STOP! Don't hire a Virtual Assistant without reading this first.

Have you decided to get a virtual assistant today?🤔 If you feel like there aren't enough hours in the day to finish all your tasks, then by all means get your VA. It's easy and convenient! All it takes is one click and you'll have someone working for you. 👌


The ability to engage a qualified virtual assistant from anywhere in the globe to serve your requirements is now more accessible. Thanks to the growth of businesses and talent (yay!).


But if you're a newbie in the whole VA industry, you may also be unsure of whether the tasks you assign VAs will be enough for them to meet your goals. Or you might even meet someone with unsatisfactory work. If you keep looking for alternatives in the hopes of finding one that meets your demands, you may end up paying more money than you would have otherwise.


A big red flag is hiring a virtual assistant team without any service agreement. It would be easy for them to depart and leave you hanging. Of course, you don’t want to experience this. You have to make smart plans and decide whether working with a virtual assistant is the appropriate choice for you if you want to prevent this kind of situation.


With that in mind, here are some helpful ideas to help you to save time in hiring a VA that suits your needs. 😊


1. Hire people with the skills you require

Many people want a VA who can handle all of their needs, including content creation, administrative support, and customer service. But you won't easily find an assistant with experience in multiple areas. And even if you do, they might not be very good at it.


Your best bet is to be very specific about what you need.


For example, if you need admin support, hire someone who has experience in that field; if you need social media work done, pick a virtual assistant for social media who has the skills to boost your engagement.


Not defining work objectives clearly can be a big problem.


Be sure to include background info or specific tasks you want a VA to complete before considering them for the job. You might be surprised to learn that your VA has solutions for doing the task more efficiently than you expected.

2. Build a reliable system

After deciding which tasks you need help with, establish a reliable procedure for how you want them completed. Keep a record of your appointment-making and paperwork procedures. Determine the information they need to know and the appropriate programs to use. Make an onboarding guide to distribute to newly hired VAs. Doing this will make them understand how you expect them to complete the assigned work.


Imagine a scenario where you and your VA only communicate via email or skype chat then believe it, things will end up messy. There should be a structure in place for managing tasks as well as files that you exchange with your VA.



3. Plan your budget wisely

Keep in mind that you should also think about how much you can afford to spend on a VA. For each work, what degree of skill can you afford to hire? Do you want a local VA or would you consider hiring someone from another country?


One big mistake in hiring a VA is failing to set a budget on a weekly or monthly work basis. Many business owners continue to delegate work without creating a budget. You must let your VA know what your budget is upfront if you don't want to be taken aback when they bring you an invoice.


Tell your virtual assistant how much time you want them to spend working on your business each month, week, or even day.



TAKEAWAY:

These tips can help you choose a virtual assistant for your business. Plan ahead to ensure that you are prepared to take on a new employee so you can make the most of them. 👍


Don't miss out to hire the candidate who best fits the position and demonstrates dedication to your company, even if it's only for a few hours each week.


Their dedication and values in work are essential in keeping your business on track. If you think you're ready, talk to 8point8! We are happy to give you the assistance you need! Our team has a set of skills that are tailored to your company's needs. Place a call to us right away!

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