Business owners often turn to virtual assistants for a variety of reasons, from administrative tasks to larger projects. But before you commit yourself, it’s important to know the basics of what sort of contract is suitable for your needs.
This post will teach you about the three types of contracts offered by a VA, as well as what makes them different and which one might be better suited for your needs.
Before we examine the three types of contracts offered by a VA, it’s important to understand what sort of relationship you’re entering into. Virtual assistants are essential “employees just like any other” in that they have their own business, payroll, and project management.
However, they work completely remotely and can perform tasks at a more competitive rate than traditional employees in your local area. The only real difference is they must charge you per hour, rather than the more common flat rate. You can find a detailed explanation of how this works here.
In order to differentiate your relationship from an employment situation, all virtual assistant contracts will require the following:
A written agreement for employment that spells out all the terms of your relationship. This is best drafted by a lawyer to ensure you get everything you need and nothing more.
A non-compete clause to keep them from working for any other business. A confidentiality clause. This ensures that any information you provide them is kept confidential.
Once you’ve established these basic terms, it’s a good idea to determine what sort of contract you need. Virtual assistants can offer three types of contracts:
If you have a one-time virtual assistant task, such as setting up your blog or writing a particular article, this is a perfect choice. They will complete this specific project and then move on to another employer.
You get your task done and they move along. This contract is ideal for any project with a relatively short timeline such as a piece of content you want on your website within 24 hours or a report you need for an upcoming presentation.
This is the most common type of contract offered by virtual assistants, and involves charging you by the hour to complete certain tasks.
The term of the contract can be variable, but it’s important to examine the minimum and maximum hours in your agreement.
Some virtual assistants will also ask for compensation for any time spent that falls outside the agreed-upon hours. This includes traveling to clients or dealing with administrative tasks.
Per Service Contract: This type of contract is ideal for those with longer projects, such as content creation or online consulting. It clearly describes how long a project will take and what kind of services the virtual assistant will provide.
Usually, this type of contract also has a minimum amount of work that must be completed before you will be charged. This is ideal for larger projects, such as writing a book, or creating an online course or webinar and it also provides a level of accountability.
As you can see, all three contracts have their benefits and each should be considered depending on your needs. However, before committing to any contract you must clearly outline what project/s you’re working on and how long the timeline is for each.
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