Date Posted: April 01 2022

Virtual Assistant vs. Employee: Explaining the Concept of a “Part-Time” VA

In our experience, we have had a handful of entrepreneurs and business owners reach out to us looking for a “part-time” VA and we chuckle every single time.

Why you may ask?  Well, it’s one of those things that are said with some redundancy. Virtual Assistants are “part-time” as they are not the same as an employee. Employees are both part-time and full-time and there are many Human Resource Policies surrounding each of them.

A Virtual Assistant is a business owner, just like you, and you pay for their services, just like your clients pay for yours. A VA is not on your payroll, which is a Human Resource expense.  Instead, they send you an invoice for the services that you hired them for and you pay the invoice based on their payment terms, which is an operational expense. Depending on the VA, they may charge you a retainer for services to be performed, or they may charge you for the services after they complete them, or they may charge you a deposit in order to start the project and the remaining is paid after the work has been completed.

An employee is very different. Regardless of part-time or full-time, an employee works only for you during their work hours and in turn you pay them for those hours they work. Regardless of whether you have work for them or not, or whether you don’t have enough revenue, you have to continue to pay your employees unless you lay them off, which you will have to follow the HR Policies for your area.

Hiring the right Virtual Assistant for you and what you need, is the key to your success. There are literally tens of thousands of VA’s across the globe and more starting their business every day, so how do you pick the right one?  In our February blog, How to Get More Done in Your Business in Less Time, we tell you exactly what you need to do.

If you are looking for someone to help you for minimal hours each week or month, then a Virtual Assistant is what we recommend, especially if you are looking for help for the very first time in your business. Hiring an employee is a large commitment and there are many things you want to have in place before you take on such a large commitment.

Efficient Business Solutions can help you create your empire by building your team. Use our virtual team to expand your operational capacity and get more done faster, without taking on additional  human resource expenses. We understand your struggles because we are business owners just like you.

Contact Melissa at to schedule your Discovery Call to find out how our team can help.

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