Choosing the Right Virtual Assistant (VA) and how do you do it?

Most business owners would love to expand.  However, to expand a business requires lots of hard work and time. Most entrepreneurs intend to get all the work done, but very few of us actually do get it all done. This is not due to being too lazy or too negligent. It is simply due to having too much to do, not enough time to do it all, and a lack of money to hire full-time employees to do the various tasks. We must always put our clients first, despite whatever else may need to be done. Thus, by the time we satisfy our clients’ needs, there is very little time left to do the other tasks, such as networking and marketing. Without proper resources available, these tasks become nearly impossible to do on a regular basis. Therefore, if you have considered expanding your business but do not want to expand your payroll; you may want to consider obtaining a virtual assistant.

Choosing a VA

The trick is to choose the right virtual assistant (VA) without wasting your time and money. You may have a problem with choosing the right VA. The most tempting solution is to hire the one who offers his or her services at the least expensive cost.  However, this would be the wrong way to go about selecting a VA.  You should ponder numerous other factors besides the obvious costs. For example, you should identify your core competence first, so you can make accurate decisions what work to delegate to others. Once you have decided what you want to outsource, then you can look for someone who is highly qualified to do those specific tasks.

However, you must also consider other vital key factors. For instance, you need to think about the level of trust, confidentiality and professionalism the work entails. The VA you choose should have excellent verbal and nonverbal communication skills, along with good listening skills. He or she should show initiative, have good problem-solving skills, and be able to handle stress well. It is also essential for your VA to have a great rapport with you and your clients. Your VA should also have good time management skills.  A good virtual assistant must be able to work well independently as well as be a good team player. Furthermore, a highly qualified VA will normally answer your phone call in person, without first transferring you to a mobile phone or voice mail.

You will find many options are available. Therefore, take time to investigate the choices thoroughly. Obtain references from people you know who use VA’s.  Also, talk to several virtual assistants before making a final decision. You will know when you have made the right choice because you will get a good feeling and feel confident.  Now that you know how to choose the right virtual assistant (VA), you are ready to start expanding your business, not your payroll.

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