I'm sure you are in business to succeed. So why not hire a virtual assistant that will help you do just that?
Most virtual assistants are knowledgeable and experienced in the field of administration, but not all VA's can handle every task. Before you hire or contract with one, there are some key issues that needs to be addressed.
1. Make a list of the tasks you would like to get done. Determine if you want your work done on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Set clear goals for your business. Know what your objectives are and analyze your administrative needs. Being clear and accurate in communicating with your VA can eliminate conflicts and avoid the need to pay extra charges for services performed outside the signed contract.
2 After you have made a decision and have outlined your needs, contact the VA to set up an appointment for an initial consultation. Appointment can be set up through teleconference or video conference, or it can be walk-in depending on the distance.
3. During the consultation or interview, ask for references and State issued Identification. Establish a payment method and your preference for services - whether it will be per assignment, hourly, weekly or a monthly retainer fee.
4. Clearly define what your expectations are and be realistic. Don't expect a manuscript of one hundred pages to be typed within 24hours for $20.
5. Never assume a VA can handle everything. Be honest and transparent. Before giving him or her a project, explain what your expectations are. Let them know if you have a time cap, prefer a particular way of doing some tasks and so on. Taking these steps will help your VA understand your likes and dislikes and promote trust and a healthy business relationship.
6. Most VA's come from the corporate world where innovation is encouraged. So always be open to new ideas and change. Your VA may have a different and better way of doing things. Never be ashamed to ask if there's a better way.
7. If an agreement is reached, a contract should be signed. Upon request, the VA could furnish you with a Resume to compare her qualifications against your needs. Never assume a VA can handle everything. Be honest and transparent. You can also request for references.
8. ALWAYS sign a non-disclosure agreement, especially if they're someone you've never met and don't know.
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