How To Compete With Overseas Virtual Assistants Charging Five Dollars an Hour

You’ve seen them. The virtual assistants that market their services for five dollars an hour. There are even virtual assistants on Fiverr.com that offer 3 hours of virtual assistant services for five dollars. You might ask “why would anyone hire a virtual assistant at a higher rate when you can hire a virtual assistant for $5Continue Reading

24 Responses to How To Compete With Overseas Virtual Assistants Charging Five Dollars an Hour

  1. David says:

    Articles like this help motive virtual assistants to work better. I have been reading a lot of articles lately but found this most useful in daily life. Virtual Assistant is not an easy task, you have to get up and organize your tasks daily. Every day we are learning new things and making ourselves better. This blog will definitely boost virtual assistance to achieve their goals effectively.

  2. Melorna says:

    Truly happy for this! Sometimes I feel like it would be bad the charge say 35/hr but I always put my best foot forward and I should be paid accordingly

  3. Cheryl June Gamo says:

    Precisely! Quality of work comes with a rate.If you do it right the first time,it will make life easier for you and your client then possible repeat business and referrals will follow.

  4. Maria says:

    Hi Reese,

    This definitely hit a nerve. I am one of the assistants with a rate of 10/hr or lower. And even getting 10 an hour has been like hitting the jackpot for me. I have been doing what I do for a while, not THAT long, but a good 5 years. I live in Mexico, and I started with a rate of 3.5/hr on my very first job ever. I slowly made my way up in rates, but I still feel like I’m not worth more than 10/hr. I’m not beating myself up, but after reading your post I’m wondering… is my work impeccable? No. I make mistakes, as everyone does, but I want to believe I am reliable and professional. I always try to do my best and I do check my work, yet I still make mistakes sometimes, not big ones, but I’m insecure… I’m always nervous about messing things up. So, my question to you is… how do I know when I’m ready to uplevel, how do I know my work is worth more and that I’m not unreliable or shoddy? And, if it so happens that I’m not as competent as I should be to get a decent salary, what should I do? How do I get better?

    I know it’s a loaded question, but I’d really like to know your thoughts on this. Thank you!

    • Reese says:

      Maria, I feel you and I am so glad you asked! Firstly, we all make mistakes. The last time I checked, the only thing perfect in this world is g-d. We can strive to be perfect, but no one is. When I say impeccable, I mean work of the highest standards. Work that you can be proud of and that your clients feel makes a difference. While impeccable means “faultless” I’d reckon that there isn’t one single business owner that can say he/she has never been at fault for screwing something up. So, be kind to yourself. Don’t let your insecurity rob you of a brighter future. So, be kind to yourself. Don’t let your insecurity rob you of a brighter future.

      You’re ready to uplevel when the work you’re doing makes a difference in the lives of your clients and they tell you so. If you don’t know, ask! Ask for feedback, for a review….. I knew it was time to raise my rates because I was getting more and more interest in my work and I couldn’t stay at the same rate. I brought up my current clients to my new rate and charged new clients a higher rate. That rate just increased over time. The more years of experience under your belt, the more money you can command. Maria, thank you for writing to me. I really appreciate it.xo

  5. La Vern Harrison says:

    I totally agree that when people settle with a lower rate service, you get what you pay for.

    This is your baby, your business! Would you put your child in a $50 a week daycare that will halfway take care of your baby?

    I’m glad you wrote this article. I will post this on my page.

  6. GeorGene Nelson says:

    You are very correct. If you want quality, you must expect to pay a suitable rate.

  7. Cheryl McLean says:

    TRUTH sister Reese.

  8. Lori East says:

    This is an excellent commentary. We often fail to value our own work and talents and so don’t expect others to value them. Those who want to pay cheap are like garage sales, they are going to try and nickel and dime you to death. Even if they pay the low price, is that price one that really covers your costs as a self-employed person?

