There are some important factors to take into consideration when hiring a virtual assistant. Picking someone to outsource the tasks you don’t have time for isn’t as easy as it might seem. You can search the Internet for a VA and find a multitude of sites just about anywhere but the hardest part is picking the best one that will fit your needs and get the job done right. Sifting through the extensive options can be overwhelming and daunting to say the least. As a business owner your time is valuable and in short supply. Choosing someone unqualified could truly be detrimental but with these guidelines you can make this process as painless and efficient as possible.
A Virtual Assistant operates via the web so the first thing to evaluate is the site on which they are advertising their services. Is it professional, streamlined and designed in a clear concise manner? If the site is obviously sloppy and carelessly thrown together (i.e. misspellings, improper grammar or less then ideal attention to detail steer clear). These are all tell tale signs that the work they give back will probably be just as careless as the lack of detail put into their representation.
The website should be informative, credible, user friendly and coherent. This exhibits competence and attention to detail; exactly what you want in an assistant. You will also want to consider whether this person(s) personality and priorities are compatible with your own.
Once you’ve evaluated their site, getting to know your potential assistant is the next step to making sure you are making the best decision for your business. Have a conversation with your potential VA, ask for a complimentary consulation (most will offer this). Once you have made the contact notice if the VA replies in a timely fashion and if they are prepared and professional. Other cues to consider is if this VA gives you a clear overview of how they will work with your business, if you feel a connection and chemistry with this particular person and whether or not they have a vast amount of administrative experience and the skills to work on various sorts of projects.
With a little research and these tips you can make the hiring process a whole lot smoother!