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:

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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