Finding the perfect Virtual Assistant (VA) is not as hard as you may think. One thing you want to do is avoid those huge VA companies that pay their VAs low wages. Instead, find an independent VA who either works alone or has a qualified team who works under them. If you can find a VA that is in your own country and speaks your native language, then that is even better.
Here are a few tips to help you find the perfect Virtual Assistant.
List the Tasks
It’s important to make a list of all the tasks that you would like to outsource to a VA. The Virtual Assistant you hire will need to know what’s involved, you can’t hire someone until you have a list of all the things you want them to do. You may find out that you need more than one VA if your list consists of a lot of different business areas.
Write a Request for Proposal
Using the task list you created, write an RFP (Request for Proposal). An RFP lists all the things you want a VA to do. You can also include other expectations you will have of the VA and your budget.
Post to VA Organizations
Once you finish writing your RFP you need to post it. VAnetworking.com is a great place to post your completed request for proposal. They have high quality, paying members who are serious about building their VA business. You will likely get several responses from fabulous virtual assistants if you post your RFP to VAnetworking.
You can post your RFP in groups on Facebook, LinkedIn, and other similar sites. You’ll find you’ll get responses from VAs and also recommendations from others who work with VAs.
Colleagues and Contacts
Send a notification to your circle of influence mentioning that you are looking to hire a VA. They will then recommend people to you, or send out the notice to their colleagues as well.
If you’re careful, know what you want and stay proactive with your VA, you’ll end up having a great experience, improve your business and make more money.