I know that there can be big ranges is the prices that different Virtual Assistants will charge. Some low, some high, and of course a bunch of variants in between.
Often, but not always, the lower charging folks can be a bit newer in the market, or else they offer a specific range of services that fit within that price range.
For those on the higher end of the scale, most likely they are very experienced and can offer very specific skill sets. They’ve been around for a while, they know exactly what they’re doing, and therefore they fit into a higher range.
If you’re thinking of working with a VA I urge you to consider more than just the initial price tag. Of course you have to stay within your budget, but if you opt for the cheaper end but you’re hoping for some higher end work, it probably won’t work out. True, you could totally luck out and get exactly what you’re looking for, but I wouldn’t count on it. And remember, when you hear the hourly rate and your first reaction is that it’s too expensive, think about the fact that the experienced VA needs little training, knows how the whole relationship works, and can most likely get your work done much more efficiently than you may think. I’ll bet your work won’t take as long to do as you imagine! Don’t be afraid to talk about this with your potential VA either, we know it can be a tough decision.
I’ve known folks whose first choice was VA #1, but in the end opted to try out VA #2 who was cheaper, which didn’t work out and led to VA #3, which didn’t work out and led to VA #4, etc. etc. You see what I mean.
I’m sure it can be very frustrating trying to find a good match, but remember, you get what you pay for!