A SmartPA Alternative That You Can Really Count On

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UK-only Yes No - UK, Bulgaria, South Africa, Malaysia and more.
Franchise No - our trusted, in-house team keeps 100% of their income. No setup fees, no hidden costs. Yes - a ‘SmartPA Partner’ pays £15k + VAT plus £1000s in recurring fees to access your to-do list.
Stringent Hiring Criteria Yes -
  • 8+ years experience
  • Identity checked
  • Reference checked
  • Interviewed
  • Rigorously assessed
  • … and so much more!
None -
  • No specific experience needed
  • No qualifications required
  • Must be “hard working” and “eager to learn”
Roll unused hours Yes No
Short notice period Yes - 7 days, with no lock-in. No - 30 days, with a 90 day lock-in.
Account Manager Yes - we offer a fully-managed service. Here, your VA works on your task list only. No - deal directly with the SmartPA Partner you’re allocated to only.
Access other skills Tell us what you need and we’ll add a second trusted, vetted Virtalent VA to your account. Your Partner will receive bonus payments by allocating this work to another unvetted Partner of their choice.
SmartPA state Partners can “earn over £20,000/ month” in commission fees doing this.
Team ethos Collaboration - All client needs are expertly managed by an in-house team. VAs view each other as colleagues, not competitors. Competition - franchisees naturally compete with other SmartPA franchisees online.

See FAQs (below) to verify our claims.

logo SmartPA
UK-only  
Yes No - UK, Bulgaria, South Africa, Malaysia and more.
Franchise  
No - our trusted, in-house team keeps 100% of their income. No setup fees, no hidden costs. Yes - a ‘SmartPA Partner’ pays £15k + VAT plus £1000s in recurring fees to access your to-do list.
Stringent Hiring Criteria  
Yes -
  • 8+ years experience
  • Identity checked
  • Reference checked
  • Interviewed
  • Rigorously assessed
  • … and so much more!
None -
  • No specific experience needed
  • No qualifications required
  • Must be “hard working” and “eager to learn”
Roll unused hours  
Yes No
Short notice period  
Yes - 7 days, with no lock-in. No - 30 days, with a 90 day lock-in.
Account Manager  
Yes - we offer a fully-managed service. Here, your VA works on your task list only. No - deal directly with the SmartPA Partner you’re allocated to only.
Access other skills  
Tell us what you need and we’ll add a second trusted, vetted Virtalent VA to your account. Your Partner will receive bonus payments by allocating this work to another unvetted Partner of their choice.
SmartPA state Partners can “earn over £20,000/ month” in commission fees doing this.
Team ethos  
Collaboration - All client needs are expertly managed by an in-house team. VAs view each other as colleagues, not competitors. Competition - franchisees naturally compete with other SmartPA franchisees online.

See FAQs (below) to verify our claims.

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Virtual PA Services at Virtalent

We Put People First

It’s clear why so many Virtual Assistants want to join our team. It’s the same reason why top British businesses are switching from SmartPA to Virtalent; we put people before profits.

Here, you get flexible monthly plans with no tie-in, all with 100% transparent pricing you can trust. We’ll match you with a premium quality UK-based VA with heaps of experience, and it’s all overseen by your dedicated Client Success Manager at Virtalent HQ.

What’s Included?

Complete Peace of Mind

Would you drive a car that hasn’t passed its MOT? Sure, everything’s “probably fine”, but most of us wouldn’t chance it.

At Virtalent, you’ll always work with a VA that has been meticulously vetted and assessed by us. They’re background-checked by Onfido and reference checked by our expert team.

We set the bar high, because we know it matters.

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We’re Free From Distractions

Growing a business is a real challenge. We get it. It’s tricky to balance working on the business with working in it. But, hey, that’s why you’re looking for a VA... right?

At SmartPA, your newbie VA has invested tens of thousands of pounds in their own “business-in-a-box”. They’re desperate to turn a profit - they need to generate cash and fast! Given the lack of any hiring criteria (other than being “eager to learn”), does this sound like a recipe for success?

At Virtalent, your fully-vetted, career VA is focused only on making your business a success. They’ll spend their time and energy doing the work you need done, with the ongoing support of your Client Success Manager. Simple.

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Your FAQs

Explore how Virtalent makes a top SmartPA alternative.

OK. Where do I check the facts?

Virtalent is not affiliated with SmartPA - we’re a very different alternative.

  • SmartPA is a franchise, with franchisees based in multiple countries across the world.
  • Their franchisees pay SmartPA both setup and ongoing fees.
  • No hiring criteria is published online or mentioned in any literature available.
  • Terms of engagement are different from Virtalent - hours do not roll over and contract terms are more extensive, for example.

Any information included in this webpage can be found at the SmartPA website (smart-pa.com) or their UK franchisee website (smartpapartnership.com/uk). It can also be verified with SmartPA directly.

If you believe this article contains incorrect information, please do contact us so we can review your comments and make any adjustments needed.

Where can I find your customer reviews?

As well as winning several industry awards and being regularly featured in the national press - whether that’s Cosmo Magazine, BBC News or The Telegraph - the reputation we’ve earned from our customers speak for itself.

You’ll find 100% verified 5-star customer feedback on our official Reviews page here.

Head over to Google and you’ll also find alternative results from the likes of Trustpilot and VA industry website, Virtual Assistant Assistant.

If you want to get to know the stories behind these reviews, head over to our customer Success Stories.

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What makes Virtalent stand out?

At Virtalent, we put people first. That means your needs and those of our talented team of Virtual Assistants are always at the forefront of our minds.

And our people-powered approach means we do things differently from our competitors.

We don’t work as a franchise, for starters.

Like many industries, there is far more supply than there is demand - that’s to say there are far more VAs looking to work in the industry worldwide than we could ever hire. It would be easy to focus our attention here.

Yet, instead of earning our keep from setup fees and ongoing commissions from onboarding new franchisees, we focus on tackling the demand side.

We’re focused on helping business owners and busy professionals to not only save time, but to feel re-energised, better able to focus and focus on reaching their goals as a result.

That means we only get paid if we solve real problems and continue to solve them effectively for you.

That mission - to be the very best Virtual Assistant service in the UK - is shown throughout our unique matching process, the 5* support from your Virtalent Client Success Manager, the proper holiday cover, the rolled hours, the premium quality, 100% vetted team members, the great value rates… and much, much more.

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How do I get started?

If you agree we’d make a great SmartPA alternative, you can book a 20-minute phone call directly into our diary.

This conversation helps us explore what you do, what you need help with and how we might be able to help you. We’ll also take a note of any important details we would need, if you did want us to match you with a Virtual PA at Virtalent.

If so, you’ll get a proposal from us within 24 hours and can speak directly to the Virtalent PA we’ve recommended you work with before making your decision. Simple!

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