Virtual Assist USA

Virtual Assist USA is one of the largest VA operations in the US. Based in Pittsburgh PA, the company has been in business since 2007.

Today, founder Danielle Cuomo oversees a team of 40+ VAs who work from home in every time zone across the country.

Many are located in and around Pittsburgh because Virtual Assist USA used to have a good old fashioned central office location there, but Danielle told me she closed it when everyone preferred working from home!

About Virtual Assist USA

virtual assist usa reviewThe company began by helping coaches, speakers, and authors run the administrative and marketing sides of their business, but Virtual Assist USA has expanded to serve all sorts of small business owners and young growing companies.

Today they serve solopreneurs, health care professionals, and even government agencies. Many customers are employees in bigger companies and use the service to support their team or as an executive assistant for managers and directors.

Why Virtual Assist USA?

One thing that sets Virtual Assist USA apart is that all their VAs are full-time employees, and not part-time contractors. Danielle explained that fosters better security, loyalty, and a more career-oriented mindset.

The hiring process involves multiple interviews, a DISC personality assessment, and a background check.

For clients, that all adds up to less turnover and a better VA match.

Services

The services range from scheduling, research, and data entry, all the way up to creating presentations and technical website customization.

Their team can also handle event planning, social media marketing, copywriting, bookkeeping, transcription, WordPress tasks, Infusionsoft, and more.

As a client, you’re assigned a dedicated point of contact, your Client Experience Manager, but still have access to their whole team of resources to accomplish the job at hand.

This set-up allows the company to offer the wide array of services they do, but still maintain a close relationship with their customers.

And because of the sensitive nature of some of their clients’ businesses and operations, they’ve implemented strict security protocols and are HIPAA compliant.

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How it Works

Virtual Assist USA uses a team-based approach that’s heavy on the collaboration. Danielle explained she’s tried to build a company culture that fosters a lot of communication and makes for a healthy breeding ground for ideas.

And since they’re after a long-term relationship with their clients, Virtual Assist USA strives to become partners in their clients’ businesses and integrate themselves into their processes. For example, instead of idly waiting for tasks to come in, they’ll hold proactive strategic planning meetings to discuss the clients’ goals and the direction of the engagement.

Plans and Pricing

Virtual Assist USA has no monthly minimums or recurring packages. Instead, there are three different pricing options:

  • Option 1: $39 per hour, pay as you go. This is a pay-as-you-go rate and requires no minimum hours so it is best for clients who have a one-time, small project.
  • Option 2: 15 hours for $525 ($35/hour). This option offers a $60 savings for 15 hours purchased in advance. These hours never expire.
  • Option 3: 25 hours for $725 ($29/hour). This is our most affordable rate and offers our biggest savings at $250 for 25 hours purchased in advance. These hours never expire.

VA time is billed in 1-minute increments and tracked automatically with the Teamwork Project Management system.

Many clients start with the pay-as-you-go option to dip their toes into the world of remote delegation. After that, Danielle explained that their 25 hour package is the most popular.

There’s no auto-renewal, so you can ramp up or scale down the tasks you assign as needed. As a client, you’ll get weekly time reports and a notice when you’re about to run out of hours.

There’s also a money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied for any reason.

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Virtual Assist USA Alternatives

The company stacks up well against their US-based competition, both in terms of pricing and services offered. The company with the most similar model is Longer Days in Michigan, and Time Etc may also be worth a look.

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Prialto

Prialto provides remote administrative assistants to executives, entrepreneurs, and businesses. Our virtual executive assistant services are curated and managed from our headquarters in Portland, Oregon, with creative insights from our global staff in Asia and Central America.

Prialto calls itself the “virtual support service for executives,” and touts that their dedicated Prialto Assistants (PAs) and team “will actually pull your business forward.”

prialto reviewAbout Prialto

Founder, Eric Taussig, says that he’s a bit uncomfortable with calling Prialto assistants “virtual.”

“Virtual means ‘not real’ and suggests work that can be ‘algorithmically’ driven by software. Our people are quite real and personable,” he explains. “We provide a valuable management layer alongside them and equip them with technology so that they can focus on the more strategic, value-add aspects of assistant work.”

