Hiring a virtual assistant is one of the first, yet most important hires that you can make as an entrepreneur. Until you have someone on your team that you can delegate specific tasks to, you will continue to waste valuable time and energy on activities that don’t actually contribute to the growth of your business.

Hiring a virtual assistant for the first time is a big step, and we’re sure you’ll have plenty of questions if it’s something you’re considering. This post aims to answer them all in one place, so you can come away from it feeling informed about everything that’s involved.

Step 1: Figure out what tasks you need help with. A virtual assistant provides various services to entrepreneurs or businesses from a remote location. From digital marketing tasks, scheduling appointments and managing events to personal errands. You can make a virtual assistant do almost anything.

Are you feeling overworked and overwhelmed? Wondering how to fit more hours in the day? You know you need help but aren’t quite sure to know when to hire and how to go about it? Hiring a VA is a big step for a business, but one that few business owners end up regretting … especially when it’s done at the right time.

Step 2: Work out your budget. A ‘realistic’ budget can be different for every business owner. But let me put it this way. Have you assessed what it is you’re doing that isn’t earning you money, that you could outsource to a VA? The reality is that a VA will, most likely, do it in a much more timely and efficient manner than you.

Step 3. Find your virtual assistant. The best way to find a virtual assistant is to ask your network for referrals. Just as with any position, people who come with a recommendation are much more likely to have what you’re looking for. Start by posting on LinkedIn, as well as any Slack or Facebook groups for business owners.

Step 4: On-board your virtual assistant. On-boarding is an important part of hiring your virtual assistant. It gets them “on board” with your company so that they’re ready to start working on the tasks you’re giving them. It also kicks off your relationship with your VA on the right foot.

Step 5: Establish your working relationship. Keep communication open. This is the most essential element in your relationship with your assistant. Because most of your dealings are done online, you need to have regular communication. This begins with proper on-boarding during their first few weeks with you. Be open for any questions they may have and once you feel they are capable of doing their job without your supervision, trust them to do the task and give feedback later.

To sum up…
Virtual assistants can help you manage your time better, improve your customer service, reduce your costs, help you with specific projects where you lack the skill set, and free up your time so you can focus on the big picture. Discover how a Global Virtual Partners’ virtual assistant can help you achieve your business goals, get in touch here.