Finding a reliable Virtual Assistant is not an easy task. There are several factors that you need to consider before employing a Virtual Assistant such as confidentiality and copy rights. However, most Virtual Assistants are not the type who play around or take you for a ride as their reputation and professionalism is at stake. Therefore, most are very straight forward and honest and their rates are in par with industry standards..
As a small time business or entrepreneur, you are obviously worried about outsourcing your administrative duties due to factors such as security, confidentiality and copy right infringement. But remember that you have to take the plunge some time or the other and hire some one to do the work; once you hired the perfect Virtual Assistant you are sure to benefit from this all important step.
You can find a Virtual Assistant through the following :
Internet job banks
Classified ads or newspapers
Friends and Family
If you search via the web there are plenty of internet job banks that will give you a choice of Virtual Assistants. It best to review a few people and check their referees, how long they have been in business, their experience and their work references before making that big decision. Some job banks require a fee for registering and hiring a Virtual Assistant, watch out for those scams before you reveal those credit card details.
You can choose to walk into a recruitment agency and request for a particular virtual assistant. Chances are that you might be given a choice of hiring virtual assistants working in your own town or village and maybe even have the opportunity of meeting them face to face. You also have the benefit of a replacement from the agency if your current Virtual Assistant leaves.
Classifieds and newspapers carry adverts for Virtual Assistants, but this is generally not often as most of these opportunities are listed online.
If all efforts and options fail to satisfy you ask you, ask family and friends to help you look for that perfect Virtual Assistant. Friends might be able to recommend a few reliable Virtual Assistants.
Before you hire a Virtual Assistant you need to check their skills and screen them before hiring your ‘Girl Friday’.
Tips on finding a good Virtual Assistant:
Give them sample work and see how they perform
Evaluate their skills
Ask plenty of questions from the short listed candidates
Check their previous work
Get a few recommendation for the Virtual Assistant you wish to hire from previous clients
Monitor their day to day progress
Good Virtual Assistants are not expensive, there are many who are qualified to fit your budget
Prepare an information pack for potential Virtual Assistant candidates that you will look at hiring. You could have the standard information such as why you want to work with us? please tell us about yourself. Include questions such as what benefits you from working with us and how can we benefit from you? so that you get to know the person and their skills better. You will then be comfortable with the person you hire as your Virtual Assistant