3 Things Your Virtual Assistant Will Never Tell You
Are you currently working with or considering hiring a virtual assistant? It is always difficult to decide whether you should trust someone else to handle some of your business tasks, let alone how you should choose the best company or individual virtual assistant to work with. Whether you are already working with a virtual assistant, or trying to decide which one would be best for you, here are three secrets that a virtual assistant will never tell you. I hope that this will shed some light on the virtual assistant business, and help you find the best person for the job.
You can ask a virtual assistant for examples or samples of their previous work before deciding to work with them.
You may also conduct a telephone interview with a prospective virtual assistant.
1. Anyone Can Become a Virtual Assistant
The virtual assistant industry is growing at a rapid rate. Just about anybody with a little computer savvy and a little office experience can join the millions of people who now call themselves virtual assistants. With so many new companies that popping up all over the place, how can you find a credible virtual assistant? Where do you start? Here are a few tips to finding the best virtual assistant to meet your business needs:
* Check for reviews of the company on Angie's List.
* Look for testimonials on the company's website.
* Check out the company's profile with the Better Business Bureau.
* Ask friends and family if they have heard about the company.
Don't pay too much for the convenience of having someone do your work for you. Do some research and find out how much it would cost you to hire an extra employee, then compare that to the cost of hiring a virtual assistant.
3. Many Virtual Assistants Charge WAY Too Much!
Many virtual assistant companies charge way too much for their services. Virtual assistants typically charge $30-100/hour for their time and expertise. Why do they so charge so much? The answer is very simple.Virtual assistants can charge these rates because the clients are willing to pay that price for the convenience of having someone else complete the tasks that they either don't have the time, patience or skill to do. Here are some things for you to keep in mind when considering the price of virtual assistant services:
* Many virtual assistants work from their own homes, so they don't need to pay rent for a business location.
*Virtual Assistants typically keep a well stocked and fully equipped home office. A typical project usually costs them very little to complete. You are paying them solely for their time and expertise.
*A typical office employee makes around $15/hour, according to Salary.com http://www1.salary.com/Secretary-I-Salary.html.
It helps to write down some of the questions you would like to ask a prospective virtual assistant before conducting a phone interview, consultation or price quote.
3. All VA's are Not Created Equal
Not all virtual assistants will offer the same products and services. Some virtual assistants are kind of a jack-of-all-trades, while other will specialize in a specific field or service. So, how do you find the best virtual assistant for you? Here are some questions to ask yourself before hiring a virtual assistant:
*What would you like for the virtual assistant to do for you?
*Are you looking for multiple services, or something specific?
*What would you be willing/able to pay?
*How would you like to communicate with your virtual assistant? By phone? Email?
*How do they keep track of their clients?
*Can the provide samples of their work?
Can they provide reports and evidence of the work completed?
*Will they give a free consultation and price quote?
Whether you are already working with a virtual assistant, or still considering your options, the information and tips I have shared should help you to find a virtual assistant that will meet your business needs, however large or small. I hope that you find this informative and helpful and I look forward to sharing more in the future.
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