How It Works

Hold On To Your Most Precious Resource

When you work with Virtual Dawn you get back the most precious of your resources:  time.  As your Virtual Assistant I help you create a work flow for you that’s more efficient, easier to manage, and allows you to focus on your strengths.  This translates to a better use of your time and a more efficient use of your budget.

how-it-worksAs a Virtual Dawn client, your account will either be project or retainer-based. Clients who choose to hire Virtual Dawn on a project basis will be given an estimate for each individual project. Minimum time for a project quote is three hours. This works for clients who only need occasional support.

For clients who need more consistent, ongoing support; the better path is to become a retainer client. Retainer packages allow for more flexibility. Dawn will strategize with you to prioritize your projects for each month, working on them to efficiently and effectively make use of your retainer hours.

Throughout your projects, Virtual Dawn will e-mail you with progress reports to keep you informed from beginning to end.

I will email you during the progress of your project to keep you informed of your hours.  I never want you to be surprised.  Virtual Dawn is the ideal alternative to hiring a full-time employee because:

• You only pay for the hours worked.  No more paying for an 8 hour day when you only have a 4 hour project.

• You only pay for the work, not all the extras associated with an employee:  vacations, benefits, payroll taxes, sick time, long lunch breaks, non-productive hours

• You don’t have to purchase supplies and equipment like:  extra software licenses, office furniture, office supplies, computers, and workstations

• Virtual Dawn is easily accessible, even for rush orders

• You don’t need to invest additional time and energy in training a new employee.  As a VA, Virtual Dawn is already fluent in most business-related software and best practices for small business.

• You’re guaranteed that the time you’re paying for is 100% productive

• No employment or placement agency fees

• No task is too big or too small.

Employer Costs

Full-time Employee Virtual Dawn
Hourly Rate of Pay $20 *$40 (starting rate)
Benefits @ 35% (Medical, Dental & Life Insurance, Retirement Plans) $7 n/a
Overhead Rate @ 50% (Office Space, Furniture, Equipment, Software & Office Supplies, Overtime Pay, Administration Costs, & Worker’s Compensation) $10 n/a
Total Effective Rate of Pay $37 $40 (starting rate)
Hours Per Year 2,080 Hours **520 Hours
TOTAL Annual Labor Cost $76,960 $20,800

*Remember, you only pay for the hours Virtual Dawn works for YOU.  No paid vacations, overhead, or benefit costs.  Just total efficiency.

** Approximate number of hours based on current average hours used by Virtual Dawn clients.
Although my hourly rate is more than the employee’s rate, you save the cost of benefits and overhead that would have to be applied to the new employee’s wage.  And, because I am more experienced, more efficient, and better connected than the employee, you’ll need to devote far less time to the project to get the same results, only 520 hours a year versus 2,080 for the new employee.

Full time staff is seldom 100% productive due to idle time between tasks, personal matters, inability of employer to generate work for staff because of distractions, meetings and commitments.

Depending on the productivity level of the full time employee, you may be paying over 3 times their actual salary.  You do the Math!  What’s the Smart Choice?  Virtual Dawn is the choice to make.