Taskbarge is a virtual assistant company in Bangalore, India. They were founded in 2011 by CEO Chaitanya Krishna, who assembled a small team to start serving clients on their own.
Taskbarge has grown slowly over the last couple years, investing in training their people rather than expensive marketing campaigns and unneeded costly infrastructure.
I had the chance to speak with Krishna, a former employee of a well-known outsourcing giant, about his new company. He explained that Taskbarge is focused on a small and medium-sized entrepreneurial client-base.
So far, they’ve been able to achieve impressive client retention — “no one has left us yet,” by delivering timely and high-quality service at low prices. Taskbarge clients typically rely on them for outsourced business process support, but the capabilities are there to handle of variety of virtual assistant tasks, including scheduling, online research, travel arrangements, and more.
The only limitation at the moment is on the technical side of things, as Taskbarge doesn’t have any web development or IT support talent in-house.
The company offers an array of pricing plans to fit anyone’s needs and budget. Plans start at $55 for a 5 hour block of virtual assistant time. These are perhaps mislabeled as “monthly” plans, but you actually have two months to use up your 5 hours, and won’t be billed again until you want or need a “refill.”
For larger plans, you have even more time to use up your hours. Krishna explained that the TB-40, or 40-hour plan, is their most popular option at $320 ($8/hr). In this case, you can spread the 40 hours out over the course of 3 months. That gives some flexibility in the event of an inconsistent outsourcing workload.
Naturally, the rates improve as you buy bigger blocks of time, with a 150-hour block going for $825, or just $5.50 an hour. Overall, the prices are quite competitive with other virtual assistant companies in India.
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Once your hours are gone, you can renew at the same level, or jump around to any other suitable plan.
With each option, Taskbarge assigns a dedicated virtual assistant to be your sole point of contact with the company. This VA is assigned based on their expertise relative to your anticipated tasks, as well as the working time zone required.
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