Virtual Assistant Reviews http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com Honest Virtual Assistant Reviews & Ratings by Real Users Thu, 20 Aug 2015 19:06:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 OkayRelax http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/okayrelax http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/okayrelax#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 18:50:18 +0000 http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/?p=2752 OkayRelax is a new task-based virtual assistant company based in Tampa, Florida. The business was founded in 2015 with a mission to help busy people save some time and sanity. About Okay Relax OkayRelax operates on kind of a hybrid […]

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OkayRelax is a new task-based virtual assistant company based in Tampa, Florida. The business was founded in 2015 with a mission to help busy people save some time and sanity.

About Okay Relax

okayrelax reviewOkayRelax operates on kind of a hybrid model between a dedicated virtual assistant service and a task-based approach where any available team member can tackle your assignments. The service is set-up around tasks, mini-projects up to 30 minutes, but unlike competitors Fancy Hands and Efficise, you are assigned a dedicated assistant.

While a distributed team approach does have certain advantages, the founders of OkayRelax felt there were some major problems with it as well. For example, if you’re constantly explaining repetitive tasks to new VAs, you’re never gaining any efficiency or process improvement ideas. Plus, if you’re sharing sensitive data or login information, you don’t want that spread around to an army of anonymous virtual assistants.

OkayRelax assistants work from home and serve (English-speaking) clients worldwide. The company’s proprietary screening and training process makes sure they can deliver exceptional service.

Services

OkayRelax handles a range of virtual assistant tasks, but they really do focus on your individual needs as opposed to the needs of your business or company. For example, they can book you a table at a local restaurant if you’ve forgotten to make a reservation or they could recommend an activity for you if you’re not quite sure what to do next weekend.

Clients rely on their OK Relax assistant to help with online research for upcoming travel or product purchases, or administrative tasks like email and calendar management, data entry, or dealing with customer service on your behalf.

Plans and Pricing

OkayRelax plans start at $14.95 a month for a 5 task plan. In comparison, Fancy Hands is double that for the same 5 tasks.

The popular 25-task plan runs $49.95 per month and heavy users can outsource 50 tasks under the OkayRelax Executive plan for $74.95 per month.

If you max out the 30-minute per task guideline, you’re looking at equivalent labor rates as low as $6 an hour on the Starter plan, $4 an hour for the Professional plan, and $3 an hour for the Executive plan.

okayrelax pricing

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At press time, they were offering a 2-task credit free trial to give the service a test drive.

OkayRelax Alternatives

OkayRelax follows in the footsteps of other task-based virtual assistant companies, but with their own unique twist. As mentioned above, Efficise, Fancy Hands, and Perssist all operate similar models, though without the dedicated assistant.

In fact, I’m having a hard time thinking of another service that offers a dedicated VA for less than $100 a month.

Your Turn

Have you worked with OkayRelax before? Please leave a review below to help others with their decision.

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Codeable http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/codeable http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/codeable#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:00:05 +0000 http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/?p=2055 Codeable (codeable.io) is an on-demand service for WordPress tasks. The Denmark-based company was founded in 2013 and employs more than 100 WordPress experts in the US and Europe to solve WordPress problems for customers. Think of them as a hyper-specialized […]

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Codeable (codeable.io) is an on-demand service for WordPress tasks. The Denmark-based company was founded in 2013 and employs more than 100 WordPress experts in the US and Europe to solve WordPress problems for customers.

VAA Tested_smallerThink of them as a hyper-specialized virtual assistant service; you only use them when you need their specific skillset, but don’t have any recurring costs to front. These guys only deal with WordPress-related issues — they’re not going to be running your social media campaigns or making dinner reservations for you.

codeable reviewAlthough its early in the game for Codeable, the initial feedback has been positive. Of their first 1100 paid tasks, nearly 99% of them were rated 5 stars out of 5.

Services

So what can Codeable’s virtual army of WordPress experts get done for you?

Pretty much anything related to your WordPress site; fixing bugs, making design customizations, developing a custom plugin, modifying your theme, migrating your site to a new host, or even providing one-on-one training.

Each of the developers they let onto their platform goes through a thorough screening process including an interview and review of their portfolio and work history.

The focus is on smaller tasks with quick turnaround times. The Codeable platform operates 24/7 and several users report getting initial estimates back within minutes of posting their jobs.

