Virtual Personal Assistant Hiring Guide

Do you really need a virtual personal assistant? How helpful can they be if you can do every task better, without having to teach someone else? Being the perfectionists that we are, we used to feel the same way before realizing the power of delegation, automation and outsourcing.

A virtual personal assistant can help you scale your business efficiently, often at a fraction of the cost of an in-person secretary or administrative assistant. Furthermore, virtual personal assistants are flexible and can be trained to do a variety of tasks. Best of all, virtual personal assistants are real people with all the capabilities of real, human intelligence, meaning your people are capable of continuous learning and adaption. We’ll show you in this article why you need to let go in order to grow your business.

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What Can a Virtual Personal Assistant Do?

A virtual personal assistant can help you with any task that can be done by telephone or through a computer. A virtual personal assistant can help you with anything from scheduling meetings, managing your email inbox to helping you book your vacation.

Answer Your Phone – Be your virtual receptionist and handle all of your incoming business related phone calls. In fact, you can even set up a VOIP number for personal calls of a non-sensitive nature that your assistant can screen. You of course have the option of keeping a very private personal number that you answer yourself. Just don’t share it with anyone except close family and friends.

Return Missed Calls – Your virtual personal assistant can return missed calls to any of your phone lines. After all, why spend your own time returning those awkward missed calls where each party tries to figure out who the other person is? Have your personal assistant call back missed calls and determine who called you and what they want. Now that’s life!

Email Management – Email is one of the hardest things for someone to release control of. However, it’s critically important to do so in order to free up your time for more important projects. You’ll need to have some trust and hand over access to your email to your email virtual assistant. If you’re really paranoid, you can share your passwords using a service like LastPass, however your assistant will still have access to your account so we don’t really see much of a point. Trust is key to gaining your freedom from your nagging inbox.

Personal Errands – You can set up a chat room on Telegram, WeChat or WhatsApp with your virtual personal assistant. Then you can simply drop requests into the chat room whenever you think of them, whether you’re on the road or by your computer. Just imagine how helpful it will be to be able to ask your assistant to help you with tasks as you think of them, simply by typing a few words in your phone!

In fact, the only things a virtual personal assistant can’t help you with are those tasks which require a physical presence, such as dropping off mail at the post office or picking up your laundry.

However, if you really don’t have time for in-person tasks such as picking up your laundry or doing your own grocery shopping, there are a plethora of gig economy apps which will crowd-source labor for you for these one-off physical tasks.

And if you can afford it, you can even hire a locally based personal assistant to do all of these things for you. But beware, doing so is equivalent to hiring a locally based employee with full-time wages and benefits. And if you’re not batting an eye at this, why not go all out and hire your own butler and household staff?

Pro Tip: Watch the how to videos in our Tutorials section to learn everything from how to create a WordPress blog post to how to add captions to your video for free on YouTube. Better yet, hire a virtual personal assistant through Jobstob and they’ll watch and learn for you, if they don’t already know how to do it in the first place!

How Much Does a Virtual Personal Assistant Cost?

A virtual personal assistant can cost upwards of $30 to $40 per hour on average if based in the United States. Some virtual assistant companies will try to justify the cost by offering flexible packages of a small number of billable hours, or by claiming that all of their assistants are college educated.

Hiring a virtual personal assistant can help scale your business efficiently, often at a fraction of the cost of an in person assistant or secretary.

However, we believe most of these virtual assistant services are nothing more than a scam. There’s nothing that a virtual assistant based in a lower cost country like the Philippines can’t do vs a virtual assistant based in the developed world. This is especially true when virtual personal assistants from the Philippines like the candidates featured by Jobstob all speak fluent English and are able to work in your time zone (i.e. night shift for them).

With Jobstob, you can save 70% in staffing costs vs domestic prices when you hire a virtual personal assistant. For example, we’d be able to find you a candidate for $6 a hour vs $20 a hour with the same level of education, typing speed, English fluency and experience.

Pro Tip: As a general rule of thumb, you can hire at least 3 virtual personal assistants from the Philippines for the cost of one virtual assistant based domestically. The cost of living and minimum wage differential is simply too great, and the internet is a great equalizer when it comes to employment opportunities.

Virtual vs Physical Personal Assistant

We believe that a virtual personal assistant is superior to a physical personal assistant in almost every manner, especially if you don’t have a desk at the office for them. That’s because a locally based personal assistant will almost certainly be working with multiple clients if they are not exclusively stationed at your office or home.

Therefore, why would you pay domestic prices for someone who isn’t even exclusively working for you? Especially when you can outsource and hire someone to work exclusively for you virtually for a fraction of the price?

Jobstob enables employers to keep tabs on their virtual staff through our time-tracking and screenshot software. Our software takes random screenshots and records activity levels for the duration of the time that the virtual personal assistant is logged in.

Pro Tip: Unless you’re looking for a personal assistant like Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada, you’re much better off hiring a virtual personal assistant for a fraction of the cost from the Philippines or India. Make sure to work with a trusted business process outsourcing company like Jobstob who can help you with everything from recruitment, quality control, set-up to billing.

Hire a Virtual Personal Assistant

Hire a fluent, English speaking virtual personal assistant based in the Philippines through Jobstob for a fraction of the price.

We’ve re-imagined and simplified business process outsourcing from soup to nuts. Start by browsing our extensive selection of video resumes, and contact us once you’ve found a candidate you like. Or, we’d be happy to do a custom search for you.

We’ll source, screen, interview and test candidates to make the best use of your time. Once hired, we’ll take care of everything from a free trial period to payroll, time tracking, compliance and HR so you can focus on growing your business.

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