Virtual Latinos is a US-based virtual assistant company operating out of San Diego. They started operations around the middle of 2018 and specialize in supplying virtual assistants from across the Latin American countries.
About Virtual Latinos
The idea for Virtual Latinos came from the team behind Bloominari, a marketing agency in San Diego.
They were hiring virtual assistants from all over the world for their clients and realized there was a huge pool of talented assistants based in Latin America working out well for them.
So, with experience finding and hiring from South American countries they decided to start Virtual Latinos to tap into this market and provide virtual assistants to entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes.
How Virtual Latinos Works
They put their applicants through some strict testing to make sure they meet the high standards they’ve set and marketed to their clients.
“About 10-12% of all applicants are accepted,” my contact told me, and they are currently supplying VAs from 18 different Latin American countries.
Virtual Latinos point out that there are a number of reasons why working with one of their VA’s based in Latin America might be a great fit for your company, these are:
- Similar Timezone – Depending on the country of the assistant you agree to work with there will be a few hours difference at most from you if you’re in the US.
- US-Based Certifications – Their assistants are put through US-based certifications and training courses to build on their skill sets.
- Bilingual – If you deal with Spanish speaking customers or want to increase your reach in the Spanish speaking market their assistants are fully bilingual in English and Spanish.
- Affordable – Virtual Latinos says their assistants are 40-75% less expensive than US-based assistants due to working from locations with a lower cost of living.
Virtual Latinos Founder Interview
I had the chance to sit down with Jaime to learn a bit more about his hiring processes and what it’s like to work with Virtual Latinos.
Virtual Latinos virtual assistants are trained and experienced in handling a wide range of tasks that can be completed remotely.
To give you an idea of the kind of tasks they commonly complete for their clients, they group their services into the following categories:
- General Assistance
- Marketing Campaigns
- Search Engine Optimization
- Website and Blog Management
- Google and Facebook Ads
- Lead Generation
- Design and Branding
Plans and Pricing
Virtual Latinos have two pricing options:
- Agency – have a member of their team find the best-suited assistant for you.
- The DIY Directory – browse their directory of virtual assistants and make your own hire
Virtual Assistant Plans
If you want to leave the legwork of finding and vetting the best candidate to them, there are two plans to choose from:
- General Virtual Assistants and Marketers
- Expert Assistants and Certified Marketers
Their General Virtual Assistant plan is to hire a less experienced VA, while their Expert Assistants plan is to hire one of their more experienced VAs with certifications. Please note the rates below are starting rates, and can vary based on the candidate you choose.
General Virtual Assistants and Marketers
- 40-Hour Plan – starting at $400 per month ($10/hour)
- 80-Hour Plan – starting at $760 per month ($9.50/hour)
- Full-time Plan – starting at $1,400 per month ($8/hour)
Expert Assistant and Certified Marketer Plans
- 40-Hour Plan – $600 per month ($15/hour)
- 80-Hour Plan – $1,120 per month ($14/hour)
- Full-time Plan – $2,100 per month ($12/hour)
There are no additional costs or long-term commitments. Virtual Latinos also offer a performance guarantee. This means that if you’re not satisfied with your assistant for any reason, they will replace them for you.
My advice is to speak with a member of their team before choosing between the two plans. Explain in detail what tasks you’ll be asking of your assistant so you get off on the right foot.
The cost of an experienced assistant is almost double, so you need to be sure you’re getting value for your money.
The Directory Plan
If you want to post your own job, there are 3 monthly subscription plans to choose from:
- Free – Lets you post your job to see what kind of response you get, but you can’t contact candidates.
- Standard – $90 per month, paid quarterly
- Team – $2/day/VA – also includes time tracking software to help manage your team.
(This membership model similar to OnlineJobs.ph.)
Both plans enable you to:
- Browse their directory of assistants
- Post jobs to attract proposals
- Message their assistants directly
- Work out the best working relationship for your requirements
Virtual Latinos Alternatives
Uassist.me operates a similar business model as Virtual Latinos and have some great feedback from happy clients, so I recommend checking them out for a quote.
Their virtual assistants are also based in Central America, although their pricing is a little higher than Virtual Latinos.
If you’re looking for other affordable overseas options and don’t need Spanish speaking assistance, you might consider some of the virtual assistant providers operating out of the Philippines.
Have you worked with Virtual Latinos? If so, please take a moment to leave a quick review below to help others with their decision.