Too many hours at the office? Ready to let go and hire someone to lighten your load? Many successful business owners use the services of a virtual assistant to bring them relief from spending too much time on repetitive, mundane tasks.
Read the following tips for finding the best virtual assistant for your business. With this information in mind, you will have realistic expectations when finding one.
You Get What You Pay For
Please, please, please keep this in mind when choosing who you will hire. I have heard of horror stories where a client used someone because they were less expensive than another VA. What they didn’t keep in mind was how much more an experienced virtual assistant could get done in an hour than a less experienced one. You get what you pay for.
Be Prepared to Let Go
I happen to work with a real estate agent who is a perfect match for me. She doesn’t micromanage and just assigns tasks. If I have any questions, I can email or call her, but for the most part, she lays the task out so complete that I rarely have more than one question like if there is any deadline. If I need more information, she is patient with getting that information to me as well.
Once, I asked her about her easy-going attitude, though she is a very successful real estate broker. She simply said, “I don’t micromanage.” I have to tell you that it works in her favor.
Give yourself a break. You have chosen to hire someone to ease your load – let them do what you hired them to do. There’s nothing wrong with asking them where they are on a project, but don’t try to control every detail of the project.
How Many Hours of Relief Do You Need
My guess is that you don’t need a virtual assistant full-time or you would hire a on-site assistant (though some business owners do use their virtual assistant full-time). Take a good look at your schedule and what needs done. This will be a good gauge of how many hours you will need when choosing the best virtual assistant for your business.
Projects You Need Help With
Before your initial telephone consultation, make a list of what projects you need help with. With this in hand, you can discuss your virtual assistant’s skill set. I was once asked to fill in a spreadsheet listing the skills I bring to the project. I can’t tell you how much this helped the client to know where and when I could fill in and help with various tasks. It helped me as well to have a copy of my skills handy.
Are You a Good Match
This is as important, if not more, as how much you will pay. It doesn’t matter how much you like the person if they’re not a good match. If you’re given to detail, don’t settle for a virtual assistant who is a bit scattered. Are deadlines important? How quickly the VA gets back to you might be an indication of how quickly they will return calls when they have a task to complete.
Listen carefully during their consultation. If something doesn’t sit well with you, clarify. It’s the only way you can determine if they’re a good match.
These guidelines provide a good springboard when looking for the best virtual assistant for your business. One last tip – Don’t look for the “perfect” virtual assistant and you won’t go wrong. Look for a competent, well-versed, virtual assistant who will make your businesses needs one of their top priorities.