Considering a Virtual Assistant? Know What You Are Paying For?

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So you’ve heard about using a Virtual Assistant, you’ve heard how its a great way to amp up your productivity and allow you to do more business.

You’ve heard that you can use a VA only when you need one..sort of pay-as-you-go and that sounds like it actually might suit your budget. All you need now are some hot prospects and to shop some pricing and rates..easy enough. You are are sure you can find your VA for $10-$12 an hour real quick.

But…you get a rude awakening. Your ideal VA is going to cost you between $30-$55 an hour, depending on the service.

Why? I bring this up only because of a common MISCONCEPTION.  The word “assistant” is giving you the wrong impression.

Running a real estate business takes business savvy. Tech savvy, Marketing savvy, Financial savvy, Internet savvy, Social savvy and think outside the box savvy. It takes alot of talent to keep the momentum going..contacting leads, managing your database well, planning and EXECUTING marketing campaigns, learning all the new technology and staying on top of your online precense. All of this is an investment in your time..time that could be overwhelming you, to the point that you are having a hard time keeping up the momentum. I won’t even mention balancing your people skills, phone skills, sales skills..that is your department.

So in the corporate world, busy executives like you know that having team members that can handle some of the time consuming tasks is what it takes to be the best CEO of their companies. They don’t do it all. They have people. Talented and effecient people. Let’s take a look at some of the salaries of these talented individuals who keep the CEO on top of his or her game.


Executive Assistant: Salary: $40,000-$60,000 annually plus benefits

Internet Marketing Specialist: 
$50,000-$70,000 annually plus benefits

Social Media Marketing Manager: 
$60,000-$120,000 annually plus benefits

Transaction Coordinator: 
$30,000 annually

Webmaster: $45,000-$55,000 annually

Photoshop Professional: 
$40,000-$55,000 annually

Website copywriter: 
$50,000-$60,000 annually

Add in for free: real estate knowledge, training and experience

The above positions are the basic specialties that you will find in my particular business and many VA’s like me. We are trained, we are experienced and we run our own companies as our own CEO’s.  We pay our own taxes, our own insurance etc. just like you. We pay for our office equipment and supplies. We pay for our training. All of it..just like you!   We are worth our pay-scale just like you!

40 hours per month with a VA is an average of $547. $547 equals $61,264 a year.  No employee taxes, no office equipment, no benefits. So when and if you start looking for your “assistant” ….get that word out of your head, and look at what you are really getting. You are getting a full fledged professional who takes their business very much as you do.

Get to know your partner, they will get to know you, and after a while you will be amazed at the fabulous and effecient business you are running.  Partnering with a real estate virtual assistant is an investment, an investment in you!

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