Once the preparation to hire the VA has been completed, you may begin the interview process. At this point you're aware of what you feel comfortable delegating and have a plan for moving forward.
- Do your homework reviewing all candidates and understand what their specialties are. Do they have industry experience?
- Check what the reviews say. Most of the top websites allow the clients to rate the quality of work. Have verifiable references as well.
- A VA with excellent time management skills are a major plus for any client as well as one who can anticipate your needs. Understanding the concept of prioritizing and keeping to deadlines is a positive sign. It's important to also understand if they have knowledge of your target audience.
- To ensure that your relationship is successful, offer a trial run and take the time for your VA to understand the business. This is a long-term investment. Begin with smaller projects and hand over more responsibility with the progression of time.
Regarding payment, it is recommended to pay 50% upfront and the other 50% upon completion of work. It is totally appropriate to tip for great quality work. Don't forget that you pay for what you get.