So, you’ve decided that you need the assistance of a Virtual Assistant but where will you source them from? Do you opt for one of the many agencies that have a bank of willing and able VAs on their books or do you find a one-man-band freelancer to help you out with all those tasks that just keep mounting up? Or maybe you feel that the cheaper option of using a Temp is worth considering? Let’s have a look at some of the pros and cons to all options:
An Agency will undoubtedly have a selection of VAs readily available whereas a freelancer will work individually as a one-man-band (but will probably also have a variety of VA friends)
Agency VAs will have a variety of skills and experience so you can choose which would be best for your business – you may have to look into a number of freelance VAs if you require a specific set of skills
If your VA is unable to work for whatever reason, the agency will probably be able to supply a stand-in, however, as a freelance VA is self-employed, the likelihood of them taking sick days is very slim (and as they will be working from home, you won’t have to worry about their germs!)
Agencies will hopefully have insurance to cover any eventuality of issues with your VA or their work – SVA approved VAs will also have the appropriate levels of insurance to cover the work they carry out for you
You will be paying a set rate to the agency, of which the VA will only receive a small percentage demonstrating that they may not be top quality. A highly skilled VA will charge according to their skills and experience
Hiring a Temp may also be something you’re considering. They’re probably a little cheaper, however, this is because their skill set may not be quite up to VA standards. And don’t forget that if you need a Temp on another occasion, you’re not likely to get the same one twice.
There are a number of options available to all businesses when it comes to bringing in short-term, temporary or part time staff. You just need to find the solution that works best for you.