What is a Virtual assistant?
A virtual assistant (VA) is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative assistance to clients remotely from a home office. They can provide support services to other businesses from a remote location, and helps to take the pressure of running the business off the business owners shoulders.
Many small and mid-size businesses use virtual support, especially for specific tasks, such as bookkeeping , tax services and financial reporting.
It can also include administrative tasks, database management, creating and formatting documents in Word and Excel, monthly newsletters for businesses and clubs and societies using Mailchimp and Data entry maintaining databases.
Some (VA's) can offer social media management. and website design and many other services that they specialize in.
People often ask:
What does a Virtual assistant actually cost and can You Afford a VA?
The bottom line is this: Hiring help is an investment and you need to think of it that way. It’s a new line item in your budget and new expense to account for.
That’s why “help” is even a thing people pay for. Nannies, dishwashers, cleaning crews, meal delivery services, and yes, virtual assistants. We’re all here to help make your life better (while making ours great, too!).
Now, how much do virtual assistants charge per hour? That depends on a few things:
- Experience: Have they even done this before? Many virtual assistants get where they are because the skills they’re offering as a VA are the things they used to do in a corporate job somewhere. Those assistants generally charge a larger fee. Then there are those who are recent grads, changing careers, or just want to make some money on the side. These people may charge less just to get their feet in the door.
- Type of Service: Are you asking for executive assistant-type tasks such as calendar management, data entry, and flight booking? Or are you asking for copywriting, video production, and email marketing services? Oftentimes, VAs charge different rates for different types of services, so consider what you’re asking for when you’re evaluating rates.
- Deadlines: Is the project a rush job or are you providing a realistic deadline? If something needs to be done ASAP, it’s within every VA’s best interest to charge a little more. After all, they have to drop everything to make that possible for you.
- Virtual assistants charge anywhere from $1 to $100 per hour, but $40 to $75 per hour is the general range.
Use the above considerations as a guide when you’re evaluating whether or not an assistant is worth the price they’re asking for. Have they been doing this for more than 3 years and have testimonials to prove their good work?
Do you not really need someone who’s an absolute pro and so maybe you can go with a younger but still eager type?
It’s not a cut and dry answer, you’ll need to use your analytical skills to figure out what sort of hourly rate makes the most sense for your particular needs, time line, and sensitivity factor.
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