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What To Look For In A Virtual Assistant

You’re busy, very busy.  You need some help, some backup, some sleep, some relaxation.  I can’t help with the sleep (well not directly) but here’s an idea.  Hire an assistant – a virtual assistant.  All the benefits of an in-office employee without paying in-office prices.  No overhead, no insurance, no office equipment, but your work is completed.

So you know the pros of a virtual assistant, now how do you find the virtual pro?  First off, you’ll need to identify your needs, wants, and requirements.  Once you establish your priorities you can begin to narrow your search.  Most importantly, you need to be able to trust your VA.  He or she is not going to be directly supervised and you need to feel comfortable with his or her abilities.   Make sure to take the time to research the background qualifications and to talk personally with your applicants.

Flexibility is key in any work environment, but especially in the virtual world.  Someone who is not easily flustered and who can change directions swiftly will be an asset to you.  You don’t know what’s going to be thrown at you at the last minute, and you may have to toss that ball directly to your VA.  You need someone who can think fast and “catch.”

Consistency, Communication, and Cooperation – the three Cs – are imperative for a virtual relationship.  This IS a relationship and it needs to be based on trust, communication,  and compromise.  This is directly tied in with the actual comfort level you have with your VA.  This has to be a good “fit.”  This cannot just be about whether or not someone can complete an administrative task for you; but, your overall satisfaction with the VA personally and professionally.  References, examples of work, and even a trial task can give you an excellent idea of the professional work style and ethic.  But you must also remember the team aspect as well.  You need someone with whom you feel comfortable and whom you trust.  Your VA can be a real boon to your business.  Trust your instincts, they’ve brought you this far.

Posted on September 29th, 2009 by Rachel Braam, Office Manager


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