Virtual staffs, or virtual assistants, are people you hire online to do your work for you. If you’re part of a company, these people that you hired will also be part of the company, but their presence is only on a virtual level; hence, the name virtual staff or virtual assistant. Virtual staffs can be hired from any point in the world, but most of them are usually from countries who are doing well in the outsourcing industry like the Philippines and India. If you plan on hiring people to be your home-based virtual staff or home-based virtual assistant, here are a couple of important things that you need to consider.
The different tasks
Virtual assistants come in different classes. They can accommodate general tasks, but some of them are also meant to accommodate specific tasks only. 1.) General virtual staffs/General virtual Assistants – These people are the ones who do a multitude of tasks like transcription or data entry, appointment setting or calendar management, flight bookings, and even social media management.
2.) SEO Experts – These people are in charge doing your SEO tasks for you like niche, market, and keyword research, on-page and off-page optimization, blog and social media management, and benchmarking.
3.) Content writers – These people will be in charge of creating content or articles for your blog, website, or for off-page optimization purposes. When capable, they can also create videos that will help drive traffic to your blog.
4.) Web development – These people are probably a rare bunch, but they’re considered to be the highest paid Vas because of the required skill levels needed to perform the tasks. Their tasks include website layout and designing, programming (pHp, Java, etc.), software or application development (RoR or Ruby on Rails), and the list goes on.
5.) Telemarketers or Customer Service Representatives – This type of Virtual Assistants are also very rare, considering they are hired by a lot of companies on a physical level, meaning that they report to the company’s office for work. However, there are certain jobs which will allow you to work from the comforts of your own home.
What are the basis for Virtual Staff‘s salaries?
As an employer, you can choose to pay your virtual staffs or virtual assistants in two ways: you can pay them on a monthly basis (one-time payment at the end of the month, or two separate bi-weekly payments) or you can pay them per project. The more popular option is the former, considering that a lot of employers hire virtual staffs on a long-term basis. How you pay your virtual staff is irrelevant, but what is important is how you determine their pay. This should be the basis on how much you should pay your virtual employees:
1.) Skill level and qualifications – Employees with more experience or background will get a higher pay rate than those who are just starting to become Virtual Assistants.
2.) Internet connection – Virtual Staff’s are required to have stable and fast Internet connection at home, and this can be pretty expensive when they’re in the Philippines. A 2MB connection, which is fast enough for a residential connection, will cost $60 to $80 a month.
3.) Place –Virtual Staff’s work from their own homes or pads, but for the latter, their salary will cover the expenses for the rent. On average, pad or apartment rental can cost a minimum of $60 a month to a maximum of $500 a month.
4.) Utilities – Virtual Staff’s will spend a lot of time online and using the computer, so they can expect their electric bills to skyrocket to $50 to $250, depending on where they are located.
The salary of your Virtual staff should be able to cover all of these expenses while leaving them with enough money to save.