Success with a Virtual Assistant must be learned, developed and mastered. To find a successful VA and create a long-term relationship follow these three simple rules:
1. Before hiring a VA organize yourself and figure out what tasks need to be outsourced. Take advantage of tools like Evernote to keep track of daily/weekly tasks. What do you outsource? Here are a few suggestions:
- Online Research
- Database Entry
- Managing email
- Social Media/Blog promotions/Content writing
- Website development/SEO
- Call answering service
- Human Resources
- Photo Editing
- T services
2. Create a system that can be replicated. Organize tasks/specific job formats so that anyone can take over the job.
3. As you are ready to post an advertisement for a VA ensure that your ad is clear and concise. Regarding pricing keep in mind the costs and price range you are willing to pay. Avoid mentioning anything about payment. Provide as much information as possible.
"XYZ Company is looking for a virtual assistant with retail knowledge to complete clerical projects that are anticipated to require around 10-15 hours per week for two weeks. The work will include the following tasks:
- Making outbound calls from customers about products and offers
- Answering/forwarding emails from customers, partners, and vendors
The following skills are a must:
- Customer Service Skills
- Bilingual: Spanish/English or other language depending upon the types of clients
- Knowledge of sales
- Proficient with Google
Stay tuned for preparation to hire a VA in the next blog post."