India is top-of-mind when many people think of outsourcing, and indeed the country is home to many top-rated virtual assistant companies.

Advantages of Virtual Assistants in India

Indian VAs are professional, polite, and educated.

Although India is a developing country, it has several modern technology hubs and already has more English speakers than the US.

There is massive business process outsourcing (BPO) infrastructure, and most Indian VAs work in these types of offices. This is in contrast to the Philippines, where these companies exist, but many more VAs work from home.

What draws most customers to India for hiring is the lower cost compared to the US or Europe.

And due to the time zone differences (usually about a 12 hour flip from the US), India affords the unique advantage of being able to staff around the clock. It’s a rewarding feeling knowing that work is getting done as you sleep!

But despite the popularity and long history of outsourcing to India — or perhaps because of it — there are different “flavors” and different specialties depending on your needs.

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Drawbacks to Hiring Virtual Assistants in India

Truth be told, a lot of these companies offer roughly the same things at roughly the same price, to the point that even I have a hard time telling them apart.

The most-often cited complaint about hiring Indian virtual assistants that I hear is the language barrier.

Even though English is widely spoken, it’s probably a little different than the English you and I speak. This can lead to miscommunications and frustrations in delegating tasks.

Where I’ve seen the best results is in having a very specific process and instructions to plug someone into. You want to give your assistant the best chance for success, and make it easy for them to come to you for clarifications.

The time zone difference can also present a challenge. I’ve had more than a few late night meetings to communicate with team members during their shift!

Again, clear communication is key. I use a lot of screen-capture videos to demonstrate the process and what I’d like to get done.

How Much Do Virtual Assistants in India Cost?

Among the companies featured on Virtual Assistant Assistant, you’ll find a range of rates, usually from $5-15 an hour.

Compared with hiring a virtual assistant in the US, those are obviously very attractive prices.

In general here’s what you’ll find:

  • The bigger the client the VA firm is targeting, the more you’ll pay. These are state-of-the-art business processing outsourcing companies that serve Fortune 500 clients.
  • The newer the company, the less you’ll pay. Companies often price low to attract new customers and build a client base.
  • The more hours (or more staff) you commit too, the less you’ll pay.

For example, if you need a full-time virtual assistant, your effective hourly rate will be a much better deal than if you just need someone for 20 hours a month.

That’s because the company now knows that person’s salary is “spoken for” instead of needing to source several clients to keep them busy and cover their fixed costs.

My Experience Working with Virtual Assistants in India

I’ve hired several virtual assistants from India for a wide variety of projects.

In fact, my first “taste” of outsourcing was through Guru.com, and even though my main point of contact was just half an hour away from me in Virginia, the rest of his web development team was half a world away in India.

I worked with that team for almost a decade, but the biggest frustration was the time-lag in communication. I’d get some website changes back or an email update, fire off my feedback, and have to wait at least 12 hours for a response.

I’ve also worked with companies like My Tasker for more routine administrative tasks like database maintenance, website help, and CRM management. (Because they had teams working the night shift, the time zone wasn’t much of an issue.)

For freelance help, India can be an attractive place to look because of the rates. I haven’t had a full-time assistant from India but currently work with a specialized freelancer to manage some social media for me.

Which Indian Virtual Assistant Company Should You Choose?

The good news is that because of the robust VA economy, you have several options to choose from ranging from low-cost task-based services all the way up to full-time dedicated assistants — and everything in between.

Check out the reviews below to see which option is right for you.

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ClearDesk

Clear Desk is a US-based virtual assistant company that provides virtual assistants to entrepreneurs and small to medium-sized businesses all over the world. The company is headquartered in California, US. Their assistants work remotely from locations based all over the […]

Overall Rating4.874.874.874.874.87
Quality of Work4.834.834.834.834.83
Communication4.894.894.894.894.89
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My Tasker (MyTasker)

MyTasker is a well-established and fast growing firm in the virtual assistant industry. The India-based company was founded in 2012 by three veteran VAs, who brought years of experience to the table. Since the MyTasker team spent the time in the trenches, […]

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Quality of Work4.44.44.44.44.4
Communication4.44.44.44.44.4
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AskSunday

AskSunday.com is one of the most well-known virtual assistant companies, earning an endorsement from Tim Ferris in the wake of the massively popular 4-Hour Workweek. The company received boatloads of positive press, was named one of Time Magazine’s top 10 websites […]

