Here is the Untold Truth About the Virtual Assistant Business in Venezuela
My name is Alejandro “Alex” Lara, I have been on the Virtual Assistance business for over two years here in my hometown country, Venezuela.
Venezuela is a country in South America with a over 28,5 million people, most of them living under very bad conditions, with no access to water, electricity or an stable internet connection. This country is also under a dictatorial regime, so it’s extremely hard to obtain a passport, visa documents, or even get out of the country without having to pay a big amount of money or sacrifice your family, love ones and time.
“The Venezuelan government increased the monthly minimum wage by 289%, an official said on Saturday, moving from the equivalent of 64 U.S. cents to about $2.40 at the exchange rate estimated by the country’s central bank.”
That’s why most of the first-world companies look for young venezuelans to work for them without having to pay a first-world type salary.
First, if you’re not very into Virtual Assistency, then I’ll breafly explain you what this is all about, basically, you hire a person to work for you online. Maybe you need a graphic designer that would cost over $30,00 an hour in the US, you can find one online for $10,00 or even less.
So, with that being said, I’m not going to go deep into Virtual Assistants jobs in other countries, I want to make sure that everyone knows how it is in my country, Venezuela.
How Is Working as a Virtual Assistant in Venezuela?
First of all, the payment here is without any doubt the lowest in the world. They pay an average of $0,50 dollars per hour for a 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM job. Some of the biggest companies in Venezuela that hires Virtual Assistants to work for companies in the US, make over $600 dollars and pay the workers an average of $100 per month.
We also have rules under these companies, like not being able to use our personal phones, go to the bathroom more than 3 times a day, or eat outside of our 30 minutes lunch break.
The saddest part of all of this is that, in Venezuela, young people with english, programming, graphic design, web and social media management skills, don’t have any other options as it’s nearly impossible to work as a Virtual Assistant without financing a good internet connection that goes over $200, equipment, and a work place that satisfy the necessity of the client.
This is plain and simple slavery. And nobody knows about it because really nobody cares, and most of the people overseas don’t realice that they’re killing these young people dreams and hopes of making a future for themselves and their families.
At the moment I’m writing this, I’m working full time for an Insurance Agent and his company, for $0,75 dollars per hour, that is like 10 times what I would make working an 9–5 in Venezuela. And I have to take being yelled, bullied, and disrespected, to provide my family.
How I’m Going to Change the Situation and the Future of Virtual Assistants in my country?
First, I’m starting my own with the Lords help, my own Virtual Assistance company, and hiring good young Venezuelans that are ready to make a change on their lives, I won’t be taking their money and giving them just a little percentage, when it should be backwards. Getting a nice place to work, a great internet connection and equipments like computers, mouses and headsets it’s the main thing. It’s going to take time, but I’m definitely all into making a change in my country and in my community.