At some point during your Virtual Assistant ‘journey’ you’ll inevitably come across clients that want to use your services but are not quite comfortable or ‘au fait’ with the idea of working virtually. So, if they happen to be within commuting distance, should you agree to work in-house or not?
There is no right or wrong answer to this. Of course, the concept of being a Virtual Assistant means, by definition, that you work from your own office, virtually. However, I think you have to consider this on a case-by-case basis.
One of my previous clients had never worked with a Virtual Assistant, and had always had an in-house assistant. He wasn’t sure about using my services if they were purely virtual. I felt that he would turn into an interesting, lucrative long-term client so we negotiated a mixture of working in his office one day a week and the rest of the work was done from my office.
I could see why he wanted someone on-site because we used to do alot of brainstorming on the writeboard before sitting down and putting together proposals and presentations. I used to ‘take work home’ and happily do things such as internet research, formatting documents etc for him.
The arrangement worked really well for a number of years until he changed his business model and needed someone there full-time, 3 days a week. We parted amicably – the point being that in this case, a combination of working virtually and in-house worked for us, and it was well worth me being open to the suggestion in the first place.
So, if ever you’re asked by a local client whether you would consider working onsite for them, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons, and think of the long-term benefits, if any, for your business!
Have you ever been asked to work in-house? If so, what did you do and how did it turn out?