The rates for trained VA’s are generally higher than those for administrative employees. When the benefits of working with a professional VA are coupled with the benefits listed in the following table, this makes sense.
|When you hire an employee:||When you work with a VA:|
|1. You must provide office space & equipment.||1. The VA works from his/her own office and provides his/her own equipment.|
|2. Often, benefits such as insurance, vacation time, & time for lunch and breaks during the day must be provided.||2. As a business owner, the VA provides insurance for him or herself. Also, a client only pays for time when work is actually being done.|
|3. You must pay taxes associated with each employee as well as administer payroll and the taxes associated with it.||3. The VA pays all taxes associated with his/her business and provides clients with invoices on a monthly basis.|
|4. You must provide a consistent amount of work in order to keep an employee busy.||4. A VA works only the number of hours you need!|
I have a retainer system for my clients.
A client ‘locks in’ at least 10 hours of services during the month. More than 10 hours can be reserved, of course. If more time is used by a client than was retained, the extra time is billed at the same rate and added to the next month’s invoice.
Any unused time is not carried over to the next month.
The retainer option benefits the client by making sure that the time he/she needs will be allotted to them ahead of time for any given month. Without a retainer, there cannot be a guarantee of that. “Extra time” may or may not be available.
Why at least 10 hours/month?
Working with clients for less than that doesn’t allow enough time to get to know them and their businesses well enough to establish a working relationship that will truly benefit them.
I offer a one-hour consultation, free of charge, so please contact me if you would like to discuss where you are now and where you would like to be in the future.