While most virtual assistant companies match you with an individual assistant working out of their home or within a corner of a large call-center, Prialto provides a team-approach with assistants working in their managed offices supported by US-based “engagement managers” who serve as a coaches to constantly optimize your service.

Regardless of the physical location of your assistant, they will be made available during your local business hours. The service is aimed at high-performing sales professionals and executives at start-ups and smaller entrepreneurial clients, as well as enterprise accounts.

Prialto Overview Video

How it Works

Getting Started: Prialto’s team leverages best practices culled from a half million hours of support experience across clients to develop and train your assistant, whereas clients of other VA companies may need to be much more involved in training their assistant.

Security: Prialto’s team works in secure offices on its own IT system with complete security processes in place, while other virtual assistants might work out of their home on their own computers.

Proactive Approach: Prialto’s team is focused on offloading processes to improve your productivity and being proactive on your behalf, leveraging admin to strategically pull your workflow forward, while other companies may be focused on completing low-level tasks that you define and send to your assistant.

Real-Time and Phone Support: Prialto’s team is on-call throughout your service hours and provides you a phone number you can call for direct access to your assistant. If your assistant isn’t available, one of their team is backing them up.

Prialto PAs often make and field calls on your behalf via a local phone number that Prialto requisitions on your behalf.

Scalability: Because Prialto works as a team, documents all your processes, and is focused on constant process improvement, they say that they can quickly scale with your organization. In home-based models, each new executive may require a new assistant which works separately rather than as a team. Prialto assistants work side-by-side so that they can share knowledge and learn on your behalf.

Backup and Continuity: Prialto’s team-based approach means that at any time 4-5 other teammates across its three offices know your processes, which are documented in the Prialto system. Prialto says that this minimizes your downtime if an assistant is out on vacation, sick or leaves the company. If you hire directly, through Upwork or another home-based platform, you may be left on the hook to replace your assistant and re-train a new person from scratch.

Plans and Pricing

Pricing starts at $1200 per month, and includes up to 50 hours of dedicated support, plus backup assistance when your VA is unavailable.

Prialto boasts that all these support features are available at a price in line with other US-based assistant services, but it also admits that they require a higher commitment from its customers to achieve this.

Andy Mowat, Prialto co-founder and former Elance.com executive, explains that “Prialto provides all this enterprise-grade support at rates that are similar to companies like Zirtual and that are far less than what you might pay a lower-level admin to sit in your office in Los Angeles, New York, or San Francisco.”

He adds that to get the most out the service, it’s best if clients have “a minimum of 12 hours a week of need. That’s the only way we can marshal the resources to consistently provide the high-level of support around which we are building our brand.”

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Prialto Alternatives

The challenge in finding a viable alternative to Prialto is that not many competitors have this level of specialization and infrastructure. With companies like Zirtual, Uassist.ME, or even other firms in the Philippines, you might one day achieve the level of integration and sales support Prialto promises, but I imagine it will take some time investment in training.

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24/7 Virtual Assistant

UPDATE: 24/7 has become unresponsive. I would avoid them and consider an alternative VA company.

24/7 Virtual Assistant is a personal outsourcing company with locations in Atlanta, Georgia and India. The company has been in business since 2008, and has attracted clients all across the country and around the world.

24/7 Virtual Assistant Review247VirtualAssistant.com is geared toward the small business customer, with several dedicated plans starting at 30 hours a month for $299 ($10/hour) and going all the way up to full time 160 hours a month for $999 ($6.25/hour). The 30-hour plan is the most popular offering.

About 24/7 VA

247 virtual assistant reviewThe advantage of these plans is a dedicated virtual assistant you can train to the specific needs of your business. If you don’t need so much time, 24/7 Virtual Assistant also sells hourly pay-as-you-go plans for $15 an hour in 5-hour increments.

You can take advantage of the services offered by 24/7 Virtual Assistant, regardless of the type of business you have or even if you just need someone to deal with your personal tasks. The services offered range from clerical and secretarial tasks, such as responding to messages or calls, to web research, customer service, human resources, and real estate services. They even do web design for just $20 an hour.

In addition to their offshore center in India, 24/7 offers US-based staffing as well from their Atlanta headquarters. The rates are outstanding for dedicated American help, starting at just $359 for a 20-hour per month VA. There are a variety of plans depending on how many hours you need, and you can even get a full-time US-based virtual employee for only $1999 a month.

