When you go shopping for virtual assistants, chances are you’ll notice that a lot of them live overseas in countries like the Philippines. There are a lot of reasons why looking abroad for VA’s makes sense. You can hire highly qualified, hardworking people who are looking for a steady income and are eager to do a great job. Plus, they are able to work for a lot less money than similarly qualified people who live in North America.
However, there are certain disadvantages to outsourcing jobs to countries like the Philippines and there are certain tasks or roles that are best entrusted to local VA’s.
Getting lost in the translation – even though many offshore workers have excellent English language skills, they might not understand the nuance of what you are asking them to do. They might also get confused by slang or non-standard language that you throw at them. If they don’t understand exactly what you’re asking of them, it’s less likely that they’ll be able to deliver what you want. When working with offshore VA’s, it’s essential to provide crystal clear instructions and expectations.
Time Differences – this can be a double edged sword. Have you ever realized that you absolutely positively needed something done right away for an important meeting tomorrow? If it’s 3:30 in the morning where your VA lives, it might be tough to get in touch with them or for them to deliver important work in time for a crucial meeting. On the other hand, while you’re sleeping your VA’s could be working away to have everything ready for you when you arrive at your office in the morning.
Knowledge of the Local Business Landscape – anyone can do research on the internet but would you trust yourself to choose a restaurant for an important business meeting in Bangkok without ever being there? It may be difficult for someone from the other side of the world to understand exactly what you are asking of them and sometimes it’s quicker to have someone local perform certain duties.
If you’ve decided that it’s time to hire a VA, look no further than your own back yard. The VA Team in Calgary can provide you with local VA’s who understand your needs and the local business environment.
By David A. West Join me on Google+