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Cost effective virtual assistants enable tradies to build, scale and thrive

Every tradie will tell you that one of the biggest challenges of growing their business is finding the time to work “on” the business instead of “in” it.

You need to be on site each day to make sure the job gets done, and any spare time is spent catching up on invoicing, quotes and other admin tasks.

It’s chicken or the egg…. you need more help to get through the admin so that you can get more work, but you need the work first to pay for the staff to free up the time you need to grow the business. Sure you can outsource work to a temp agency for a while but it costs an arm and a leg and by the time you train them up you could have just as easily done the work yourself.

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The solution may well be to set yourself up with your own virtual offshore team to help take away those annoying admin tasks and free your time up to work on growing your business. A virtual assistant can help with tasks such as bookkeeping, marketing, quoting, CAD designs or general admin. If done well, you can save considerable money, free up significant time to work on growing your business. All this can be achieved whilst improving your output with the help of highly skilled employees who are specialists in their fields.

Overseas Teams is a company that was created by its Founder, Kelly Mackay, to help small to medium size businesses establish and manage their very own team of staff in the Philippines. Over five years ago, his manufacturing business slowly built up a team of virtual assistants to compliment his Queensland company and allowed it to scale to over 3 times its size today. As he points out, his overseas staff that now make up over 30 employees helped his business grow quickly and in an affordable manner. His business also employs more on the ground staff in his Gold Coast factories than he otherwise would have been able to achieve without that circuit breaker to help free up the time and resources required to scale his business.

Kelly stated though that it didn’t come easy at first and could never have perfected the mix of a local and offshore team without making many mistakes along the way. Overseas Teams was created to help businesses grow without having to make the same mistakes his business did.

“For a business to successfully grow an offshore team, there are a number of important ingredients to get right” Kelly said. “You need to be able to find the right staff, you need to ensure they have the right tools to get the job done correctly, you need to ensure that they are all aligned with your Australian team and most importantly you need someone on the ground in the Philippines acting as a cultural liaison ambassador. The Philippines is very similar to Australia in many ways. English is spoken in most homes, we are in similar time zones and our people share a lot of the same values. However there are a number of subtle differences especially in the workplace that can sometimes make things difficult”.

One of the key advantages of working with a specialist business that combines local and foreign offices like Overseas Teams, is the ability to source highly skilled staff. Employees are motivated as they have the flexibility of working from home, receive remuneration, incentives, benefits and working conditions that are highly sought after in their country and are provided with the best internet connections etc to enable them to do the job correctly and with minimum disruptions.

In addition to sourcing high-performing staff, companies like Overseas Teams take away the pain and confusion of trying to operate in another country by providing comprehensive support throughout the entire process. They know how to advertise and source the best staff, take away the pain of international payments and make sure that everything is legally compliant. Overseas Teams also works with your business long after the recruitment takes place.

“We offer training and guidance to help you integrate your overseas team members into your existing workforce. Our experienced HR team manages your talent on a day-to-day basis, ensuring a smooth and seamless transition. This means that even if you don’t have prior HR experience, you can still take advantage of the benefits of building an overseas team because we do it for you!” said Head of Client Services, Natalia Lawczys.

At Overseas Teams, they believe in helping tradies and their businesses scale and thrive by providing access to the talent they need to succeed. That’s why there is a no-obligation service, providing an initial consultation and a shortlist of up to three handpicked staff CVs with absolutely no up front costs or locked in contracts. This allows tradies to explore the potential of building an overseas team without any upfront commitment.

If you’re looking to build, scale, and thrive in today’s competitive business environment, Overseas Teams can help you find the staff you need to achieve your goals. Their team is ready to assist you in finding the right talent to help you grow and succeed.

For more information on how Overseas Teams can help you build a high-performing overseas team, visit here or call 07 5636 6291 today.

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