In recent years there has been an uptick or greater acceptance of virtual remote workers in the workforce and virtual assistant trends have shown there to be an uptick in the industry.
Companies are realizing the cost-cutting benefits of virtual assistants being delegated work while not necessarily working in-office with them, saving overhead costs of typical in-office employee costs (desks, computers, supplies, etc). They also offer the benefit of companies being able to complete twice as much work–now having virtual assistants being able to take on the work that is not able to get done by those in-office.
2017 has so far been a big year in the virtual world, with artificial intelligence such as Alexa coming to the forefront, but luckily, there is simply no replacing human virtual assistants, as they can offer. Below are some new predicted trends coming to the virtual assistant workforce in 2017.
Virtual assistants growing in number:
You will begin to see more companies outsourcing their employees to those in the virtual and remote sectors of work which will mean an increase in individuals becoming virtual assistants. This is simply because as companies grow, they need more workers. Instead of the extensive onboarding process for in-office employees, websites like Upwork and Guru have allowed businesses to be able to quickly and efficiently find virtual workers with their needs to become a virtual part of their company and complete tasks without all the paperwork and costs.
Virtual assistant positions growing in numbers:
As stated above, with more people turning to virtual assistant positions as they see the opportunity to help companies in a remote fashion, you will also see more companies beginning to offer more remote positions than in-office. Small businesses and entrepreneurial start-ups will be a major market to virtual assistants as they may not have the capacity to hire an employee just starting out, but also do not have the means to complete all work as just one person. These will be great sectors for virtual assistants to find work in as the need is there–with entrepreneurship also in the upward trend for 2017.
In-office positions moving to virtual assistant positions
A lot of companies are now giving their in-office employees the position of being a virtual assistant. What was once a perk of “work from home” days is now becoming the norm–Less office workers and more virtual assistants. Many are now being trained in this capacity before making the switch from their cubicle to their in-home office to be able to work on projects on a virtual assistant basis.
More places for virtual assistants to thrive
Co-working establishments such as WeWork are huge right now and continues to grow–and offers a great location for virtual assistants who may not want to simply work from home or a coffee shop. There seems to be a growth in places to accommodate the freelancer, entrepreneur or virtual assistant positions out there to give them an office or desk to work at, while still being completely virtual. WeWork offers different tiers of memberships to use their office space, but the acceptance of the virtual worker is where these platforms have risen from in the last few years.
While 2017 is definitely a year of upward momentum for virtual workers, it is only the beginning of the many changes to come from a change in the way companies view virtual assistants.