  9. Reese, You are absolutely right.
    Life is simple.
    Stop living in a fear-based reality and start realizing how much you are really worth.
    People who charge $5.00 per hour do not invest in their ongoing education.
    When you spend time and money educating yourself and keeping current, you are valuable.
    You are in competition but not with anyone else besides yourself.
    You, the person in the mirror, is the real competition.
    Ignore what is around you and work on what is inside.
    I charge $35.00/hour and am happy to announce that I will be, as of September getting 2 additional clients.
    I am proud to say that I work for 2 insurance brokers, 2 translators and 2 non-profit consultants (as of September).
    The really beautiful part about all this is how my business will grow by helping their businesses to grow.
    I will never be out of work. I am creating sustainability for myself.
    Right at this moment, things are quiet and I use this time wisely by brushing up on skills that I will soon need. Get ready September, here come the numerous requests.
    I am the virtual marketing assistant of various businesses and enjoy seeing where my life is evolving.
    Thank you G-d for the wonderful abundance that is coming my way.
    Have a super day!
    🤗

  10. Migdalia says:

    Reese, this is such a timely blog.

    I’ve been the recruiter as well as the job seeker. It’s important to know the value of the role – not only the market’s worth, but also what it’s worth to the company needing the resource. Some people have no idea what many roles entail, and that’s how you end up with the low-balling.

    However, as you point out, eventually people become wise to the ways of the market, and they do appreciate value for money. It’s better to lose a client or talent who does not value the work needed than to accept them eating up time and resources. They won’t last long, but what worse is that they may exhaust you or ruin you in the process.

    • Reese says:

      What a well written and thoughtful comment, Migalia! Thank you for taking the time to write it. I agree with every word you wrote. After writing this post, I got an email from a VA in the Philippines that is charging $7/hour and what I loved was how she said “and I want to charge more because I’m damn sure I can provide top quality work!”. I can’t wait to help this woman do just that.

  11. Make a claim -> follow through.

    Saving time, energy, and headache for a client is saving money for that client. A good VA needs to be able to work autonomously, and produce perfect work – excellent results.

    Pricing is subjective. I could probably charge half my rates if I didn’t live in a first world (aka expensive) country.
    But, in fact, I wouldn’t because my work is worth what I charge for it. Nothing to do with where I live.

    This post really resonated with me Reese. I would be happy to work with a VA who charges less than $10 an hour. If I could find one that can work autonomously, produce great results, and not require micro-management. I am sure they must exist, somewhere 🙂

    • Reese says:

      Exactly, Elaine! Thanks for your comment. Great VAs who charge less than $10/hour do exist, but the good ones are hard to find and when you find one, give them a raise! 😉

  12. Brenda says:

    I totally agree. I never worked as a virtual assistant, only as a content writer; however, even working in this capacity, I try to deliver my best work. So, when I ask for a price, based on performance, I know I deserve it. Thanks again for the inspiring post.

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Busting the 9 Biggest Myths About Starting Your Virtual Assistant Business

Don’t let these biggest myths hold you back from starting your virtual assistant business. I’m telling it like it is.Continue Reading

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  1. Tawana Williams says:

    Hey Reese,
    I’ve followed you for awhile and I feel off but I really believe this could be a great career. So I’m back. I’ve been a bit confused about how to get things off the ground. Hopefully, I’ll speak with you soon.

    • Reese says:

      We all feel a bit off at times, it’s normal and I’d agree with you that working as a VA is a great career. XO

  2. Evah G. says:

    To be honest, you have burst a few myths that I had a very strong opinion about. E.g. I need to have a website before venturing out…and also that I need to generalise so that I can be a “great” VA.
    Thank you for bursting this myth bubble.

    I have a question that I would like your clarification:
    How possible is it for a VA from Africa to attract clients in the west? I ask this because many African entrepreneurs are yet to embrace the idea of employing a VA.

    • Reese says:

      Evah, great question! The answer is, be so good they can’t ignore you. Learn everything you can about running a business and constantly improve upon your skill set. It shouldn’t matter where you are. Case in point…I live in Israel and my clients are in the US. True, I was born in the States but I use VAs from India, Pakistan, Europe, etc. I have found amazing support from all over the world and I don’t care where my support lives. I care if they get the job done right. Keep that in mind. To attract clients in the West, network in online forums where those prospects spend their time. XO

  3. Thanks for this article, Reese. So helpful. I think I bought into each and every one of the 9 myths – but I haven’t let it stop me. I built my website (www.virtualisticsllc.com), started designing marketing material and have begun sharing my new venture with others, but I’m still lacking the confidence to really sell it. So, I’m hoping your course will be affordable because I absolutely love reading your material and I know it would be beneficial to me.

