A good way to get started is by using a third party such as Upwork to manage job listings, payment, and reviews rather than trying to work with an individual directly. If it’s your first Virtual Assistant (VA), and you’re still not sure what they’ll do, a third party platform can help address some of the questions, and ensure that you’re working with a trained and qualified professional.
If you decide to work with an individual, there’s no one to turn to for help if that individual steals files or otherwise messes things up.
What kind of Virtual Assistant do I need?
The available third-party services vary. Some services will interview you and pair you with a VA that can address your specific needs. These kind of services are useful for professionals, and entrepreneurs who always want to work with the same person.
Other services allow you to submit tasks, which will be completed by the next available VA. This kind of service works well when you need higher volume for a lower costs.
Other services such as Upwork act as an open marketplaces that help connect VAs and entrepreneurs. These platforms usually manage time, billing, and payment. Most of them include some type of guarantee or service protection as well. This could be the right fit if you’re looking for someone who is skilled in using a particular software.
Before you hire a Virtual Assistant, take these 3 steps:
- Figure out which tasks the VA will be taking on, and decide if outsourcing will make your business operations more efficient.
- Make sure your future VA has a solid system to work in. Creating an Operations Manual with policies and procedures facilitates the training process and makes your VA’s job much easier.
- Understand the pros and cons of hiring a VA and know what kind of skills or availability you are looking for. Then, list your specific needs in the job listing.