What are virtual assistants?
Virtual assistants work very similarly to personal or executive assistants. Virtual assistants handle a variety of administrative, marketing, management, and organization tasks that can unburden you during the workday and allow you to direct your full attention toward high-priority projects or departments.
Virtual assistants are qualified to take care of tasks like reservations, travel and event planning, project management, proofreading and editing, research, digital file organization, call answering, and more. Below is a Venn diagram showing the differences and similarities between virtual assistant and virtual receptionist offerings (we provide both). If you’re interested in call answering, message delivery, and appointment management only, please visit our virtual receptionist page for more details.
The claim: Working with virtual assistants can save you more than $35,000 in one year
Now that you understand the difference between virtual assistants and virtual receptionists, we can move on to the claim that at first, sounds outrageous: Working with a virtual assistant can save you more than $35,000 in one year.
Virtual assistants can do many of the tasks a personal or executive assistant might handle onsite. By working with a virtual assistant instead of hiring a personal assistant full-time, you really can save more than $35,000 in a single year.
Here’s how: PayScale lists the average salary for personal assistants nationwide at $39,274. In contrast, hiring a dedicated virtual assistant from Conversational on our Startup plan costs only 9% of a personal assistant’s salary – $3,600 for an entire year of virtual assistant services.
That incredible cost difference is possible because you are only charged for your virtual assistant’s service when she is working and not for the inevitable downtime in between tasks. More ways virtual assistants can save you money are listed below. Check them out!
5 Simple Ways Virtual Assistants Save You Money
Your virtual assistant doesn’t work full-time.
You pick the days and hours your virtual assistant will be working with you instead of having them work for you full-time. If you have even one full-time employee, you are legally required to provide certain benefits as well as file your taxes differently. Finding, interviewing, and hiring a personal assistant or executive assistant full-time to help you involves a lot more hassle than hiring a virtual assistant, which can be done with the click of a button.
Working with a virtual assistant requires zero office space.
If you want to hire a full-time assistant to work onsite, it’s assumed that you’ll be working from an office or leased commercial space. That’s problematic for home-based business owners because an onsite assistant is not going to feel comfortable coming to a home to work with a business owner they hardly know. But virtual assistants work remotely – in our case, from Conversational’s North American offices – so they can get the job done without requiring a single square foot of office space.
Virtual assistants charge only for time worked.
Virtual assistants are more cost-effective in general because they only charge for the time actually worked. Full-time assistants are being paid for their time at the office regardless of whether they are actively working on a task. Virtual assistants only charge when they’re actively working and over the workweek, those savings really add up!
A virtual assistant is usually cheaper than a freelancer.
A virtual assistant costs less than most freelancers because they offer a general spectrum of services rather than a single specialty. A virtual assistant can handle many of the tasks you might hire a freelancer for – editing and proofreading, research, project management, and more. While a freelancer can do much of the work a virtual assistant can, a freelancer has to charge a premium amount because they are forced to handle their own insurance and taxes. Our virtual assistants are employed by us full-time to ensure you don’t pay a premium for costs beyond your control.
You don’t have to give virtual assistants benefits or salaries.
Additional costs that come along with hiring an assistant full-time are the legally required benefits that must accompany their yearly salary. Every state’s regulations and rules are different, but all states require that business owners provide certain types of benefits to full-time employees and must abide by certain rules. Check your state’s website for detailed information. Virtual assistants cost between $300-$1,000 per month and don’t require any benefits. That’s a win win!