3 Things to “Forget About” When Selecting a Virtual Assistant
Back in the day, I was known to watch a good mafia/mob movie or two. Nowadays, they would not be my movie of choice; however, I distinctly remember the infamous phrase “forget about it”.
Often business owners are looking for a Virtual Assistant with the wrong approach and expectations. This mentality is often due to a lack of knowledge about the VA industry and/or misinformation. The first step to working successfully with a Virtual Assistant is finding the right one. If you are a business owner in search of your perfect Virtual Assistant these are 3 things I would ask you to “forget about it”.
1. You are going to get something “great” for nothing — forget about it!
Many business owners have heard about Virtual Assistants and how they can benefit their business. Unfortunately, they may not have the budget to truly partner with one or may be unsure if VAs are worthy of their rates. When I first established my VA business (more often than I would like to remember) I encountered Request for Proposals (RFPs) with unimaginably low rates. You should not low ball when comes to finding an expert that will be a valuable partner in maintaining or growing your business.
2. You are just hiring another employee — forget about it!
Virtual Assistants are not employees; they are business owners. Ultimately, you are contracting with a service provider to assist you with a specific need. You are partnering with them as experts to accomplish a specific task or for ongoing support for your business. Please do not require a resume; however, feel free to ask for references or a portfolio.
3. All Virtual Assistants are created equal — forget about it!
I am honored to be a part of the Virtual Assistant industry. It is growing at an incredible rate and it is full of talented VAs with different niches and specialties. To get a good idea of the many specialties available visit the Virtual Assistantville Directory. I recommend you find the right VA that can help with your specific need. Ensure that she is experienced or trained with the correct skill set. As with any other service provider; do your due diligence before contracting with one. The worst thing you want to do is contract with someone and be disappointed by the VA’s lack of knowledge in that area. Take your time selecting the right Virtual Assistant that fits your need and budget.
About the Author:
Tahneesha Smith is the owner of A Virtual Blessing, a Christian based virtual assistant business that offers executive administrative assistance to small businesses. A Virtual Blessing services include bookkeeping, administration and concierge/personal assistance.
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