Are you looking to hire your next virtual assistant?
Do you want to avoid the pitfalls and save time and money when hiring a virtual assistant?
There are some valuable management hacks that you may have missed the last time.
I’m not going to lie, finding a rockstar virtual assistant can be a challenging task in itself.
It can be hard to find someone who is not only excellent at what they do but also someone who you can connect and talk with comfortably.
There can be a lot of obstacles in the way when it comes to hiring a virtual assistant that will cost you money and can take up a lot of your time.
While you have probably heard a lot of horror stories about virtual assistants, some of them may be the virtual assistants fault whereas other times it can be because the management hasn’t been properly thought out or actioned.
At the end of the day, hiring a virtual assistant can be a lot cheaper than employing staff which is what makes it such a popular choice for many small businesses and solo entrepreneurs.
You will likely get a stinker every now and again, however, to avoid it happening time and time again; let me explain how to save time and money on hiring a rockstar virtual assistant.
This may seem like a pretty obvious management hack however you will be surprised as to how often entrepreneurs jump the gun too soon.
Hiring another virtual assistant too soon could be detrimental on your profit so think carefully about whether you truly are ready to hire another.
You may feel like you’re crazy busy right now but carefully think about how much time it will take you to train thoroughly your virtual assistant on the tasks they will be responsible for, the background of your business and about your product.
As well as the initial training, you will need to delegate tasks to them and have weekly catch ups.
Make sure that you are willing to dedicate time to these things.
If you believe you are truly ready to hire another virtual assistant, then you will need to have a training plan, delegation process and weekly catch up processes in place beforehand to save time and money.
Write Down All Of The Things You Do On A Daily Basis
Do not over think this one and start setting up spreadsheets.
Simply get a pen and paper and write down all the tasks you find yourself doing every day.
This can be anything from replying to client emails, reviewing social media notifications, organizing the calendar of tasks for the week to managing the company financials.
Write down everything you find yourself doing every day, not matter how big or small a task it is.
- Respond to client emails
- Organizing the task calendar for the week
- Writing the daily blog post for the company website
- Review performance on Google Analytics
Choose Which Task You Would Delegate First
After you have created the list of tasks that you find yourself doing every day, circle one single task that you would love to delegate to a virtual assistant.
At this point, don’t think about how much it will cost you. Circle any task that you would love to have help with if money wasn’t a factor.
For example, you may wish to delegate the daily blog posts to a virtual assistant from the list of daily tasks above.