Avoid These Five Mistakes When You Hire a Virtual Assistant

by Melissa West on June 26, 2013

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Feeling Overwhelmed?

The choice to hire a virtual assistant for the first time is a huge one, and one that—done right—can dramatically improve your life. But working with a virtual assistant is not as simple as hiring one, pressing the button and walking away. For many people, hiring, training, delegating and managing are entirely new sets of skills to learn and master.

For those who are unfamiliar, a virtual assistant is basically someone who can help you complete tasks remotely via the internet. Finding the right virtual assistant and knowing how to efficiently work with this person often takes a significant amount of know-how, experience, and due attentiveness. Many small business owners are ignorant of this, and are thus astonished when their virtual hire doesn’t work out (at best) or causes significant damage to the business (at worst).


1. Disregarding the Value of Good Preparation

The effort you apply before hiring a virtual assistant is a massive factor to your success. You must always be clear why you want to hire a virtual assistant. What are tasks that you wish to outsource?  Prepare a task plan and a budget plan to get started smoothly.


2. Too focused on the price tag

 It is almost always tempting to hire a virtual assistant who is willing to work for you for $1/ hour. You grin and take the bargain. Yes, it’s easy to get caught up in cost savings and try to pinch every penny.  The truth is that in most cases, you get what you pay for. It should also be noted that bigger prices don’t always translate to higher quality.


3. Expecting a One Stop Shop.

You cannot be good at everything, but can be great in a few things. This is also the case with virtual assistants.

In real life, you cannot expect someone to be your graphic designer, SEO writer, and social media manager all at once. As with any professional, virtual assistants have certain areas of work they specialize in. Hire people to do what they’re good at, and you’ll both be happier.


4. Aiming for immediate gratification.

After hiring a virtual assistant, you must not expect him or her immediately to start working. You as a client must take time to orient him or her about the nature of your business and what tasks are expected of your virtual assistant.


5. Not knowing when to raise the white hanky.

Like in any relationship, there will be a time that you have to be frank if you and your VA need to part ways. Be open about your opinion on how you can work together or end the contract if it no longer works.

Working with a virtual assistant, managing them effectively and properly utilizing their talents and skills can be one of the best investments that you make. Avoid these 5 mistakes and claim the time that you’d love to have without worrying about your business. Soon you will have an army of virtual assistants working for you!

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