In today’s era of smart work, people who value and apply efficient and effective solutions to day-to-day operations thrive. Advancement in technology gives us various options to choose when it comes to work-related activities. One valuable option is hiring a virtual personal assistant or simply called “virtual assistants” (VAs).

Virtual assistants use the power of the Internet, as well as different instant messaging and other technologically advanced tools, in communicating with clients and doing their tasks. They only charge you by the number of hours they work for you with rates depending on their expertise and the nature of work being done. Hiring a VA is a more cost-effective choice than hiring a physical employee.

Below are three useful tips to guide you in hiring the best VA who will fit your needs:

Decide what tasks to delegate

Routine and not-too-important tasks like checking and responding to emails, call handling, appointment setting, and so on will be taken off your plate. You will then have more time to focus and complete larger tasks. This gives you higher productivity and bigger potential for business growth.

You can also assign tasks to your Virtual Assistant that will showcase their SEO skills and even social media savviness. Deciding on what tasks to delegate beforehand will make things easier for you to find the VA who has the skills you exactly need.

Know your options

You can either hire a freelance virtual assistant by checking different job sites where online employees post resumes or look for one through virtual assistant companies. Freelance VAs often provide services with the least cost but come with the challenge of finding one who you can really hold accountable for things and with whom you can build a good working relationship.

If you are really conscious about your budget, it won’t hurt if you spend a little more time searching for someone who can perform and meet your expectations. VA companies, on the other hand, train their staff to become competent saving you the time and energy to do the training yourself and the trouble of ending up with someone unreliable.

Conduct an interview

Whether you hire a freelancer or someone from an outsourcing company, conducting an interview will always be vital. Give test tasks to see how the VA candidate performs. If you are not pleased or satisfied with the virtual assistant’s performance, you can try other candidates and rank them accordingly. A virtual assistant company usually has a pool of candidates that are pre-qualified to meet your demands or requirements for an assistant. This makes the selection process faster and easier.

The thought of hiring a virtual assistant may be challenging at first, but if you have a clear idea about the things that you would want your VA to contribute to your business, then you are on the right path. Take note of the three tips stated above and you won’t go wrong in your search for the best virtual personal assistant.


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Christian works as a real estate assistant at Xilium. He specializes in back office support, content writing, social media marketing, and administrative assistance. Follow him on Google+.
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