As we all know, employing the help of virtual assistants or VAs make for a good alternative to hiring physically-present, office based personnel. As such, many among the growing number of Internet-savvy business owners and professionals add VAs to their manpower, and new business owners often rely on VA services before they could start hiring live personnel.
As one who is about to employ the help of virtual assistants however, how do you make sure that you are paying for the VA that will actually be of use to you? Here are some tips:
- See to it that the VA has the skills that you need. Always check the skills section of your prospective VA’s resume to see if it matches your needs. For example, get a VA that prominently says content creator in their resume if you need someone to regularly create content for your site.
- Ask for sample works. Even if the VA has the skills that you need, they may still not be of much help if the output they provide does not satisfy your requirements. As such, make prospective VAs submit more than just one sample of their work, and review them so as to see if they have sufficient skill.
- Hire a VA from a virtual assistant firm. You can deal with such firm who will then assign to you the right VA according to your requirements without worry. On the downside, you’ll need to expect to pay more than you would when dealing with freelancing and independent online assistants. However, there will always be VA companies that that can provide you with awesome virtual assistants without costing you so much.
Now to conclude, you shouldn’t just put your budget and your need for some extra virtual hands into consideration when hiring a VA. You should also know what sort of VA do you actually need before you sign that PDF contract.