It’s estimated that by 2021, more than 1.8 billion people around the globe are going to have a digital/virtual assistant. This is pretty impressive considering that just a decade ago this job was virtually non-existent. If you have learned about all the benefits offered when you have a virtual assistant and are ready to hire one for yourself, you may need a bit of help. After all, hiring a virtual assistant isn’t as easy as it may seem. If this is the case, you are in the right place. Keep reading to learn what to consider when hiring this type of virtual worker. Doing so will help you find the right person for the job.
Determine Why Hiring a Virtual Assistant is a Good Idea
Even if you aren’t sure if you need to hire a virtual assistant, it’s still a good idea to hire one. If you are young but don’t have experience managing people, then working with a VA is a great way to learn. Having a VA (virtual assistant) lets you learn how to give instructions that are easy for others to understand. Some of the other things you can learn include:
- The types of tasks you should delegate
- How to remain productive and efficient
- How to organize and structure your team
As you develop these skills more, you can learn how to hire the best people and become a more productive leader.
Create a Help-Wanted Ad
Once you know what you need the virtual assistant for, you need to create a help-wanted ad that conveys this message. Keep in mind, even though you aren’t going to interact face-to-face, you are still going to have an extremely close relationship with your VA. To make sure your ad is as specific about the VA you need as possible, be sure to include the following information:
- Skills they should have
- Native English speaker or another language
- Hours they are needed per week or month
- Your budget for their services
By making your expectations clear, you can avoid getting applications from individuals who aren’t right for the job.
Give the Potential Candidates a Trial Run
Once you begin receiving applications, it’s a good idea to create a short list of the best candidates. In addition to interviewing that person, it’s also a good idea to give the top candidates a trial run. This lets them see what will be expected and you can both determine whether or not it is a good fit.
Finding the VA That is Right for You
Now that you have gone through the process of finding and hiring a virtual assistant, you should be able to get more done than ever before. If you found the information here beneficial, then be sure to check out some of our other blogs. For example, we also have information on how to choose the right bookkeeper.