Many know that there are benefits from working with a VA, however they shy away from seriously considering one. Why? Usually, because of misinformation and over-thinking the concept.
However, these pitfalls that prevent you from hiring a virtual assistant can actually be turned around in your favor. Consider the following objections and the truth about each pitfall.
I’m Not Sure About This Virtual Thing
How Can We Contact Each Other
You will find the answer to this question on the websites of professional virtual assistants. There are so many ways to contact your virtual assistant and you may have already used them with an employee.
- Cell Phone
- Chat Line
Accountability Is Important To Me
Alright, to be honest, this objection gets to me too. The answer is simple. If your virtual assistant is competent and trustworthy, this shouldn’t be a problem (if you request it and the project is done hourly). However, you already face a trust issue every time:
- You take your car in to be serviced
- You take your computer to a computer tech for troubleshooting
- You send a small appliance back to be repaired
- You leave the office with your employees unsupervised
My advice to you is to evaluate their performance in the same way that you would evaluate an employee’s performance. Take a look at their work. What have they produced for you? To be honest, this is why many VA’s choose to work on per project basis. The value to the client is simple, when the project is completed, you know that the work has been done.
I Can Do It Myself
This is an interesting objection that prevents many from hiring a virtual assistant. The truth is that many times, you can do it yourself and this is not why you hire extra help. Professional virtual assistants save you time that can be used however you wish to use it.
Sadly, we have seen some who use this very objection run themselves ragged, while performing substandard work, because they feel that they can do it themselves.
Therefore, you must consider the cost. Have your standards slipped because you are trying to do it all? Are you able to accomplish all that needs to be done while trying to do everything yourself. If this is the case, consider hiring a virtual assistant. No one can do it all.
I’m Not Sure I Want to Hand Over My Passwords
This objection is understandable. I’m not quick to hand over my passwords to anyone else – even tech support. The answer is quick and simple. Sign up with Last Pass. In fact, it will save you time and you may come to love the program for your own business needs. Best thing about it is that it will cost you nothing.
We could discuss more Objections That Prevent You From Hiring a Virtual Assistant. The best way to answer such objections, however, is a trial run with a virtual assistant. Hire them for a small task and see how you work together. Sometimes that’s all that is needed.