How to Hire a Virtual Assistant for $2 an hour

Did you know you can hire a Virtual Assistant for as little as $2 an hour?

In fact, not only can you hire skilled Philippines virtual assistants, but you can find and hire virtual staff specializing in SEO, digital marketing, programming, content, blogging, social media, and graphic design.

Now don't get me wrong, if you want to hire someone who has the experience, and is a specialist in an area such as graphic design or bookkeeping, or digital marketing, etc., then don't expect to pay $2 per hour. Instead, set a $4-$8 per hour budget to find and attract the best quality virtual assistants.

What type of virtual assistant can you hire for $2 per hour?

You could hire an entry-level virtual assistant, or someone to do copy and paste stuff, or perhaps even basic admin or cold calling for $2 per hour in the Philippines.

However, you can't hire somebody skilled with a lot of experience, and when you pay $2 per hour, you will see a decrease in skills if you compare it to hiring somebody local in the USA.

To get the best understanding of how hiring VAs or remote staff works, you can check out the Philippines outsourcing guide to doing it right. It's a more in-depth article that shows you how to not mistakes and successfully outsource to the Philippines, whether that's hiring virtual assistants or any virtual staff for that matter.

How to hire virtual assistants in the Philippines, who are the same quality as employees in the USA?

You need first to decide what skills and experience you need your virtual assistant to have. You also need to remember this critical point that I am about to explain below.

The cost of living for a reasonable middle-class lifestyle in the Philippines costs around 1/3 to 1/5 of the USA.

I mean, cars, internet, fuel, groceries, electricity, mortgage, school fees for kids all still need to be paid in the Philippines, just like they would for a regular family in the USA, UK, Australia, etc.

So if you want to hire great virtual assistants, then I'd suggest you look to pay a minimum of $3 per hour, but more realistically set your budget at between $4-$8 per hour, which would be around 1/4 of what you would expect to pay a decent quality employee locally in the states.

Of course, in addition to the salary savings, you are also saving a lot of money on all the other associated costs that come with hiring local employees in America or any country in the west, for that matter.

Hiring a virtual assistant is different from hiring traditional freelancers. This article may well be a game-changer in the way you look at the process of outsourcing and what it can do for you and your company.

I'd strongly suggest that you take a couple of minutes and read the step-by-step guide to hiring virtual assistants. It's an in-depth article that shows you everything you need to know about virtual assistants and remote staff.

Why do virtual assistants in the Philippines speak English? It's in Asia, right?

The Philippines is unique amongst Southeast Asian countries due to the fact it's hugely Americanized. I mean, basketball, for example, is popular here.

In addition to that, it is a former colony or territory of the USA, and even its constitution is written in English.

Kyle, a Filipino virtual assistant, guest contributed an article that explains why Filipino virtual assistants speak English. It's a fascinating read, especially if you don't know much about the history of the Philippines.

I highly recommend reading it, as it'll help you understand why the Philippines is the best place in the world to outsource to.

Is It Ethical To Pay Somebody $2/Hour?

Yes, it is. The reason it's ethical is because of the following:

  • The average store clerk in the Philippines is paid around 10,000 peso per month ($200 per month).
  • The minimum wage ranges from between $10-$12 per day depending on the city.
  • The worker you hire for $2/hour is paid to do entry level work and very basic tasks. Obviously, skilled workers in fields such as digital marketing or accountancy will require significantly higher pay. (Remember, even with higher pay, you're still looking to save around 80% on what it would cost you to hire a local employee).

As I mentioned earlier in the article, I don't suggest that you can hire highly skilled and specialized staff for $2 per hour.

To get the level of quality that can replace local employees without compromising on the skill, you must know how much to pay virtual assistants in the Philippines. Remember that this will typically mean budgeting for around 1/3-1/5 of what the equivalent skilled employee would cost you in the USA.

That's a general rule of thumb, but it's served me well, and thousands of business owners and entrepreneurs are currently outsourcing to the Philippines.

You can directly see the current asking salary rates by browsing thousands of virtual assistants on the Philippines outsourcing marketplace.

How to hire virtual assistants on

DIY Method: Best if you want the most cost-effective solution and don't need an outsourcing professional's help.

Choose from thousands of virtual assistants. You can post a job for free, see how many applicants apply, then upgrade to the business membership with a risk-free guarantee. Once upgraded, you can contact as many virtual assistants as you want, in addition to posting multiple jobs.

Why do customers use

We offer a 100% money-back guarantee, which means it's risk-free for you as a business owner if you don't hire anybody, email and ask for a refund within 30 days.

The link below will direct you to a database of thousands of virtual assistants, all skilled in various areas.

Enterprise solution: Best if you want the help of a professional outsourcing provider

  1. Our recruitment specialists (with years of experience) will find you the best virtual assistant in the Philippines.
  2. You'll get your own account manager to hold your hand through the entire process. An expert in your corner.
  3. The Virtual Assistants all undergoes rigorous background checks
  4. Your virtual assistant is fully monitored by us with time tracking and digital biometrics to ensure they work every hour you are paying them to work.

See how Virtual Staff enterprise solution can help you outsource to the Philippines.

As you can see, both the DIY and the Enterprise option have their advantages. The enterprise outsourcing option starts at around $5.80 per hour. It includes everything listed above, such as staff salary, your client success manager, HR, legal and compliance, and other such stuff.

Which option is best?

It completely depends on your situation. I'd suggest that you take a look at both options and decide if it's worth paying a little more for the extra peace of mind and legal protections.

Ultimately, the choice is yours, and only you know what is the best decision for you and your business.

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By: Michael Brodie

Helping make outsourcing to the Philippines easy for everyone. Michael is the Founder of - "The Philippines Outsourcing Marketplace".