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Shubhomita Bose is a Staff Writer for Small Business Trends. She covers key studies and surveys about the small business market, along with general small business news. She draws on 8 years of experience in copywriting, marketing and communications, having worked extensively on creating content for small and medium sized enterprises.
While all valid tips, it is crucial to understand that a virtual assistant is your partner in your business, as well as a fellow business owner .. so treat us with a bit of respect, not as your personal delegation dump. We are vested in helping our clients excel in their business so make sure that your values and business philosophies match. Together .. we can make better business together.
Wise words, Denise. Thanks for your comment.
Yes, you are so right. One of the biggest mistakes a business can make is trying to manage a virtual assistant like one of their employees. They are your partner with your best interest at heart. The relationship is more like collaborating together.
These are great tips, thanks for sharing! One thing I wanted to add is that a VA can do much more than admin work and mundane tasks! In my experience I have noticed that when people hear of Virtual Assistants, they tend to think of delegating basic admin tasks. However, nowdays there are so many highly skilled and versatile professionals who choose to work virtually, and to offer much more than basic admin. In fact, at Worldwide101 our team of premium virtual assistants partner with successful business owners to provide business grade level assistance in the areas of project management, and marketing. Of course, I totally agree with your point that whether you decide to outsource admin work or business grade tasks to your VA, it’s all about finding the right VA with the right skill set to create a successful business relationship!
Absolutely, Sarah! My company, Don’t Panic Management, offers more than just basic admin work as well, and I agree, there are many different associations with virtual assistants… some great and some not so good! It’s our job to help educate the world about what we really do, who we are, and how we can help. Thanks for reading!
Quite impressed with how comprehensive this article is. Thank you so much Shubhomita. Truly, VA’s are good companions for your startup business. And even if it isn’t and its a established, you can still gain a lot of benefit out from these dudes for a fraction of the costs compared to an onshore employee.
One thing I learned throughout this whole process of outsourcing is you got to learn together with your virtual team member as you progress. And as time hones every skill of your VA’s you and them also build trusts with each other and that’s one of the most important thing you have to build with your VA.
Thanks for your comment, Tom. I think trust is a very important factor when it comes to managing your relationship with your VA, mainly because you don’t get to “see” each other on a daily basis. To be able to rely on your VA, who is sitting in some other corner of the country/world, makes a big difference.
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Impressive tips! As a VA, you should know your
capabilities before applying for a job. Employers
nowadays tend to hire more qualified individuals
rather than hire beginners because it can save them a
lot of money and time. I am sure to take note of these tips!
Making sure they have all of this qualities or maybe just some of this well make you comfortable to hire a virtual assistant. Anyway thanks for sharing this article. It helps a lot of business owners that needs a virtual assistant.
A well-written article, thank you for sharing.
It is important that you have everything written down before you hire a VA. This way, you can properly communicate how you want the job to be done. It is better than mulling over a task with the VA right after hiring them.
Shubhomita, Wonderful post!
These days virtual assistants are becoming more popular with business owners in an attempt to minimize meager tasks that they would be forced to do otherwise.
Glad that I saw your post.
I loved, how you laid out the steps to finding an ideal VA. Definitely something I’m going to implement as I continue to grow my small business.
Great article, Shubhomita. Also under communication and channels, I would suggest to create a proper, organized schedule that your VA can clearly follow instead of waiting random times of the day for an update. This will organize your VA’s workflow and will ensure work as they’ll be expected to present an update at the deadline.
Do most people just give a VA permissions to the listings/ edit etc. OR do you give them access to the whole main login?
This article was quite informative and helpful. As I am a seller and buyer on Fiverr I can say that Fiverr is a go-to platform if you want to hire quality freelancers at a cheap price. If you’re interested in hiring a virtual assistant you can check out my profile in Fiverr my user id is amityad0012.
Well worth a read. Got great insights and information from your blog. Thanks.
Thank you! these tips are quite impressive. As an employer, if I hire a Virtual assistant I will surely check many other qualities of a virtual assistant like typing speed, punctuality, dedication to work, and so on. A few months back I hired a virtual assistant for my office from an agency named “SageDoer”. I am reasonably happy with my current VA.
Great article, almost covers all the concerns and the right steps to hire the right VA!
Very thorough and helpful write-up!