Codeable Review

How it Works

With Codeable, you create your own task brief — the more detailed and well thought-out the better. The more specific you can be in terms of what you want done, the better results you get and the better understanding the coders will have of your project.

You’ll begin collecting bids almost immediately, but the bids are averaged out — removing price from the equation. You can pick the developer you feel is the best fit based on their feedback, recent work history, or their areas of specialization.

In either case, Codeable explains you can pick confidently because they only allow top-notch technical talent to join their ranks.

Plans and Pricing

The average Codeable job is $169 and takes 48 hours start to finish.

The way their pricing works is the different WordPress pros submit bids, but unlike Elance, Codeable takes the average of those bids to create your estimated price. (They also tack on a 15% service commission on top of that price.)

The theory is this prevents their marketplace from turning into a “race to the bottom” on price, but still allows you access to top WordPress talent at reasonable rates. It also saves you the trouble of sorting through a dozen different quotes and trying to discern the difference!

There is no ongoing monthly membership subscription to pay for like you’d find with WP Curve. You might end up paying more on a per-job basis, but depending on the volume of work you need done, Codeable could end up being a money saver.

VAA Exclusive: Get $10 off your first project when you sign-up through this link.

Each job has a money back guarantee.

I haven’t had a chance to test the service personally yet, but will be sure to report back here and update this post once I do.

Codeable Alternatives

When I first saw Codeable, a couple competitors came to mind. The first is Elto (formerly Tweaky), which offers website “tweaks” and other services starting from just $39. (Read about how I’ve been using Fiverr instead.)

The second service I thought of was WP Curve, which offers “unlimited” WordPress support for just $69 per month. They’ve seen some crazy growth over the past year and are doing very well.

Have you worked with Codeable? If so, please be sure to share a quick review of your experience below to help others with their decision.

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Efficise http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/efficise http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/efficise#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 09:00:24 +0000 http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/?p=498 Efficise is a virtual assistant and business outsourcing firm based in Karachi, Pakistan. The company launched in 2012, with the goal of helping people all over the world enhance their efficiency and productivity. Since then, Efficise has grown into one […]

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Efficise is a virtual assistant and business outsourcing firm based in Karachi, Pakistan. The company launched in 2012, with the goal of helping people all over the world enhance their efficiency and productivity.

Efficise reviewSince then, Efficise has grown into one of the most popular task-based services on this site.

Services

efficise review 2015Efficise virtual assistants are trained to handle a host of tasks that include standard admin stuff, web research, and other one-time virtual “gofer” jobs. Many clients turn to them for help with transcription, travel planning, social media management, data entry jobs, and more.

They allow flexibility to allow process-outsourcing and recurring tasks in ways some other virtual assistant companies can’t handle.

Efficise Review:

Plans and Pricing

Efficise offers both Individual and Business service packages.

Their Individual plan is available at 4 levels. A 15-task plan is $30 per month, a 30-task plan is just $45 a month, a 50-task plan is $65 a month, and a 100-task plan is only $100 a month.

efficise pricing

These are tasks that can take up to 30 minutes to complete (other companies typically use a 15-minute guideline) and the team is available 24/7 to get them done for you.

At those price points, Efficise is definitely one of the best bang-for-your-buck services out there, and $1 per request is a pretty small price to pay to get 100 time-sucking tasks off your plate each month. Theoretically it could save you up to 50 hours a month, which is huge.

On a per-task basis, Efficise is more cost-effective than US-based rival Fancy Hands.

At the larger monthly plans, they even throw in some bonus hours for the occasional longer task that required more involvement or research.

Special Offer: Use coupon code NLIND15 for 15% off your first month of any Individual plan!*

*Excludes the 15-request plan.

If you need more than 100 virtual assistant requests in a month, or more in-depth or ongoing work, you might consider the Efficise Business plan.

Business rates start at $13 an hour, and go as low as $10/hr depending on how many hours you buy.

efficise business plans

The nice thing is that for all but the lowest plan, the hours rollover to the next month. The hours do expire after a certain amount of time, but it’s good to know you’re not completely out the money if you don’t have a ton of outsourced work one month.

