As a leading authority on outsourcing for small businesses, I always advise small business owners to start with only a few hours a day when working with a new outsourcer.
This allows the small business owner to ease into outsourcing. Small business owners often get overwhelmed at the idea of hiring or managing an outsourcing Filipino virtual assistant. (There is a way around “managing” we’ll dive into that later)
Start off slow with your virtual assistant outsourcer. Give them 2-3 hours of administrative duties a day and progress from there. This way everyone gets an idea of the day to day activities without any disruption to the business owner’s work flow.
Benefits of Outsourcing Virtual Assistants
The flexible hours is one of the unique benefits of hiring administrative professionals from the Philippines.
No longer do you need to provide full time hours when you hire someone. The old days of having someone do customer service chores and then answering the phones because you need to fill their hours is done.
If you were hiring someone for social media and you only needed them a few hours a week, your outsourcer would likely pick up additional hours with another company .
The flexible hours when outsourcing gives you the competitive advantage that small business owners didn’t have previously.
When determining the number of hours to give your first outsourcer, it’s important to consider the specific tasks that you need done. For example, if you are outsourcing administrative tasks such as research or data entry, the outsourced employee may only need a few hours per week.
On the other hand, if you are outsourcing a time sensitive project, the outsourced employee may need more hours to complete the project within the desired timeframe.
How Much Does It Cost to Outsource Admin Work?
The cost of hiring an outsourcer can vary depending on a number of factors.
Here are a few things to consider when trying to determine the cost of hiring an outsourcer:
- Type of work: Different types of work will have different hourly rates. For example, a virtual assistant will likely have a lower hourly rate than a video editor.
- Experience and expertise: The pay range of outsourcing administrative tasks doesn’t have a huge range depending on their experience. Generally small business owners pay around $5-7 USD to outsource admin work regardless of experience.
Also, as outsourcing is relatively new, you don’t get a lot of outsourcers that have been doing it for 10 years.
3.Location: When we talk about outsourcing we typically we mean getting your assistants in the Philippines. If you build your team from developed countries such as the North America or Europe you will have much higher rates.
4.Platform or agency: Virtual assistant companies that find you outsourcers are popping up everywhere however, agencies that provide outsourced employees tend to get expensive quickly. For example an agency may bill you $8 and hour and pay the outsourcer only $4.
The small business owner is committed to paying the agency the “agency fee” indefinitely.
When we find, outsourcers for our clients in the Winner’s Circle it’s part of our package. We don’t add any additional fees. The outsourcer typically makes $5-6 per hour instead of $4 and the client is not saddled with any ad on fees.
You can also find outsourcers platforms such as Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer, tend to have a wide range of hourly rates and quality. These also tend to be places you find an outsourcer for a short term project instead of a hiring a virtual assistant long term.
Completely Avoid Small Business Burnout!
Small business owners need to change their entrepreneur mindset. No longer are they limited because they can’t afford help. The benefits for outsourcing for small businesses include extremely affordable and talented help. The ability to afford such talent is just one of the many reasons to outsource to Philippines.
There is no reason to struggle with small business burnout. You don’t need to be buried in small business tasks, always trying to get to the real work. The easiest way to scale your business is to scale your business with outsourcing.
An administrative assistant with some basic systems and process can take your business to new heights quickly! It’s the main reason so many small business owners are outsourcing jobs in the Philippines.
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