The $5/hour Virtual Assistant
Today in one of the Facebook groups that I belong to one of the members sang praises for her $5/hr. virtual assistant. As you probably have read before there are virtual assistants all around the world, with a great deal of virtual assistants based in Asian countries, such as the Philippines. While I've read many horror stories about using foreign virtual assistants, every once in a while I'll come across comment like the one I read today where the person actually found a virtual assistant that has been a good fit for their current needs.
So what do I recommend? Well, it really all depends on what you need done and where you are going to look for your Virtual Assistant. Like with anything in life, you get what you pay for. Often times, business owners have needs that are beyond the scope and skill of these virtual assistants. For example, you may need someone with native English skills, in your same time zone to reply to customers in real-time, etc. In cases like these then obviously a foreign V.A. will not be a good fit for you. Hiring foreign virtual assistants, though extremely cheap in price, will also very much limit what tasks and projects you can assign to them. And the increased communication barriers will also make explaining what you need done more difficult and may result in you having to invest additional time to correct mistakes.
However, there are times when budget constraints will make this option extremely attractive. Just know that you will probably go through a few before you find a good fit. It's very difficult to get reliable referrals for a good overseas virtual assistant and often times you may find that their work is not up to your standards. With the same token, there are some great virtual assistants based in these countries and if you find a good one you better hang on to them as you have struck gold.