VA/VLA Hourly Charge
I’ve touched on this before, but it continues to be a major source of concern in emails and comments, so I thought I’d do a short post specifically addressing the hourly rate charged by a virtual assistant (VA) or a virtual legal assistant (VLA).
I generally charge in the $30 an hour range for my virtual services. I know some people think this sounds high for “secretarial” work. Maybe you could hire someone local and inexperienced for $10-15 per hour. And certainly there are VA’s who charge significantly more than I do, usually because they offer special expertise or have services that are in great demand.
I made approximately $23 per hour as a legal assistant prior to starting my VA business, BUT it is important to note that on top of my hourly wage my company paid for benefits, paid for 3 weeks holidays per year, paid for statutory holidays and contributed significantly to a pension plan on my behalf. They also provided me with a computer, a desk, a direct telephone line and access to significant office supplies. Clearly the cost to my company was significantly higher than $23 per hour.
It is important also to note that I was often paid for time when I was not doing “real” work – I was paid to take coffee breaks, paid to attend meetings on a regular basis, paid to assist in planning company functions like the summer picnic and paid to be a “body”, someone who was there, but not necessarily always given enough work to fill my day.
You will pay your VA an hourly wage from $20-$100 per hour, depending on their expertise and your needs. But you will only pay your VA for the hours actually worked on your tasks. I bill in 6 minute increments, with a two hour minimum. I can do a lot for your business in a couple of dedicated hours per day. And when I go get a coffee, it’s on my dime, not yours!
Does the wage still sound unfair to you? I’d love to hear from you what you think is a reasonable wage to pay an experienced and dedicated assistant!!
Laurie Mapp, Owner Halo Secretarial Services Contact us for more information on virtual legal assistance!