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Fancy Hands vs Belay

Fancy Hands compared to Belay

Fancy Hands compared to Belay

Virtual Assistants (VAs) are becoming a mainstay in the business world. From helping entrepreneurs focus on their specialty to helping large businesses tackle projects quickly and efficiently, VAs have been helping behind the scenes since about 2000. In fact, there are as many as 25,000 VAs around the world.

What exactly can VAs do for you? In short, anything you ask them to - from administrative tasks and data entry to phone support and creative projects. And the greatest benefit of a VA is they can help you from anywhere and, possibly, at any time.

Fancy Hands

Fancy Hands has been around since 2010, and has cornered the market on on-demand tasks. Clients can simply submit their task or project request and someone from the Fancy Hands team will have it completed in about a day. Fancy Hands assistants have been known to tackle annoying phone calls (like negotiating rates with the cable company), data entry, and even light design projects. Assistants choose the projects they work on, so you’re bound to end up with someone whose skill set ideally aligns with your needs. And if a dedicated assistant would better suit your needs, Fancy Hands can help you with that, as well. All Fancy Hands assistants are US-based.


Belay (Belay Solutions) was founded in 2010, under the name eaHelp. They originally marketed administrative assistant solutions to pastors and churches, but have since rebranded and expanded to businesses of all sizes, all over the country. Their model is best suited for someone who’d like to engage in a long-term relationship with one, dedicated VA, and feels more like hiring an employee than delegating certain tasks. As such, they’re only available during traditional office hours (although this is aligned with Fancy Hands’ Dedicated Assistant service as well). Belay assistants can help with generic tasks, such as data entry, writing/editing, schedule management, and research. They also have assistants who specialize in bookkeeping, website maintenance, and social media strategy.

Fancy Hands and Belay compared

  Fancy Hands Belay
US-Based Assistants Yes Yes
Availability 24/7 24/5(Sunday - Friday)
Task roll-over Yes No
Purchases Secure Purchase System
Assistant never sees your CC info
Integrations Slack, Trello, as well as Google Calendar N/A
Pricing From $18 per month $38 per hour

Which is better?

Both Fancy Hands and Belay boast a team of US-based VAs. Both can handle a variety of tasks to help you gain precious time. Though in terms of flexibility and cost, Fancy Hands is the clear standout. With Belay, you’re simply delegating the task of finding an assistant to an outside company. You don’t have control over your assistant’s schedule. With Fancy Hands, you have access to the entire team of VAs 24/7, and when you submit different types of tasks, you can be sure that someone who’s experienced and enthusiastic will be there to help. And if you’re looking for a dedicated virtual assistant, Fancy Hands can help with that, too.

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