With a Business plan, you can outsource jobs like social media management, outbound calling, transcription, emails, data entry, and even customer service. If you prefer to work with a dedicated virtual employee on an ongoing basis, Efficise will provide a customized quote tailored to your needs.

Special Offer: Use coupon code NLBUS05 for 5% off your first month of any Business plan!

Neither of these plans come with any start-up fees, contracts or long-term commitments. You can track progress on your tasks in real time, and cancel your Efficise service whenever you want.

Efficise has made some investments in their back-end dashboard that help provide a better customer experience. For example, you can prioritize two tasks a day, basically flagging them as important and jumping the rest of the queue.

In addition, users can maintain an account profile with your own instructions and preferences, so they don’t have to be explained anew each time.

If you have any experience with Efficise, positive or negative, please share it below.

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Tweaky http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/tweaky http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/tweaky#comments Sat, 15 Aug 2015 19:13:24 +0000 http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/?p=1497 UPDATE: Tweaky changed to Elto.com, which appears to either be shut down at the moment or in super-secret startup stealth-mode. Tweaky is a marketplace for quick website customization projects. These small “tweaks” start at just $39 and are accomplished by a […]

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UPDATE: Tweaky changed to Elto.com, which appears to either be shut down at the moment or in super-secret startup stealth-mode.

Tweaky is a marketplace for quick website customization projects. These small “tweaks” start at just $39 and are accomplished by a talented cloud-based team of developers.

VAA Tested_smallerTweaky was founded in 2012 and is based in Melbourne, Australia.

This is not a virtual assistant service, but it is an interesting outsourcing concept that falls between Fiverr and the big freelance marketplaces. If you’ve ever been in the situation where you’re banging your head against the wall trying to make some small fix on your website or figure out how to do one seemingly simple thing in the code, Tweaky is for you.

tweaky reviewThese small fixes and customizations can be frustrating thorns in your side, and Tweaky takes that pain away. I first learned about the company at a marketing conference in Las Vegas, and was anxious to try them out the next time I had a need.

Today, the nearest alternative is WP Curve, which offers unlimited small WordPress fixes for $79/month.

The advantage over Elance or oDesk is just in the amount of time it takes from initiation to project completion. You’ll still need to create a pretty detailed scope of work for what you want done, but you don’t have to spend any time going through the applications and picking a winner. Tweaky quotes the project a low fixed rate and assigns a competent developer to the job.

I tested it out myself on a fix I’d been procrastinating on for the mobile version of this very website. Even though the theme is responsive,  certain pages looked pretty messed up when viewed on the mobile browser. Here’s an example of what I submitted to Tweaky and asked them to fix:

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They came back with a quote of $39 and I reasoned it would be a worthwhile investment since 20% of the site’s traffic is from mobile users, and that number isn’t getting any smaller.

So I accepted the job and within a couple hours, the mobile site looked a million times better:

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After

Well worth it! Super fast and quality work.

A couple other important things to note. The first was in sharing the WordPress access details. They have a secure system to input your login and password information and I didn’t have to create a separate developer account. I would have probably preferred to use LastPass, but I felt OK with the security level at Tweaky.

Tweaky supports a huge variety of web software, including WordPress, Drupal, Shopify, BigCommerce, MailChimp, AWeber, and much more. Pretty much anything you can think of related to your website, they can handle for you without the potential headache of going through a freelance site.

One thing that might be interesting, that I didn’t bother with, would be to post the same project on Tweaky and on oDesk and see if the rates end up being much different. My hunch is that Tweaky is pretty competitive on price because they’re built specifically for these one-off micro-jobs — jobs the freelancers on oDesk might not be as attracted to or suited to.

Tweaky has a 100% money back guarantee so there’s no risk to try them out. I would just take a backup of your site before handing over the access, just on the off-chance something really blows up beyond repair.

If you want to try Tweaky yourself, use this link to get $10 off your first project. [Tweaky coupon code]

Have you used Tweaky before? If so, please share a quick review of your experience below.

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Habilis http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/habilis http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/habilis#comments Sat, 15 Aug 2015 04:42:53 +0000 http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/?p=395 Habiliss (formerly Habilis and occasionally iHabilis) is a virtual assistant service and online lifestyle manager that offers to aid busy professionals and business owners. The company is based in Chennai, India, and primarily serves customers in the US and the […]

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Habiliss (formerly Habilis and occasionally iHabilis) is a virtual assistant service and online lifestyle manager that offers to aid busy professionals and business owners. The company is based in Chennai, India, and primarily serves customers in the US and the UK.

