Virtual Valley is a UK-based virtual assistant company specializng in connecting entrepreneurs and small business owners with virtual assistants based in the Philippines.
The company is headed up by Tom Hunt, who started accepting new clients in 2016.
About Virtual Valley
VirtualValley.io is one of the newer virtual assistant companies to enter the marketplace, starting operations in January of this year. The company is founded and run by Tom Hunt, an entrepreneur who has appeared on Dragon’s Den, Location Independent Entrepreneur, and is a TEDx speaker.
Tom started the company to help connect business owners who are in the early growth phases of their business, with virtual assistants capable of taking on some of their workload. All of Virtual Valley’s virtual assistants are home-based in the Philippines to make them available at an affordable price. Allowing the business owner to use their time in more profitable ways.
Virtual Valley has a curated database of virtual assistants already vetted, and have designed their platform to be quick and easy to use. (Allowing clients to browse their database, post jobs, and hire a VA within minutes.
Being a new company, Virtual Valley are currently just offering virtual assistants to fulfill general VA roles. So data entry, inbox management, research, etc. They have plans to expand and have more role-specific virtual assistant options in the future, such as web development, graphics, accounting, and more.
Their services have been designed to offer a quick, streamlined solution to hiring and managing a virtual assistant. Tom explained that with Virtual Valley, “You can hire a virtual assistant within 5 minutes and 7 clicks of creating a Virtual Valley account, as opposed to searching through pages and pages of VAs just relying on reviews/ratings for assessment.”
There are six steps to follow when filling out an application to find a virtual assistant:
- Title of the role you are submitting
- Select the hourly rate you want to pay the virtual assistant
- Select a start date
- Choose either a part time or full time VA
- Add a detailed description of the role
- Add any desirable skills required of the VA
The time your VA works is tracked using their proprietary time tracking software managed in-house. The software provides screen shots and data to your own dashboard so you can keep track of what tasks have been completed and how much time has been used.
Plans and Pricing
When hiring a virtual assistant you choose either a part-time assistant at 4 hours per day, or full-time assistant at 8 hours per day. Then you agree to their hourly rate which is typically between $3-6 an hour.
For example, this means if you were to hire a part-time virtual assistant at $3 an hour, you can expect to pay around $240 a month. Virtual Valley take a 20% fee which is included in the VA’s hourly rate.
When I filtered for part-time VAs, these are the results I found:
There is no upfront fee and payments are taken from PayPal at the end of the month.
Virtual Valley Alternatives
There are several companies vying for your Filipino VA recruiting attention. Zen Virtual Assistants Finder will perform a similar candidate search on your behalf for an upfront fee, and then set you loose to work with your virtual hire with no ongoing markup on their salary.
OnlineJobs.ph is for the do-it-yourselfer. For $49 a month you’ll have access to their massive resume database of virtual assistants, ability to post your job, and communicate with candidates.
But where Virtual Valley falls is somewhere in between; you won’t pay the upfront fee or have the recruiting headaches you might encounter with OnlineJobs or Upwork, and you also won’t pay anywhere close to the same markup you’d pay through a more traditional virtual assistant company.
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