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The virtual assistants from 24/7 Virtual Assistant also offer services which are extremely creative and technical. These could be managing your technical calls from important clients and helping with computer related issues. You can get help from creative VAs who are able to design programs for Internet marketing campaigns. You get to train them as if they were a real employee.

You can also use these assistants as customer support staff to answer calls from potential customers.  This service is offered at very affordable cost and you are not required to sign a contract.   What’s even more interesting the service is offered on a month to month basis, so you can unsubscribe at any time without incurring a penalty.

24/7 VA Video Interview


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Since launching this site, 24/7 has been one of the most popular companies around. The competitive rates and diverse skill-sets of the team are a major contributing factor, but the behind-the-scenes service is important too.

My main contact there has been very responsive to  customer questions and concerns, even working to create custom solutions or handling some of the workload himself until a more permanent set-up can be established. I think an important measure is the speed at which customer issues are resolved, and it’s been my experience that Thomas (my contact) and his team genuinely care about delivering a great service and doing whatever they can to make it right for their clients.

Is that a guarantee? No, but you can learn more about my personal trial with 24/7 in the video above or in the comments down below. I had the opportunity to test out their 30-hour plan for a month.

24/7 Virtual Assistant Alternatives

My Tasker or VMG BPO are well-rated alternatives with similar pricing structures and a dedicated + team-access approach.

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VirtualEmployee.com

VirtualEmployee.com goes above and beyond other virtual assistant companies in that they set you up with a full-time dedicated remote employee, at a fraction of what one would cost locally.

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You can specify your requirements in advance and VirtualEmployee.com will send you the resumes of qualified candidates so you can screen them or even interview them yourself. This feature alone sets VirtualEmployee apart from its competition.

virtual employee reviewThe cost of your Virtual Employee will vary based on their level of experience and skills. A legal professional or web developer will command a higher salary than general administrative support. The overall price range for VirtualEmployee.com’s service is $1095 – $1995 a month.

And that is a key point to make as well – even though your remote worker will be working only for you, he or she is technically an employee of VirtualEmployee.com, not your company. That means they handle all the tax filing, payroll processing, and labor law management so you don’t have to. As you can see, it is a very valuable service and can be useful for any work that does not require a physical presence.


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Since starting in 2007, VirtualEmployee.com has grown to a large team that now serves over 100 companies around the world. Their founding principle of “same quality but significantly lower cost” seems to have translated into a successful business model.

Because they have to source an employee specifically for you, VirtualEmployee.com service can take a couple weeks to get started. After that however, there is no long term commitment or contract to sign. I was surprised by this, especially because rival VirtualHires.com requires a 4-month commitment. Of course, VirtualEmployee.com wants to impress you with their professionalism and results to maintain a lasting relationship.

VirtualEmployee.com also has half-time options and discounts for hiring multiple workers. You can choose the office hours of your virtual employee to meet your needs.

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AVirtual

AVirtual is a virtual assistant company based in Cape Town, South Africa. The company has been in business since 2014 and targets customers in the UK.

The company was founded by Richard Walton, a UK based entrepreneur with years of experience in customer service based businesses. Richard started AVirtual.co.uk in South Africa to offer the same standard of virtual assistant as found in the UK, but at a more affordable price.

About AVirtual

Most of the company’s virtual assistants are based in their offices in Cape Town, with some being located in offices nearby. They have a mix of full and part-time VAs, and the advantage of their virtual assistants being located in their offices allows them to have IT and management infrastructure in place.

The company supplies dedicated virtual assistants to UK businesses and individuals. Most of their assistants have lived or worked in London and have a good understanding of UK business practice. South Africa is only a 1-2 hour time zone difference between the UK depending on the time of year.

Their target customers range from SME’s, start-ups, to FTSE 100 clients. If you have tasks you want to outsource, no matter how large or small, AVirtual have assistants ready to pick up that task.

If you sign up with AVirtual you will be assigned a dedicated VA, and you will always have a backup assistant available should your assistant not be able to meet their commitments. You will also be matched with an assistant with the best matched skillset to your requirements.

