Tips About Hiring A Virtual Assistant

There are many decisions to make when considering a VA or if you should even use one at all. I would like to point out a few things to try and some essential qualities you can look for while you are searching for your ideal service provider. This can also be helpful to Virtual Assistants looking to improve their worth, by examining how you position yourself in your service based business.

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#1 Set up a trial test. This will be your greatest advantage in determining how well you will be able to work together. Setting up a trial period of two weeks, a month, or by allocating a certain task, that represents the projects you will be assigning to your VA, will open a huge perspective of what your business is all about.#2 It will also showcase the quality of work your Virtual Assistant can offer.

Some questions you might ask yourself after this trial are:

  • Do the tasks you assign get completed within the time frame you specified?
  • Is their communication thorough?
  • Do they respond within a timely fashion?
  • Did they perform the tasks with quality in mind?
  • Did they actually do what they said they would or collaborate with you about any changes?
  • Have any questions been asked?

#3 Reputation. Another great way to decide if a VA is right for you is to ask for references, just like you would in a job application. If they don’t have any experience, then your best option will be to set up the trial test and gauge their commitment to you and the quality of their work. Or you can ask for character, ethical work experience or about their ability to work diligently type of references  instead of the typical references.

#4 Communication. Oh, I know you’ve heard it before, but it really is the foundation to any relationship, especially professional relationships. Not only does the client need to voice their needs, goals, and expectations but the assistant will have those too. So be sure to ask your Virtual Assistant if they have any requirements when working together like preferred communication method, project hour availability, what projects they enjoy working on and which niche areas they are proficient in.

One key quality to watch for is how timely they respond and if it is acceptable for your needs. If not, just ask for regular check-ins and see how well they commit.

So here’s what to look for:

  • Get Familiar with a Trial Test 
  • Measurable Efficiency & Quality 
  • Solid Reputation
  • Timely & Thorough Communication

You should be able to gauge how your relationship with a Virtual Assistant will work with these basic, yet essential tips and ideas.

Let me know how these tips worked for you by commenting below? Or share your methods on how to determine if a service provider like a Virtual Assistant will be a fit for you?     

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About OliviaOHara
Olivia O'Hara Solutions makes me a WAHM & entrepreneur with online marketing, website design, biz automation and more. When I am not working away on my Mac, I enjoy running, movies, making jewlery and being outdoors with my family- particualrly in the summer! Working from home positions me to create a business around my family's lifestyle and not fit them into my career.

2 Responses to Tips About Hiring A Virtual Assistant

  1. jwayne20 says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. Recently, I got a few endorsements from a forum site when I asked them where to hire a skilled VA, I’ve tried a few sites lately but this one is giving me everything that I need. I bid a job, was told to wait within the day for the short list of VAs and at the end of the day I got what I want – a talented ‘virtual assistant’. Thanks to them and hoping to hire more workers in the future.

    • Hello, jwayne20. Thanks for your comment. I had never heard of this site. It doesn’t look like your typical Guru or Elance site! There are many ways to access VA’s that are a fit for your business needs; I’m happy to see you found one that works for you.

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