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5 Core Steps when Hiring a Virtual Assistant

5 core steps when hiring a Virtual Assistant Have you ever dreamed of getting away from the bump and grind of everyday life? Can you remember when was the last time you spent a whole vacation with your family, without being distracted by the business issues? Are you always overwhelmed, burned out? Have you reached a glass ceiling? Or better, how do you explain when others have the world by the tail, nonetheless, they are able to have a lot of time with their families that seems to defy all of the assumptions? Why them? They're just like you! Well, it is time to fulfill your dreams! Promise yourself that no case, even the most urgent, will disturb your plans anymore. Nothing should stop you from enjoying well-deserved rest, especially in the family or good company circles. You are likel…  


Update Your Knowledge on How to Use Virtual Assistant Services

Update Your Knowledge on how to use Virtual Assistant Services One of the key decisions that you will have to make up as a business owner is how your business should be run. Have you already organized an assistance team? Is your Virtual Personal Assistant a part of it? If your answer is positive, this post will provide you with useful and necessary information, and key tips on perfect using your Virtual Assistant skills and expertise! This engagement contract will have long-term or short-term implications, so you may want to consult a Virtual Assistant company to help you to select the type of service packages depending on your needs or preferences and that is right for you. In case, you have not started to use Virtual Assistant services yet, in making a choice, you will want to take i…  


Why European VA Is an Interesting Alternative to Asian or Local Assistants

European Virtual Assistant as an Alternative One of the most popular is to hire a virtual assistant (VA). The internet has made it possible to hire and work with professionals all over the world. There are companies that are just beginning to work with Virtual Assistants. For them, one of the biggest questions is: do we hire Virtual Assistants from our home country, nearby, or in Asia? Do we hire Virtual Assistants from our home country, nearby, or in Asia? There are advantages and disadvantages to each. In-country VA - Every nation has thousands of virtual assistants willing to work for you. The real problem is that they are part of the same economy. Consequently, they are likely to need the same pay rate as someone who is working right in your office. The major advantage is the…  

How To Choose A Virtual Assistant – Everything You Must Know Beforehand

Hiring a virtual assistant is an excellent way to get the work done that you need and save money. In order to hire a Virtual Assistant that will really meet your needs.

How To Choose A VA? There are certain rules you must follow to hire a Virtual Assistant:

1. Use an agency that has a wide variety of VAs available. Finding a VA that can handle all of the work is easy if you have help. Sometimes, people will try to go it alone. But the problem is that not every VA can do all of the work that you need. An agency is able to find exactly the right person for you.

2. Choose a firm and VA that you can communicate with. Some VAs don’t speak your language well. Find a VA that is fluent in your language, whether or not they are from your country. This will make communication much easier.

3. Find a VA that can save you money. In order to save money, you need a VA that can make a living but doesn’t need to be paid the same as someone in your office. If you need to pay them exactly what you pay an in-house employee, you really aren’t getting anywhere.

4. Choose a VA in a time zone that you can work with. Someone on the other side of the world is likely working in the middle of the night to work with you. No matter how great they are, no one is at their best in the middle of the night. Try to find someone that is close enough that they time difference is only a couple hours.

5. Don’t be afraid to hire a Virtual Assistant who is a specialist. There are VAs that specialise in everything from accounting to legal assistance. If you need a VA with a specific skill, don’t be afraid to hire one, even if it’s just for a short term gig. Even if you need a single project, a VA can be an inexpensive solution to your needs.

6. Communicate well. Be sure to communicate with your VA clearly and give them time to ask questions. The more you tell your VA, the more likely you will be able to get the job done right the first time.

7. Don’t be afraid to ask for changes. If something isn’t right, it’s okay to ask for changes. Even though a VA is not in your office, they are still professionals. So make sure you get what you paid for and needed.

8. Deadlines are for both of you. Your VA is going to be frustrated and miss your deadlines if you don’t respond to messages in a timely fashion. There are times when your assistant will need more information. If you are not responsive, you might find that either your work is late or it isn’t exactly what you have in mind.

9. Rework things together. Treat your VA just like you would someone in your office. Using online meeting software, you can work together to make the work perfect. This will also let your VA learn your style.

10. Pay promptly. Whether your VA is through an agency or solo, be sure to pay them promptly. They need to make a living as well as you do. It’s important that you make sure that their pay check arrives on time, every time. Virtual Assistants are those who will perform all of your work while you save money on payroll. The right VA can augment your team with very little hassle and without the expense of another office or the necessary government taxes and entitlements.

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The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

“The 4-Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss - A Review from the Virtual Assistant’s Perspective Published in 2007, “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss was controversial and fascinating. It advocated a system of automating business. This system involves Virtual Assistants and technology on a scale that no one had ever talked about before. Some of his ideas seem impractical to anyone who works ‘in the real world,’ like only checking email on Mondays. His ideas, though, when modified, such as checking email at noon and 4 pm, are not only practical but helpful. From a Virtual Assistant’s perspective, there is a lot that business owners can learn from his book. Many of his suggestions are sound and especially relevant. Timothy Ferriss' Suggestions to Consider: 1. Let someone else answe…