As a business owner, you’re always looking for ways to cut expenses. Saving on labor cost is a common strategy to boost profits, so you hire freelancers instead of full time Filipino virtual assistants. No paid sick leaves or vacation time, no health insurance—it’s a no-brainer. However, keep in mind that it’s not always peachy keen in Freelance Land. While contracting freelancers presents the possibility of saving substantially on labor costs, it carries with it significant drawbacks as well.
1. Lack of Commitment
Virtual assistants from the Philippines devote their full focus to the needs of the business during work hours. Not so with freelancers, who sell their services to the highest bidder. Despite contracts, freelancers have been known to leave clients at the drop of a hat if it suits their purposes. Moreover, freelancers often work for several clients at once, so you never have their undivided attention.
2. Lack of Oversight
Another drawback of hiring freelancers is that you can’t really keep tabs on them. Freelancers often work in their own remote offices without any direct supervision.
3. Intellectual Property Right Issues
Businesses that produce copyrighted intellectual property like videos, graphics and music take ownership of their employee’s works. Freelancers usually retain copyrights to their work, which means you have to pay a premium in order for them to hand over the rights to their creations.
4. Sourcing and Evaluating Talent
Finding freelancers with the required skills and choosing from qualified candidates can be a very time-consuming process. Screening freelancers often involves looking through mountains of portfolios, collecting work samples, and communicating with other employers that have used the freelancer in the past.
Remote Staff to The Rescue
Here’s the good news: by outsourcing to the Philippines, you can still save on labor cost (up to 70% in fact) while avoiding all the drawbacks of dealing with unreliable freelancers.
Here at Remote Staff, we’ll take care of finding the most capable Filipino virtual assistants for your business needs. We’ll collaborate with you on the resource you need, then follow through with targeted direct-to-market sourcing activities, referrals and social media engagement.
We’ll also provide a remote work platform with monitoring tools as well as end-to-end support so you avoid the distractions of dealing with payroll, HR and other administrative tasks for your virtual assistant from the Philippines. This frees up your time to focus on what’s most important to you: managing and growing your business. To further support your remote team, a dedicated account manager will be assigned to you to serve as another helping hand with your virtual assistant from the Philippines and as point of contact to Remote Staff support functions.
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