A virtual employee is someone who provides services remotely, i.e., without being physically present in an office. Virtual employees tend not to be employed directly by the company, but through a third-party outsourcing or staffing agency.
Virtual employees can do any kind of work that does not require being physically present in an office. They are often hired to take care of routine or repetitive tasks such as data entry, IT troubleshooting, or replying to customer emails. Companies also hire virtual employees for web design, social media management, bookkeeping, customer service, and so on.
Virtual employees make it possible for small businesses and start-ups to quickly expand operations by covering areas of immediate need. Taking on virtual employees through EOR services, for example, enables companies to hire globally, expanding the talent pool and decreasing the time it takes to hire. Find out more about hiring a global team with Oyster.
Hiring a virtual employee is usually faster and more cost-effective than hiring a regular employee. They can be hired part-time or full-time and be engaged on short-term or long-term contracts, so companies have the flexibility to choose the level of service they need. Depending on where they’re located, virtual employees may be cheaper than hiring locally, and there’s less overhead in terms of office space and equipment.