Maybe it is just the Army Ranger Wife in me, or maybe it is just knowing that I have worked my tail off for the past 2 ½ years to build a business that actually pays the bills; I am not sure which, but this weekend I received an interesting comment on my one of my blog posts and decided to research other VA companies.
So, I Googled "virtual assistant", and I think it pulled up some 13,000,000 results. I clicked on a link that took me to a VA page that said it was 100% American VA company. We will call them Company X. Their rates were unbelievably low. I clicked on the tab to the FAQ, and it answered what I already knew. A portion of their business is located in the US, the rest of the VA work is completed in overseas.
After feeling a little agitated, I looked up another company. It was the same company with a different look and name to their website.
Maybe it’s just me; maybe I’m jealous? Maybe it’s all this talk about American jobs in the political arena. I don’t think it matters why. It chaps my……butt!! We have heard so much in the news and debates about jobs, Jobs, JOBS. American jobs.
My plea: I know that VAs can work from anywhere, but my hope is that before you choose a company to assist you, you find out who you are really working with.
I realized in my anger that I have been hypocritical. I have been negligent. When I go grocery shopping, I pick products off the shelf without thinking twice about where it was made. My husband and I have decided to buy American products only. It may be a small step, but we want to invest in our nation-in our people. Can you imagine what would happen if we all checked the labels for "made in the USA" on the products and goods before we buy?
Thanks for listening!