The benefits of using remote assistance and services to complete many tasks which they are capable of range beyond money saved. While these assistants typically do provide a more financially-sound alternative to the cost of adding a full-time assistant, the added value lies in the VA’s status as an off-site contractor.
The ability for a virtual assistant to work at an off-site location and provide their equipment means that your office will be less crowded, and you won’t have to worry about adding another computer, phone, and other expenses to the balance sheet. Even though they will rarely if ever, be present in the office, a quality virtual assistant will be available for correspondence whenever you need them. Of course, reasonable work hours apply to virtual assistants just as they do full-time employees, but your business is unlikely to be taken advantage of by client-dependent virtual assistants. And, if they are unresponsive or you find their services to be inadequate, their status as an individual contractor means that finding a replacement is not as costly as it would be for a full-time assistant.