work according to your pace and personal preference.
This is something that cannot be found in traditional office jobs.
No wonder ninety percent of people prefer to work that way for the rest of their professional careers.
There are various remote jobs available. Topping the list are virtual assistants, freelance writers, transcriptionists, freelance graphic designers, freelance developers, and so many more.
It seems that once most professionals have a taste of working from home, they wouldn’t want to stop.
Remote jobs are on the rise, and it’ll keep becoming attractive as a viable career path in the future.
13% of employees work better from home than in an office
CTrip, reputed to be the Chinese largest travel agency conducted a nine-month survey on all their staff.
They separated the employees with odd-numbered birthdays to work from the office, while those with even-numbered birthdays were allowed to work from home.
Both the employees working from home and office used the same computer system, had the same managers, worked the same shift periods, and with the same office equipment.
After nine months, the management of CTrip discovered that those who worked from home were 13% more productive than those who worked from the office.
The employees who worked from home turned in fewer sick calls, with the explanation that most times they weren’t strong enough to commute but they had enough strength to work from home.
When probed further about the increase in performance level, the employees who worked remotely also attributed their productivity to the tranquil home environment.
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Work satisfaction was also higher for remote workers compared to office workers.
Surprisingly, when the management offered all the employees to choose from working remotely or working from the office, the remote workers preferred to work in the office.
The major reason the remote workers gave for their refusal to continuing working from home was loneliness.
India and the Philippines are the top 2 destinations for finding virtual assistants
Upwork reported that out of the 8 million virtual assistants on its platform, one million are from the Philippines.
This is because the Filipinos have the world’s highest literacy rate of 96.2%. They are the best when it comes to writing business English.
India ranks next as the second destination for outsourcing virtual assistants, as they are the second-largest English-speaking country.
These two countries dominate when it comes to globally outsourcing virtual assistants.
However, other countries like U.S., UK, Mexico, Indonesia, Romania, Pakistan, and Thailand also have rising virtual assistants.
Virtual assistants can be found in online job boards like Upwork.
69% of office workers suffer from stress than remote workers
37% of office workers in a cubicle and 32% of workers in open-plan offices were reported to be affected by workplace stress than their counterparts who work from home.
That makes it a total of 69% of workers suffering from stress. Only 17% of remote workers admitted that they felt stressed out at work.
The study was conducted in the UK, and the bottom line is that stress seems to affect productivity terribly.
Workers who can work flexibly and away from the office environment report lower levels of stress than their cubicle colleagues.
This is a good indication of the plight of workers all over the world.
59% of virtual assistants are full-time employees
The accurate percentage of virtual assistants that have transformed the work into a full-time job is 58.9%
The remaining 41.1% of part-time virtual assistants still juggle their work with their primary job.
To be honest, this is a fantastic way of making a side income.
The demand for virtual assistants is steadily on the rise. Several online business owners are realizing the need to delegate tasks and focus on the critical part of their businesses.
Most online brands have taken the form of a physical company, with virtual workers operating from different parts of the world.
This trend is not going to die anytime soon.
91% of remote workers feel they’re more productive from home
A whopping ninety-one percent of stay-at-home workers reportedly admit to being more productive at home.
There are many reasons for this. The office environment comes with a lot of distractions. I’m sure you must have seen the stat that says that office workers are only productive for a little over two hours.
Distractions could come in the form of social interaction with colleagues, boredom from sitting in one cubicle for too long, or other things.
Remote workers say that working from the comfort of your house eliminates these distractions significantly.
While office workers battle distractions at work, remote workers battle shelving home chores and responsibilities in favor of getting work done.
Either way, since remote workers are more productive than office workers, it stands to reason that managing responsibilities is easier than managing distractions.
87.7% of virtual assistants are paid hourly
One good thing about hiring a virtual assistant is that payments are made when milestones are reached.
Unlike a full-time employee who is paid regardless of whether he was productive the whole month, most virtual assistants receive payment when certain goals are met.
87.7% of virtual assistants prefer to be paid on an hourly basis.
A study by Inc. found out that most 8 hour employees are productive for only 2 hours and 53 minutes per day.
Productivity levels increase drastically when a virtual assistant is hired compared to when an employee comes on board.
97% of contractors reported being much happier than office workers
A study was conducted across a pool of workers across the United States and Europe. The purpose of the study was to determine which set of people are happier – remote workers or office workers.
