Everybody is trying to save money wherever they can nowadays. Eat out less, rent a movie, clip coupons...it all makes good dollars and sense, right? There is, however, a dollar vs quality aspect that some people lose sight of. I mean, you wouldn't go to a five star restaurant and expect to pay a Happy Meal price, would you?
Like you, I am all about saving money wherever I can. Some things, however, are well worth the price. For example, Tide may be more expensive than Dreft, but I use less of it to get my clothes cleaner. It averages out to just about the same price for a much better result. Also, my husband and I used hand cranked can openers for years but they always seemed to break or go dull, rendering them useless pretty quickly. Finally, when we were looking at replacing it for the umpteenth time, I turned to my husband and said, "For the amount of money we spent on all those awful can openers, we could have purchased an automatic one that still works and actually saved ourselves money." So, we bought the automatic can opener. Of course, we keep the low-tech version for our emergency kit.
In the real estate business, some sellers are trying to save money by representing themselves (ie, via a FSBO). You and I both know that, while it appears that they are saving themselves a few bucks, in reality, it can cost them much more than if they hired a real estate professional to do this work for them. Your knowledge, expertise, contacts and experience are the reason you get paid your commission on a sale - you earn it. You can put all your skills to work for your clients to get the job done in a quicker fashion and, most likely, for a better profit.
The same can be said for a Real Estate Virtual Assistant. We understand that it's a tough world for everyone. Saving money is on your mind as well. So, when someone offers you their VA services for what amounts to less than even minimum wage, it can sound very enticing. However, you usually get what you pay for. As a Real Estate Virtual Assistant operating within the United States, we at Second Self keep ourselves abreast of the most current trends to keep your online presence constantly evolving. Through education and experience, we are able to present you with a marketing strategy that is unique to you. We can be a collaborator, an innovator and a huge money-saving resource all rolled into one. We are committed to making your business the best it can be because that is OUR business. And, we speak your (professional) language. We know what you need and know how to make it happen.
Yes, you're going to have to pay more than $7/hour to get good, quality work. But, remember, you can't get a gourmet meal for a happy meal price!
Originally posted on my Real Estate Support blog here: http://real-estate-support.com/2011/10/you-cant-get-a-gourmet-meal-at-a-happy-meal-price/.