Customers interact with their virtual assistance via telephone, Internet, and/or email. The service is capable of handling both your personal and business needs. Clients who have used the service have expressed their appreciation for its ease of use, timeliness of response and value. A free trial is available at their website.

habiliss reviewThe site offers services for both business and personal clients. For entrepreneurs, a Habilis virtual assistant can help produce quality presentations, discover new sales leads, and execute web research. With an hourly plan, you can train your dedicated virtual assistant to track emails or work in your business in whatever ongoing basis you need. By outsourcing daily tasks you can free up valuable time for a relatively small price.

The dedicated assistance plans start at 40 hours a month for $350, which is $8.75 an hour with no additional overhead expenses or taxes to pay. An 80-hour a month half-time VA is $600, and a full time dedicated virtual assistant is only $1000 – a full time virtual employee for just $6.25 an hour! This is comparable to other outsourcing services like MyTasker or 24/7 Virtual Assistant.

habiliss pricing

For personal users, Habiliss offers a range of task-based plans. These are best suited for small one-time projects like ordering groceries, booking restaurant reservations or providing wake-up calls. Personal services can also assist with time management, perform online research, help with keeping appointments, and tracking important dates.

The task-based plans start at just $10 which covers your first 5 tasks. If you have a lot of small tasks to get done, you can realize some savings by buying a larger package. Habilis sells a 30-task plan for $50, or just $1.66 per task. This is comparable to Efficise and slightly more affordable than a US-based service like Fancy Hands.

If you want to try out their services, a limited free trial is at iHabilis.com. Aside from your subscription plan, there are no start-up costs when signing up. To cancel using this virtual assistant service, simply call, email or unsubscribe utilizing the portal provided before the next billing cycle is initiated.

Habilis has received positive accolades from Good Morning America and the Wall Street Journal. Good Morning America found the company to have the fastest response times of the virtual assistant services they tested, which included Red Butler and AskSunday, but found the quality of the work a little lacking.

Have you worked with Habiliss? If so, please share your experience below!

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Zirtual http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/zirtual http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/zirtual#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:45:43 +0000 http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/?p=403 UPDATE: On August 10th, 2015, Zirtual “Paused All Operations.” Later in the week, they announced the company had been acquired by Startups.co and will be resuming business shortly. If that instability doesn’t sit well, please see below for Zirtual Alternatives. Zirtual […]

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UPDATE: On August 10th, 2015, Zirtual “Paused All Operations.” Later in the week, they announced the company had been acquired by Startups.co and will be resuming business shortly. If that instability doesn’t sit well, please see below for Zirtual Alternatives.

Zirtual is a virtual assistant service that offers virtual assistant and personal concierge services to people around the world. Zirtual was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in San Francisco and Las Vegas.

VAA Tested_smallerZirtual offers US-based, college-educated virtual assistants that are available to handle a wide-variety of tasks and that are designed to help people get and stay organized.

Zirtual assistants are available to perform tasks, including but not limited to sending out birthday cards, ordering flowers, making travel arrangements reservations, scheduling meetings, conducting research , making calls, coordinating plans, returning calls, sending out and responding to e-mails. The list goes on.

zirtual reviewPlans and Pricing

The most popular option is the Entrepreneur plan priced at $399.00 per month. The Entrepreneur plan includes same-day support from your dedicated assistant and the ability to outsource tasks up to a cumulative 16 hours a month. (Slightly less than $25 per hour.)

If you have more work to outsource, Executive and VIP-level plans give you more hours of support and reduced effective hourly rates.

zirtual pricing

The company recently axed their $199 per month entry-level plan and their on-demand Zirtual Now service.

Zirtual Review:

(Here’s the PowerPoint slide deck my ZA made — pretty slick, right?)

These rates make Zirtual slightly more affordable than other US-based competitors like Red Butler, which offers similar unlimited dedicated service at $495 a month.

Zirtual Founder Interview

And check out Maren pitching Barbara Corcoran and NBC’s “The Pitch”:

Why Zirtual?