AVirtual Founder Interview

Services

AVirtual’s virtual assistants can handle a wide variety of tasks you send their way, including:

  • Personal assistance
  • Calendar management
  • Telephone support
  • Sales support
  • Content production
  • Bookkeeping
  • Human resources
  • Graphic design
  • And more

How it works is you’re assigned a dedicated PA, but they work on a “buddy system” so you have a backup in case of illness or holiday. The PAs also work in teams of 4 called “pods,” where you can tap into a variety of skillsets if you need additional or specialized help on a particular project.

Plans and Pricing

AVirtual has 5 payment plans; Core, Plus, Pro, Enterprise, and Full Time.

avirtual-pricing

Core Plan – £165/month (£16.5/hr) – This plan includes a dedicated virtual assistant, 10 hours of assistant time, branded email, and email and phone support.

Plus Plan – £325/month (£16.25/hr) – This plan includes all the services in the Starter Plan with a total of 20 hours of time.

Pro Plan – £625/month (£15.63/hr) – This plan includes all the services in the Business Plan with a total of 40 hours.

Enterprise Plan – £1135/month (£14.19/hr) – This plan includes all the services in the Professional Plan with a total of 80 hours.

Full Time Plan – £1995/month (£12.47/hr) – Your own dedicated full-time assistant available between 7am and 5pm.

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These rates allow you to take advantage of the lower cost of living in South Africa while still having a PA who speaks English as a first language and operates very close to your time zone.

As you can see from the hourly rates the best value is in the Enterprise plan. There is also a 5 hour free trial available, this is a great way to sample their services before committing to a plan and will help with your decision.

AVirtual.co.uk Alternatives

If you are looking for British virtual assistants then I recommend checking out Time ETC and Worldwide 101 for two of the highest rated companies. Both of these companies use UK staff so their prices are a little higher (think double) to reflect this.

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VA Staffer

VA Staffer is a Digital Marketing and Virtual Assistant Company with the majority of it’s team in their Makati City (Metro Manila) office, Philippines. The marketing, project success and consulting is operated in the USA, and VA Staffer has also expanded recently into South America, India and the Caribbean for specific skillsets.

They have a very diverse team that offers a wide range of services to entrepreneurs, small businesses and CEOs. That talent pool is backed up with built-in Project Management Tools to deliver results.

VAA Tested_smallerThey opened their doors to the general public in November 2013 immediately after Typhoon Haiyan devastated much of the country, and local job opportunities were scarce, even for qualified candidates. At that time, founder Jeff “J” Hunter and his team decided that bringing on more clients would help empower college grads with amazing technology skills in the Philippines.

In return for a reliable, rewarding career opportunity, the new virtual assistants promised to provide superior services to their clients.

About VA Staffer

VA staffer reviewVA Staffer has virtual assistants who work from home offices as well as their office in Makati and report directly to their clients.

The team uses ActiveCollab software for communication and project management, and aims to build a long-term win-win relationship with clients. This set-up provides for work tracking (screenshot monitoring) and accountability.

With VA Staffer, you’re assigned a dedicated VA based on your job requirements, but have access to rest of the team for specialized skills as the need arises. This set-up is somewhat rare among VA companies in the Philippines, where most just aim for a dedicated relationship and ask you to hire out other skills and jobs separately.

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VA Staffer Services

The company provides 100% manual and personalized SEO, Marketing, Website Design, Social Media Management and a variety of other virtual assistant services for start-ups, entrepreneurs, authors, and real estate agents.

Your virtual staff can also help with data entry, lead generation, online research, link-building, book promotion, reputation management, ecommerce solutions, and more.

The real pride of the company comes from the founding principal that entrepreneurship is the best method to solve global poverty.

VA Staffer Intro Video

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Plans and Pricing

With some recent changes, VA Staffer has gone decidedly upmarket with their pricing and range of services. How it works is you have a $1500 upfront “exclusive membership service” onboarding fee, and minimum $250 a month retainer.

va staffer pricing

The $250 retainer is applied to any work you need done over the course of the month, and you have access to an array of specialists based on what you need done.

