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When Employing Staff Is Not An Option

Monday 18 January 2010

When Employing Staff Is Not An Option

As New Zealand begins to ease its way out of the recession, many business owners are apprehensive about leaping in and employing new staff.

Owners of small to mid-size businesses may not be able to justify employing the same number of staff as they had prior to the recession. However, as the New Year kicks off and business starts to pick up, many remaining staff members may be required to take on the extra work caused by the redundancies of the past year. This can lead to decreased productivity and low morale.

For business owners who want to get back to where they were before the recession or even grow their business, employing staff may not be an option. Instead, the answer could lie in outsourcing.

Marion Jackson, owner and operator of ‘My Virtual Assistant’, an online personal assistant service located in Auckland, says: “Taking the pressure off your team and outsourcing work can be the first step to getting things back on track for many companies, especially smaller businesses.”

“Partnering with a Virtual Assistant means you don’t have to provide valuable office space, training or equipment, because a Virtual Assistant operates from their own premises.”

A Virtual Assistant has usually gained experience from working in the ‘real’ world for a number of years and business owners will find they are enthusiastic, reliable and highly skilled. A Virtual Assistant will only work when there is work to be done. This means business owners don’t have to scratch around finding work for them to do in order to justify their employment, like you might with an actual onsite employee. Other benefits include not having to pay for holiday or sick leave.

Outsourcing non-revenue generating assignments or time consuming administration tasks to a Virtual Assistant is an effective way of increasing results and improving productivity. Having a reliable service to count on, such as ‘My Virtual Assistant’, will help business owners get through the down and up times in business, and in many cases, can lead to a long term, beneficial partnership and ultimate business success.

Even though a Virtual Assistant can be used for a ‘one off’ project, in order to make a really effective change, building rapport and passing on regular assignments could result in a permanent and cost effective way of conducting business.


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