Recently, I had a client lead that ended with them asking for a ridiculously low rate that was in itself insulting. And let me explain why. When you hire me you are hiring someone who is a vital part of your business team. I am not an employee; I am a business owner just like you. I have overhead costs to deal with and taxes to boot. But what really gets me about the whole thing is that I am much more valuable than some overseas virtual administrative consultant. Let’s start with I both write and speak English proficiently versus British English or English as a second language. I understand the geography of the US and its colloquialisms. I am very resourceful and tech-savvy, and there is nothing you can give me that I can’t figure out how to do. I am a very talented, intelligent woman who will work her butt off to make your business run smoother and more efficiently. I take care of the planning and day-to-day aspects of running your business so that you can spend the time saved growing your business or spending precious time with your family. I give you time, is that not valuable?
All I am saying is that as a virtual administrative consultant, I am part of your team and care about your business as much as you do. I want you to succeed, I want your business to grow, and I will do everything within my power to help make that happen. What I want in return is the respect I deserve. I reiterate, I am not your employee. I am worth every penny I charge because I will give you all that I have to give. You will be my priority. I really don’t understand the mentality of some who think a virtual administrative consultant is some sort of personal assistant. I am so much more. I provide accountability, efficiency, and a logical flow to your business. I save you money and I give you more time, both of which I would think would be of value to you.
If you’ve guessed by now that this is a rant, you’d be correct. I am insulted to be considered so unworthy of my fee, which is a reasonable amount for the services I provide. I am only limited by your imagination. There is nothing I can’t do, nothing I can’t learn. Well, almost, I don’t know anything about sales funneling, but I bet I could learn! As a team member, I am the gateway, the second mate of the ship. I am not in some clerical position sitting at my desk typing up letters. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but as a virtual administrative consultant, I am more. I am a business owner who is a vital part of your business team; I help you run it and grow it. I am a sounding board, a manager and an assistant all rolled into one kick-butt woman. If you think an overseas VA is a good idea, well, good luck and remember you get what you pay for!