But it does make sense to outsource your needs. IT, bookkeeping, administrative support, web support, graphic design and so on. For some needs it’s an hourly rate and for others it’s a project rate.
This article written three years ago talks about the benefits of outsourcing locally. Another benefit is knowing that your IP is protected under Australian law or whatever country you live in – if engaging a VA in your own country.
There is an industry association here in Australia for Virtual Assistants and a few VA networks listed where you can place a job request and get a number of VAs responding to your needs. Generally these networks have already screened their VA members and most have a minimum of 5 years’ working experience and many with over 20 years. All Australian VAs are independent contractors and not employees.