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How to Find a Real Estate Team Virtual Assistant on Fiverr
According to a National Association of Realtors survey 14% of respondents use virtual assistants in their real estate team. On Fiverr, one of the internet’s most widely used job sites for freelancers, a search for “virtual assistant” yields almost six thousand hits. Add the words “real estate” to the mix, and that number becomes much more manageable.
But how do you find the right one? And can you still get top-quality results from a generalist virtual assistant, opening your choices to hundreds and even thousands of freelancers? Or do you need one who specializes in real estate needs?
What Is Fiverr?
Fiverr brands itself as an online marketplace. For what exactly? “Gigs”. Gigs are one-time jobs performed by a freelancing professional. A number of categories can be found such as marketing, IT and web development, and writing. Even musicians starting their careers can be found on Fiverr offering to write song lyrics, poetry, and musical scores for cartoons or movies. In short, just about anything and everything can be found on Fiverr.
But one of the most versatile professionals are virtual assistants. These are men and women who can handle everything from mundane transcription services to almost running your business for you. They can help you simplify your life and streamline parts of your business. But the wrong one can be more trouble than they’re worth, and not necessarily through any fault of their own.
When To Use A Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant can be used to simplify administrative office tasks, but real estate VA’s are specialists. They can be used to generate and nurture sales leads. 80% of leads generated online don’t sell or buy from the agent making contact for more than a year. That’s a long time to nurture a lead, but we all know how crucial those relationships are. Real estate VA’s can help you not only find potential clients, but be your brand voice in guiding them to you when they’re finally ready to buy or sell.
Using Fiverr To Build Your Business
Fiverr is an extremely well-established online marketplace for both US-based and overseas freelancers. There are positives to be had with each group. There’s certainly enough virtual assistants for you to find your match.
The education and language training for virtual assistants overseas (typically India and the Philippines) has become very competitive. You can hire a virtual assistant fairly cheaply with $5 an hour being average. If you’re budget-conscious about the idea of hiring a virtual assistant, or have a lot of behind-the-scenes work to take care of (graphic design, calendar management, listing research, etc) then this option might be perfect for you.
If you have a lot of tasks where your virtual assistant will be interfacing with clients or if having personal knowledge of your real estate area is important to you then go with a US-based freelancer. The native language skills, accent and level of education will be worthwhile. If you do your research then you’ll definitely get back what you pay for.
In the end the decisions are up to you. Just remember that virtual assistants provide a huge number of benefits to be had if they’re used correctly. In the cutthroat world of real estate, can you really afford to not have an edge?