You really don`t have the same issues with a Virtual Assistant. It`s sort of like comparing apples to oranges. Employees are an entirely different animal, one that requires supervision and management. And while you`d think that at our rates, we would be more expensive, it`s actually employees that cost more.
In establishing that, you can`t compare hourly wages to hourly rates. What you want to do is take in the big picture.
You also want to keep in mind that Virtual Assistants don`t replace employees. VAs are the best fit for business owners who don`t have the time, space, budget or enough of a workload for inhouse employees.
Employees require minimum working hours. You are paying them for every minute they are there, regardless of whether they are productive or not.
You have to pay payroll taxes.
You have to provide office space and equipment for them.
With employees, you increase your administration and expenses, and you also increase the demands on your time and energy because you must supervise them and keep them busy.
A Virtual Assistant is a whole other animal.
Because they are in business for themselves, they have a vested interest in making sure clients are happy and well-attended to. Unlike employees, they aren`t there to just show up for a paycheck. Your satisfaction is what keeps them in business and keeps the referrals flowing.
A good Virtual Assistant will offer you or work with you to develop systems and processes in your business, and help you get the delegative juices flowing.
With a Virtual Assistant, you only pay for "time on task." Therefore, while the hourly rate might appear to be high, it actually is a very cost-effective, strategic savings when you compare overall costs and value. Most VAs offer a retainer package where you pay one simple monthly fee for a block of hours. You and the VA can work together to determine which package best fits your business needs.
It`s really simple, strategic and cost-effective to work with a Virtual Assistant, and we`ve got many, many clients who will attest to the benefits and cost-savings we bring to the table.
Danielle Keister, The Relief Virtual Assistance
Administrative Support Services for Business Consultants and PR Professionals | Founder, Virtual Assistance Chamber of Commerce