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Virtual Assistant Pricing

Posted by collinsadmin on June 4, 2007

There has been a lot of buzz on a few forums that one of the biggest objections to hiring a virtual assistant is the price.  While I understand the concern, there a few things I want to throw out there explaining why the prices are what they are.

One of the biggest misconceptions is that a virtual assistant (VA) is only a secretary. If you think that, then you are still in the mindset of employer and employee. While some VA’s do provide general secretarial help there are others who are more specialized in their practice.  Such as web design, transcription, internet marketing, bookkeeping etc. With this in mind, the ones who provide general secretarial support are also business owners.  Being a business owner, they know what is needed to be successful. They are there when you need somebody to bounce ideas off of, show you ways to better enhance your business etc. Also, knowing the costs of retaining new clients are extremely high, the VA that you work with will more than likely be in it for the long haul. This means, they will not just walk away when something “better” comes along.

As stated in previous articles that I have written, hiring an in-house assistant is actually more than you think. Sure it seems like it is a lot less than hiring a VA but one thing you have to take into consideration is that when hiring somebody in-house after taxes, legally required insurance, break time, productivity (or lack of) you are paying at least double their salary. Not to mention the purchase and servicing of computers, printers and other technological items. 

Here is something to consider if your CPA only charged you $10 dollars per hour, what kind of service would you expect to receive? My guess is pretty poor service.  The chances are you probably wouldn’t get your taxes done on time, and if they were done on time, you could probably expect a visit from the IRS because something would be amiss, or your books would be a mess.  Sure they have a degree in something but why aren’t they just considered good in math? I will tell you why, because they have been around for a long time and you expect them to be good at what they do so you are willing to pay the higher price.

It’s the same concept for a VA, they are professionals who take business extremely serious and they will give you the kind of service that you expect for what is charged.  They are just a new and different type of industry. 

Surf the net for a virtual assistant that you might be interested in working with and have them do a small project for you and if you don’t like what they do or how they do it, then just don’t send them another project.  It’s that simple. The best part is, if you decide not to work with that VA you have found out immediately and you don’t have to worry about any type of retaliation from them (as long as you paid them) such as a lawsuit.

Tracy

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