Are you ready to hire a Virtual Assistant?

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One of the foremost reasons why anyone would hire a virtual assistant is because there is too much work that is taking away from things that they would be doing or to complete a service section in a company, either they are relocating or restructuring or they are starting out and can only afford part-time staff and not the office space.

The best way to evaluate if whether or not you need a virtual assistant, is to track what you are doing all day.  If you are spending time on administrative work and correspondence and not your vision – the services or products you offer, then a virtual assistant may be a perfect solution to increase your productivity.  If your business is beginning to grow and you see room for expansion, a virtual assistant is an easy method of testing your staffing requirements.

 

Matching all the requirements.

When considering hiring a virtual assistant, factor in the resources that you will need.  This depends on the place where your business is and what type of help is needed.  If you are growing considerably, it might be in your best interests to hire a full-time or part-time employee.  However, if you don’t know if you will have that much work, a virtual assistant is a better option because everything is off contract.  That means that if there is no work, you have no additional outlay.  This ensures that you will get the best, while saving time and money in the long run.

 

You’re Hired!

You want to ensure that you find the right virtual assistant and to make sure that they have the qualities you need in order to function at their best, according to how your business is run.

Just like in a job interview, you want to make sure that a virtual assistant is presentable and professional in what they do.  They are representing your business, even if the work they are doing is behind the scenes.  Examine their telephone manner and professionalism before you hire them.

If you are unsure of how to begin, there are practical things to look into.   They might be through an agency, check the reputation of the company and read reviews. A virtual assistant might have a personal or business website, read through it see if it is well organized, presentable, and informational.

You might want to meet with the virtual assistant, or at least call them for an initial interview, to make sure that they are a good fit.  By simply putting together some questions about what you need, you will be able to see if the virtual assistant will work for you.  They should be able to consult with you at a professional level.  Everything from answering the phone properly to providing you with quality answers is important.  This includes everything from confidence to articulation in the conversation.

The correct experience, is also key.  Begin by asking about with education and previous work experience, this can also include a variety of other things such as virtual assistant certifications that are available for serious businesses.  Even if they are starting out, this will help to show they are professional.

Importantly make sure it is someone who you can work with. An initial contract is a good testing point and limits your commitment.

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