Are you overwhelmed? Stressed? Burned out? Hating your work because it is taking over your life and not the other way around?
These are signs that you need help like seriously!
Virtual Assistants is the best solution to get help on your biz, especially when you are running a business from home, or you are just starting out that you have a limited budget, perfect for small-medium sized business owners and soloprenuers. They can do wonders for your biz, believe me!
Finding and hiring a VA is not as hard and complicated as it seems, you just have to identify what you need and be prepared.
How to hire a VA?
- Jot down the the Job Description.
- Think about where you need help most with and what you will delegate your VA once you hire the person, ask yourself?
- What are the tasks you want her to do
- What would be her or his role in your business? E.g. Executive assistant? Project manager? Customer service?
- What are the skill sets you want your VA to have.
- Qualifications you are looking for and the values you will expect the person to have.
- Do you want to work with a team of VA’s or an individual?
- How many hours do you want her to work for you
- Where is the person located, good thing VA’s can be from anywhere!
- Schedule and working hours, are you okay with a flexible schedule or do you want someone dedicated and available during your working hours? Make sure that you come up with a schedule that you can both meet online to discuss projects and tasks. Be mindful of their schedules, remember they have other clients too!
- BUDGET! This one is important, know how much you want to spend to get the help you need.
- A solid SYSTEM, make sure that you have already prepared and have documented your processes for your VA to follow, this will save you time in training.
Go out there and find your VA.
There are lots of places to find and hire a VA. If you have a tight budget I suggest you try bidding sites like Odesk and Elance, just be careful when hiring on these sites be sure that you have weed out the rotten ones.
You can also try VA agencies or VA matchmaking companies, they will do the hard work for you, and they find and screen the VA’s and then present you up to three candidates for a final interview with you.
Post it on your social media, VA’s are all over them they will come and find you! Try asking on groups, google and take a look at their pages and visit their websites.
Interview your candidates.
Once you have picked out who you think will be a great fit for you and your biz, schedule a discovery session talk with them and get to know them make sure you ask everything that you think will be essential to you and your biz, trust me they will be happy to answer!
Hiring and working together
Finally you now have a Virtual Assistant! Woohoo! Just a few more steps, First make sure that you and your VA have signed a contract or an agreement. Have a kick off meeting to put your ducks in a row get organized. Set up your working environment and the tools you will use to work effectively together. Eg. Project management, file sharing, and note taking, communication and payment method
I would also suggest that you start with small projects and then grow from there. Add more workload based on the performance. Allow your VA to grow, virtual assistants love learning new skills, and they need it to grow their business.
Now I think that sums it up, I hope this blog will help you find the perfect Virtual Assistant for you!