    • Reese says:

      Angela, I’m glad the post was helpful! Don’t let anything stop you. The key is to always move forward and it sounds like that is what you’re doing. I can help you gain the confidence you need to market yourself! My course will be just the thing you need. I got your back. xo

  4. Hi,

    great post. Well done! I agree almoust with everything. What I don’t agree with is not having a website. It’s true that there is no point to make one if you don’t know who do you work for and why…But I think it’s better to have that clear before get started. Why get started anywhere without knowing what’s your niche. When it comes to attention to details that’s more up to the person. Maybe non native speaker can not see ‘small things’ in the language, but every non English person at least should have excellent spellchecker. The language is the basic tool. I invest in Gramarly. You can not start any business with zero investment.

    All the best, Rahela

    • Reese says:

      Thank you, Rahela! You’re right! Do the hard work of figuring out what you’re doing and who you’re doing it for. Then move onto a website. Thanks for your comment.

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The Day That Changed Everything

: The day I started working as a virtual assistant changed everything. It was the summer of 2008. I put my two kids to bed, kissed them on their foreheads and waited until the house was quiet. I slipped into my pajamas, eased my way into my blankets and propped my laptop on my lap.Continue Reading

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  1. Evah G. says:

    Hey Reese,

    Amazing blog this is!! And also quite inspiring.

    I quit a good paying job in a petroleum company in 2010, when I learnt that I was pregnant with my first child. This took a great hit in our family finances, but my husband was quite supportive. Six years down the line, I have two adorable toddlers in my home, who fill my life with so much joy.

    I discovered about working online late last year, and it is just recently that I have discovered my interest in working as a Virtual Assistant. I am so happy to have found a way I can continue engaging with the workplace, without “sacrificing” my kids and family. In my country Kenya, many working mums have to employ maids/nannies to take care of the kids and home while they go to work. I am glad that as a VA, I do not have to give up anything.

    My little problem is establishing a successful VA career, when in my country, this is still quite a foreign phenomenon. Most of the people I have talked to, want me to work from their office!!! I trust that I will build my skills and career with clients outside Kenya, and slowly demonstrate that this is workable even here in my country.

    Thanks for the inspiration that you continue to give those of us who keenly follow you.

    PS: I would love doing itineraries for $18 per hour. I just need to learn how to!!

    Rgds, Evah

  2. Evah G. says:

    Hey Reese,

    I quit a good paying job with a petroleum company in 2010 when I got pregnant with my first child. This is because I did not want to be an absentee mum for my child when he was born.

    Fast forward 6 years later….I have not gone back to work (in an office) and I have two adorable toddlers. I discovered working online last year, and recently found out about working as a virtual assistant. Combining a career and family, means EVERYTHING to me too..

    I come from a country where working as a VA is quite foreign, and has not yet been embraced by many. But after learning from you and other PRO VAs, I am trusting that I will build a successful online career.

    Thank you Reese for sharing this with us. It is quite inspiring.

    PS: For the record, I would absolutely love doing itineraries for USD 18 an hour…I just need to learn how!

  3. Oh my dear Reese! I’ve been thinking about you and your little ones.

    I know exactly what you mean about having the kids running around when running a business at home, then suddenly a client wants go on a call. When I started I was so afraid clients would hear my children but you know that’s gone by the way side because the best part of having your own biz, is you get to pick who you work with! That’s freedom, right?!

    Although I wouldn’t have screaming children in the background, they may hear chitter chatter or a tiny voice say MA!. My clients have always been supportive. When you do awesome work they appreciate you and it doesn’t matter how you get work done but that it’s done and good.

    Love being home with the kids, especially not having to tell employers what days off I need for doctor appointments etc. It’s wonderful!

    Thanks for sharing your story! It will give many people encouragement to get their VA biz started.

    Take care,
    Lillian

    • Reese says:

      I’ve been thinking of you, too Lillian! Always do. I would never have screaming kids in the background but if my kids come in and say hi to my clients while I’m talking, I’m not worried. If my clients are so anal about hearing kids in the background, they are not for us, right? Love to you!

