Posted on February 5, 2017 by Kristine Clemen
It’s true of most things in life, what you get out is what you put in.
In terms of hiring a virtual assistant, asking the right questions is critical to getting the most from their services.
Here are seven tips you can use to hire the best virtual assistant and get the most out of your investment.
Tip #1. Get Clear on What YOU Want
Without clarity, your project will likely be lost on your audience—your virtual assistant. If you don’t want your project to be a disaster, be sure to get clear on your goal long before you reach out to hire a virtual assistant to ensure your ideas are crystalized.
Tip #2. Only Hire an Assistant Who Specializes in Your Work
One of the worst things you could is hire an assistant who doesn’t know anything about your job. Be sure to figure out which niche the project will fall under (i.e. Administrative tasks, PR, etc.) and then let your assistant know. If they don’t specialize in that niche, move on.
Tip #3. Ask questions in Advance if Communicating with a VA from around The World
One of the only ways to get clear on the task and project at hand is to communicate when you hire an online personal assistant. Their distance and time difference could present a problem if they have unanswered questions. Try your best to get that out of the way in advance.
Tip #4. Define project goals on paper and verbally.
Another good tip is to simply write out your goals in an email or on paper and fax it to your personal assistant. This allows them to have in writing what they need to complete the tasks you want done.
Tip #5. Have weekly meetings to check in.
If you hire a virtual assistant for ongoing work, a good idea would be to have weekly meetings to make sure the project is on track. Also, it’s a great opportunity for you to ask any questions about pricing etc.
Tip #6. Create and sign a contract.
Even if you hire the best virtual assistant, having a contract in paper is a great idea to guarantee both parties are protected.
Tip #7. Be patient
For any new online personal assistant, the task of getting to know your needs and wants involves a learning curve. Give them time to adjust before you make the decision to let them go.
Have questions about hiring the best virtual assistant? Contact our team, we’ll be glad to answer any questions you may have about hiring a virtual assistant.