Data Entry / Lead Generation

VA Staffer’s $14/hour base-level plan is for an entry level VA to tackle:

  • Online research
  • Lead generation
  • Managing your customer or contact database
  • SEO tasks

Administrative Assistant

For $16 an hour, a VA Staffer administrative assistant can handle:

  • Social media management
  • Transcription
  • Managing your calendar and travel arrangement
  • Email triage and follow-up

Web and Graphic Design and Web Development

Skilled designers and developers are $20 an hour. This in-house team specializes in:

  • Website redesigns
  • Book covers and infographics
  • Social media graphics
  • WordPress and web development

Marketing Automation / Sales Funnel Assistant

At the high end of VA Staffer’s service offerings are their marketing automation and sales funnel pros. This is a rare skill to find in an assistant, and that’s why it commands the $30 / hour premium rate.

These highly trained assistants can:

  • Set up your email or marketing automation software (like Infusionsoft, ActiveCampaign, Hubspot, and others)
  • Do advanced website and CRM automation
  • Create lead magnets and sales funnels

It’s a very flexible and scalable system that can adapt with your business and growth.

va staffer office

Why VA Staffer?

One thing that sets VA Staffer apart is their on-site recruiting and hiring process. When I spoke with Jeff, he explained that he personally flies to Manila 3-4x per year to screen the brightest talent in the Philippines and conduct face-to-face interviews.

Out of an applicant pool of 30 people, he might hire 1 or 2. The candidates must have a college education, and great communication skills.

Jeff explains, “The key to our success is the longevity of our staff. We offer great benefits to our employees and wages much higher than the average outsourcing company. That builds pride and creates a great connection between the staff and our clients.”

Interview with the VA Staffer Founder

VA Staffer Alternatives

Before you make your decision, you might want to check out the rest of the field of Filipino VA companies.

OnlineJobs.ph Okay Relax Task Bullet VA Staffer
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Established 2009 2015 2012 2013
Hourly Rate $3-8 $8-12 $6-10 $14-30
Minimum Package $69 to post a job $30 for 5 tasks $200 for 20 hours $250 for 17 hours
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Best For Full-time hires Quick tasks Part-time hires Marketing support
Team Access
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*Dedicated option available.

Task Bullet and Carve operate similar models, though perhaps without the full project management tracking capabilities and access a team.

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Uassist.ME

Uassist.ME is a virtual assistant company with offices in Miami and El Salvador. The company was founded in 2009 with the idea of providing remote administrative services to clients in the US and around the world.

Because of their location and timezone – El Salvador is only a 2 hour flight from the US and operates on Central Standard Time – Uassist.ME considers themselves “nearshoring” more than “offshoring.”

uassist.me reviewThe company has earned a number of accolades in its relatively short history. In 2012, co-founders Alfredo Atanacio and Rodolfo Schildknecht were named to Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 List, which honors “America’s Coolest Young Entrepreneurs.”

About Uassist.ME

uassistme reviewSince I first came across the company in 2011, they’ve been growing like crazy, practically doubling in size each year. They recently built a shiny new office space to house their team and it even includes a co-working space to host other entrepreneurs in a professional environment.

For customers seeking a US-based assistant, they have a US-based operation with home-based workers under the brand Uassist.us.

Interview with Uassist.ME Co-Founder Alfredo Atanacio


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Services

I spoke with Joselin at Uassist.ME, who helped walk me through the company’s services. I found her to be professional, friendly, and energetic, with excellent English skills (and naturally Spanish skills as well).

She explained that her Uassist.ME co-workers are all fluent English speakers with neutral American accents because of their proximity to the US and familiarity with the culture. In fact, El Salvador uses the US Dollar as their official currency.

The company specializes in remote administrative services, but is expanding into SEO and social media marketing services, as well as telemarketing and cold calling.

Uassist.ME has attracted clients in the US and Canada, and even India, the proud leader of virtual assistant outsourcing.

The company has developed an expertise in real estate services and claims a number of brokers and agents as clients. Beyond that, their flexible and custom solutions allow customers to ramp up teams of multiple VAs quickly if needed.

In addition to administrative support, a creative team inside Uassist handles web design and development, content writing, and graphic design. Packages for these skills are slightly higher, starting at $344 for a 20-hour a month plan.

