Today is International Virtual Assistants Day – yes, really! On this day we celebrate and create an awareness of the work that each Virtual Assistant does for the business community.

Working with a Virtual Assistant (VA) can save your small business time and money. A VA can take care of the administrative side of your business, freeing up your time to work on core tasks and increase your revenue. If you are considering working with a VA, here are some tips to make the process as smooth as possible.

Find the right Virtual Assistant

There are many different VAs, each with their own professional background and level of experience. Invest some time in finding a VA that meets the needs of your business. This will save you a lot of time in the long run.

Work with someone you can trust

You have invested a lot of time, money and effort in building up a successful business, making sacrifices along the way. Protect your business by working with a VA who you can trust to have your best interests at heart. If you don’t know the VA personally, testimonials from their clients can be a good starting point.

Establish how you want the relationship to work

This will depend on the nature of your business. Do you want to be in contact with your VA every day? Do you expect them to be available at specific hours or do you just want the task finished by an agreed deadline? Would you prefer to communicate by email, telephone, or other medium? Are there particular times that you are available in case of any questions or issues?

Give clear instructions

Until you have established a strong relationship with your VA, make sure that any instructions you give are clear and concise. Don’t assume that your VA will understand the intricacies of your business, particularly at the beginning of your relationship. Keep the channels of communication open throughout the task to ensure that any issues are resolved as soon as possible.

Find a suitable file sharing option

Find a secure solution that you and your VA are comfortable using. This may be a cloud-based option like Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive.

Be patient

It can take some time for the VA to become accustomed to the way you work and you may feel that you would be better off doing the task yourself. But practice makes perfect and, in the long run, you will make significant time and cost savings.

If you have any further questions about working with a VA, please refer to the FAQ section. For a free, no-obligation consultation, feel free to contact me to arrange an appointment for a time that suits you.