HireSmart Health Insurance Coverage for VEs — Sheryl’s Story.

Sheryl tried to ignore the terrible pain in her stomach.

“I was thinking I could make it without going to the hospital, but there was one day where I could not take it anymore,” she said.

The HireSmart Virtual Employee, who lives in the Philippines and assists a property management client in the U.S., went to the emergency room seeking relief.

“I was grateful to have health insurance at that time,” Sheryl said of her coverage through HireSmart. “That was during Covid time, and most of the hospitals in the Philippines were full. So, if they know you cannot pay, they will not allow you to be admitted to the hospital.”

Sheryl said it’s awful to see fellow Filipinos waiting outside hospitals, unable to be treated.

“For our health care system in the Philippines, they would ask when you go there for a deposit — money that you have to give to the hospital to be able to treat you,” said the Cainta resident in the province Rizal. “But if you don’t have enough money, they would cut the treatment for you. So technically, you would not be able to get the treatment needed. It’s heartbreaking when you see fellow Filipinos standing outside waiting.”

Sheryl got the care she needed, and she recovered after going on a strict diet for three months.

But soon after her hospital stay, one of her three teenage sons was stricken with Dengue fever.

“And since he is enrolled with my health insurance with HireSmart, he was able to use the benefit also for the medical coverage,” she said, adding that he spent two weeks in the hospital but is now recovered.

Sheryl worked for 14 years in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) for US Telecom companies. But she’s worked for HireSmart for over two years and is delighted with the move. The pay is better, and she says eliminating traffic congestion from her routine is lovely. She recalls getting stuck in traffic and sprinting from her car to the office to avoid being late.

“Here in the Philippines, the traffic is terrible,” she said. “I’m thankful to work here from home. I don’t have to travel and be stressed about how many hours I’ll spend on the road just to be there. Working from home is a big benefit because I can work conveniently at my home office and have enough time to care for my kids.”

Sheryl is a self-proclaimed “foodie” who enjoys spending time with her friends, trying out restaurants, and watching serious documentaries. But the primary aim of the single mom is to be present for her sons and give them every opportunity she can.

“My eldest would like to work in computers and programming,” said Sheryl. “The other two don’t have a specific pathway, but I don’t push them. Maybe they’ll be able to see what they enjoy doing. I want to support them with what they want rather than push them to do something I want.”

Sheryl feels HireSmart is the best place to earn good money, protect her family with health insurance, avoid bad traffic, and be present for her sons.

“I’m thrilled and thankful that HireSmart hired me to be a part of their company and team because they’re very helpful and supportive to all their employees,” she said. “I’m also happy that they provide their employees with health and other benefits. Not all companies that hire virtual assistants provide health benefits. So, I’m happy that they’re providing it to their Virtual Employees (VEs). It’s one way of letting us feel and know that we are important to them and that they care for their employees. I’m thrilled working with them and trying to stay as long as possible here in the company.”

Sheryl also said she has a blast with the company’s online parties.

“We do have parties, virtual ones!” she exclaimed. “You’ll see bosses Anne & Mark Lackey and your co-workers having fun. It’s a way of meeting fellow VEs, getting to know each other and knowing what other co-VEs do. You get to chat with them. If you experience something bad, like typhoons and things like that, HireSmart is always there to help its employees. I’m thankful to them for that, and I’m sure other employees that HireSmart has are also thankful for all the benefits they’re giving us.”

If you have what it takes to be a Rockstar VE like Sheryl and want to enjoy the benefit of having health insurance coverage, join our HSVE team! Apply here.

Book a call with us if you want to find out more how a HireSmart VE can help you and your business. Discover us here.

As demand grows for remote employees, it's important for businesses to partner with the right employment agency.

Finding the best available virtual employee takes time, energy, and resources that you’d probably rather spend on other things.

Using the right employment agency can really make all the difference.

Working with a reputable employment agency like HireSmart means letting go of the stress and pressure that a new hire can cause.

We streamline the process, so you get the strongest candidates for your business.

Here are three ways employment agencies add value to your business.


Expertise and Resources

Working with an employment agency means access to dependable, well-trained, skilled candidates.

It also means you have specialists with expertise in evaluating and matching candidates with your specific needs.

According to an article by Forbes –

"Employment agencies have a wealth of experience when it comes to finding the right people for the right job. They know where to look for the best candidates and how to evaluate their skills and experience to ensure a good fit."

That absolutely describes our own process here at HireSmart.



Have you ever been looking for a new employee and only one reasonable candidate shows up?

That’s the opposite of flexibility – trust me, I’ve been there, done that, and don’t want to do it ever again.

Using an employment agency means having options instead of being stuck with whatever resumes Lady Luck blows into your email inbox.

At HireSmart, we always have multiple high-quality, prescreened candidates, so you can make the right choice for your business.

Another part of flexibility is being able to increase your staff quickly.

As Business News Daily says –

"Working with an employment agency can provide you with access to a pool of candidates who are already screened and qualified. This can help you to scale up or down quickly as needed."


Increased Retention Rates

Working with the right employment agency increases retention rates by matching candidates with your business needs and culture.

This is related to having multiple candidates to choose from.

While there are often many virtual employees who have the skills and training to meet your job description, there are certain personalities and styles that will better complement you and your team.

Don’t just take my word for it (I’m obviously biased).

In a recent blog post, Glassdoor wrote that:

“Employment agencies can help to increase retention rates by finding candidates who are a good fit for your company culture and values."

Choosing the right employment agency is essential for businesses looking to hire virtual employees.

You’ll benefit from their expertise, resources, and ability to streamline the hiring process.

As you begin searching for your new virtual employee, keep in mind that not all agencies are created equal.

Be sure to do your research and choose an agency that has a proven track record of success in finding the right candidates for their clients.

At HireSmart, we’ve been helping businesses find qualified, dependable, highly skilled virtual employees for over 8 years now.

If you’re ready to access all the benefits of working with a top-shelf employment agency, click here for a free consultation.