How to Get the Best Out of Your Relationship with Your Virtual Assistant

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Previously we look at the 3 Essential Steps to follow before hiring a VA as well as How to ensure you hire the best VA for your business.  This week focuses on starting your working relationship with your virtual assistant. Once you have appointed your Virtual Assistant, it is important to have realistic expectations.  You … Read more How to Get the Best Out of Your Relationship with Your Virtual Assistant

How to make sure that you hire the best Virtual Assistant for your business

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Last week we looked at the 3 essential steps to follow before hiring a virtual assistant. This week’s post is about what to do once you have received responses to your advertisement. Once you have sent out your advertisement or request for proposals, you can start evaluating the responses you get. Beware of responses with resumes … Read more How to make sure that you hire the best Virtual Assistant for your business

3 Essential Steps to Follow Before Hiring a Virtual Assistant

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Last week I spoke to several small business owners who were interested in hiring a virtual assistant for their businesses but did not know how to go about it.  I decided to write a short 3 part series to help them to make the best decisions and to find the best virtual assistant for their needs.

A virtual assistant can help your company in ways you probably haven’t imagined along with freeing up a great deal of your time.  You never have to worry about holidays, sick days, payroll taxes, etc. as they are independent business owners and you will only pay for the time spent on your tasks.

However, hiring a VA can be a big boon to your business, or a flop.

What can you do to ensure a greater success rate in hiring a VA?

There are all types of virtual assistants.  They come from a variety of different backgrounds and offer a variety of different services.  Some are freelancers who call themselves virtual assistants because they work remotely from their home-based office, some are business owners who operate as a business and provide high-level support based on their background and experience.  Sometimes VA business owners operate a multi-virtual assistant business where they have a team of virtual assistants who specialize in different areas, so you may work with two or three VA’s through that one company.

When looking for a Virtual Assistant, these options can seem daunting. Below are some steps you can take to make the task easier.

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5 Reasons Why Online Services Are So Popular

It does not matter whether you call it virtual assistance, freelancing, online secretarial services or virtual administrative support.  What matters is that it is becoming increasingly popular both for people working from home, and for small business owners.  As a small business owner it certainly makes sense employing contractors on this basis, as it gives you … Read more 5 Reasons Why Online Services Are So Popular

Your Top 5 Virtual Outsourcing Problems – Solved!

  This blog post is written for small business owners who are convinced that virtual service outsourcing is the right route to follow as the next step towards their business success. Although there are significant benefits to outsourcing (see The Top 8 Ways Small Business Owners can Benefit by Outsourcing), some problems may be experienced that … Read more Your Top 5 Virtual Outsourcing Problems – Solved!

The top 8 ways small business owners can benefit by outsourcing

  Imagine having the access to experts for every aspect of your business. Imagine that this access is reasonably priced. Imagine that these experts can help you from anywhere in the world and that your business can go on even when you are sleeping. Outsourcing gives you all the above.  It can be used as … Read more The top 8 ways small business owners can benefit by outsourcing

The top 5 reasons why you cannot run your business alone

Sue started her own business 3 years ago.  She is really pursuing her passion, and loves working with her clients.  She considers her business as pretty successful.  She is free to make her own decisions, and her income is reasonably steady.  But over the past few months she has noticed that she is not so … Read more The top 5 reasons why you cannot run your business alone

6 Steps to Find the Best Freelancers Online

As a small business owner you can outsource the tasks that you are not good at, so that you can focus on growing your business.  You don’t need a huge budget in order to outsource.  In fact, you can hire freelancers for small things, and then work your way up as your business grows. But … Read more 6 Steps to Find the Best Freelancers Online

Be more productive: get on the fast track to business success by outsourcing virtually

If you’ve been working in your business for a year or longer without support, you may find yourself going nowhere fast. It often feels like there just isn’t enough time in the day to get it all day! Do you find yourself saying: “There aren’t enough hours in the day…” “I don’t have time to … Read more Be more productive: get on the fast track to business success by outsourcing virtually