Jul 28, 2010 1
What’s in the little Red Box? All the organizational support you need, according to Emma Crabtree. She’s the owner of Red Box Virtual Office in, of all places, Portugal.
Crabtree wants you and your associates to think of them as your personal assistant, administrator and office manager all rolled into one. They can handle everything from general correspondence and e-mail management to transcriptions and faxes to event organizing and travel planning to web sites and blogs. They’ve even done voice over work!
“My experience has been garnered mainly in not-for-profit organizations and small, private enterprises. Roles have included office management, PA to directors and partners, team coordinator and administrator, and have involved working with between two and 250 people,” Crabtree says. “Red Box provides virtual assistant services and solutions for individuals and businesses that may not want the associated costs of hiring an employee.”
I thought the day in the life of a virtual assistant blog posting was cute. It gives you an idea of what Crabtree deals with on her clients’ behalf every day. I also poked around the “Kind Words” section of the Web site and found more than just testimonials for this virtual assistant company—I found their real life photos. The FAQ section was a nice touch.
Red Box is doing more than just offering virtual assistant services—they are offering compelling reasons why you should use a virtual assistant with an educational spin to the site that even much larger companies haven’t take the time to spell out.
What’s it going to cost you? Red Box charges €20/hour. That’s nearly $25 an hour in U.S. dollar at today’s conversion rate. Not too bad compared to other services that charge as much as $35 an hour or more. Crabtree says you can get even better prices with a retainer deal.
“As a client, you can expect my focus and dedication to your on-going needs, attention to detail in all work that is carried out for you, a willingness to learn and appreciate your way of working and an ability to be proactive and take the initiative where appropriate,” Crabtree says.