When the going gets tough, the online entrepreneur hires a virtual assistant. Nothing can be any less true. Rather than take the time and effort to assemble a physical crew for their virtual ship, online businesspeople opt for the more convenient option of hiring at least one online personal assistant to take some load off their busy backs.
True enough, hiring a VA is a lot more advantageous than hiring a team of physically present personnel, especially if the business is at its early stages. VAs, for one, aren’t as costly as a single employee, as they are merely contractors who take care of their own benefits and taxes. In addition to this, VAs are reputably versatile and can take care of a good variety of tasks. Most of them are well versed in various administrative tasks and has some other skills that make them useful for at least one specific non-administrative field.
Of course, there are some downsides to getting a VA on board. One difficulty that most entrepreneurs who worked with VAs have is to get their online assistants integrated into their business. As VAs are expected to work with the client for the long term, it is necessary that they become part of the business process and not kept in the dark with regards to the company’s operations. This has been proven time and again to be very advantageous, as online assistants who have an understanding of the things going on in the business are more likely to get the job done as the client expects it to be.
Now how can you get your VA integrated seamlessly into your business? Here are the basics:
- Brief your VA about your company. Actually, this is pretty much a standard practice. Just like how human resource personnel orients their real world employees, you ought to let your VA know just what sort of company are they working for and the nature thereof.
- Make your VA aware of their role and responsibilities in your company. Let them understand the reason for which they are hired first and foremost, and brief them on the role that they are expected to fill in your company, as well as the responsibilities that they are expected to fulfil.
- Guide your VA in the early stages. Of course, merely briefing your VA about your company won’t cut it. You should also guide them as they start working for you so that they can understand exactly what you want them to do and how you expect them to get it done. However, be careful not to micromanage obsessively or you’ll end up putting a lot of unnecessary focus training your online assistant.
- Make your VA feel like they’re part of your company. If you have a meeting with a client or your staff, if you have any that is, make sure that you do not exclude your VA. Let them actually join in through real time video conferences and where possible, give them a chance to participate.
Integrating your virtual assistant into your operations can be this simple. If you can get them to know who they are working for, learn what they are expected to do, and be treated like one of your own, you’ll sure end up with a VA who’ll actually share the load of running your business with you without many questions asked.