Are you a business that’s looking to recruit online staff for your company? You might have heard how easy it is to find virtual assistants that you can outsource tasks to. And now you want to get a virtual assistant for yourself or your department.
Virtual staff provide a lot of value to your business. It’s cost-effective because you don’t have to provide office space and rates can be a whole lot cheaper because of foreign exchange factors. When working with online staff, you also free yourself of the geographic limitations, giving you the opportunity to work with the best, no matter where they are in the world.
Finding virtual assistants can be easy. You can even do it yourself. But should a company look for remote workers themselves?
Working Alone Versus Working with an Agency
As someone who has operated in both ways and has been in this industry for a long time, Linh is very experienced and knows the pros and cons. Working directly with freelancers, she shares, can be even more cost-effective. But finding freelancers yourself is a lot of work. You have to sift through multiple recruiting websites, go through each application, interview them all and select the best person for the job. This could easily take you weeks to complete. After hiring, you also have to provide constant training and development. Essentially, you become an HR manager and lose a significant amount of time running your business.
On top of that, working directly with freelancers can be risky. Because there’s no physical handshake and no governing bodies to protect you, a freelancer could easily take your money and disappear.
Working with a recruitment agency, on the other hand, provides a lot of benefits. The cost might be higher, but it’s justified by all the time you save and the risks you are saved from. That’s why Outsourcing Angel exists – because we want to save business owners and executives time and energy so that they can focus on growing their organisations.
How We Work
Our process at Outsourcing Angel follows a simple model that we call “GROW." It encapsulates our mission and is a blueprint for the promise we make and keep, and the relationships we develop with clients and our virtual employees.
Here’s what each step looks like.
Guide. From interview to actual operation, we’re with you all the way. We teach you everything you need to know about selecting applicants, on-boarding them and building a long-term working relationship. Outsourcing Angel also has experts that can guide you in the systems and processes you need in your business to have to operate a virtual team effectively.
Recruit. We invest in the time to go through applications, hold initial interviews, undertake background checks and all the other necessary recruitment work. Our recruitment workflow helps us select virtual assistants not just based on skill, but other factors like work style, personality and ethics. We then come to you with two to three of the best applicants we believe will fit you most.
Operate. After you’ve selected your virtual assistant, we continue to walk this path with you. We take care of the training, developing, rewarding, paying and processing your virtual assistants. We take care of them so that you can simply focus on taking care of your business.
Wholehearted. Lastly, we do everything in a very whole-hearted manner. We have a love for what we do and actively give back as well. Outsourcing Angel is not just a business. It’s a social enterprise that seeks to improve the lives of people in the Philippines by providing livelihood opportunities and participating in community work.
Taking Outsourcing Seriously
Outsourcing provides so many opportunities for businesses everywhere. If you’re not implementing an outsourcing strategy, you’re missing out on a lot of growth opportunity. Many people don’t have the time to recruit and maintain a virtual assistant, but you can actually work with an agency that can help you do just that. When you can’t do it yourself, outsource it. There are people in this world who want to see you succeed. People like us.