It turned out that ninety-seven percent of independent contractors were happier than their office counterparts.
The reason for this happiness and increased job satisfaction was because 14% of office workers said they would love to become an independent freelancer.
Asides from that, all respondents of the survey, including the employed and unemployed, said they were somewhat likely to pursue the aspiration of a freelancer.
Freelancing and the virtual outsourcing business is clearly on the rise. Traditional office workers of all kinds are having second thoughts taking the commute to work every day.
And most companies are migrating to virtual staffing with the decreased costs and potential work efficiency it offers.
Over 50% of respondents work outside office hours 2.5 days a week or more
People no longer restrict themselves to the four walls of the office when being productive. As a matter of fact, they are making unorthodox places their office like coffee shops their offices while working in other cities.
Over half of all people work outside the office for two and a half days a week.
Almost a third of people report working from different locations in the same city.
Most office workers working remotely realize the need to be productive while on the go. Gone are the days when all your working hours were spent in the office.
These days, 36% of office workers have admitted to working exclusively from the comfort of their homes.
While there’s the risk of looking unprofessional in your pajamas and singlet when working for home, you can’t deny the increased productivity you’ll have.
You’ll have more time, more focus, fewer distractions, leading to an efficient concentration of your mental processes on the work at hand.
Global businesses report seeing 29% more freelance workers
Most international businesses report seeing more freelancers and consultants over the past two years.
It can’t be helped as more and more people are delving into the freelancing field with the hope of achieving freedom and working at their schedule.
This trend in the availability of freelancers and the outsourcing industry is shown to be climbing year over year.
With the increased demand for virtual workers, it’s little wonder that more office workers and quitting their 9-5 job.
The world has changed. It’s no longer about getting a job. Rather, it’s about landing a gig.
Making extra income and side hustles are one of the major reasons most people prefer to be remote workers because it affords them the opportunity to take on multiple gigs at once.
24% of virtual assistants work 31 to 40 hours per week
Still harping on productivity, a typical virtual assistant works an average of 35 hours and 30 minutes a week.
The lowest virtual assistant grinds for 31 hours a week while the longest working virtual assistant has his hands full for 40 hours a week.
That insane amount of time that could’ve been spent doing things you don’t really like about your business can easily be outsourced to a virtual assistant.
This is a real case of buying back your time.
The concept of outsourcing is slowly seeping into online business models.
77% of workers who are offered remote working says it improves their productivity
High-performance workers say working from home boosts their productivity, while low-performance workers prefer working in the office.
Seventy-seven percent of workers admit that working remotely will raise their performance levels.
While the high-performance worker thinks of the quietness and distraction-free environment, the low-performance worker thinks of how he’ll battle with resisting the temptation of switching on the television.
Different studies have been carried out to show that workers get better results working from home than they do in the cubicles.
Over 3.7 million secretaries and administrative assistants are in the U.S.
Just how much is the number of secretaries and administrative assistants in the U.S.?
Well, the Bureau of Labor Statistics records that there are over 3.7 million secretaries and administrative jobs, and those jobs are occupied by secretaries and administrative assistants.
That’s in the U.S. alone. The numbers worldwide will be off the scale.
Assistants come in two kinds; in-person assistants and virtual assistants.
With the rate and demand at which virtual assistants is growing, some well-known entrepreneurs are convinced that VAs are the future of outsourcing.
And it’s a matter of time before they surpass administrative assistants in the working economy.
69% of virtual assistants are married
More than half of virtual assistants have tied the knot with a partner. So, that means that over half of VAs are above their late twenties.
The millennial generation is ditching the old 9-5 jobs and aspiring to be freelancers like virtual assistants.
They contribute a percentage to the total VA workforce. Though, it seems the married ones make up the majority.
So, the next time you’re going to be hiring a virtual assistant, a good interview question to ask will be about their marital status.
The outsourcing industry is now worth over $105 billion
With the steady rise of the demand for virtual assistants, the worth of the global outsourcing industry has also been on the increase.
In the year 2000, the outsourcing industry was worth $45.6 billion. In 2014, it climbed up to $104 billion.
Currently, the outsourcing industry has grown to over $105 billion. That’s a lot of money to go round for quality virtual assistants all over the world.
The industry’s worth hasn’t peaked yet. As more and more online entrepreneurs come to realize their need for virtual assistants, the figures are going to keep skyrocketing.
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