iWorker is a virtual assistant company headquartered in New Mexico, U.S. Their virtual assistants work remotely from Venezuela and other South American countries.
Their mission is to find and hire workers from impoverished countries, and give them a chance to work with business owners around the world.
The company started operations in 2013, and are able to offer very competitive rates due to sourcing workers from these economic locations. But are they any good?
Read on to see if iWorker might be a good fit for your business.
iWorker was co-founded by John Miles, Eric Tanaka, and Enrique Yervez. Before forming iWorker, both John and Eric had a number of years’ experience hiring virtual assistants to grow their own businesses.
They got to know many Venezuelan immigrants while living in Argentina. After learning of their struggles to find work, they decided to start iWorker and focus on hiring Venezuelan workers. They have since expanded to hiring virtual assistants from other economically challenged countries.
iWorker says their motivation was to provide professionals in impoverished countries, “dignified work, thereby generating opportunities for them to improve their lives, support their families, and grow their local economies.”
It’s certainly a noble cause, and if they can provide excellent service to clients at a great rate, it’s a win-win.
How iWorker Works
To get started with iWorker, send them a message via their contact page outlining the kinds of tasks you want to outsource. They will then send you a couple of bios for assistants they think are best suited to you.
Per the company: “Every remote professional on our team goes through a rigorous interview process, helping you to avoid false starts and misfires by trying to find a reliable worker on your own.”
If you want to move forward, you can interview the candidates to ensure they are a good fit for you and your business. Once you’ve decided on an assistant you want to work with, you can communicate directly with them going forward.
Payments are all processed by iWorker, and the pricing couldn’t be any simpler.
You pay a flat rate of $5.95 for every hour your assistant works. There are no minimum monthly plans, no contracts, and you even get your first 3 hours free.
iWorkers’ virtual assistants are ready to handle any tasks you can send them to complete remotely. They group their areas of expertise into the following areas:
- eCommerce – Order processing, customer service, managing your Shopify store, and more.
- Direct Sales – Phone sales, email outreach, competitors research, and more.
- WordPress & Web Development – Modifying and managing WordPress sites, plugins, content, and more.
- Customer Service – Responding to customer queries, managing social media, and more.
- Personal Assistance – Managing your diary, making travel bookings, and more.
Plans and Pricing
iWorker do not currently have any set pricing plans or set hourly commitments. Instead, you pay for the number of hours your assistant works for you. Their hourly rate is currently $5.95 per hour.
They offer a 3-hour free trial, so you can test their services before deciding if they are the right fit for your business.
There are some other highly-rated virtual assistant companies providing assistants based in South American countries. Uassist.me and Virtual Latinos are two companies worth considering, although their rates are not as competitive as iWorker’s.
One big advantage of all these options is the time zones are a little closer to home for US-based businesses.
If budget is your main driving force, I recommend looking further overseas. If you’re looking for full-time help, you might consider recruiting via OnlineJobs.ph, the largest job board in the Philippines.
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