Virtual Assistant vs Employee: Stop Paying Too Much for Good Help
If you've been involved with staffing decisions for your real estate agency or brokerage, you know it's a time-consuming and costly process to recruit, hire, and pay new team members. Finding and hiring the right W-2 employees can be expensive, but it's the first route businesses take when needing to staff up.
While it hasn't always been a viable option, with the right platform and the technology and quality improvements of virtual talent, more real estate agents and property managers are choosing virtual contractors instead of employees to scale up their businesses. They are also happy with the quality of the workers they find to work with their companies, the cost savings involved with recruiting and payroll, and the improvements to efficiency and productivity that come with virtual teams.
Keep reading to learn how you're paying too much for good talent and why that no longer needs to be the case if you're ready to add more team members to your workforce!
Recruiting Time Is Money
Recruiting the traditional way is often a time-consuming process. If your objective is to hire locally, chances are you will wait weeks (if not months) for the right candidate to cross your path within driving distance of your offices.
However, just because someone is local doesn't mean they have the skills or experience you need to add quality labor to your company. If you're trying to improve customer service or add more capacity to an overwhelmed team so your business can grow, it can be extremely challenging to find someone with the right skills and experience in your local market.
Consider the time you spend looking for local candidates that can fill a specific set of job requirements for the salary range that fits your budget. That time adds up to financial losses if your company continues delivering less-than-excellent client service that causes your business to lose customers. Your company also can't grow or generate more revenue while clients turn to your competitors, and your current staffing situation can't support new business.
The time it takes to recruit locally equals money you could save on a virtual alternative!
"Local" Isn't Always the Best Way to Use Hiring Dollars
Local talent can also be expensive. Not only does your real estate business need to offer competitive salaries to attract top talent, but your payroll budget must also cover traditional employee benefits, like healthcare and paid time off.
You'll also need to provide office space and equipment for your employees to do their jobs. If your team needs to grow beyond your existing office space, prepare to pay more for a bigger space, higher utilities, and other expenses that come with a growing business.
When many business owners run the numbers and compare to the alternative of virtual real estate assistant jobs, they quickly see that they're spending too much on W-2 employees or local talent (when they don't have to do that to build the workforce they need)!
Real Estate Virtual Assistants Are Available Today
What if you could skip the time it takes to recruit local talent and stop wasting money on recruiters and benefits to support a local team? You can!
When choosing a real estate virtual assistant vs. employee, you save money on the hiring process and ongoing payroll and overhead expenses. Plus, you can start your search to fill a job role, find qualified candidates, and choose the best VA for your team within hours (instead of days, weeks, or months).
In most cases, working through the VPM Solutions platform means you can add 2-3 remote assistants to your team for the cost of one traditional employee. We don't charge any platform fees (i.e., no recruiting fees) to post jobs, talk with candidates, search our database of thousands of ready-to-work virtual assistants, or build, manage, and pay your remote team.
Companies get full access to everything in our system, including industry-trained virtual assistants, without paying any platform fees.
Our Virtual Assistants Are Talented and Trained
Virtual contractors are also highly-skilled and well-trained when sourced through our platform. We provide hours of free training courses for every real estate VA through our VPM Academy. Upon a course's completion, virtual assistants can earn certifications that show companies they have the knowledge they need for specific tasks and roles related to property management and real estate.
So, you don't have to worry that lower salaries or remote workers won't deliver the same quality you expect from in-house employees. The best VAs are highly motivated, knowledgeable, and prepared to improve the efficiency and productivity of your business.
A business owner doesn't need to overpay for talent when they can find the talent they need through our virtual assistant platform at lower salaries and without additional payroll expenses!
Calculate Your Savings When Choosing a Virtual Assistant vs. Employee
If you've never considered virtual assistants before, the idea can take some getting used to.
However, seeing the potential savings you could experience can help the idea of a virtual team become a tangible reality for your real estate business! Whether you need help with data entry, social media marketing, listings management, maintenance coordination, or other tasks, the right VAs can handle those tasks remotely.
See how much money you're losing on costly employees (and how much you could save when choosing remote assistants) with our Free Financial Impact Calculator! Then, if you like what you see, start building your team with a free profile and VPM Solutions.