How much should you pay for a virtual assistant?
The pricing for a virtual assistant varies widely, from $4-10/hour for an overseas worker to $20-80+ for a specialized US based VA. It is always good advice to talk to a couple different VAs and/or companies before hiring.
The advice that you get what you pay for definitely applies to hiring a virtual assistant. I am usually looking for a long term relationship with a reliable person who can be more of a partner in my business.
With that said, if the tasks you need taken care of are quite general, you can get away with a lower priced general VA.
For phone support and scheduling, I feel most comfortable with a US based, well paid VA who has specific knowledge and training in mental health and HIPPA requirements.
I think it would be fair to say that finding a virtual assistant is the easy part.
Learning to adapt to working successfully with a VA is much more challenging.