Plans and Pricing

Their standard plan is $799 for a part-time shared assistant. This means you have a dedicated contact who is there during your business hours, 40 hours a week, but they also report to one or more other clients as well. They’re available to work on your tasks up to 4 hours a day. (Works out to about $10 an hour.)

The advantage is you have a dedicated resource “on call”, without the full time salary.

If you have enough work to keep your virtual assistant busy full-time, Uassist.ME offers full-time dedicated service for $1598 a month.

A smaller, 20-hour per month plan is available for $299 ($14.95 per hour). In this case, your shared assistant would be available all day during US East Coast business hours but would only be able to spend an hour or two on your tasks. It’s a great entry-level outsourcing plan because you still get a dedicated point of contact who’s “on call” during the day, without having to front the full or half-time salary.

Uassist.ME service is billed month-to-month, with no long-term contracts.

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Note: As you can see, that video is several years old so I’m due for a new trial!

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Global Max Line

Founded in 2012 by SJ Josenna, GlobalMaxline.co.uk is a virtual assistant company in India with sales offices in the United States and London. The service targets small business owners and busy professionals, with both task-based assistance and dedicated hourly plans.

Global Max Line claims to go above and beyond with a truly professional and elite level of business assistance. The service not only helps with small tasks but is designed to help you develop and grow your business and achieve long-term growth goals.

Services

global max line reviewGlobalMaxline.co.uk (formerly GlobalMaxLine.org) assists small and medium level CEOs to reduce their work load and focus on the bigger picture priorities. The company targets UK-based businesses.

Busy doctors and other medical professionals, real estate professionals, educators, and every busy person who needs assistance could benefit from their menu of services, which include:

  • Administration: Assisting clients with data entry, research tasks, and more.
  • Transcription: Delivering accurate Word document or text files from any audio and video file
  • 3rd Party Services: Making calls on your behalf
  • Marketing Support: Including CRM (customer relationship management), internet marketing, advertising
  • Customer Service: Online website chat, email and phone support
  • Online Shopping: Place orders and schedule deliveries
  • Healthcare Services, Virtual Assitant, Mortgage Services, Real Estate, Church Services and Web & App Development

How GlobalMaxline.co.uk Works

To make sure your task is completed as you need, GlobalMaxline.co.uk has developed a three step process to effectively complete your assignments.

  1. Develop Functional Plan: A Global Max Line senior staff member will help you develop a functional plan that is sustainable and actionable. This is actually really valuable for first-time virtual assistant employers.
  2. Regular Updates: Your virtual project manager will develop a series of milestones and delivery dates to ensure your projects finish on schedule.
  3. Quality Check: All services and ideas are checked for quality and for accuracy within your industry before being sent out.

Naturally, for task-based work, your requests go into a general queue and the first available qualified assistant takes care of it for you, up to the advertised 15-minute time limit.

With the dedicated service, you can use as many hours as you have available to you in your plan each month, and there is no limit on how long certain tasks can take.

Plans and Pricing

Global Max Line splits their offering into three main plans: Max Basic, Max Premium, and Max Platinum.

All plans are sold on a monthly subscription model.

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At the entry level, the Max Basic plan is just £150 a month and includes up to 10 hours of support (£15/hour).

The popular Max Premium option is £399 for up to 30 hours of assistance (£13.30 an hour).

global max line pricing 2016

And finally, the Max Platinum option is £599 a month and includes up to 50 hours of support and priority turnaroun of your tasks (£11.98/hour).

GlobalMaxline Alternatives

GlobalMaxline aims to provide cost-effective, flexible, and easy-to-use virtual assistant service, but they certainly aren’t the only game in town. For dedicated hourly VA service in India, you have tons of choices. The most popular on VAA to date have been My Tasker and 24/7 Virtual Assistant.

Another interesting entry worth checking out for UK clients is AVirtual.co.uk, based in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Longer Days

LongerDays.com is a team-based virtual assistant company; they operate out of a single office located in Muskegon, Michigan. This allows for organic team collaboration. It helps the VA staff be a more powerful team, and ultimately leading to better overall results and satisfaction for the client.

They assign a dedicated virtual assistant, but work together so you get the full benefit of an entire office’s worth of experience and specialization.

