If you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to complete all your tasks, you might need a virtual assistant. Now that businesses are remote and talent is borderless, it’s easier than ever to hire a skilled virtual assistant from anywhere in the world to meet your needs.
Here’s what you should know before hiring a virtual assistant:
Hire for the skills you need
Sounds self-explanatory, but it isn’t. Many people want a virtual assistant who can do it all, from customer support to administrative assistance to content creation. The fact is that you’ll be hard pressed to find an assistant who has skills across different industries, and if they claim to, they might not do it well. Your best bet is to clearly state your needs: if you need executive assistance, hire someone skilled in that area; if you need copywriting help, hire someone with a writing background, etc.
Pay attention to how your virtual assistant communicates
Having good communication skills doesn’t just mean that they are eloquent. It also pertains to how they stay in touch. Are they responsive when you send them a message? Do they keep you updated on what tasks they’re working on? They’ll be communicating with you on the daily, so this skill is integral to your successful collaboration.
It might not work out the first time
It can take time (and a bit of luck) to find an assistant that works well with you. Don’t be discouraged if your first virtual assistant isn’t the perfect fit. Virtual assistants can be easily replaced, so be diligent about doing your research for the next one. It might take a bit of time upfront, but once you find the right one, it should be smooth sailing from then on out.
Finding an assistant can be easy, but hiring the right one takes time. That’s why we’ve introduced Magic Dedicated Assistant, so you can get a virtual assistant without the busy work of sourcing, screening, or hiring—we do all that for you. If your Dedicated Assistant doesn’t work out for you, no problem. We’ll find you another one for free. It’s the easiest way to grow your team with a virtual assistant.