Each virtual assistant works as an independent contractor in their own business. Some work full-time and some part-time and also in temporary positions. Because they work independently, prices vary amongst VAs, plus they are in many countries around the world, so feel free to shop around. Please understand that until the work is sighted, it is sometimes difficult to accurately price a job.
Thought to consider: The speed and experience of one VA may mean they charge higher than another VA who has a slower speed and less experience in their particular specialties. This could mean that the total sum of a job or project completed by the two separately would end up around the same price – even though one charges lower because they take longer to complete it.
Advantages for working with a Virtual Assistant (VA)
- They’re self-employed, therefore responsible for their own taxes, superannuation, insurances, etc
- They have their own equipment and work in their own office so you don’t have to have the space or equipment available to them
- They own their own software so you don’t have to buy it for them
- Available for short-term or long-term work, i.e. your personal assistant whenever you need them
- You pay $$ per hour for the work they do, not for their lunchbreaks, tea breaks, sick leave, etc
- Already experienced – you don’t need to train them, other than explain how you normally operate
Tips for working with a Virtual Assistant (VA)
- Be clear about your expectations at the beginning of your project to avoid misunderstandings
- Understand that the VA is not someone you are going to see every day and is not an employee but instead a business owner who will view your business in a different perspective – they should be seen as a business partner
- VAs do not need to be micromanaged – you’re paying for someone who doesn’t require a lot of supervision and who has experience on their side
- VAs are not sales people so do not expect them to generate sales for you. They are there to assist with aspects of your business that prevent you from generating more income.
The major thing to understand is that a Virtual Assistant is really a partner for your business and not an employee. They are almost a consultant in that they can advise you on the best way to do things – and then do it for you. KMT