Myths About Virtual Assistants

February 24, 2010 at 1:11 pm 2 comments

[tweetmeme] VAs are becoming an integral part of businesses nowadays –  whether you are in a flower shop business in Paris, a construction business in Los Angeles,  a consulting firm in Sydney or a fitness instructor in Singapore, they now have Virtual Assistants.  Because everybody goes online, internet is becoming the heart of almost all of the businesses worldwide.  Everything can now be done virtually. Sure enough, you have heard so many statements about Virtual Assistants – some of them are true and some are just myths.  I will now discuss the top myths about VAs.

1. You need to pay more to have a good VA. This is definitely not true!  You may want to ask around and get references from those who have had good experiences from great VAs.   And you may conduct interviews via Skype or YM and with that; you will be able to gauge the capacity of the prospective VA.   The current going rate for VAs is about $10-15/hour – and you can get lower rates than that, without compromising the efficiency of the VAs.  You just have to be quite resourceful.

2. VAs from US are better than those from off-shore. This is a common misconception that i would like to clarify.  Off-shore VAs (especially Asian VAs), are not inferior.  They can speak English very well, hard-working, dependable and very knowledgeable – and they are now of the same level of competency as compared to US VAs.  The only main difference is their rates.  Asian VAs offers lower rates with the same quality of work.

3. Having a VA is difficult to handle. Wrong!  I do not see any difference in calling through Skype or even emailing a VA as against to calling a staff on the other end of the room.

4. I will be using a Freelance site to get a VA and i will find a good one there. This is a hit and miss process.  Freelance sites do not screen applicants that are bidding on your project or job vacancy.  You just rely on their profile.  Though many have good experiences, there are also others who experienced the opposite.  It is 100% sure to hire a VA from a legitimate outsourcing company where they train and guide them to be able to complete your every task efficiently. Before making an investment, time and money, make sure you know all the facts before you Hire a VA!

Be happy… and be successful,

Zarah

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Zarah  |  February 26, 2010 at 3:23 am

    Hi there!

    Again, thanks! Come back soon…

    Z

  • 2. Eina Carpeso  |  March 2, 2012 at 1:30 am

    I have to agree with you!
    Hiring a virtual assistant will give you tons of benefits. And one good thing about this is that you’ve got lots of skilled and (most of the time) over-qualified applicants that come from different parts of the world. Choosing one of them is the tricky part.
    If I could just share one important tip on searching for a great VA, one thing to consider is their skills. How would you know if he/she will be a great assistant? You could start by observing their verbal and written English. If it’s great then it’s a good sign. Like Filipinos, they tend to be better educated and more professional if he/she got a good command of the English language. If you’re interested to know more tips on hiring, you could check out this article. You might find it helpful.
    http://www.staff.com/blog/hiring-a-virtual-assistant/

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