Many quickly realize that a Real Estate Virtual Assistant is very different from hiring a temp. Temps are used in many situations such as when an employee takes a temporary leave of absence. The problem arises with the screening process. You must rely on agency standards which can be high or low depending on the company and individuals.
Choosing to work with a Real Estate Virtual Assistant is very different. We are business owners just like those we do work for. Therefore. we have a vested interest in customer satisfaction and offering exceptional value to our customers.
Lawsuits have resulted when employers have retained temporary workers for extended time periods. Courts have ruled in favor of the temporary workers – seeing the extended periods as a loophole that the employer used to avoid their responsibilities.
Virtual assistants are business owners and their contract makes it clear that they are not employees. We are responsible for our own taxes, insurance, and office space.
When working with a REVA, real estate virtual assistant, you are working with someone that you can call again and again to care for your admin needs. You may need them regularly on a month to month basis or occasionally. The bond only grows stronger the longer you work together.
With a temp agency, and they do have their place from time to time, you will not necessarily get the same employee each time you call. It will likely be another employee. In truth, if they were exceptional, they will likely be hired quickly and not be available for you when you need them again.
My sister works in management for a medical practice. They do need onsite employees and a temp agency makes sense in her situation. However, time and again, she is sent temporary workers who are unreliable and think they are hired on a work-as-you-wish basis. Needless to say, this is frustrating to the employer.
As I said above, as a business owner, a REVA has a vested interest. They want their clients to be happy with their work and possibly refer them to others. Mostly though, and I speak for myself, they want their clients to be happy with the quality of their work because they take pride in their work.
Would a real estate virtual assistant benefit your business? Are you working too many hours when you could be focusing on other things – aspects of your business that you enjoy? Contact us. Perhaps we can help.