I have an issue to bring to the table. Cheap virtual assistant services seems to be a common thread on freelance sites. There are Virtual Assistants outside of the western world that will outbid the most reasonable bid to get the job.
When you partner with a VA, they are not your employee. They are entrepreneurs that wish to make your dream business a reality. They are the support you need to let you focus on making your small business all it can be! By NOT being your employee they are also releasing you of much of the costs associated with a full or part time on-site employee. You are not paying for:
- sick leave
- office equipment/space/software
However, when you do pay your VA at their rate you are not just handing them a paycheck. A chunk of that rate covers the operating cost for your VA to run his/her business. Including but not limited to supplies, software, marketing and advertising.
VA service rates may vastly range from VA to VA, anywhere from $15-$60/hr depending on the services they provide. A VA does not just make up a rate (well, at least they shouldn’t). They have done the research to figure out what the going rate is for their services, what it will take to keep their business running and a fair price for the qualifications they bring to the table.
So, with that said, how do VA’s offer their services on these freelance sites for $3-$4/hour? More importantly how do companies justify hiring these VA sweatshops? For $3-$4/hr you have not hired a partner that is committed to helping you grow your business, you have hired a work horse. The success or failure of your business is not a concern, only your money.
A Virtual Assistants business depends highly on recommendation. Your thriving business shows their ability to hold you up behind the scene. Your business is what it pays for. So, again I ask… how low will you go?