The medical field is constantly changing. As a medical practice owner, you're always on the lookout for ways to improve your business and bolster your services so they can better serve patients and manage their health conditions. That means you need the right team of people by your side. When it comes to hiring, you have several options. In this post, we'll discuss if hiring a virtual assistant is right for your business. We'll also explore how costs and responsibilities compare when hiring full-time office staff versus a virtual assistant.
Differences between virtual assistants and full-time office staff
The differences between a virtual medical assistant and a full-time office staff member are many, with a core distinction being this: how much time they spend working for you.
Virtual medical assistants often charge an hourly rate, but many of them also offer flat rates for specific tasks or a set of monthly hours. In addition, some virtual medical assistants offer packages with all sorts of extras that can help streamline your business operations.
On the other hand, office staff members are brought in for a set number of hours each month. This means they generally cost more than virtual assistants because they require higher wages due to the amount of time they spend at work on behalf of their employer (and because they'll be there every day).
Advantages of hiring a Virtual Medical Assistant
If you're thinking about hiring a virtual medical assistant, there are many advantages to consider. First and foremost, the cost savings for your practice will be significant. Virtual medical assistants work from home, so many of their expenses are much lower than those of employees who work in an office setting. In addition to lower overhead costs, there are also significant tax advantages; a virtual assistant is self-employed and therefore doesn't need any benefits or payroll taxes deducted from their paychecks.
The flexibility provided by hiring a VMA offers other benefits as well. With a typical full-time employee working 9-5 during weekdays (and perhaps 8:30-5 on Saturdays), it may not always be possible for them to accommodate your schedule when it comes time for an appointment outside normal business hours—or during holidays and weekends! When using a virtual assistant service provider, however, they usually can be available during the times that fit you most.
How do hiring costs between the two compare?
Hiring a virtual assistant is always more cost-effective than hiring full-time employees. In addition to the lower overall expense, you have much more flexibility with a VA. You can hire one person or several, depending on your needs at any given time.
You will also find that working with an experienced VMA is far more efficient than having someone in your office who doesn't know what they're doing or just isn't good at their job. VMAs are specialized and highly trained professionals who know exactly how things need to be done and can help ensure that everything runs smoothly and efficiently every single day.
Finally, you'll discover that working with a VMA gives you access to skills beyond those of many other people in the industry (like yours truly!).
The bottom line
Hiring a virtual medical assistant has various advantages, with the most important being the ability to control costs.
You can hire, increase or reduce hours as needed based on projects and tasks.
Since virtual medical assistants are not full-time employees, you don't need to include paid vacation leave, overtime pay, payroll costs, or healthcare.