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WoodBows

WoodBows is a virtual assistant company based in the US. They also have offices in the UK, and their assistants are based in the US, Philippines, and India. WoodBows has been in business since 2015. VAA Exclusive! Woodbows is offering […]

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CraftyEdge Solutions

CraftyEdge Solutions is a virtual assistant company based in Kolkata, India. The company started operations in 2019 to offer “one-stop personalized solutions for busy people.” VAA Exclusive: Mention referral code MICAVAA for 25% off your first month! (Not valid with […]

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TaskVirtual

Task Virtual is an India-based virtual assistant company. The company is relatively new to the virtual assistant space, although the company is headed up by two partners with a considerable amount of experience in the industry. The company offers a […]

Overall Rating3.43.43.43.43.4
Quality of Work3.333.333.333.333.33
Communication3.443.443.443.443.44
Value3.63.63.63.63.6
Fiverr

Fiverr.com is one of the most popular outsourcing destinations online. Built around a very simple concept – what people will do for $5 – Fiverr has grown into a large global community of freelance workers and people who hire them. […]

Overall Rating4.974.974.974.974.97
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VA Talks

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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Get Friday

Get Friday is an outsourcing company that is based in Bangalore, India. They are best-known as the virtual assistant division of Your Man in India (YMII), the famous personal concierge company. Get Friday caters to the needs of individuals who […]

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VA Tasker

UPDATE: It appears VA Tasker is out of business. Please consider one of these alternatives or see below. If you own this listing or this information is incorrect, contact me here. VA Tasker is an India-based virtual assistant company located in Kolkata. […]

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YourDailyTask (formerly YourDailyTasks)

YourDailyTask (formerly YourDailyTasks) is a virtual assistant company based in Mumbai, India with a sales office in the UK. The firm was established in 2008 and has grown to a team of nearly 200 virtual assistants serving over 6000 clients […]

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Tasks Expert

Tasks Expert is a US-based virtual assistant company specializing in providing virtual assistants to individuals and companies of all sizes across the globe. Although the company is headquartered in the US, their assistants work from their offices in Mumbai, India. […]

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20four7VA

20four7VA (EconMobile LLC dba 20four7VA) is an American-owned virtual staffing agency licensed and insured in Maryland, USA. Their staff and virtual assistants (VAs) are based all over the world and work remotely. 20four7VA was established as a subsidiary of EconMobile […]

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eLuminous Technologies

eLuminous Technologies is a professional virtual assistant company. The company is a partnership firm co-founded by Sandeep Aher and have been operating since 2002.  Being in business for over 18 years makes eLuminous Technologies one of the more established virtual assistant companies […]

Overall Rating4.984.984.984.984.98
Quality of Work4.954.954.954.954.95
Communication4.914.914.914.914.91
Value4.974.974.974.974.97
Acelerar

Acelerar is a virtual assistant service company based in Noida, India. The company has been in operation since 2010 and provides virtual assistants round the clock to support clients around the world in their respective time zones. About Acelerar Acelerar […]

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Renots

UPDATE: It appears Renots is out of business. Please consider one of these alternatives or see below. If you own this listing or this information is incorrect, contact me here. Renots is an India-based virtual assistant company operating out of Mumbai. The […]

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Hubberly

UPDATE: It appears Hubberly is out of business. Please consider one of these alternatives or see below. If you own this listing or this information is incorrect, contact me here. Hubberly is a virtual assistant company based in the UK with their […]

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Communication4.914.914.914.914.91
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Remplo (formerly TaskEngage / Outvas)

UPDATE: Remplo has been acquired by QuickMonday. Please see our review with QuickMonday here. Remplo enables small business owners and entrepreneurs to outsource tasks to their team of virtual assistants. The company has a large team of hand-picked virtual assistants […]

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Web Virtual Assistants

UPDATE: It appears Web Virtual Assistants is out of business. Please consider one of these alternatives or see below. If you own this listing or this information is incorrect, contact me here. Web Virtual Assistants is a virtual assistant company based in […]

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Tasks Assistant

UPDATE November 2020: They are currently offering 3 Days free trial (12 hours of services) without paying or sign up. Tasks Assistant is a virtual assistant company based in Mumbai, India. The company has been operating since 2014, and all […]