Hiring the right virtual assistant can seem like an impossible task, but it’s not!
What’s important is for you to know what you are looking for in a virtual assistant.
You can use the following questions as a guide on how to hire a virtual assistant :
- What are your business’ needs?
- What are some of the character traits and the skills you are looking for?
- How much experience do you need, and what are you willing to pay?
These are all important bits of knowledge you should remember, before hiring your virtual assistant.
It’s also incredibly important to know how you will recruit this new member of your team.
Recruitment and hiring can be challenging, because there is always a risk that you may end up with someone less than satisfactory.
Online recruiting adds a new element of difficulty to the typical recruitment process because you don’t have that face to face contact that can be the deciding factor on whether you hire someone or not.
Some entrepreneurs choose to hire their freelancer independently by placing an ad on their site or just by surfing the internet for a virtual assistant’s profile that seems to match their needs.
This can be a time-consuming and tiring process however. You never know if you will end up with the right individual with the right skills and you may end up investing a lot of time and effort, with very little reward.
Your best bet to find a great virtual assistant is to go through one of the many reputable freelance outsourcing companies currently available.
There are several websites and actual brick and mortar companies that act as temp agencies for virtual assistants and other online freelancers especially in the Philippines.
Choosing among these does not have to be difficult.
You can check out blogs, community forums and consumer review sites to determine which agency can help you find the best virtual assistant for your needs.
There are so many online options to help you with your search for the best freelancer but virtual staffing agencies are among the ones which have been proven to make your search simpler and faster.
One of the best pieces of advice we can give you to help figure out the ins and outs of recruiting for a virtual assistant, is to go through a reputable agency rather than trying to do it on your own. The fees are minimal and are nothing, in comparison to the investment you would put in, if you were searching on your own.
There are a few commonly used websites called bidding sites.
These bidding sites where freelancers like those providing virtual assistant services can create profiles and search for jobs, and employers can post jobs for free and search for freelancers according to whatever specifications they think best.
On these bidding sites an employer can search for and recruit for a freelancer by specifying how much experience they need, what skills they want, the fees per hour they would be willing to pay and even what country, the person should come from.
However, many employers have found this again, a time-consuming task compared to getting the help of virtual staffing agencies who do all the processes of hiring for them wherein the only task left to do is to hold the final interview and agree or not to go with the virtual assistant screened by the agency.