What is a Virtual Assistant? (VA) A Virtual Assistant (VA) is a highly-trained independent entrepreneur who provides a myriad of business support services virtually via phone, fax and internet based technology to support and meet the growing needs of businesses worldwide. Partnering with a VA reduces stress, protects cash flow, eliminates administrative hassles, and enables business people to find the success they originally set out to achieve. A VA is your right hand person helping you to succeed in your business. The irony is you may never meet your VA as odds are they live nowhere near you! (Source: Virtual Assistant Networking Association)
What services are offered by Laura’s VA Services? Laura’s VA Services offer a wide variety of services. Please view the Services page for a detailed list.
Why should I use Laura’s VA Services instead of a temp agency? Unlike with a temp agency, I work for you. I have been working as a Virtual Assistant since 2007 and in upper-level administrative positions prior to that several years. My goal is to help your company grow. Temp agencies cannot guarantee the same temp or quality of work each time you need their help. I can guarantee the same quality each time.
What are the benefits of contracting with Laura’s VA Services rather than hiring an employee? There are numerous benefits: No employee taxes, benefits or insurance, no OSHA issues or jeopardy of lawsuits. Maybe your company only needs 10 hours worth of support each week. Would you hire part-time with less experience, or hire full-time and search for additional duties? One benefit of a Virtual Assistant is the working relationship which is tailored to fit exactly what you need.
How much do Virtual Assistants (Laura’s VA Services) charge? Virtual Assistants charge differently and can range up to $75 an hour. Laura’s VA Services hourly rate averages between $35.00 – $40.00 per hour and I offer discounts for nonprofit organizations. At first glance this may appear to be a high rate, but statistics show that employees actually cost 2 to 2-1/2 times their rate of pay when you factor in the cost of recruitment, base salary, employment taxes, mandatory insurance benefits, paid vacation, paid holidays, sick days, equipment and training. Don’t forget the amount of time lost to socializing and personal conflicts.
Who can benefit from using Laura’s VA Services? One of the most amazing things about virtual assistance is: nearly anyone and any company, large or small, can benefit from using a VA. A large company can hire less help; a small company can have the VA do their billing, collections, marketing, etc. You could even hire a VA for personal needs, such as planning that special event or vacation, creating invitations, or even managing your personal bills and expenses. I do it all. That’s what I am here for- to help with whatever you need.
What benefits does Laura’s VA Services offer nonprofits? Laura’s VA Services values the differences nonprofit organizations make in the world today and as a way to support them, I offer a 10% discount on services as well as reimbursements of 50% of unused hours (on monthly packages).
Do I need to use a local VA? No. With being a Virtual Assistant, location doesn’t matter. No matter where your company is, or if it even relocates, it does not affect my ability to do my job. Work is typically distributed via email, fax, telephone, or in some cases, the US Postal Service.
Is there a minimum fee for projects? Laura’s VA Services does not charge a minimum fee for projects; however, I prefer to reduce overhead costs from quoting small projects of less than five (5) hours.
Is there a referral bonus? Laura’s VA Services offers a referral bonus to existing clients. For anyone you refer to Laura’s VA Services who uses my services, you will receive between one (1) and five (5) hours of Laura’s VA Services work FREE, depending on the size of the referral.
Break it down for me, why should I choose to work with Laura’s VA Services? Well, since you made it all the way to the bottom of the FAQ page, I must be striking a chord with you. (At least I’m hoping I have.)
I pride myself in the importance of community service and involvement. I donate 10 professional hours/month to a nonprofit. Currently, I am aiding a small church in getting their online presence up and running. I also donate 20% of my profits to local nonprofit organizations.