Mistakes People Make When They Hire a Virtual Assistant
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A virtual assistant can be one of the best investments that you make in your business. Not only can it free up some time, it can make you more money and you can grow your business a lot faster.
The benefits can be ahhhh-mazing when things go according to plan but that isn’t always the case. If you are thinking about hiring a virtual assistant you need to pay close attention to make sure you don’t make one of these mistakes.
We’ve all heard VA gone wrong stories and the truth is a lot of them can easily be avoided. There are a lot of well meaning people hiring virtual assistants but they are making some critical mistakes that are going to cost them time, money and leave them feeling frustrated.
Yep! You heard me, when you hire without planning you most likely will end up assigning tasks that you think they should do, not the ones that they NEED to do. There is a huge difference and so many people fall into the trap of outsourcing their business without doing a really good assessment of what they are currently doing and how a virtual assistant can help with those tasks. The key is to know what to delegate, how it is done right now in terms of your workflow and then be able to explain it very clearly to your virtual assistant. Failing to do this will spell disaster right from the start!
Looking for someone the wrong way
A blind post in a Facebook group will not attract quality VA’s to step forward and want to work with you. You know what I’m talking about. You probably see them all the time. the post that looks like this: “I need a VA to help me with social media” and then the onslaught of VA’s responding offering their services. Here’s the truth. Social Media is a huge umbrella, if you want a good quality VA to step forward you are going to need to get a whole lot clearer about what you are looking for, what platforms, what do you want them to do. If you keep it vague know that responding to your post simply isn’t worth their time. Great quality virtual assistants generally are busy with existing clients and not knowing what you want or citing a laundry list of tasks (basically expecting someone to be a unicorn) are all red flags for quality virtual assistants. They don’t want to waste their time or chance having a relationship go bad because you had no idea what you were looking for in the first place.
Waiting to hire until you are on a deadline and completely overwhelmed
I am speaking from experience on this one – the WORST time to hire a virtual assistant is when you don’t have time to provide feedback and training. This is completely unfair to your virtual assistant and I can guarantee that you will end up feeling frustrated. The best time to hire a virtual assistant is when you have identified and prioritized the tasks you would like to delegate. Start out slow and build up as the relationship develops. Know that you will need to provide more regular feedback and training at the start but that this will lessen as you and your virtual assistant get used to working with each other.
Hiring a virtual assistant takes planning, preparation and skill. When done correctly it will be the best thing that you do for your business and your life!
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