The virtual assistant industry has seen a healthy boom these past few years. There is nothing strange with this, seeing how VAs benefit many small business owners who are having trouble with their budget and running their enterprise. These professionals simply lift a lot of burden off these entrepreneurs, while keeping their business’ spending profile low at the same time thanks to their low employment cost in the long term.
Virtual assistants can be found from all over the world and can be easily hired through the Internet. Although there is an abundant pool of VAs in first world English-speaking nations like Canada, the US, and UK, small business owners from these countries seem to have a preference to off-shore VAs. This comes as no surprise, as such VAs – particularly from developing countries like India and the Philippines – tend to cost far less than any American, British, or Canadian online assistants do. That’s not to mention the fact that they have more or less the same quality as their first world counterparts.
Many who find themselves contemplating about hiring a VA seem to shy away from hiring one from an off-shore firm. Cultural differences aside, what’s preventing them from doing so is the argument that they may be harming their country’s economy by not hiring local VAs, which is a bad thing for business in the long run.
Disregarding future business implications, it also is very beguiling for people to realize that they are denying local VAs and similar professionals a job when they outsource administrative help from off-shore firms instead. It doesn’t even help that everyone still feels the effect of the past decade’s recession.
Here’s what this author can tell you though: Don’t feel guilty. No sir, you should not feel bad about hiring foreign VAs at all. Here are the reasons why:
- There is nothing to be guilty about not hiring someone you cannot afford. It is common knowledge among first world small business owners that local help can be expensive. Although hiring one may actually help your economy in a way, the costs won’t be as stimulating to your business.
- It actually helps your local economy. As explained by the well-known entrepreneur Chris Ducker, any local economy runs on small businesses, and every penny saved by these small profiting entities makes a difference.
- Growth caused by saving money on virtual assistance, can eventually help you earn money that’s big enough to enable you to move on from off-shore outsourcing and hire quality local VAs. There’s no need to explain this one further.
If you are running a small, bootstrapping company in a country where human resources can be costly, it’s perfectly fine and guilt-free to hire an affordable virtual assistant off-shore. There’s no need to be guilty or sad or anything when you forego hiring local VAs in favor of off-shore ones. It saves you money, helps you grow your business faster, and, eventually, enables you to provide local jobs. See? Everyone wins and that in itself is good.