How to hire a virtual assistant

How to Hire a Virtual Assistant

Has the overwhelm of running your business started to take a toll on your progress? Do you have the ideas and not sure how to implement them? You need help in several different areas, but you aren’t sure where to start. You are not alone! These are typical feeling of many entrepreneurs. It is hard to do all the things needed in a small business.

Even when you know you need to outsource, you don’t know where to turn. Who are you to trust? And how do you know it is going to be a good relationship? How do you know how to hire a virtual assistant?

I recently did this super fun interview with JAM at Peaceful Media about how to hire a virtual assistant and know you are getting the right match for you. Something I am very passionate about.

Peaceful Media has seen great success and worked with some amazing names in the digital marketing world, including Jeff Walker’s Product Launch Formula team and Brendon Burchard.  They are more than just a marketing agency or web firm. Meeting JAM has been a great experience for me not only professionally, but personally as well. You know you have met someone awesome when you can feel the connection early on. From the first conversation I have had with JAM, I have been inspired to get back to the fun stuff. I love what I do, and I want others to enjoy their journey’s in this industry as well. It should be fun! JAM cares about the people he supports and wants success for them. You can tell early on that this isn’t a statement but a belief that resonates from his soul. It is not just about the business or sale, but meeting real people who are doing good things. JAM and Peaceful Media really live up to their motto of Love More, Play More, Do More Good!

I think it is that connection that made it so fun to talk about working with people who are trying to change the world. You know who you are! The business owner, the entrepreneur, the dreamer. You have an idea and want to make an impact on the world or industry-big or small! Peaceful Media and QBR share the passion of wanting to support and love to all the rock stars out there! You matter! Your ideas matter!

So if you are on a mission to change your world, no matter how big or small you feel it is, GO FOR IT! There is help out there for you.

I know there are times that it feels overwhelming and that you are not sure what to do. Whether you’re a newbie getting started online or an established business owner, a virtual assistant can bring many benefits to your business and personal life. Watch the video to learn more, but here are a few of the things we discuss.

There is a virtual assistant for every task in your business.

One of the magical parts (there are many!) about virtual assistants is they can specialize in any area of support you need. Virtual assistants can specialize in graphic design, administration tasks, social media strategy or implementation, tech, or so many other areas. Or you might find someone who is a “Jack or Jill of all trades.” This person can have a pretty good idea of all these things but doesn’t specialize in one. QBR, specifically, has a team of people who specialize in each and they are cross-trained in others. This way you get a whole team of skills at your disposal. You need to make sure you know what type of virtual assistant is a match for you and your business. We all work differently so make sure you know what you need.

How to hire a virtual assistant?

The key to a successful relationship with a virtual assistant is hiring the best person for your business. QBR put together this free cheat sheet for you to know how hire a virtual assistant. It will give you questions to ask to help filter through all the different options out there. As with any industry, some choices are better than others. You want to protect yourself from the disappearing VA.

This is a relationship.

If you want to get the most out of the experience of using a virtual assistant, you must look at this as a relationship. It takes time for any relationship to blossom. There are ups and there are downs. Even after years of working with someone you still have to put in effort to keep the relationship alive, avoid miscommunication, and general effort to make it a success. Remember that this is your business. You are not going to get anyone who is as passionate about it as you. And no one will ever know it as well as you. Outsourcing even to really good people doesn’t mean that you get to disengage totally from the tasks. The relationship goes two-ways and needs support on both ends for it to be successful. Invest in the relationship. The best way to get the best out of a virtual assistant is to give them your best. Strive to be his or her favorite client and see what blossoms. 

I believe that everyone has to be open to communicating their boundaries. Set expectations in advance with your VA and be open to your VA setting his or her expectations with you as well.

If you really want to see your business grow and reach new heights, you can’t do it alone. Everyone needs a team behind them, and you want to make sure you have the right match for you.