Virtual Assistants are becoming hugely popular for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Some benefits of hiring a virtual assistant are:
- They free up business owners’ and entrepreneurs’ time to focus on more strategic and important tasks
- They are more cost effective than hiring full-time in-house staff
- You don’t have to worry about the human resource management issues you might have with in-house staff
Obviously, one of the main benefits of hiring virtual assistants is the potential to increase productivity in your business. Hiring a virtual assistant alone however, does not guarantee that your business will be more productive or that you’ll immediately make more money or your business’ success will skyrocket. Here are some tips on how you can make the best out of working with your virtual assistant.
Have a plan.
Hiring a virtual assistant just for kicks will only be a drain on your pocket and a huge waste of your time! Know why you want and need a virtual assistant. What are some of the tasks that you need assistance with? What will he or she work on? This will also help you figure out exactly what kind of person and qualifications you need, when you are searching for a virtual assistant. If you are going through a staffing agency like remote-agency.com of the Philippines which provide virtual assistant services it helps to know what kind of person you’re looking for, so they can recommend the best one for your needs.
Invest in your own teammate.
Don’t assume that your virtual assistant knows what you need and how you want it done. She needs your help too! Make sure you invest in your virtual assistant, train her and develop her skills too. You want every member of your staff whether remote or in-house, to feel like your team-mate!
Get things straight.
The absolute worst, is having a member of your team not know what they are meant to be doing and when. Clarify exactly what your needs are for a project, your guidelines and your timeline. Talk these through with your virtual assistant so that he or she knows exactly what is expected of them. Trust us, this is the way to building a strong working relationship with your assistant.
Give them what they need.
If you have a specific project that you need completed but your virtual assistant lacks the resources and tools to do it, what is the point? Empower your virtual assistant with the tools he or she will need. If it is cloud file-storage, get a Dropbox account. If he or she needs the ability to sign on your behalf – send her a digital scanned copy of your signature. Of course – make sure you trust your assistant with signing documents for you first!
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Don’t get caught up in relatively minor issues so much so, that you’re not making the best out of working with your virtual assistant. Working with a remote, most likely international employee has its ups and its downs. Internet and electricity outages may mean a missed meeting or two, or cultural barriers can create some minor issues as well. Focus on why you need your assistant. Is he or she fulfilling that need? If yes – then you’re doing great!