Folks who are working or running a business on the Internet sometimes come to the point when they find themselves overwhelmed with work. Not surprisingly, such people find hiring a virtual assistant as a remedy to their woes, as VAs are not only well-regarded professionals but also because they make for a more affordable alternative to hired labor.
Clients are often careful when it comes to hiring VAs as they are usually meant to work with these online assistants for the long term. All should be well once they found the right VA unless (gasp!) their assistant found it necessary to quit shortly after being hired. A VA quitting all of a sudden will get any client asking many questions, particularly the why behind the matter. Now if you are puzzled as to why your online assistant left your service but have not found any answer, here are some probable reasons:
- Your VA doesn’t like the job. A common reason why VAs would leave right after getting their first pay or so is their lack of interest in the work given to them. It just can’t be helped that some people may seem interested at first but end up wanting to do something else after a while, especially when the task ends up being repetitive.
- Your VA doesn’t like you. There are many reasons for this. Sometimes, they simply don’t like the way you treat them. Sometimes, they simply dislike your character. Other times, they merely are opposed to your methods. For example, if you’re into shady SEO tactics and your online assistant is not, you know what to expect.
- The VA found a greener pasture. Too soon? Yes, this sometimes happens, and when it does, it usually can’t be avoided. This is especially true if the VA has found an opportunity where they get a 100% guarantee of a better job with a better pay. Don’t hate on the VA though – try to talk them into staying, and if you fail, just keep the door open for them.
- Your VA quit for personal reasons. If this is the case, you can expect your online assistant to communicate their reasons with you. The parting should be amicable if a proper communication has taken place.
- The VA has low professional standards. The VA industry is manned by many different people, and it can’t be helped that you meet rather unprofessional individuals along the way, working only when it’s convenient and quitting whenever they want, reminding you why it’s important that you hire reputable online assistants or at least those that are from trustworthy virtual assistance firms. You may choose to keep your doors open to such unprofessional VAs, but remember to keep them at the bottom of the short list.
Virtual assistants are independent contractors who unfortunately have the right to terminate their contracts with their clients as soon as their contracts allow them to. If your VA decides to leave you for a good reason though, remember to keep your lines of communication and the door to business open. There’s always that chance when they’ll find it more appropriate to return to your service than stay in their newfound job or client.