If you’re looking to find a remote virtual assistant to help assist in your business or personal life, you’re probably wondering where to even begin. Remote virtual assistants are people who can work anywhere in the world as long as they have internet access. They can handle any task an ordinary employee could handle.
Is a remote virtual assistant right for you?
Having a remote virtual assistant has its pros and cons. Some of its pros are: it can help save money since you won’t need to provide an office space for them. Because they are working from home, you can typically offer less than you would need to offer a full time employee commuting to an office. You also don’t need meet them in person to manage them, which is more convenient for you.
Some of the cons of finding a remote personal assistant, instead of finding a regular employee, include the challenge of managing their work, them being unable to do physical / in person tasks, and potentially being on a different time zone than you. All of these challenges can be mitigated, but if your work requires a lot of in person responsibilities, for example, it may not be wise to hire someone fully remote.
In general, if the work you need done can be done on the computer or phone, finding a remote personal assistant is almost always the right call. You’ll save money, they will be more convenient to manage, and you’ll get the same result.
Where to Find a Remote Virtual Assistant
There’s a lot of options to choose from in finding a remote virtual assistant. Remote assistants can be found in online job sites. You can also hire an HR agency to look for one, or ask your family and friends for referrals.
Online Job Websites
Using an online job site like Indeed or Monster allows you to be more hands on in selecting a remote virtual assistant, since you’ll be posting the job ads and screening the applicants yourself. This option gives you the most control. Since you’ll need to do everything yourself, from posting the job ad to scheduling interviews with potential candidates, it can take a lot of time. You will also need to handle the HR work to properly hire and pay your assistant.
Hire a Recruiting Agency
Hiring a recruiting agency will speed up the process in finding a remote assistant. They will take care of looking for candidates for you; you only need to give them the job description and the skills of the assistant that you’re looking for. After the agency screens a set of candidates, you’ll interview a shortlist of candidates. The agency will take care of everything HR related: sourcing, hiring, payment, etc. The main tradeoffs are the additional cost of the agency and that you’ll have less control of the hiring process.
Ask Family and Friends for Referrals
Asking family members and friends can be a great option when looking for a remote virtual assistant. Your friends will have insight into the candidate’s skills and will be able to refer someone specifically to meet your needs. If this works for you, you’ll save money over hiring a recruiter or agency. The downsides are, it’s still a manual process, you’ll need to handle all of the HR work yourself, and your friends and family may not have very many recommendations for you.