WHAT IS A VA (VIRTUAL ASSISTANT)?
A Virtual Assistant is anyone who works remotely handling a wide range of tasks: from administrative through to technical tasks to support business owners.
Generally, Virtual Assistants perform social management tasks, data entry, appointment scheduling, call and email management, travel coordination, and many more depending on the business.
TOP 5 BENEFITS OF HIRING A FILIPINO VA
Hiring a Virtual Assistant can be one of the best decisions a business can make. They significantly increase the productivity of a team because VAs can handle basic tasks, allowing company staff and management to spend more time growing the business.
While there are many people worldwide who can be your next Virtual Assistant, it is worth checking how Filipinos could be your most ideal VA. Below are the reasons why you should consider hiring Filipinos as Virtual Assistants:
1. English Language Proficiency
According to CNN Philippines 2020, Philippines ranked 27th in the English Proficiency Index and second-highest English proficiency in Asia.
Proficiency in the English language has been one of the country’s strengths which helped drive the economy and made the Philippines the top voice outsourcing destination in the world.
This not only makes Filipinos excellent communicators but also hard-working employees, which brings us to the next point.
You may have heard this from other employers around the world, but hiring a Filipino means hiring someone who’s not your average employee.
Due to their work culture and ethics, Filipinos are known to be responsible, dependable, and hardworking. Extending more than just the job description stated on paper, Filipinos tend to serve more than they were hired to do willingly and efficiently.
They go out of their way to add value to the work they do. It is clear that Filipino Virtual Assistants have carved out a unique reputation in the international market as high-performing, highly sought-after employees.
3. Higher Staff Cost Savings
This is the main reason employers from all over the globe hire Filipinos as Virtual Assistants. Wages are typically less than US/UK/Australia rates and VAs provide their own office equipment like computer/laptop, headset, and high-speed internet access.
Overall companies may save over 60% or more compared to staff salary costs when they hire Filipino VAs, giving clients more chances to grow their business.
Employers may still need to offer a competitive price for higher-skilled professionals but for start-ups or solo entrepreneurs, a Virtual Assistant can be an experienced specialist or well-skilled, all-round support to handle all the nitty-gritty part of your process will take a load off your plate.
4. Respectful And Resilient
Are you looking for a good long-term team member to work with for your business? If so, let me tell you that Filipinos value good relationships whether personal or professional. Being respectful is one of the traits that Filipinos are always practicing towards their colleagues and clients, putting love and dedication into their work.
Filipinos are also known to have a resilient spirit. Despite disasters or power interruptions in the country, you will expect your virtual assistant to prepare everything they need to get the job done, even if it means having a backup internet connection to continue the flow of communication.
5. Competent And Talented
Hiring a Filipino as a Virtual Assistant means hiring a wide range of expertise. Every year, thousands of university graduates upskill themselves with broader topics from administrative to technical tasks to get ahead.
Clients will get the level of quality and industry-specific knowledge that is just right for their business too. Due to the flexibility of working remotely, Filipino virtual assistants have better focus and productivity, with lower turnover and higher quality work.
THINGS TO KNOW WHEN HIRING A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT
Are you interested in hiring your virtual assistant? That is a great move so you can have someone to help you with your business! So, what should you look for when hiring a Virtual Assistant? You don’t know where to start? Hiring one isn’t as easy as everyone thinks but we have a list below to give you ideas and guide you when choosing your next ROCKSTAR VA!
Know your budget. Conduct research on how much a virtual assistant costs. But there is no clear answer to that. There are some that start with $3 per hour up to $12 per hour depending on what skills they can offer and years of experience.
Create a job post. You can expect to receive up to 400 job applications for a job post, be prepared, be thorough, be fair and be careful not to lose talent! If you don’t have previous skills here we would recommend using an agency.
What qualities are you looking for? During the interview, you can know more about every VAs qualities and abilities. You can ask them a question about a certain scenario and hear them answer on how they will handle the situation. Knowledgeable, skilled, honest, enthusiastic, and easy to train virtual assistants is mainly what we are looking for. Also, seek out a compatible personality.
Look for someone who understands your business. Getting a Virtual Assistant is not just working on the task. They should understand what they are working on and the business. It is better to get them more involved. This will help them put up a strategy to contribute to the business.
Do a Trial Run. This will help you see how a certain virtual assistant does a task. You’ll see and review if they are accurate, intelligent, submit on time, and are a really good fit. Think about your priorities and the skills that you need for a VA. This will help you decide on choosing your VA.
Decide and Wrap Up. There may be lots of qualified applicants but you have to choose someone that could be your assistant in your business. Reach out to your hired VA and congratulate them. It is a great way to welcome them and then discuss important matters. Create better communication for a better connection.
These are just some of the benefits when hiring a Filipino Virtual Assistant, but you may probably be able to add a few more to the list when going for more technically skilled or senior-level VAs.
The point is, hiring a virtual assistant is the biggest win-win. You get someone to help you run your business and you can even hire multiple assistants for the cost of one person in the US/UK.
But one thing is for sure, you will save on reduced labor costs without compromising the quality of results.