A virtual assistant is one who works virtually completing tasks in their niche.

A few examples include social media experts, web developers, executive assistants, and online business managers.

I offer executive assistant, project management, and entry-level human resource management help.

I check and respond to emails, ensure the calendar is up-to-date and all meetings are a go with prep time, create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and research any and everything for my clients. Other executive assistant tasks I have completed include travel and meeting arrangements.

I will take on the project that needs a leader and expertise, but the client needs to focus on a bigger projects. I handle budgets, meetings, delegating tasks, reporting, and anything else the project needs.

I will write letters of recommendation based on a form of questions, review resumes, and call references. Training and development is a passion of mine, and I will put together a great onboarding or training program for your company.

Rates are set differently for virtual assistants based on their niche and expertise. My rates vary depending on what the client wants.

The industry rule of thumb is to think of what an in-house employee would make and double it. What? Double it?!

Yes, we are business owners who pay our own taxes, insurance, and social security. VAs also take away overhead costs from clients. VAs supply our own technology, internet, phones, and any other supplies needed for our work. Clients pay a fee and no other cost.

Check out a comparison table of an employee and VA here.

Clients pay a retainer or project fee. The retainer payment in advance for a certain number of hours. For example, if you a client needs a VA 10 hours a week, he/she would pay $1200 up front. The VA would work, track hours, and let the client know when the hours were almost up so he/she could purchase more.

A project fee is a set amount for a completed project. The hours are not tracked.

Virtual assistants save clients time and money. When you hire me, you are hiring an educated, experienced, expert in a field. I do not accept work that I need training for.

Little to no training is needed unless I begin handling aspects of your job that I am not familiar with.

I do not make web pages nor am I a social media expert. Clients would hire another VA to complete those tasks.

Clients do not pay for time not used. My lunch and coffee breaks are not billable. Any taxes owed are on me, not the client. If hired to be a full-time virtual assistant, clients do not have to offer me benefits such as insurance, a 401K, gym membership or anything else a full-time in-house employee would receive.

Okay, so why an American VA? I searched and found many from the Philippines and other countries who charge a fraction of what you do. Yes, that is true.

With an American VA clients do not worry about language barriers.

Email is an important part of today’s business world.

Correct grammar, therefore, is an essential.

Instructions to a VA should not have to be lengthy, but when a client has to continuously clarify instructions given to a VA whose second language is English it hinders the reason for hiring a VA.

Our culture does not have to be taught. Culture plays a role in business and a VA from another country may not understand what is needed from the client.

So, when your calendar is full of meetings, you feel overwhelmed and the need to work 24/7, relationships are suffering, and you’re exhausted. Think about it. Would you benefit from hiring a VA to help with aspects of your business that are necessary but you do not need to focus on? What are your mental health and relationships worth?