I get amazed by the (thankfully small) number of people who contact me looking for, and I quote ‘
I could do with a good inexpensive VA. My experience with them has been poor. Would appreciate your advice on this score.
My response to this person was:
Re ‘inexpensive’ VA. Not sure what you mean by that exactly. I don’t have any on my lists who charge what the Asians charge but I do have Virtual Assistants in 11 countries, all English speaking and writing and depending on their cost of living, their rates can differ considerably.
I’m sorry your past experience has been poor – it is really important for us to have a clear idea of what type of work you want done so we can ensure you get a good match for that need.
If you’d like to email me and let me know what you are looking for, then I can facilitate looking for the right VA or VAs.
Her response back to me was to ask if I had anyone from India on my list. Obviously she’s looking for someone who charges $5 or less.
All I could do was reiterate that my team come from a mainly corporate background, are highly skilled and need to charge rates that relate to their cost of living, i.e. they are not going to charge only $4 or $5 an hour when they live in a country that won’t support that kind of very low income. I’m positive she does not live in a similar country and would not survive on those rates herself. Why does that mean we have to accept such low rates. Does she consider our work to be so lowly? And yet she has obviously had a bad or poor experience on the VAs she’s engaged previously. Isn’t there a connection there somewhere?