As a small business owner, it can be hard to keep on top of everything when you are constantly wearing many different hats. Delegating is a powerful way to help regain control, and there are so many benefits to partnering with a Virtual Assistant. But how do you get it right?
We spoke to five expert Virtual Assistants to find out their number one tip when it comes to engaging and working with a VA.
Clear communication! If you have a specific direction, idea or expectation, make sure you communicate it to your VA. Making sure you are both on the same page with the final outcome for the project will save a lot of time and rework! This includes sharing changes in direction or if work priorities change.
Sam Spence, Executive Virtual Associate
Work out how the investment will be benefiting you - is it going to give you more time to work on your most valuable activity? Is it going to get the job done better and or quicker? Is it going to ease a business pain? What is the return you want from this arrangement. Be clear from the start, because it's not always just financial - but it can still be as valuable.
Rosie Shilo, Virtually Yours
Communication is a large part of making the working relationship work. Very important.
Birgit Livesey, The Business Support Factory
If it is an ongoing role, create an induction document with some starting procedures, usernames and passwords and basic instructions so that the VA can refer back to it at a later date.
Susan Wilkin, Adminaholics
A professional Virtual Assistant will have experience with providing clients guidance on effective collaboration. Their experience is valuable – use it to your advantage.
Katie Martin, Absolute Assistance
Working with a Virtual Assistant can really help you to refocus your energies and start growing your business. Make a smart investment for your business today and outsource your stress to a professional (and virtual) assistant.
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