Hiring employees can be incredibly stressful and time-consuming, but it doesn’t have to be! If you have many small jobs that you need to fill on a regular basis, it might be time to consider hiring a virtual assistant instead of an employee – but where do you start? This week’s Workforce Software Monday looks at 4 different software options that are specifically tailored toward virtual assistants, so check them out!
Picking The Right HR Platform For You
Picking an HR platform can be daunting. With so many options, you’re bound to have questions. To help you narrow down your search, we’ve created a short guide to get you started with workforce software. First off, are you looking for a comprehensive tool or do you need just one program for employee scheduling? If it’s comprehensive, will it meet all of your company’s needs or should each department have its own HR system? This decision can make or break your success and it’s crucial that you find software that works within both your budget and business model. Whatever you choose, remember: taking action is always better than hesitation. So give these options a shot and start building—or beefing up—your workforce now!
Stripe (bookkeeping & payroll software)
Stripe is a beautifully designe, super easy-to-use payroll software that can manage your entire team in one place. With its easy-to-understand dashboard, Stripe makes it a breeze to manage employee time and leave information, automate paychecks and find answers to HR questions quickly. They also offer bookkeeping software for small businesses to help you track revenue and cash flow easily as well as spend data analytics software to help you get an overview of how your business is doing. It’s an all-in-one solution that streamlines processes so you have more time for what matters: growing your business.
Zenefits (HIPAA compliant software)
If you’re a small to medium business looking for an easy way to manage your employees and health insurance, Zenefits is a great option. The cloud-based software allows you to manage everything from performance reviews and employee health insurance approval, all in one place. It also has options for time tracking and projects—it’s a complete solution that eliminates having to use multiple software platforms. Plus, it’s completely free for businesses with five or fewer employees. Once you hit six workers, pricing starts at $9 per month (or $99 per year).
Calendly (make appointments with ease)
One of our favorites is Calendly, a free online calendar that helps you easily schedule appointments with your clients and contacts. The tool helps you pick an available time slot and send an email to your client or contact that includes a link to book right on their calendar. As soon as they confirm, it automatically adds a calendar entry for both of you. Done, done, done—without any back-and-forth emails.
Buffer (automate social media publishing)
While there’s no such thing as a 4-hour workweek, there are strategies that can help you find your focus and spend more time doing what matters to you. Automating some tasks—like publishing to social media—can make it easier for you to stay productive in less time. Buffer is a free service that makes it easy to post content at your optimal times while also saving your updates so they can publish later when life gets busy. Just remember, these tools will only get you part of the way there: It’s up to you to use them wisely so that they become habits instead of more work.
Fiverr (outsource your tasks at $5 each)
Fiverr is a freelance marketplace where you can find everything from web design to data entry and writing. With thousands of independent freelancers, Fiverr is basically like Craigslist but with fewer shady characters and more services. You post a job, freelancers accept your job, pay $5, and do what they said they would. If you’re looking for something specific but don’t have time to research or chase it down—this might be a good option for you.