What To Do Before Hiring a Virtual Assistant
The benefits of a Virtual Assistant (VA) are endless. Hiring a VA will give you the ability to work on more projects, take on more clients, further develop your products and services, and have more time for your family or to do the things you love.
Hiring a VA is both exciting and terrifying. Anytime you get to a point of being able to “hire” in your business it can make you feel like you want to get up & dance while at the same time throwing up a little!
To help with the process, here are 3 things to consider before hiring a VA:
Make a list of EVERYTHING you are doing in your business
Take the time to figure out exactly how and where you need help. Write down everything from the most monotonous to the huge. What can only you do in the business? What can you easily automate, systemize, or hire out for? You may realize areas of your business that don’t necessarily “need” you, and you can reach out to a VA with a clear list of what you’re looking for.
Create systems in your business
I recommend creating systems in your business BEFORE reaching out to a potential VA. You need to understand how you do what you do in order to be able to train a VA. By already having a system in place, it makes any given task simple. Also, you will be sure that the task will be accomplished providing the results you are looking for.
Understand that it is a TEAM effort
While you are hiring a team member, this person is also letting you into their business, and into their life. It requires give & take on both parties, and it’s important to remember that. Be aware of their needs & expectations, just as you want to set your own needs & expectations. Be prepared to step up as a manager, and lead your team (the little team of 2!) with humility, grace & authority.