So, you’re ready to make the leap and hire a virtual assistant to take some of the work of your hands.
But, you have no idea how much it should cost you. In order to determine how much a virtual assistant will cost you, start by determining what tasks you need help with. The rule of thumb is to outsource the tasks that are costing you money, so you can focus on tasks that bring in money. Consider the expertise it’s going to take for someone to complete the tasks you need done. If general admin work is taking up a lot of you time, a virtual assistant is a great option.
Virtual assistants performing general admin tasks like calendaring or email clean up will have a lower rate then someone with expertise in web design or social media. The more experience and intricate the need, the higher the pay.
Next up, time?
Are you going to need a quick turn around for the task? If you waited until the last minute and needed something done yesterday, you’re going to pay more. Most virtual assistants with a thriving clientele will charge a premium fee for rush jobs. In most cases, they’re serving more than one client. They aren’t trying to punish you in any way, but in order for your rush job to get done it will require them to drop everything else in their business, so they can prioritize your needs.
Consider the frequency of virtual assistance you’ll need. Will you need help with a one time project, periodically, or consistently? Virtual assistants can charge by the hour, by the project, or a monthly fee. The project or monthly fee will be a better price if this is something you’ll need frequently. Virtual assistants enjoy having continued client work. If this is a one time project, you may be missing out on some incentives such as discounted packages for consistent work.
The average cost of a quality virtual assistant working in the United States can range anywhere from $25.00 to $100.00 an hour depending on the specifics of the job and time frame. I know what your thinking, why don’t I just hire someone in house to do it? In that case you’ll need to add equipment cost, benefits, and taxes. Below is a breakdown of a $15.00 an hour employee vs. a virtual assistant at $27.00 an hour.