Most entrepreneurs who outsource rely on project based workers. They claim that it’s the perfect way to do outsourcing. But if you listen to them closely, you’ll find that with project based workers they’ll regularly come across the following problems:
- There’s no guarantee that their preferred contractor would be available whenever they want.
- Their contractor is always rushing to finish this job in anticipation for the next job.
- There’s no real camaraderie with other employees, which is problematic when you have jobs that require teamwork.
- There’s always that risk that they’re subcontracting that work to someone else.
So instead, I hire Filipino virtual assistants full-time. It’s really the best way to go if you want outsourcing to work.
I’ve had people approach me and say, “John, full-time Filipino VAs have the same issues. They work several jobs, even when they work full-time. How can you say this is better than hiring project based workers?”
That’s a good question. Yes, there are some full-time workers that have multiple jobs. But I’ve seen how hiring full-time AND giving your VA a good wage, can help get rid of the problems listed above.
The Preferred Contractor Problem
Really good VAs are in high demand. That’s why when you find a great Filipino VA who does good work, it doesn’t make sense to let them go. They have a lot of opportunities out there so it doesn’t make sense for them to wait on you to give them another job. They don’t need to be loyal to anyone. They can make more money by being a free agent.
When you hire a great VA full-time, they’re basically locked in. Because you’ve hired them full-time, even if they have jobs on the side, you are their first priority. They’ll value you more because you’re the job security they don’t have when they’re freelancing.
The Job Hunting Problem
Project based workers are always on the hunt for the next job because if they wait too long, that means weeks, possibly months without a paycheck. If you have a family to support, that’s a terrifying prospect.
So if you can afford to hire a VA full-time, do it. Give them that peace of mind. When they don’t have to worry where the next paycheck is coming from, they can focus on working to earn the check they know is coming.
The Camaraderie Problem
When you hire a Filipino virtual assistant full-time, they make an effort to be part of the family. I’ve seen this even with my own team. The project-based people I have hired have been forgotten. The full-time workers keep in touch, even after they leave. Some are even friends outside of work.
And I’m not just talking about my Filipino workers. I mean my Filipino VAs and local employees. They make an effort to get along with each other because they see themselves as part of the same team. I don’t have to worry about how they work because I know they’ll find a way to work together.
One of the main reasons why online Filipino workers subcontract work is because their current salary doesn’t cover their needs. That’s why we encourage that you give a good wage ONCE your Filipino VA has proven their worth.
However, there are instances that some full-time workers still subcontract. And they’re still better than project workers who do it because:
- In most cases, they’re more honest about it. They’ll tell you right off the bat if they’re outsourcing some of their work and why. This is good because it gives then the responsibility of checking their work. If they want to keep their job, they have to guarantee quality.
- They don’t subcontract all the work. In most cases, they outsource small, menial tasks. Jobs you would expect from a beginner VA. I notice that Filipino workers outsource work to mentor friends and family members into online work. And for me, it’s a good thing because it gives me a bigger talent pool of trained VAs.
The Biggest Problem With Project Based Workers
By far the biggest problem with project based workers that most business owners don’t realize is the turnover. When you hire a project based worker, it means 100% turnover in your business. It’s hard to run a business when people who work for you are turning over all the time. It’s mentally draining and doesn’t really ever let you get things off your plate.
Hiring a full-time worker allows you to automate full tasks and systems over the long term. It allows you to spend time and effort teaching someone because you know that teaching and training will pay off over and over again. With a project worker you can’t do that. Any time spent training is wasted as soon as that project is done.
Plus, it takes the same amount of effort to hire a full-time person as it does a project based person.
And the biggest advantage you get when you hire Filipino workers full-time is loyalty. It’s tough finding skilled, reliable workers who are dedicated to your business. When you hire full-time, that’s what you get. Because you’re giving that Filipino VA security and a sense of belonging. You’re not just giving them money, you’re giving them a chance to make something bigger than themselves.
Be a part of it. Hire a Filipino VA for your business today.
About John Jonas
John helps business owners learn to outsourcing to the Philippines and replace themselves with virtual assistants.
He founded and owns OnlineJobs.ph.
He currently employs 14 amazing Filipino workers full-time and loves every one of them. He lives in Utah, has a wonderful wife, 4 amazing kids, and golfs 4-5 times/week.