A few days ago I was thinking about how technology changed so rapidly in just a few years: in 2011 I was on exchange in Riga, and Whatsapp didn’t exist, nor the option of Facebook calls. I could still be in touch with my friends and parents by Skype, but we always had to arrange it by PM or email. I’m just so amazed at how fast our lives have changed in only a bunch of years and I’m absolutely curious at how things will change in the next few coming.
Physical office vs virtual office
Today, it’s no longer necessary to maintain a costly office setup, with a variety of full or part-time staff dedicated to specific areas of expertise.
Not only is it not necessary, but by doing so you can set yourself up at a competitive disadvantage, as rival see the advantages of streamlining and outsourcing.
This has given rise to the meteoric ascendancy of the virtual assistant. In truth, there is very little the virtual assistant cannot do compared to a “real-life” assistant, sitting at the next desk or in the adjacent office. When small business owners make a realistic comparison of costs the difference becomes quite clear.
It makes no sense from a logistical and economic point of view to continue to maintain a costly “bricks and mortar” office anymore.
There are many hidden costs associated with employing somebody on either a full or part-time basis. Some of these costs include benefits, contribution to a pension scheme, payment for sick leave, paid holidays, annual vacation.
These are some of the payments necessary to keep an employee happy and to conform to legal requirements. Yet these costs only reflect part of the problem. When a business owner commits to employing somebody full time they also commit to training and ongoing development.
They need to provide a platform for growth, in order to keep the employee happy and to ensure they don’t start scouting around for other positions.
Engaging a full-time employee is also a commitment made without being fully sure of the future. It can be difficult to scale up or down your requirements as a small business owner and it can take a long time to replace somebody who leaves. When your business is not firing on all cylinders due to staff shortage or training this can once again place the organisation at a competitive disadvantage.
In short, the keyword for all companies these days is agility and this is not an easy goal to achieve if the organisation cannot easily manage employee growth.
As a business grows its needs by necessity will change.
Like I said at the beginning of this article, I’m looking forward to seeing how technology will impact all those jobs that take place remotely: how will my profession change? For the moment I can only make sure that the way I work with my clients, the tools and methods, are at best possible option. And if you want to know more about tools I use to work on a project with my clients, you’ll enjoy this article.
Getting to the end of this article, if you want to know a bit more about virtual assistants and how you can benefit working with one, book a FREE discovery call and we’ll go through the details together!