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The Cheaper Chicken

The Cheaper Chicken - you get what you pay for when it comes to real estate virtual assistanceMy husband and I love the Steve Martin movie "Father of the Bride".  Yes, the Spencer Tracy version is nice and all, but I do love Steve Martin.  In the movie, he tries to cope with the costs of a "little wedding" that turns into THE event of the century.  Trying to pare down the costs wherever possible, he decides that it is better to go with the "cheaper chicken" (which sounds like "chipper chicken" when spoken by wedding planner Franc, played by a hysterical Martin Short) than the "chic shrimp" for dinner.  So, anytime my husband and I make the more economical decision, we call it "the chipper chicken". 

Why am I telling you this story?  To explain this story.  In the last week, I have had two real estate professionals call me to fix errors made by another Virtual Assistant who charged less money but also did a much more inferior job.  In effect, they ordered the "cheaper chicken".  And both real estate professionals told me the exact same thing: "I should have just hired you in the first place."  Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I wholeheartedly agree.

Now, I'm not saying you should stand for highway robbery.  And the most expensive person isn't necessarily the best either.  However, if you call around to different Virtual Assistants and find that they all charge between this amount of dollars and that amount of dollars but there's one Virtual Assistant who is charging much less than what everyone else is charging, there may be a reason.  That reason will most likely be that they don't know what the heck they're doing.  I think the best way to gauge whether a Virtual Assistant can do what they promise is to check their references.  After all, who's better at letting you know how happy/disappointed they are with a Virtual Assistant than someone who has used them before.

As for the cost, consider this: if the two agents had hired me originally to do the job rather than hire "the other guy", it would actually have been cheaper in the long run.  It typically costs more time (read "your money") to fix a mess than to get the job done right the first time.  So, when you need to hire a Virtual Assistant to help you with any of your website, marketing, blogging or social network needs, etc., consider checking out their references before hiring the "cheaper chicken".  You do get what you pay for.

Pamela Cendejas, Real Estate Virtual Assistant - Second Self Virtual Assistance: When There Isn't Enough of You to Go Around!

Comment balloon 12 commentsPamela Cendejas • July 29 2010 07:00PM

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Pamela, I love this movie too!  And you get what you pay for in most cases.

Posted by Lisa Stafford, Broken Arrow OK Homes For Sale (Broken Arrow, Tulsa, McGraw Realtors) almost 10 years ago

Great post Pamela!  Sometimes the cheapest turns out to be the most expensive.  Many times you get what you pay for.  A virtual assistant is skilled labor that can provide benefits far beyond the cost.

We recently converted our garage to a master bedroom and home office.  Rather than going with the cheapest bid, we selected an experienced contractor with a much higher bid that we felt very comfortable with.  They created a renovation that seamlessly flows with the rest of the house.  Working with people that knew what they were doing and anticipated problems was well worth the relatively minor extra cost.

We selected this contractor based upon personal references.  As you say, check out the references before you entrust someone to become part of your team.

Posted by Retired from ActiveRain almost 10 years ago
Great movie... Also, you made a comment about high way robbery, that is a line in one of my ohter favorite movies..Driving Miss Dasiey...
Posted by Stephanie Stringer, Mortgage Loan Originator (First Choice Loan Services NMLS#210764) almost 10 years ago

You most definitely get what you pay for. What a pain in the rear that can be.

Posted by Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic (www.mrbrownsellsgr.com) almost 10 years ago

Pam....I'm with Robert - you definitely get what you pay for.  When something (price) sounds to good to be true, it probably is.

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 10 years ago

Hi Lisa - Although it's not always true, it seems to be the norm.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

Hi Rick - I love your second statement, "Sometimes the cheapest turns out to be the most expensive".  So true.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

Hi Stephanie - I loved Driving Miss Daisy.  There were a lot of great scenes in that movie.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

Hi Robert - Like Rick said, "Sometimes the cheapest turns out to be the most expensive".

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

Hi Carra - Although not always true, you really do get what you pay for.  I think checking references is also a must.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

Great post - I think especially in web design,internet marketing, virtual assistants, etc. - there are a lot of less than qualified people touting themselves as 'experts'! Checking references is key.  Although the most expensive is not always best, in my experience the least expensive is usually the worst, JMO!  Thanks for sharing, I have the urge to watch that movie again! :)

Posted by Yvonne Beal, Chatham County Real Estate Expert (Realty World Carolina Properties/NC Fine Living) over 9 years ago

Hi Yvonne - As with any business, as long as you give great value at a fair price, people will be more than willing to pay for it.  It's kind of like going to two different Italian restaurants.  Restaurant #1 has great food but is a little bit more expensive.  Restaurant #2 has so-so food at cheap prices.  Wouldn't you feel you were getting a better value at restaurant #1?  I would.  I agree, too, that references are important.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 9 years ago

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