One of the first things I always hear from my clients is “I know a Virtual Assistant can help my business, but I wouldn’t know where to start.” So let’s get you started …
Step #1 – Know Where a VA Can Help Best
Too many of us make the mistake of getting our Virtual Assistant to assist with the wrong tasks. This is because you haven’t taken the time to look at everything as a whole and really figure out the best places to use your Virtual Assistant. What are your biggest time wasters? This is the best place to start.
Stop giving away the stuff best done by you … you absolutely must be the voice of your business yet too many of us delegate calling leads to a Virtual Assistant.
Step #2 – Create an Ideal Virtual Assistant Profile
Your ideal Virtual Assistant profile should extend further than simply the skills a Virtual Assistant has, yet many hire a Virtual Assistant based solely on skills. In my opinion, it is so much more important to find someone you feel comfortable with and has the personality to suit you best. Although skill is important, personality will take you so much further … let’s face it the skills you need today may not be the skills that will serve you in the future, but a great VA is someone that is trainable and can grow with your business.
Step #3 – Use the Time Gained When Your VA Starts in the Right Way
The fastest and easiest way to make money once you hire a Virtual Assistant is to use the time you gain on the right things … the money-generating activities. This is how you will make the money. Don’t make the mistake of using the time gained to catch up on learning a new skill or reading a business book.
Remember getting the right VA on your team is an investment in your business and not a cost … the time you will save will free you to generate more money in your business. Finally, you will be working smarter and not longer!
The philosophy of use a virtual assistant just makes sense: moving business activities to subject matter experts in order to give a business the ability to focus on its core competency. It doesn’t have to mean offshore – there are virtual assistants in every country.
This really answered my question, thank you!