I have been asked if I lose work to virtual assistant's overseas who charge less than $10/hr. The simple answer is no. What are the benefits of hiring an local to you virtual assistant?
- A local VA understands the culture, often the geographical knowledge that may relate to work they are doing to.
- Local time - work will be done in the same business hours that you are working too.
- No disrespect to those who's English isn't their first language, but there are things that Australian's say that only Australian's would understand. Have you even recieved a call from a company that offshores their workers? You would have to admit they are often difficult to understand. Or have you had someone offshore translate a document? - I think nothing else needs to be said!
- Works with the same currency
- Has the same cultural understanding
- Quality virtual assistants have a vested interest in the success of your business. Let's face it, if you are only paying $5/hr I don't that pays them to care if your business thrives or dives. But an independent business owner like myself cares. It is in my best interests as a business owner to "own" my work. It is a direct reflection on me, a fellow business owner. I have a vested interest in making your business administration runs smoothly even more so than an employee.
S o remember, outsourcing does not have to mean off-shoring. You can outsource to someone lo cal to you. Who knows? There may even be a VA down the road from you… although it’s not necessary for you to actually meet face-to-face.
(Remember this can apply to any country in which you work as a VA, not just Australia)