If you’ve only ever functioned as a solopreneur, bringing on a Virtual Assistant for the first time can be a scary process. How will you know they love and care about your business as much as you do?
Handing over a piece of your business can feel daunting at first, but it’s also the only way you can continue to grow. Eventually, you will reach your limit doing everything yourself and can only grow if you bring on a team member.
To find that perfect match for your business, use our top tips for hiring the right Virtual Assistant:
Understand the Role of Your VA
First things first: you need to get clear on your reasons for hiring a VA and what specifically you’ll hand off to them. A VA’s duties span a broad range, from doing market research to writing social media posts to updating your website and more.
Get clear on what you want your VA to do. From there, you can look for candidates that match those skill sets.
Decide What the Ideal Candidate Looks Like
The ideal candidate should be able to handle whatever tasks you need to outsource. But the requirements don’t end there.
In addition, you might have other priorities that are important to you. For example, how many hours per week would you prefer your assistant to work? Do you need them available during a specific set of hours for real-time communication?
Other boxes to check include:
● Years of work experience
● Initiative in problem-solving
● Strong communication skills
● Experience with a certain software
● Ability to accept and apply feedback
You can probably add to this list. The goal is to be clear about your needs and expectations so the right candidate sticks out when you find them.
Offer a Test Assignment
Looking good on paper or sounding good in an interview doesn’t always define a perfect match. If you want to put their skills to the test, conduct a mini-test activity to see if they can walk the walk. This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about their skills and work ethic. Plus, they can get a better understanding of what it’s like to work with you. Finding the perfect match is a two-way street, after all.
Use a Staffing Firm Like Virtual Coworker
Services like Virtual Coworker can shorten your hiring cycle by connecting you to prescreened VAs. Once you’ve done the groundwork of defining the job and what the ideal candidate looks like, you can pass on the talent search to us and save yourself some lots of time and hassle.
Take a deep breath — your business is about to grow! Schedule your consultation and take the first step in hiring your perfect virtual staff member.