If you feel overwhelmed with work and hardly have time to focus on your business strategy or spend time with your loved ones, you know it is time to get the help you need. In today’s time-crunched world, the key to success is making the most of your time. This can be in the form of a virtual assistant. Hiring your first virtual assistant is an important step for you and your business. Once you have determined which type of virtual assistant you need, the next step is to identify the tasks to delegate. Hiring the right virtual assistant is not an easy task but when you find the right fit you will see your productivity soar and your business grow. We put together (below) a list of things to consider when hiring your first/ next virtual assistant:

• Be clear about your expectations. Sit down and have a clear discussion with your assistant regarding your expectations, goals, timelines, and any other details, so that they know what you expect from them and when you expect it by.

• Know what skills and qualities you are looking for. There is an array of ways you can utilize a virtual assistant – from customer service to administrative duties to design work. While each virtual assistant possesses their own unique skill sets, there are some must-have qualities that every virtual assistant should have for you to reap the benefits.

• Be clear and welcome feedback. Establishing good channels of communication with your virtual assistant is the essential first step in building a mutually beneficial relationship that will help your business prosper and grow. Also, you should welcome feedback from your virtual assistant to ensure you are both on the same page.

• Make sure your virtual assistant has enough knowledge about the industry you operate in. You should look for a virtual assistant who has enough knowledge about the industry you operate in. A professional with strong industry experience will be able to understand what the audience really wants.

• Look for a virtual assistant willing to learn. A virtual assistant’s work is often diverse. As the relationship with your virtual assistant grows you will want them to perform other tasks, so it is essential that they have a growth mindset.

• Set up a test drive with your new virtual assistant. Try your new virtual assistant to ensure she/ he is the right fit for you and your business. Hiring a virtual assistant is just the beginning. You will have to work on maintaining a productive relationship.

Final thoughts…

Place a premium on the value of your own time. Finding the right work-life balance has never been so paramount if you want to increase your productivity – give yourself space for ideas and deep work – disconnect, set boundaries, focus on process.

Learning to delegate is an important skill for a business owner or leader. It has never been easier to find virtual assistants – you can find virtual assistants who specialise in everything from writing blog posts, to designing logos, to promoting posts on social media.

We, at Global Virtual Partners, are passionate about helping busy executives and businesses achieve their personal and professional goals. Our clients benefit from a team of virtual assistants. The team is small enough to remain intimate and personal, but large enough to ensure that each client request is completed by a person uniquely qualified for the task. If you would like to find out more about our services, please contact us here.