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Choosing a Virtual Assistant


There are so many great choices when you have made the decision to hire a Virtual Assistant. Operating and has provided a great perspective on how to counsel clients when choosing a Virtual Assistant. There are so many great choices, that it may be difficult to determine which is right for you. Let’s cover two popular choices.

1) An individual virtual assistant operating her own business.

A virtual assistant who operates her own practice would be a great choice if you are seeking long-term support and would like to hire someone who will learn your business well enough to anticipate your needs, and eventually provide good advice in the areas she is supporting. is an example of a Virtual Assistant company operated by a single Virtual Assistant. An individual virtual assistant is interested in the success of her business thus that energy and enthusiasm is spent ensuring that your needs are taken care of and that the support relationship will be mutually beneficial. Caroline Albertson of Succeeding In Business realized, “the new virtual assistant not only loves doing the things I hated, she is lightning-fast at it as well.”

2) Contracting with a mutli-VA firm.

Multi-VA firms are certainly growing and provide a service that may fit your needs also. Pam Ivey of operates a multi-VA firm. She has assembled a team of virtual assistants with varying skills. These virtual assistants work as sub-contractors to the business owner. Many multi-VA firms assign a Project Manager to you who will help organize your task needs and who then manage and coordinate the sub-contractors to complete your work.
Which should you choose? Well let’s take a closer look at how each solution may be the best choice for you.

Individual Virtual Assistants

The individual virtual assistant is a good choice when you have well-defined needs for a VA. Individual VA’s are able to articulate to you what areas of service they provide help with. provides expertise in work associated with developing and maintaining your online business presence. When both parties have clear definition – a great partnership can be made and because your relationship is directly with the individual VA your cost for her services may be lower because there is no project management layer involved or the overhead cost of operating a larger VA firm.

The Multi-VA firm

The multi-VA firm is a great resource for some business owners. If you are a business owner that might need a bit more assistance in organizing your virtual assistant needs or perhaps you have a wide-variety of needs a multi-VA firm may provide a good solution. has working for it a collection of contractors with a wide variety of skills. So no matter what you may need assistance with your Project Manager will have the responsibility for finding the right contractor to get the complete. You will not have the responsibility of determining if the VA has the right skills.

You may be paying a higher rate than you would be to an individual virtual assistant or you may require more hours to cover the overhead costs for the firm to organize your work.

One last important consideration is if you require highly skilled tasks such as website development or comprehensive Content Management Systems such as offers, you may not be receiving your best purchasing power for your virtual assistant at the multi-VA firm. Highly skilled virtual assistant rates normally fall in a range of $45-80 per hour. Sub-contracting rates fall in the range of $15-30 per hour. This means virtual assistants with expert skills may not provide services to multi-VA firms. For more information visit:


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