3 Tips for someone considering using a VA for the first time
This time last week I was lucky enough to be enjoying the sunshine in Costa de la Calma, Majorca. It was the first time I have been away since I went freelance and I am happy to say all went swimmingly, which has reassured me that not only can my clients be spread around the country but I really can work 'virtually' anywhere in the world too!
But for now I am back in my office in the Cotswolds, fully refreshed and raring to go again. I thought it might be helpful to give a few tips & facts to someone who might be considering using a Virtual PA for the first time so here are my first 3 Tips to be going on with.
TIP NO 1
All Virtual Assistants have different skill sets and it is important to find one that will work well with you and who understands your business. Personality is just as important when hiring a Virtual PA as it is when you are hiring someone to work alongside you in the office. Perhaps ask yourself the question, "Will they fit in?" and "Do they have the expertise that I'm looking for?".
TIP NO 2
Communication is key and to get the best from your Virtual PA it is vital that you explain exactly what you require from them at the outset, not only from a deadline perspective, but clear instructions on how you want something set out etc. is paramount to ensuring a successful outcome. Bear in mind also that a VA works with a number of other businesses and they are self-employed, not your employee. They will have other obligations to work around and to ensure that they can work with you on your schedules it may be best to pay for a retainer so that they can block out a certain amount of hours on a certain day specifically for you.
TIP NO 3
Being a Virtual PA is a great choice of career but it is obviously better suited to someone who has a significant amount of experience in the industry. You will likely come across Virtual Assistants advertising low hourly rates in order to get work, but you generally get what you pay for as the saying goes. A highly skilled VA may initially seem expensive but will undoubtedly be worth their weight in gold in the long run. It would also be prudent to make sure that they have Professional Indemnity cover as even VA's are only human and on the rare occasion that a mistake can happen, at least you will have assurance that your business should not suffer.
Contact me if you would like a discussion on how I might be able to take some of the weight off of your shoulders.