Mutualism: How Filipino Virtual Assistants and Entrepreneurs Benefit Each Other

mutualismBehind the scenes, a business nurtures more than one relationship. Creating a mutually beneficial relationship between the business and the consumer is the number one objective for most entrepreneurs, but it is the entrepreneur-staff relationship that keeps the business a well-oiled machine.

Since the popularity of outsourcing, Filipino Virtual Assistants have been helping entrepreneurs simplify their lives and become more successful by efficiently and effectively helping their businesses grow.

A Filipino VA Can Simplify Your Life

Lower Business Costs

Filipino Virtual Assistants have dramatically changed the costs of doing business. Money is no longer a barrier for people who have great ideas and services. Rather than spending $81,000 on total expenses, you can now have an equally successful business for around 10% of that sum. It’s not just the savings that make it attractive, but the earnings too. In a short amount of time and with less money, you can earn money from a business that you would not have been able to afford otherwise.

Low costs also benefit businesses who are going under. With the availability of talented VA’s, they have another option to keep their business running.

In House Administrative AssistantLocal Virtual AssistantFilipino Virtual Assistant
In House Administrative AssistantLocal Virtual AssistantFilipino Virtual Assistant
Wage Per Hour$18$20$3
Employee Benefits (35%)$6.30$1.05
Training Costs (7%)$1.26$0.21
Overhead Costs (50%)$9
Payroll Taxes (25%)$4.50
Total Hourly$39.06$20$4.26
Hours Per Year208020802080
Total Paid Out$81,422.80$41,600$8,860.80
Savings$39,822.80 (compared to inhouse staff)$72,562 (compared to inhouse staff)

Save Time

An entrepreneur’s day doesn’t end after 5pm. There’s always more to do, and the business to constantly think of. According to research by call handling firm Penelope, micro-business owners work 52 hours a week. That’s 63% longer than the regular worker. Do-it-all entrepreneurs spend even more hours working.

Administrative tasks alone include:

admin va tasks

Having a virtual assistant do all of those tasks for you frees up 20 hours a week that you would otherwise be spending on these minor administrative duties.

Add to Your Expertise

A virtual assistant plays a huge role in the development of your business expertise. Developing expertise relies a lot on your ability to practice it, and deliberate practice is comprised of 4 components:

  1. focused goals
  2. feedback
  3. opportunity for practice
  4. concentration

Many entrepreneurs often find it hard to focus because of the multiple factors in their business they are trying to do. Virtual assistants take care of those things so you keep your mind at peace, knowing it’s in good hands. They free up your time and your mind is able to focus and concentrate on goals, feedback, and continue practicing on your business.

Strengthen your Business

You may have amazing business ideas and awesome trend insight, but to make your vision grow, you have to focus on the thing you do best and trust others to do the rest. You can’t be the social media marketing expert, the SEO expert, the effective copywriter, and the programming guru of your business. You would be spreading yourself way to thin, and you would be less effective. Build on your expertise, and let your expert VA’s  deal with the other areas.

Do things you’ve never done before

With a team that’s not tied up to a physical office, and all reports sent to you online, you are free to go places and do things you wouldn’t do otherwise. Go to a golf tournament, plan a vacation to Hawaii with your wife, or visit Disney land with the kids. The world of possibilities opens up when you have trustworthy, hardworking VA’s to help you run your business.

How Foreign Entrepreneurs Help Filipino Virtual Assistants

Filipinos are known as honest and loyal employees. As long as an employer is good to them, they treat the business like a family, and their employer as their long lost cousin.

Improve the Virtual Assistant’s Financial Status

Loyalty and dedication are strengthened with financial fairness. The minimum daily rate for a Filipino virtual assistant with little experience and no skills is $12.50. VAs with skills in one or more areas should be paid more according to their expertise.

Selected Philippine AreasPhilippine Minimum Daily SalaryVirtual Assistant Minimum Daily Salary
Selected Philippine AreasPhilippine Minimum Daily SalaryVirtual Assistant Minimum Daily Salary
Manila$10.21429$12.50
Iloilo $5.833333 $12.50
Cebu $7.02381 $12.50
Iligan $6.928571 $12.50
Davao $7.428571 $12.50
ARMM $5.952381 $12.50

*Source:  http://www.nwpc.dole.gov.ph/pages/statistics/stat_current_regional.html

Hone the Filipino VA Skills

A lot of virtual assistants are already armed with skills necessary for the job. But, if you’ve worked with a Filipino VA before, you know that they don’t stop learning. They just don’t. They understand that branching out and trying new things will broaden their skill set, and with this new knowledge, they are able to add more to your business. They want to please their employer, and bringing something unique and different to the table is a way of doing that.

Flexible Schedules

Most Virtual Assistant jobs are results-based which is something Filipinos appreciate. After-all, nobody wants to be stuck at a desk for 8 hours when the job could be finished in 6 hours. This also gives them enough time to commute. In Manila, it takes an average of 1.5 hours just to get to the office. That is 3 unproductive hours taken out of their work day.

Cheaper Overhead Expenses

With a monthly income of as low as $200 a month working for an office, spending $10-125 on transportation is a huge expense every Filipino would like to be rid of. Below is a list of additional costs every Filipino has to pay for on a monthly basis. By giving them fair pay, they are able to make these payments without taking on another job. This allows them to focus 100% of their working time on your

va expenses

Loud protests have been made regarding the downsides of outsourcing. If you give outsourcing Filipino virtual assistants a chance, you will find that the benefits far outreach the negative aspects of outsourcing. Filipinos are proud to work for a foreign boss which gives them motivation to work hard and to please their employers. Virtual assistants cut costs, add to the business’ expertise, save time, and allow entrepreneurs to focus on more than just their business. They make businesses possible when they otherwise would not be. If that sounds enticing at all, hiring a Filipino Virtual Assistant is something you would benefit from.

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  2. C Joseph Howard says

    I am a retired CPA. I would use an assistant for two jobs: 1) Telemarketing – Calling US businesses, Asking to speak to the owner, and telling the owner about our payroll service, or one of the other services we provide to small US businesses;
    You will need a computer and access to the internet. this work would be done for up to 5 hours between the hours 9 AM and 4 PM Monday to Friday US Central time. I will provide or pay for the internet connection for voip (voice over internet protocol-internet telephone).
    2) Office tasks- Doing the clerical work of data entry and computer operation to execute the payroll calculation and tax filing. If you have the talent we will instruct you.
    3)YouI will start at the lower end of the pay range. If you are a productive worker raises will come fast.

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  3. Fil Rutzer says

    Don’t just promote the $300-workers. There are a lot of rockstars (like me! :-) ) who can bring in tens of thousands of dollars to a company. For that, my employer does not mind paying me $300/week not per month. My friend used to work for him and I believe she found that job here. She used to receive $500/month. When I had to replace her, I asked for 250/week. I demonstrated that I was worth that, even more! He’s happy. I’m happy!

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