Steps to using Virtual Assistants to Lessen Payroll Costs

Written By Steps To Faculty Published September 18th, 2010

If you are starting your own business, you will want to decide whether you want or need to hire employees. If you are looking for a receptionist or administrative assistant, you might want to consider hiring a virtual assistant (VA). Not only will he or she save you time and stress, but using a virtual assistant will also lower your payroll costs. Here are six ways using virtual assistants will cut down your payroll and other expenses.

Step 1. Forget salary

A virtual assistant does not need to be paid a salary. You can pay your VA on an hourly basis. Best of all, you will only need to pay him or her for the time spent assisting you with your business. Although most employees spend 8 hours or more in the office, think about how much time they actually work. With a VA, you will only pay for hours spent on productive activities. Think about this before starting your own business.

Step 2. Ignore benefits

A virtual assistant will be an independent contractor. You will not need to provide insurance, vacation time, sick days, overtime or personal days. An independent contractor will take care of that on his or her own.

Step 3. Spend more time working on your business

Making money also means doing a lot of paperwork and administrative activities. A VA can take care of all your administrative duties so that you can focus on activities that will make your business grow. In other words, you will be able to work on your business instead of in your business. This is a crucial distinction to learn before starting your own business.

Step 4. Get more space in your office

A virtual assistant will work from a remote location. This means that not only will you not have to spend money on office furniture, but you will also have more space in your office. You will also save money because you do not have to purchase computers, software, printers, or copiers. This means that you can cut down on IT staff and maintenance if necessary.

Step 5. Have flexibility and support

Because your new assistant will not have to be physically in the office, you can ask for and receive support anytime you need it. This will allow you to cut down on either the number or hours of your support staff.

People who are self-employed or work as independent contractors are responsible for paying their own taxes. This will not only save your bookkeeper headaches, but will save your business money in the long run. Before starting your own business, make sure you plan ahead. Reducing costs by hiring a virtual assistant will improve your profit margin and will keep your business running. Please visit stepsto.com for more great business advice.


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