It depends on your business needs.
If you need someone to work at your office and on full time hours, hiring an employee may be the better option for you.
If you are needing 10-25 hours of support per month, however, and have work that can be done virtually – here are three reasons why partnering with a VA is more effective than hiring an employee:
Taking on a virtual assistant is embarking on a long term partnership with a highly skilled professional who is committed to the success of your business. You will have someone who will get to know you and your business on a deeper level and will provide you with a high level of support as a result. A VA will keep you accountable to your business strategy and goals. I like to think of it as gaining a sidekick – the Robin to your Batman if you will!
2) High level skillset on a part time budget:
Most small business owners don’t need an assistant or project manager on a full time basis but find it hard to find part time staff with high level experience. VAs have several clients, and they bring a wealth of skills, resources and knowledge, making them the perfect fit in terms of cost and effectiveness for many entrepreneurs.
3) Convenient and more cost-effective:
Having a virtual assistant on contract means none of the overhead costs associated with an employee: no payroll, sick and vacation time, workers compensation, insurance or needing to provide office space and equipment. While it isn’t necessarily a cheaper option than hiring an employee, you get more bang for your buck: VAs bill you only for the hours they spend working on your projects – you pay for 100% productive time, not the idle time that employees often get paid for.