If you decide to hire a virtual assistant, you have two main options. You can find an independent virtual assistant who works on their own and deals with clients like yourself one-on-one. The other option is to go through an agency. Agencies can be convenient since they already have a selection of staff from which to find somebody who meets your exact needs. Moreover, you have the comfort of knowing the agency has vetted those individuals to ensure they can be trusted with the kind of sensitive information they have to deal with for their clients.
There are both pros and cons to finding a virtual assistant through an agency. This blog post will go over a couple key things you should take into consideration when deciding where to find your new virtual assistant.
Hiring a Virtual Assistant Through an Agency Can Be Pricier
An agency comes with a certain degree of organizational support, which means added convenience for the client. If you need a virtual assistant who specializes in accounting the agency will likely have a reliable employee qualified in that area to help you, meaning you get the assistance you need rather quickly. An agency also means vetting the candidates has already been handled. But all of this added value comes at a higher cost.
Hiring through an agency can be more expensive because not only are you paying for the labor of the virtual assistant – you are paying the overhead costs of administering those administrative assistants as well. Keep this in mind when deciding whether to use an agency and balance the benefits against the price. If you do not need the specialized services of an agency, and you think that you can find a suitable candidate on your own, then consider hiring yourself.
You Lose Out On The Personal Commitment of an Independent Virtual Assistant
As already mentioned there are a lot of benefits and conveniences that come with using an agency to hire a virtual assistant. But keep in mind that the agency is mostly focused on making sure the work you contract out gets done. As a result, you may not be able to build a one-on-one professional relationship with a virtual assistant. Instead, you may have to deal with a string of different personal assistants who handle different facets of the job or who are taken on and off your project. With a dedicated, individual personal assistant, you get the added value of somebody who takes the time to familiarize themselves with your company and how you work.
Using an agency can be a tremendous way to save time and give you a little peace of mind if you are new to the world of hiring a virtual assistant. Agencies eliminate much of the work involved in hiring (and even firing) a virtual assistant. If for any reason the virtual assistant you work with is not up to par, then you can alert the agency who will likely assign you a new VA. If you are a little more confident in your ability to find a candidate (and prefer to build a relationship with your VA in a way that makes them a team member as opposed to just a contractor) then hiring a virtual assistant directly may be the better choice.