Not to suggest these other companies will hire just anyone off the street, but Zirtual guarantees that all of their virtual assistants are thoroughly screened, college-educated and competent to your perform tasks. When it comes to building trust with someone you’ve never met, the hiring process becomes that much more important.

Founder Maren Kate Donovan explains: “We have a seven step hiring process that includes thorough background checks, personality tests and social background checks—to ensure people haven’t lied and to get a very deep understanding of what makes them tick as people.” She goes on to note that Zirtual only hires 3% of the people who apply, and that they receive 4 weeks of traning before they handle their first client.

Your Zirtual virtual assistant service also comes with an “Epic Guarantee” — that you’ll be satisfied with their work and that your personal information will be kept safe. If you have problems with the service you can have a new virtual assistant appointed and also have the option a refund in certain circumstances.

To get started with Zirtual, there are no start-up, or initiation fees aside from your monthly subscription. In addition, there are no long or short-term contracts, individuals can choose to use Zirtual on a one-time basis or sign up for a monthly plan you can cancel at any time with no penalty.

Out of Beta

Since their founding, Zirtual was an invitation-only service — you had to know someone on the inside, or come through this website, to get in. But in January 2014, in response to strong demand, Zirtual lifted the by-invitation-only rule and opened the gates to the general public.

To fuel their growth in this rapidly expanding industry, Zirtual announced that they raised an additional $2 million in venture capital in January 2013.

Zirtual Alternatives

If you’re looking for a dedicated virtual assistant service as an alternative to Zirtual, two that come highly regarded are eaHELP and Worldwide101. You’ll find the base hourly rates slightly higher, though Worldwide has a 10-hour a month plan that is about $100 less than Zirtual’s “Entrepreneur” plan.

In response to the unexpected Zirtual shutdown, Time Etc is offering half-off your first month of service for previous Zirtual clients.

And if you’re comfortable “going direct” and hiring your own freelance VA, you may be able to find some qualified talent on Elance. The drawback of course is you have no backup if it doesn’t work out and have to do the entire hiring process yourself start to finish.

For advanced sales support, you might consider Prialto.

Have you worked with a Zirtual concierge? If so, please share your experience below!

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When You Don’t Like ANY of Your Outsourcing Options http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/when-you-dont-like-any-of-your-outsourcing-options http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/when-you-dont-like-any-of-your-outsourcing-options#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/?p=2346 Last Sunday I posted a new job to Elance. It was actually to transition the VirtualAssistantAssistant.com site to a new theme and migrate the data. The last design update was in 2012, so it’s overdue for a refresh! I found a […]

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Last Sunday I posted a new job to Elance.

It was actually to transition the VirtualAssistantAssistant.com site to a new theme and migrate the data.

The last design update was in 2012, so it’s overdue for a refresh!

I found a new WordPress theme I liked, crafted my project spec, detailed out the modifications that would be needed, and posted the job.

Waking up on Monday, I was excited to see what proposals awaited me in my Elance inbox.

This is actually one of the most fun parts of delegation for me, and maybe this is a little heartless, but I really like the “process of elimination” part where I go through and disqualify all the candidates I don’t like.

Straight copy and paste response without looking at the job description? See ya!

Zero Elance feedback? Adios!

Quote too high? Or too low? Goodbye!

Ugly profile? No relevant work history? No thanks!

Making it past this first stage is so ridiculously easy, yet 80% of candidates are eliminated here.

Give me ONE reason why you’re worth a second look. Show me you understand the project. Prove you have the experience to get this done.

Write something personal and have someone proofread it for typos. This is your first impression — and in many cases, your only impression.

The problem was, out of the 47 proposals I’ve received so far, no one has stood out as the clear winner.

Not ONE instilled confidence in me they could get this done in a timely and professional manner.

And it’s NOT a big job (the average bid was $300)!

So now I’m kind of at a crossroads. Do I pick someone I’m not 100% confident in just for the sake of moving forward?

After all, there’s not a ton of risk if they screw it up. It’s a very short-term, one-off project. The dollar figures are low and I can make sure everything is backed up.

Or do I hold out for my ideal candidate — who may not even exist?

Am I being too picky? Are my expectations too high?

I’ve spent more time than I’d care to admit toggling back and forth between proposals and profiles over what amounts to a pretty small decision.