  4. Vanessa C. says:

    Reese,
    I have been following you for a little over a year, now. While I have found most of your blogs to be informative, inspirational and at times down right funny, this particular blog moved me. This IS my WHY!The best of both worlds – my career and my kids, but most importantly the freedom to enjoy my life while I bring in an income that helps support my family. I can really feel through your writing the passion you have for your career and your kids. I love it! Cant wait for your next blog – good stuff!

    • Reese says:

      Vanessa, I am so happy I wrote this post. It came to me in an instant and I felt compelled to write it and I am so overwhelmed with the response. Sending you a lot of love! Also, love the name of your business! That’s awesome.

  5. Marisol says:

    Hi Reese!
    I started following you a couple of months ago! Thank you so much for all your great ideas! I got my domain as you can see and I’m currently working on my website. As soon as I’m done with it I’d like for you to look it over and tell me what you think! I still haven’t landed my first client, but I’m working on it and I’m confident that that it will happen soon! I’m so excited!

  6. Leslie says:

    Yes, Reese. That’s what I’m looking for. Freedom!!

  7. Christine says:

    So happy i found your site a couple years ago… Back then i didn’t have the nerve to do it, but today i am in a new reality, and i realise this path can work!
    Thank you so much for sharing your expertise and story!

    • Reese says:

      Thank you for reading and being inspiring by my story, Christine! I’m so happy you found me, too. I believe in you.

  8. Hey Reese, I’ve been following you for a while now and you truly inspire me. I started my virtual assistance biz in 2013 but I just can’t seem to build it. I’ve worked steadily from 2011-2013 for just one client. I’m now doing the same for a marketing company that I LOVE. I have an opportunity to work with the kindest, most awesome women I have ever met. She’s a coach/speaker/author and wants me to get her booked with BIG names like Google, Microsoft, Apple, etc. I have no idea where to start to make these contacts and wondered if you might have some suggestions. I realize you won’t likely be getting back to me anytime soon but hope to hear from you in the future. I’ll pray for your little girl for sure!

    Thanks so much!
    Connie

    • Reese says:

      Connie, this means EVERYTHING to me. Thank you. I’m so happy you found the work that you love. Email me and I’ll see how I can help you. xo

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Blog Post Ideas That Will Fill Your Client List

You have a website, you have some testimonials, you have a list of services that you enjoy doing and know how much you want to charge, but now you need to fill your client list. One of the best ways to fill your client list is to start blogging and from what I know aboutContinue Reading

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  1. Jasmin Cottontail says:

    Great post! Thanks for sharing this information. As a VA, having our own blog can be very helpful especially if we want to attract more clients. I’m actually planning to have my own blog soon and I’m wondering what are the topics should I cover. Now I have some ideas and I think I’ll start with services 🙂

  2. Lisa says:

    Thanks for the practical tips on blog content ideas. I really appreciate them, and plan on using the “how to work with me” topic soon. Thanks!

  3. Shakira Perry says:

    Hi Reese,

    Great info! Thx so much! I’ve been wanting to start a blog but didn’t know what to write about. This us a huge help.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Shakira Perry
    @supremeva

    • Reese says:

      Sometimes the answers are staring us in the face but we are blind to them. It’s funny how things work. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Shakira!

  4. Brenda Pace says:

    Hi Reese,

    Great ideas! I have to ask you this, how do you feel about sidebars? For my blog content on my VA/Freelance site, I did not have a sidebar like yours. However, someone brought it to my attention that readers or potential clients might not see what I’m all about. I have my Services, Testimonies, and Portfolio posted in the Nav bar as well as my landing page (Home) stating my services. Do you think it matters if there is a sidebar or not? My blog archive page has the sidebar, just not the actual post. Would love your thoughts.

    Brenda

    • Reese says:

      Hi Brenda! I have a sidebar and I love them. You can put a lot of useful information in the sidebar. Utilize the sidebars for an about me graphic and a work with me graphic. I think you signed up to my free e-course, I’d love to see a hero image with some persuasive text on your home page. Did you go through that that lesson yet?

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