If you’re ready to free up your time and grow your business faster, you’ll want to hire a Virtual Assistant. They can help take a lot of tasks off your to-do list, enabling you to free up your time to concentrate on those tasks only you can do. But how do you find the right Virtual Assistant for you and your business?

There are certain steps you can take, to ensure you’re hiring the right person for your needs. By following these steps you’ll guarantee you know exactly what you want a Virtual Assistant for, as well as ensuring you’re hiring the right one for you.

Step #1: Know what tasks you need a Virtual Assistant for 

Start by getting clear on what tasks a Virtual Assistant can do for you. Write down everything you do in an average day, week and month. Then go through and highlight any task you currently don’t like doing or would rather not do, as it takes up too much of your time. Next, write in those tasks you currently want to do, but don’t have the time or skills to do. These are all tasks you can outsource to a Virtual Assistant.

[If you’re a coach or mentor, here’s a handy list of tasks you can delegate to a Virtual Assistant.]

Step #2: Do your homework and ask for recommendations to help find the right Virtual Assistant for you

Once you have your list, you can start looking. Ask your existing business network for recommendations. Post in business groups on Facebook and LinkedIn, and carry out an online search for Virtual Assistants that are in your area. Post on your own social media platforms asking for recommendations for Virtual Assistants who specialise in your niche.

Step #3: Do a thorough background check

When you have a shortlist of Virtual Assistants, do your homework before you narrow down your options. Check their website and references, as well as their online reviews. Check if they have insurance and adhere to the relevant Data Protection guidelines for your area. If they’ve been personally recommended to you, ask the referrer what they like most about working with them and the type of work they outsource. If you want to find the right Virtual Assistant for you, you’ll need to do some research.

Step #4: Have an initial consultation call with them

Once you’ve carried out your research, it’s time to have an initial consultation with them. Most Virtual Assistants will offer a free initial discovery call, where you can have a chat and establish how well you communicate with each other. This initial call is the perfect time to ask any questions you may have and enable you to get a feel for what they’re like. 

[If you need an idea of the typical questions you can ask, check out this recent blog post [LINK] as it gives you a complete list of questions to ask a Virtual Assistant, prior to hiring them.]

Step #5: Make your decision and sign the contract!

Once you’ve had discovery calls with all of the shortlisted Virtual Assistants on your list, it’s time to make a decision. Which one do you feel is the right Virtual Assistant for you and your business? Decide and then contact them to find out what your next steps are. They’ll then talk you through their onboarding process, and you can then sign the contract and get started!

I’d be delighted if you were to consider Paperweight PA as the right Virtual Assistant for you and your business. So if you’d like to have an initial consultation call with me, why not get in touch and book a suitable time to chat. It will give you a chance to ask any questions you may have, as well as the opportunity to see how we could potentially work together. So if you’re ready to free up time and grow your business, why not get in touch

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