Preparation for Hiring a Virtual Assistant
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.