Virtual Assistant

A recent article, 6 Mistakes Smart People Make When Hiring a Virtual Assistant by Matthew Turner says that in today’s online driven world, building a virtual team or hiring a virtual assistant is made possible.

Here are tips to consider when hiring a virtual assistant to help run your business easier.

1. Identify the tasks to be outsourced.

  • Tasks you don’t want to do every day.
  • Tasks you can’t do yourself.
  • Tasks you shouldn’t be doing.

This defines what your virtual team should work on, and allows you to effectively manage it. For instance, a virtual receptionist can answer calls “live” in your business name.  

2. Ask for regular update.

Communication is essential for all entrepreneurs, most especially when you work with people in diverse places and different coworking spaces. You have to monitor what your team is doing, but not to the extent that you micromanage them. A daily update is beneficial to both sides.

3. Share your vision with your VA.

Allowing your virtual assistant or team to see the big picture of your business will help them see “why they do what they do”. “It also gives them ownership over their role, as they know what you are trying to achieve as a team.”

4. Let them feel valued.

Make an experience that leaves them feeling valued and part of a “real” team not a virtual one. Provide them essential tools to ensure they stay connected or book a meeting room at least once a month to conduct a virtual meeting with them.

5. Give them only the access they need.

You should not allow your virtual assistant to have full access to every part of your business. “Make sure you understand what you’ll give your virtual assistant access to and what you should give them access to.”

Conclusion

These tips will help you save time and money when hiring or building a virtual assistant/team. YourOffice offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: virtual office space, meeting room access, and coworking office space. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.

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