You might probably have come across the term “virtual assistant,“ or most commonly referred to as VA, while you were looking for ways to effectively delegate your time consuming tasks. You might have even heard of it from friends who have already tried getting the services of virtual real estate assistants.

VAs are highly skilled professionals who provide administrative, technical, and creative services just like an office assistant but at a much lower per-hour rate minus office space, taxes, and benefits you provide to a full-time employee. All these things will go a long way especially if you learn how to effectively work with a VA.

Below are three helpful tips you need to remember when hiring or working with a VA.

1. Set expectations

Decide on the tasks that you want your VA to work on. Make a list of such things and discuss it clearly with your VA. Rank the tasks according to priorities and scheduled time of completion.

You should also discuss the mode of communication you prefer to use (phone call, email, Skype, etc) when communicating. Moreover, instructions regarding where assignments or outputs will be taken from, the address or repository where the files will be saved or sent should be clearly specified. In this manner, things will be more organized and work will be faster.

2. Encourage exchange of ideas.

It is true that you might know a lot of things more than your VA, but don’t forget that they also have a lot of experience in dealing with other clients. Encourage them to share what they have learned as you allow them to contribute insights for certain situations or issues. This practice will greatly enhance the chances of developing innovative ways on how to deal with important matters in your business.

3. Keep in touch.

Like any other relationship, communication is vital for a healthy working relationship. Be accessible to your virtual assistant and be responsive to phone calls, emails and other forms of communication. This will allow you to check the progress of the task and ensure that you and your VA are on the same page.

The above mentioned tips will give you a good start in working with a VA. Along the way, you will discover other practices that you and your real estate virtual assistant can do to create a better work flow and eventually become successful in your business.

Take advantage of virtual assistant services now!

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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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