Longer Days was founded in 2007, with the idea they could build a more valuable service than the overseas outsourcing companies who were all trying to compete on price.

Now, Longer Days is the one of the largest office-based virtual assistant companies in the US and serves busy professionals and entrepreneurs around the country.

longer days review 2015How it Works

LongerDays virtual assistants work as a team, so you get the benefit of a dedicated assistant as well as an entire office’s worth of experience and specialization. LongerDays VAs are capable of much more than just administrative tasks.

Longer Days makes significant investments in helping their clients document their business processes. The documentation phase is free to the customer, and because of this Longer Days is picky about who they work with. You have to apply to become a client. 

Upon acceptance, clients are assigned a business processing specialist who writes detailed task processes, delegates the work to the in-house team, and oversees productivity and quality control.

As a Better Business Bureau accredited business, they are held accountable for delivering on their promises.

Services

LongerDays VAs are capable of much more than just administrative tasks. They also provide assistance with graphics, web, writing, virtual reception, and Infusionsoft. LongerDays provides assistance five main areas:

  1. Admin
  2. Virtual Reception
  3. Graphic Design tasks
  4. Web support
  5. Content writing

Much like an in-house employee, they can be trained to accomplish just about anything you need done.

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A Longer Days virtual assistant is not for everyone. They aim to provide a premium service for clients with premium standards. They’re best suited for business owners who are looking for a wide variety of skills from a single source.

If you are looking for a personal assistant as a luxury service, this company is probably not for you.

Plans and Pricing

LongerDays virtual assistant plans start around $90 per week — a 10 hour monthly plan is $375 ($37.50/hr).

As you might expect, as you bite off more hours, the rates get better. A 20-hour a month plan is $675 ($33.75/hr), and a 30-hour plan is $975 ($32.50/hour).

LongerDays provides a 5 hour free trial for new customers. A Team Lead is assigned based a questionnaire that you complete during the sign up process. The Team Lead reaches out to the client to get started within 1-2 business days.

Of course these rates are significantly higher than what you’ll find in India or elsewhere overseas. The rates are on par with what you’ll find at other VA companies in the US, and Longer Days is rare in the fact that their virtual assistants work from a centralized office and not from their homes.

Longer Days Interview

Want to hear about the company direct from the source? Check out the short video interview below:


Afterwards Chad took me on a virtual tour of the office and I got to “meet” the rest of the team!

Longer Days Alternatives

For office-based American virtual assistants, you might consider Virtual Assist USA or RemSource. If you’re not picky about workplace, Time Etc has earned plenty of positive feedback lately.

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Efficise

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 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 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.

Like US-based rival Fancy Hands, Efficise uses a pool-based VA system, meaning for each task you submit, a different VA can pick it up and do the work based on their availability and expertise.

Efficise Review

Plans and Pricing

Efficise has a simple menu of pricing plans available:

  • 5 tasks for $15 ($3 each)
  • 15 tasks for $35 ($2.33 each)
  • 30 tasks for $50 ($1.67 each)
  • 50 tasks for $70 ($1.40 each)

These are tasks that can take up to 30 minutes to complete (other companies typically use a 15-minute guideline), but if you have longer tasks, you can apply multiple task credits to the job.

At those price points, Efficise is definitely one of the best bang-for-your-buck services out there, and $1.50-$3.00 per request is a pretty small price to get dozens of time-sucking tasks off your plate each month. Theoretically the $70 plan could save you up to 25 hours a month, which is huge.

Special Offer: Use coupon code NLIND15 for 15% off your first month of the 30 or 50-task Individual plan!

If a dedicated assistant would be helpful for longer projects, or recurring business-specific tasks, Efficise can help there too. Dedicated support starts at $10 an hour, and is billed by usage without any subscription commitment.

With this setup, you can outsource jobs like social media management, outbound calling, transcription, emails, data entry, and even customer service.

None 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 Alternatives

On a per-task basis, Efficise is much more cost-effective than Fancy Hands (mentioned above), which ranges from $4-6 per task — and their tasks only run 20 minutes. One company that operates a similar model is OkayRelax, which provides a dedicated assistant at $3 per task for 25 tasks a month.

The drawback to going dedicated in any VA setup is that turnaround times will usually be slower than with services using the team-based approach.

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