5 Things to Know About Virtual Assistants Before You Hire One

Are you thinking about hiring a virtual assistant?

There are some things you should know. Hiring a virtual assistant can help you start or grow you business more than you can imagine.

Virtual assistants bring a ton of experience and specialized skills to the table. Before you hire one, here are some things to ponder:

  1. A virtual assistant is a professional, and should be looked at as a peer rather than a traditional secretary. You need to build trust with your virtual assistant because they will most likely have their hands in many aspects of your business.
  2. You get what you pay for. You will find that there are dirt cheap VA’s and there are expensive ones, but you always get what you pay for. Those charging under $10 per hour should throw up a red flag.
  3. Assign tasks to your virtual assistant that are cost effective. You don’t want to end up paying for someone else’s learning curve. If your VA doesn’t have Photoshop skills, don’t assign them Photoshop tasks expecting them to learn within a reasonable time frame and cost margin.
  4. You may have to hire more than one virtual assistant. Don’t worry, most VA’s work on a part-time basis for individual clients. They don’t necessarily expect you to have full-time work for them unless they were hired under that premise. You may need to hire more than one to get the varied skill set that you neeed.
  5. Virtual assistants usually work on their time, not yours. Give them reasonable deadlines, and understand that you can’t dictate to them when they should or can work. If you need them during certain times, most VA’s will accommodate your needs, but this needs to be outlined from the beginning. You’re still going to need to be flexible here.

There’s a lot more to consider, but this should get you started in that mindset. Hiring a virtual assistant is a solid step in business. Think it through, and you’ll come out on top.

 

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