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Jan 30

How You Save Money by Hiring a Cloud-based virtual administrative assistant – Breaking Down the Costs

How You Save Money by Hiring a Cloud-based virtual administrative assistant – Breaking Down the Costs

By Amber Frank

 

Being in the virtual staffing business, we at Team Double-Click® are often asked, “why should I hire a cloud-based virtual administrative assistant and how would it benefit me?”  The answer is simple: you will save money (nearly 50 percent) and time.

 

I don’t think it’s any secret that when an employee is in the office 40 hours a week, that they are not actually working all of those hours.  They have numerous distractions a day from children and spouses calling to chatting with their coworkers.  A study by Basex, a New York research firm, found that office distractions total 2.1 hours a day for the average employee – more than 10 hours and 25 percent of a regular workweek. That doesn’t even take into account the amount of time an employee spends on personal tasks at work.  That is time that the employer is paying them for.  With cloud-based virtual administrative assistant staffing, you only pay for the exact amount of time your virtual employee works.

 

In addition, you don’t pay for office expenses such as utilities, desk, chair, computer, and the office space itself.

 

Then there are benefits expenses including, vacation time, sick time, and insurance coverage.  With cloud-based virtual administrative assistant staffing, the cloud-based virtual administrative assistant is responsible for those costs. With a cloud-based virtual administrative assistant, you pay for their hourly rate and reimburse for any costs incurred for the job (mailing costs, etc.)

 

As you can see from the charts below, hiring a virtual employee is extremely economical for your company.

Wage

$15/hour x 40 hr/week

= $31,200/year

Social Security

(.062 x 31,200)

= $1,934/year

Medicare

(.0145 x 31,200)

= $452/year

Workers comp

(.15 x 31,200)

= $4,680/year

Sick time

1 week/year

= $600/year

Vacation time

2 weeks/year

= $1,200/year

Health Insurance

Average

= $7,800/year

FUTA

(.008 x 7,000)

= $56/year

Cost of hiring

According to Business Week

= $3,270/year

Office distractions*

 

= $8,190 per year

Office utilities

$300 per month

= $3,600/year

Computer

Computer for the assistant

= $1,000

Desk and chair

Modest desk and chair

= $700

Add’l phone line

Phone line install & monthly charges

= $1,300

Office space

Moderate office $900/month

= $10,800/year

Total

 

= $73,782 per year

 

Or

= $35.47 per hour

 

*A study by Basex, a New York research firm.

Wage

$24.86/hour x 30 hr/week

= $38,782/year

Social Security

N/A Independent Contractor

= $0

Medicare

N/A Independent Contractor

= $0

Workers comp

N/A Independent Contractor

= $0

Sick time

N/A Only Pay for Time Worked

= $0

Vacation time

N/A Only Pay for Time Worked

= $0

Health Insurance

N/A Independent Contractor

= $0

FUTA

N/A Independent Contractor

= $0

Cost of hiring

Team Double-Click® requires no start up payment

= $0

Office distractions*

Working from home there are no office distractions

= $0

Office utilities

N/A Independent Contractor – they pay their own utilities

= $0

Computer

N/A Independent Contractor – they buy their own computer

= $0

Desk and chair

N/A Independent Contractor – they buy their own desk and chair

= $0

Add’l phone line

N/A Independent Contractor – they pay for their own phone

= $0

Office space

N/A working from home

= $0

Total

 

= $38,782/year

 

Or

 $18.65/hour

 

*Workweek is listed as 30 hours because Team Double-Click® only charges for time worked; the Cloud-based virtual administrative assistant would still be on call 40 hours.

 

When all is said and done, you spend nearly double the amount for an in-house employee than for a virtual one.

 

Time is money. Hire a cloud-based virtual administrative assistant and save on both.

 

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About the author:

 

Gayle Buske is the co-founder, president and CEO of Team Double-Click®. As the head of a virtual staffing agency, Ms. Buske is uniquely qualified to aid small business owners in their growth and development through virtual administrative assistant outsourcing. Clients across the country look to Ms. Buske and her organization to supply quality cloud-based virtual administrative assistants.

 

Team Double-Click®, the country’s foremost staffing agency for trained cloud-based virtual administrative assistants – Matching Top Virtual Workers with Top Companies! Visit www.teamdoubleclick.com or phone 888.827.9129 for a variety of full-service virtual staffing options.

 

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