No, your virtual assistant in most cases will NOT be considered an employee of your company.
Most virtual assistants or remote workers hired by entrepreneurs, businesses or marketing agencies in North America, Europe, Australia or around the world, are hired as third party contractors/freelancers.
There are many benefits for hiring virtual assistants as a contractors/freelancers. Some of these benefits include:
- Your business can save thousands of dollars per year on overhead expenses (taxes, insurance, office space, benefits, etc).
- Your business is not required to pay employee taxes, Medicare, social security, etc, as they’re not legally your employees.
- Your business is not required to offer employee benefits, such as healthcare.
- Your business is not required to pay workers compensation, as your assistant’s don’t work in your physical office.
Important: For professional support and advice on these legal matters, always contact your CPA and/or lawyer.