In a case like this, where the risks are low, it probably makes sense to just pick the best of the bunch and move ahead. But the paralysis of analysis can be pretty, well, paralyzing.

What would you do?

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Team Delegate http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/team-delegate http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/team-delegate#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:32:13 +0000 http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/?p=2339 Team Delegate provides US-based virtual assistant services to clients all around the country. The Dallas, Texas-based company was founded in 2001 by CEO Tonya Thomas, and now employs a diverse team of VAs working from home offices throughout the United […]

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Team Delegate provides US-based virtual assistant services to clients all around the country. The Dallas, Texas-based company was founded in 2001 by CEO Tonya Thomas, and now employs a diverse team of VAs working from home offices throughout the United States.

The distributed team model allows for client coverage in different time zones and doesn’t restrict hiring to one geographic area; instead, Tonya can go out and find the best talent available regardless of location.

team delegate reviewAbout Team Delegate

Team Delegate aims to provide expert help to business owners, sales professionals, entrepreneurs and other busy professionals. Like other VA companies, it’s all about smart outsourcing to help you run your business more efficiently.

Tonya brings over 14 years of experience as a virtual assistant and manager to the operation. Having begun in this industry as a virtual assistant herself, she sought to change the market and offer clients USA-based skills to help them manage administrative tasks and day-to-day operations.

That decade-plus of experience translates into advanced training for each new VA hire, which leads to higher quality and more reliable results for clients.

She explained that her client roster and target customers include “small business owners, busy professionals and even large corporations.” A VA can provide you with “the extra boost that you need to maintain efficiency without a full-time employee,” she added.

Services

Clients look to Team Delegate for services such as data entry, transcription, calendar management, travel management, contact management, organization services and more.

Beyond basic administrative tasks, Tonya explains she has “professional VAs with many different skills and backgrounds so that we can provide customized service based on our clients’ needs.”

When I asked Tonya if there were any areas Team Delegate really specialized in, she mentioned, “In our industry we have an especially strong reputation of providing reliable assistance with calendar management, logistics support, and travel arrangements.”

Plans and Pricing

Team Delegate works primarily on a retainer basis, with a minimum of 10 hours per month to sign-up. The hourly rate is $35 an hour, so you’re looking at a minimum package price of $350 for 10 hours of US-based virtual support.

(These rates are pretty much on-par with what you’ll see from other US-based firms, with the exception of the inexplicably affordable US-branch of 24/7 VA.)

How it works is you start of with a free initial consultation call to identify your delegation needs and opportunities. After you agree on a scope of work proposal, you’ll be assigned a dedicated executive assistant to work with.

Note: Be sure to select Virtual Assistant Assistant in the “How did you hear about us?” field :)

Team Delegate Alternatives

Of course there are a number of competing entries in the US-based virtual executive assistant market, all out to debunk the myth that virtual assistants are a third-world industry. Among the highest-rated alternatives at press time are Worldwide 101, eaHELP, and Time Etc. All operate with a similar distributed team model of home-based staff.

If you have a specific skill-set you’re looking for, you might also consider hiring “directly” via a freelance platform like Elance.

Have you worked with Team Delegate? If so, please consider sharing a review of your experience in the comments below to help others with their decision.

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VA Talks http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/va-talks http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/va-talks#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:17:51 +0000 http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/?p=2330 VA Talks is a professional virtual assistant provider in India with 24/7 support. The company was formed in 2015 by two veteran virtual assistants who decided to start their own firm. Despite the inherent “new-ness” of the VA Talks company, the […]

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VA Talks is a professional virtual assistant provider in India with 24/7 support. The company was formed in 2015 by two veteran virtual assistants who decided to start their own firm.

Despite the inherent “new-ness” of the VA Talks company, the founding partners bring nearly a decade of business process outsourcing experience to the table and are growing a team to serve other entrepreneurs and small businesses around the world.

va talks reviewAbout VA Talks

The goal of VA Talks is to help other companies get their most important tasks done. The team is working from the secure office in Kolkata, India.

Like other virtual assistant companies, they want to earn your trust so you have confidence in the experience and quality of VAs they provide. The target market for these services are for busy individuals, entrepreneurs, small businesses or large corporations interested in freeing up some time or getting access to skilled help for their day-to-day needs.

