Saving Time and Money with Virtual Assistants

The most important element to living the dot com lifestyle is having the freedom of time. It’s not necessarily about making the most money or getting the most page views on your blog; it’s about using time as your most valuable currency, spending it however you’d like. This way of living sure beats slaving away at a 9-to-5, Monday to Friday gig.

Unfortunately, there are only so many hours in the day and you are just one person. If you want to start your own business, online or offline, there is only so much that you can do in one day. You’ll want help and the BPOVIA Virtual Assistant Service, which serves as the subject of this review, sounds like it could be a viable solution.

Outsourcing All of Your Professional Needs

Conventional thought would lead you to believe that you should get yourself a brick-and-mortar office and populate it with full-time employees. That may be well and good for certain kinds of businesses, but it may not be the most cost-effective solution. The single greatest selling point that BPOVIA uses in selling its virtual assistant service is that you are able to save a lot of money by taking the virtual route rather than the in-person route.

When BPOVIA quotes you a rate for a virtual assistant, that rate is all-inclusive. Contrast that to a regular in-house full-time employee. With the latter, you need to deal with benefits, vacation time, payroll taxes, administrative costs, equipment maintenance, and so on. I’m not exactly sure where they got these figures (how did admin come out to exactly $2,856?), but they’re not that far-fetched.

What Can They Do?

Another vital advantage to using virtual assistants, particularly those from BPOVIA, is that they are able to accommodate a wide-range of tasks. BPOVIA markets itself as a one stop solution, offering you a number of different virtual assistant services. They’ve got staff that specialize in everything from web design to data entry, accounting to customer service. You can read up on their software and hardware skills as well. Yes, they know how to play with an Xbox 360, but we’re not sure if they’ll pwn you in Halo 3.

Instead of dealing with a web designer, an accountant, and a marketing specialist separately, you can order all of these services through BPOVIA. Bear in mind that because BPOVIA is based in Nanjing (the second largest commercial centre in the East China region after Shanghai), they operate under regular Beijing business hours. This works out to 9:00pm to 6:30am Eastern Standard Time.

How Much Does It Cost?

Generally speaking, there are three ways for you to order virtual assistant services from BPOVIA. The three kinds of rates are pay-as-you-go, full time, and project-based.

As you can see, you get a bulk discount for order more hours at a time. A full-time virtual assistant, with 160 hours in a month, comes in at $900. This works out to $5.625 per hour. Even with the most expensive pay-as-you-go plan, you only pay $10 an hour. Strangely, the rate page says that the hourly rate ranges from $6 to $12. Neither one of those figures appears to be true.

Not Quite English, But Not Engrish Either

One of the concerns that people have with hiring virtual assistants is the one that deals with language. When you hire a virtual assistant from India, Pakistan, China, or any number of other countries, communication in English may be a little problematic. However, BPOVIA promises that all of its associates are proficient in English. The web copy is understandable, but you can tell that it was not written by a native English speaker.

I’m still trying to figure out what that graph is trying to represent. Am I to believe that they only have level 2 “flexible employees” but level 4 “able to manage Change processes”? Even on the about page where they try to emphasize their professionalism and proficiency, you get some odd (and incorrect) sentences.

All BPOVIA associates are experienced professionals, proficient in English, with very extensive business experience, some of them educated at top schools in the United States.

I’m a bit of a stickler for grammar, so these kinds of errors jump out at me. I wouldn’t hire BPOVIA for any writing, but your communication with them shouldn’t be a problem.

Sign Up for a Free Trial with BPOVIA

Getting a virtual assistant from BPOVIA can potentially free you from a lot of tasks that may otherwise occupy a fair bit of your time. It sounds like a cost-effective solution and their professionalism is admirable. If you’re not prepared to fork out $900 a month just yet, you can go ahead and sign up for a free trial. You only get one hour, but it’ll give you a sense of what to expect.