Mistakes to Avoid when Hiring a Virtual Assistant

If you’re a solopreneur and you’re feeling completely overwhelmed by the million and one things that you have to do every day as part of running your business, it might be time to think about hiring a Virtual Assistant. A VA can handle a lot of the mundane day to day tasks that you’re doing now and that consume a lot of time that you could be devoting to core business activities – like finding new customers.

A VA can do everything that a permanent staff member can do except you don’t have to worry about taxes, benefits, vacation pay, or providing them with office space and equipment.

If you decide to hire a VA, there are a few things that you can do to help ensure a successful and productive collaboration.

Plan in advance – make a list of all of your daily and weekly tasks. Now decide what jobs you can delegate to a VA and write detailed instructions for how you want them done. Write a detailed job description that clearly describes expectations, responsibilities, and requirements. This can be a tedious process but it’s an essential first step.

Don’t be a miser – you get what you pay for. If you think that you can hire a competent VA for pennies an hour you’ll likely be disappointed.

Be realistic – don’t expect a single VA to be a master of every task you throw at them. They may be great at one or two things, but weaker in other areas. That’s one of the advantages of hiring a team of VA’s – you can cover all of your bases.

Don’t micromanage – the main reason you’re hiring a VA is to free up some of your time. You defeat the purpose if you’re constantly looking over their shoulder and you don’t let them do their job.

Be patient – it takes time for anyone to get up to speed in a new job and a VA is no exception. They’ll need to learn their new responsibilities, what you like, and how you want things done.

If you’ve made the decision to hire a VA, why not put a whole team to work for you? Contact the VA Team in Calgary today for local, team based virtual assistance.

By David A. West 

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