Saturday, September 8, 2012

Locating A Great Virtual Assistant - How To Do This The Right Way

By Raymonde Gethers

If you have been looking for a virtual assistant, there are many freelance sites that can help you with this. It is difficult to find someone to do the job, however, even though there are so many people available. You'd be surprised at how detailed your search and evaluation can get. Learning everything about this process is very important. Weeding through all of the people has a lot to do with the questions that you ask. For instance, you would not want to look a persons profile on a freelance site and believe everything you read. If you're in a hurry, then bite the bullet and be patient and take your time. You can hire the wrong guy or gal by simply being impatient.

Any business will be searching for a VA that has experience doing their job. If you make a choice, but for social proof before making the final decision. Anyone applying for this position needs to provide you with references a.k.a. social proof. If you're in a rush, you still need to check references to make sure they are who they say they are. Basically, this is an employment background check that you are doing. By doing this, it could mean the difference between hiring the right person or the wrong one. Every question that you ask a reference needs to be done in an aboveboard professional manner. You can contact previous employers. This is something that most people recommend.

You need to be able to tell your VA during the interview how long the work will take. This should be determined prior to the interview itself. At that point, you can safely ask them how long it will take them. Of course, there is always gray area in this type of discussion. Some VA's will take longer, but produce exceptional work for you. So you have to keep these points in mind and make your best call. A person who works fast is not always the best or most suitable choice. Just think of all the things you need your VA to do and do your best to work with them to get the job done. Everything you need in a VA depends on the requirements that need to be filled. These requirements represent the most important aspect of hiring a particular VA. Making the determination as to who is the best VA is something that you must do on your own. For example, if you need someone to work 25 hours a week, then you have to make sure the person is available. Unfortunately, you will run into people that will say they can do the job, and have the time, but they are only saying this so you will hire them. People can be unrealistic, even dishonest, so it takes quite a bit of effort to get the right person for the job.

You probably know that there is a difference in communication value between phone and e-mails. You can learn so much about a person by talking to them. The only better way is face-to-face contact. You really need to get to know people using conversations, especially potential VAs that will be working for you. Prior to making a round of cuts, speak with all of them, just make sure you're making the right decision. Ask more probing questions on a second phone call. If you take your business seriously, you want the best help you can get. You need to be thorough when hiring a VA. You want the best person for the position, right?

By ignoring the tips and strategies in this article, your business may suffer at some point. If you hire a VA that is just not working out, you will lose money and time when dealing with them. Once you do realize the wrong person has been hired, you will have to do the hiring process over again which is a pain.

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