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Everytime I’m looking for a new VA, it’s a constant struggle. Why is it so hard to find a virtual assistant that doesn’t suck or overcharge? Mainly, because it’s not always them. I’m a control freak and I need help with very basic stuff to more advanced business tasks, and not everyone can do them. When I need a new VA it often means that I don’t have a lot of time to train them, so I prefer someone who can already do those tasks. Today’s blog shows you how to set up a collaboration up for success and the things you should consider before hiring a VA.
You’ve finally got to that stage in your self-employment career, where you can consider employing a virtual assistant to help you with the more trivial parts of your job so that you can concentrate on more important things. If you’ve never hired before, it can be difficult to know what to look for, what rules to lay out, and also how to create a good working relationship while keeping it professional. In this article is going to be some ideas for you to take on before hiring a virtual assistant.
First and foremost, virtual assistants are mainly freelance workers like yourself. Heading over to a website like Upwork and placing an advert describing the work that you need doing will make it easier for you. The virtual assistants crawling the site will apply for the job, and you will be able to negotiate further details with them once you have chosen the right candidate.
When interviewing people, create a task for each of them to undertake as a ‘trial’. Make sure it’s something that they would typically be doing on a regular day for you. Offering a small payment for their time is a common thing to do on websites like Upwork because everyone is looking to make money.
Once you have decided who you’d like as your virtual assistant, make a contract with them that you both have to adhere to. This way, you’re making a promise to them to pay them the agreed amount and set them a reasonable amount of time to complete the tasks that you assign them.
The same goes for your new virtual assistant. They will need to follow the contract and all requests that you give them. Luckily, as you’re now technically a boss of someone, if they aren’t adhering to what you’ve asked there are steps that you can take. Continue reading on hrdevelopmentinfo.com. If you both make sure that you stick to the contract you created, you should have a happy and friendly working relationship.
Leading on slightly from the last point, it’s likely that even if the person you’ve hired has been a virtual assistant for many years, that they won’t know everything that you ask them to do. Make sure that you’re setting doable tasks for them, and if they don’t know how to do what you’re asking, take the time to show them so that next time, they can get on and complete the task at hand. As time goes on, you will be able to give them more complex work, but make sure you’re keeping their pay even with the work they’re doing. Doing this will show that you’re a fair person to work for, and you will be more likely to keep your virtual assistant working for you.
There we have it, 3 things to consider before hiring a virtual assistant. Congratulations on getting to this stage in your self-employment career!