The Internet controls almost everything in the world right now, from the smallest to the biggest things in the industry today. Having a virtual assistant in this age of technology is one of the best things that you can do to make things easier for you as a business owner.
Online personal assistants are mostly self-employed individuals that are providing the service of an office assistant virtually. The work of a VA includes administrative work like managing emails, technical or creative skills and support services for personal needs and business. Services may also be voice or non-voice service.
Other clients tend not to hire one, because of other people’s doing like making lies on their resume just to get the job done, and when the client needs the service that was promised on the resume given, the “VA” cannot give the said service because it was all just a lie and they do not have the skills to do the task that was given.
So just to be safe from incompetent VA, here are some few tips on finding the best virtual assistant for your type of business:
Of course! The first thing a client should look if he/she wants to hire a VA is proof, like an Online Portfolio, Curriculum Vitae, and accomplishments in this type of industry to know if he/she really has the right skills to work as your personal assistant.
Make sure that the VA is reliable, and up for the job. Sure the online portfolio and CV is pretty impressive, convincing and says all the good stuff, but it doesn’t mean that he/she is already reliable enough. Investigate thoroughly and properly before hiring, like reading feedbacks of his/her previous clients if he/she did good or bad.
Has Good Communication Skills
After investigating and you proved that the VA is up for the job, another test should be done, and I call this the communication investigation test.
To speed up, and get your assigned tasks done with better results, a boss, and employee normally communicate to make things smoother. Of course, verbal communication doesn’t work for all, because there are VA’s that are PWD’s (Person With Disabilities) if you encounter cases like this as a client ask them to submit a Video Resume as an alternative for the interview to know if he/she can communicate well even in written skills.
In this type of career, accuracy is indeed needed. Since this kind of work is online and not like the usual work like going to the office. As a client to save you some time and effort for checking if the task you’ve given is done with good output, make sure that the VA that you will hire has this quality. to make outputs away from typographical and grammatical errors.
Another quality of a good Virtual Assistant for your type of business is a resourceful one, this is the type of persons that are a naturally gifted problem solver, because not at all times the resources or things that you usually use to do your activities are available, like the internet. For example there are times when the internet connection is bad, and the job/task that was given is research, so a resourceful VA will always find a way to get the job done, looking for an alternative way to do the research like going to internet shop or use all resources like magazines etc., to get the job well done.