Services

VA Talks virtual assistants can perform nearly any type of task you might think of online. Whether you require bookkeeping services, administrative tasks, web development, design or search engine optimization, skilled VAs are available to help you.

In addition, clients tap the VA Talks team to help design mobile apps, run marketing efforts, create presentations and proposals, and to do research.

When I spoke with one of the founders, CEO Sanjay (Sam) Gupta — no, not that Sanjay Gupta — he explained that they recruit team members with a variety of skills, but that, “Some of our most in demand VAs are proficient in WordPress, Joomla, Magento, Drupal, and many other web development platforms. Our Web team is our main focus but we do have virtual assistants capable of helping nearly any type of company or individual.”

VA Talks Founder Interview

Plans and Pricing

VA Talks pricing starts as low as $120 for 10 hours per month ($12/hour). The larger plan you buy, the lower the effective hourly rate, all the way down to $5 an hour for a full-time dedicated VA ($1000/month).

But don’t bite off more hours than you need just for the sake of saving money; unused hours don’t rollover month-to-month.

va talks pricing

If you need our services for under 10 hours a month, they have a Pay As You Use plan for on-demand support at just $14/hour.

All plans except the pay-as-you-go plan come with a 2-hour free trial to test out the service.

VA Talks Alternatives

When I asked Sam what sets his team apart, he explained, “It’s fairly easy to find a workforce of VAs that are willing to work. But VA Talks goes the extra mile to find staff that will deliver quality work.

He went on to share that all of the VAs on the team “are our friends who are hand-selected for our clients to service their needs. We work to provide not only the best quality labor in our industry but also customer experiences that will have you consistently coming back for more.”

As far as alternative choices, as you know, you have many virtual assistant companies in India to choose from. Among the top-rated at the time of this writing are 24/7 Virtual Assistant and My Tasker.

Have you worked with VATalks? If so, please be sure to share a review of your experience below to help others with their decision.

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3 quick hacks I added to my morning routine http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/3-quick-hacks-i-added-to-my-morning-routine http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/3-quick-hacks-i-added-to-my-morning-routine#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 09:00:12 +0000 http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/?p=2326 Do you have a morning routine? They’re all the rage this year, in large part due to the popular book, The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. (Haven’t read it yet.) From my understanding, the premise is to kickstart your day […]

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Do you have a morning routine?

They’re all the rage this year, in large part due to the popular book, The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod.

(Haven’t read it yet.)

From my understanding, the premise is to kickstart your day for super-productivity, you’ve got to take some time first thing in the morning for meditation, affirmation, reading, and exercise.

The truth is I really don’t do any of that stuff.

I tried the meditation thing, using a free app called Headspace, but found myself falling back asleep. It was very relaxing, but part of me couldn’t help but thinking I should just get to work!

Still, there are 3 things I have added to my mornings (well, most mornings) that I am excited about and wanted to share.

1. Make the bed.

I’ve been anti-bed-making pretty much my entire life. “Why bother?” I’d ask. “I’m just going to get back in it tonight!”

This is a hack I stole from my buddy Chandler, who explained it like this:

Making the bed forms a physical barrier between night and day, between sleep and awake. It sends the signal that it’s “go-time.”

Super weird, super quick, but oddly enough, it works.

2. Drink a glass of water.

We’re naturally dehydrated in the morning so drinking a glass of water first thing helps rehydrate our bodies and wake us up.

Plus, if it’s cold water, there’s some science that says it may kickstart your metabolism for the day.

3. Turn on some music.

This is my latest addition and is probably my favorite.

Now normally I’d say to listen to a podcast or an audiobook to make otherwise idle or prep time more productive, but the past couple weeks I’ve been doing music in the morning while making breakfast, and it’s been great.

Try something upbeat that gets you going. Since I buy into the small-town romanticism that Nashville is selling, lately that’s been a lot of Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, and Florida Georgia Line.

Your Turn

Give these 3 hacks a shot and let me know how they work for you. I find I’m more energized for the day by adding them to my mornings.​

Do you meditate? Is there like a hump you’ve got to get over and all of a sudden you see the light?

I haven’t fully given up on it, but now just tend to use the breathing exercises to help calm my mind and body at the end of the day to fall asleep like a rock.

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