How to choose a Virtual Assistant when there is so much choice

Congratulations on deciding to hire a VA to help you and your business. Now that is the hard part, over right?

WRONG!

Choosing a VA can be just as stressful if not more so than deciding whether to outsource in the first place – there are a lot of VA’s out there and it is important you make sure you make the right decision for you.

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With so many VA’s around and all looking just as successful as each other it can easily turn into a stressful situation which in turn means some people then sit on hiring a VA.

You just don’t have the time to search, right?

Here are my cheat steps, to whittle down your choices helping you make sure you are hiring the right person.

  1. VA’s generally have speciality areas which are often different for each VA, so look into the task you need help with and then search for VA’s in that industry or who have worked in the industry you need, for example: Help with Marketing, look for VA’s that have experience in the Marketing industry.
  2. Ask around! A lot of people use VA’s now and many will have a VA that they would recommend, so just ask.
  3. Do not search by price – This is my big annoyance with hiring a VA. When looking do not hire just based on cost, there are many cheap options around but like everything you get what you pay for and you pay for experience! The more experience a VA has the more value they will bring you.
  4. Take advantage of the free consultation offered to make sure your personalities match – there is nothing worse than working with someone you don’t really get along with so take the time to build a relationship with the VA via the phone and you will know if you could work together within 5 minutes!

Hiring a VA can be time-consuming in the short term, but you are hiring a VA to help you in the long term so do not rush the hiring process.

Put aside an hour to search for a VA, and then a couple of hours for a consultation with the VA’s then you should be able to easily make your decision if you can’t, then you have not found the right person – Don’t give up just research more VA’s!

Generally, as a rule of thumb I tend to advise having a short list of around three VA’s so you can compare each of them.

Happy VA searching