Have you ever felt tired of all the daily repetitive pieces of work in your to-do list that you need to manage your online business? Why not explore the possibility of hiring a virtual assistant. A virtual assistant can have the skills to do the easy tasks, and the not-so-easy ones, for you. You can then use your time to do more of the high-value stuff for your business. Here’s a list of things you can keep in mind when hiring one.
Where do you start looking? Google is a good place to start, just look for their websites where they list their profiles, references, etc. Elance.com is also a great place to get candidates, specially because they bid for your project and you approve their bids. An added excellent benefit to hiring on Elance.com is you can clearly see all of the skills, profiles, feedback that your potential candidates have.
After you’ve gathered a number of possible candidates, it’s time to get to know them a little bit more. What most people miss out is getting references. Getting input or information from clients that they’ve worked with before makes sure that you have a good idea of what to expect with them. Ensure that they are interested in the actual task you would have them do, and that they have the adequate skills. Take a look at your requirements, and ask them if their work habits are suited to it. If all you needed was editing, then you can probably hire someone on a flexible schedule, whereas it wouldn’t work if you needed an online help desk. If the work you’ll be having them do involves information about your business which are sensitive in nature, then also have them sign a confidentiality agreement.
The last thing to talk about is salary. $10-$50 is the range where you could go – depending on what work they’ll be doing and how skilled or experienced they are. Per-project rates are also available if the work you need isn’t measured by the number of hours worked. Having several candidates also helps because you get to judge the average rate that is required for the work.
It’s quite possible to spend a long time finding that one perfect ideal virtual assistant. That’s ok – just treat it the same as if you were hiring someone offline. Just as with an offline business, you don’t really see huge empires run by just one person alone. Once you hire the one who is most suited for your needs, take care of them and sit back as they do most of the work for you. As more and more business comes in, you might want to build your team of virtual assistants, training them and eventually delegating tasks to them so that you are free to expand your business, start new ones, or just sit back relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor.