Virtual Employees for Small Companies and Start-Ups

28 Jul 2016 | By James

Topics: Virtual Employees


The idea of virtual employees is an innovative HR solution offered by some mid-scale tech companies from India. A client is offered a dedicated employee to work on his project remotely and pay an hourly rate. Hiring virtual employees is perfect for the web and mobile app development and similar BPO projects.

Some web and mobile app development companies with development centres in India are offering an innovative manpower solution for start-ups and small companies looking for expansion without investing big. The idea of virtual employees is not as complex as it sounds. A virtual employee is actually a real employee working exclusively for you from a remote location. Hiring virtual employees is perfect for BPO processes, web design and development, mobile application development and similar projects.

The Economy

The present rate for virtual employees varies around £8 per hour. You can hire virtual employees for periods as short as one day to say, a few months. It is especially useful for small companies or start-ups who cannot afford to assemble a team of skilled personnel early on. They can start their projects rolling by hiring virtual employees and once things start moving smoothly, they can start hiring a full-time in-house staff on their own.

A Win-Win Situation For All Involved

If you look close, you can easily understand how this works without any catches. The companies that provide virtual employees are usually companies that have a high attrition rate. This could be due to a lot of factors. Some companies prefer freshers over experienced ones. Usually, such companies are very good at training novices and turning them into skilled personnel. They expect their employees to acquire a certain level of competence and move to greener pastures, providing an opportunity for more freshers to join. These companies, on the other hand, get the advantage of paying comparatively low remuneration packages because the training they provide is often worth more than the pay they give out. Also, having given implant training to lots of candidates, these companies become adept at the very process of imparting training. This becomes additionally useful in virtual employee services because the first and foremost thing here is to learn about the client’s project thoroughly.

How It Works

Let us now look at the business model of virtual employee service providers. These companies usually have a long waiting list of applicants, waiting to enter them as interns. Once a client places the request for a virtual employee, a project manager immediately communicates with the client and learns their requirements. By that time, the HR department would have hired the required number of people and they get trained on the project. The project manager coordinates the various employees working on the various projects of various clients. By the time the project of a particular client is over, another client would be ready for another project.

This is beneficial for young professionals working as virtual employees too. They get to work on bigger and better projects they otherwise could lay their hands on, only later in their careers. This experience will help them land better jobs soon. As for the clients who hire virtual employees, they do not have to worry about the various rules and regulations related to employment and running a bigger organisation. And for companies that provide virtual employee services, it presents an opportunity to develop independent projects of their own with the available manpower, when they are free from virtual employee assignments.

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