Have questions? I have answers.
You may be asking, “What exactly is a virtual assistant, and why would I want to work with one?”
I invite you to visit the links below to get the answer to that, as well as some other general questions I get from prospective clients:
What is a Virtual Assistant?
A Virtual Assistant is a highly skilled professional who specializes in providing administrative (and sometimes personal) support to a few carefully selected clients—without having to be physically present in their office. In my case, these clients are consultants, entrepreneurs, business owners, and nonprofit executives.
The whole premise of virtual assistance is that the VA and her clients work together for the long-term in a harmonious and collaborative relationship. Love it or hate it, today’s technology pretty much eliminates any geographical barriers—thus allowing the VA and her clients to be in touch with one another as easily as if they were sitting across the desk from one another.
Why work with a Virtual Assistant?
There are numerous benefits to working with a VA. Among them:
- You get a partner who has a vested interest in helping you and your business succeed.
- You have more time to focus on: the things that inspire you the most; growing your business; balancing your work and family life; or responding to other personal and professional opportunities (to name a few).
- You don’t have to deal with payroll taxes.
- You don’t have to provide insurance, equipment or office space since you’re not hiring anyone.
- You pay only for the actual amount of time your VA does work for you—in one monthly lump-sum payment.
Why should I work with you, Lisa?
Should you decide to work with me, I believe you’ll find that I bring many positive attributes to the relationship:
- I share your values and work ethic.
- I put relationships first.
- I am caring and supportive without being judgmental.
- I am a good listener.
- I am an excellent problem solver.
- I genuinely strive to do my best at whatever role I might take on.
- I pay attention to detail.
- I am extremely organized.
- I make efficient use of my time.
- I try to see the positive in every situation.
- I am reliable, trustworthy, and sincere.
- I am considerate and kind.
- I have a good sense of humor.
- I am a loyal teammate who has your back.
- I am told I have a calming influence on people.
- I aim to make a difference in the lives of people I touch.
Does this describe someone you’d like to have on your team? If so, let’s schedule a conversation about how we can possibly collaborate together.
What kinds of clients do you work with?
I have had the most successful working relationships with clients who:
- value relationships
- are focused and grounded
- have specific goals
- are business- and pretty tech-savvy
- are passionate about what they’re doing
- are seeking a partner, rather than an employee, to help them achieve their goals
- can articulate their needs and desires
- can communicate openly and honestly with me
- are open to new ways of doing things
- can let go of things easily
- are hopeful about the future
- are generous and kind
- share their time, talent and treasure with others
- are trusting and trustworthy
- are not defined solely by their work
- work hard, but don’t take themselves too seriously
- share some common interests with me
Does this describe you? If so, let’s schedule a conversation about the possibility of working together.
What services do you provide to your clients?
I provide services to professionals who already have an established business or who lead a nonprofit organization, and who know they have the potential to expand even further with a dependable teammate by their side to help them get to where they want to be. Please visit my Services page to see what all I can offer my clients.services
How do you charge for your services?
I work exclusively on retainer, meaning that as my client, you reserve a block of my time each month. I record the amount of time I spend working on your projects, as well as time I spend communicating with you by e-mail or phone. I track my time in 15-minute increments, and send you a summary of my services for the month along with your invoice.
My fees will be discussed with you by phone during the interview process. This in-depth conversation gives us both an opportunity to talk about your needs—and the value and benefits I can provide to address those needs—rather than you basing your decision about whether to work with me solely on price.
What I will tell you is that VAs’ fees are based on their experience and skills, the services in which they specialize, and their reputation. For an AssistU grad, you can expect to pay between $30 and $100+ per hour, with the average hourly rate being in the $50 range.
Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when you’re considering whether to work with a VA:
- You are paying for 100% productive time. Unlike having an employee, you don’t pay for down-time, or time not spent specifically on your work.
- Virtual assistance was developed to be a convenient, cost-effective and efficient alternative to hiring an employee rather than an inexpensive one. If you are seeking low-cost labor, then a VA is probably not the best fit for you.
Still have some questions that I haven’t answered here? Check out these resources from AssistU: