The Pros And Cons Of A Local Virtual Assistant Versus An Overseas Virtual Assistant

There are a number of factors to consider when trying to decide whether to hire local or overseas.  In this clip Jo and Joy take you through some important factors to consider.

Welcome to Savvy Sessions #13.

In this video we're going to be telling you the pros and cons of a local virtual assistant versus an overseas virtual assistant.

We'll go through overseas first. So the pros of an overseas virtual assistant is that you can get them for cheaper and they can work overnight for you, so different hours, and that might really suit you in your business to have someone work at nights where you work during your day. But some of the cons are that, in places like the Philippines, they can have really unreliable internet. They can have unreliable power as well, and so do any overseas countries like Southeast Asia, India, etc. 

English is their second language and most of the time you'll find that they are really awesome at doing reactive tasks if you can find a really good one. So you can't really be asking them to do anything too proactive or thinking ahead or strategic. If you're a really process-driven person, and that's your personality style, super organised and can create Loom videos, and have a really good system for actually delegating that work and super clear instructions, then absolutely an overseas virtual assistant could work for you if you're that personality style.

If we move on to the local virtual assistants, one of the key benefits is they're on the same time zone as you, so that makes it a lot easier to contact, perhaps, clients of yours. They'll be doing it with a Kiwi accent as well, or local accent. Also they can be a lot more proactive, as being in the same time zone they are literally just like the PA in your office. So they will do a lot more proactive things and can take phone calls during 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

They can look ahead for you, think strategically, they know the market, they know business here in New Zealand. You know they know the jargon, they know the slang, it's much easier for them to be proactive. And they might've been in an office role and then they're just doing that remotely so they have already done that type of role that you might be asking them to do previously.

The con of a local virtual assistant is it will cost you a little bit more. So if you're going to compare it to an overseas virtual assistant, a local virtual assistant does come with a higher hourly rate.

Thanks for watching.  That was Savvy Sessions #13.

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