Enjoy Working With A Cost Effective Team With The Virtual Employee Outsourcing Model
Outsourcing has proved to be an inevitable part of most western businesses and companies, who outsource at least one business function to countries like India. While the ubiquitous freelancer may have been the face of outsourcing a decade ago, as was outright project outsourcing, things have evolved, as they invariably do.
Today, a new breed of workers are dominating the outsourcing industry and they are known as 'virtual employees'. This revolutionary new concept was first successfully introduced by VirtualEmployee.com, one of the leading outsourcing companies in India. The virtual employee primarily endeavoured to fill the vacuum that was being faced by scores of SMEs and individual and home business owners who had had their fill of unreliable freelancers but lacked the resources to do outright project outsourcing like the MNCs.
Today, even a small company working in any domain, can easily hire a virtual employee to work for them just like a locally hired employee, and at a fraction of what the local talent would have cost. Buoyed by the success of working with just one virtual employee, many companies now wish to take their outsourcing experience to the next level by hiring an entire virtual team. And what better way to do this than by following the Virtual Employee model of outsourcing?
You can enjoy the manifold benefits of outsourcing by hiring an entire virtual team to work for you- and all under roof and from the office of the same outsourcing vendor.
1.A virtual team does not require you to pour in any extra investment in terms of office space, hardware, software and infrastructure. It is the vendor who sees to the logistics, leaving you free to focus only on work.
2.Compare this model to hiring a team of freelancers to work for you. Getting the freelancer together for meetings or conferences conducted through Skype or video conferencing is next to impossible. This is because a freelancer is literally the master of their time and follow their own schedules, thereby ensuring that no two freelancers are likely to be free and available at the same time. A virtual team that works out from the same office comes with the powerful reassurance that you can always have them assembled and ready for a meeting in no time at all, thanks to the efficient project managers who would ensure all this.
3.A virtual team consists of professionals hailing from different domains. So, if yours is a software company that requires PHP professionals, Dot Net experts as well as website designers and content writers, then a reputed vendor can be your one-stop destination for fulfilling all your outsourcing needs. You can get all these skilled professionals from the same vendor and your virtual team is ready to work for you.
4.Such a model usually would have a senior point of contact for you (in the form of a project manager or a team leader), facilitating smooth to and fro flow of information. You get to convey your requirements, how you wish the work to be executed, the deadlines and targets and the project head then conveys this to the rest of the team.
5.The overheads that are a part of any recruitment are, luckily, not your headache as the vendor takes responsibility for issues like employment taxes, labour laws, insurance, employee benefits etc.
The virtual employee model is, therefore, tailor-made for customized outsourcing, irrespective of whether you hire just one virtual employee or an entire virtual team.
by: Daya Mukherjee