So you’re convinced. Your business is growing, you’re spending more and more time on tasks you don’t find fulfilling, and leaving the office later and later every day. Maybe you’ve even missed a few rugby or netball games because you just couldn’t get out of the office.
Well, time to start looking for a virtual assistant.
One of the most common questions people ask when it comes to outsourcing to a VA is how do I choose one? Or how do I even go about finding one? Here are several tips that will help you find a capable, trustworthy virtual assistant.
The first place you should start on your search for a VA is by asking those around you. If you're a part of a mastermind group, forum, or have a mentor or business coach, ask for recommendations. Create a list of those who were referred to you and contact them all. Most VAs offer a free consultation so set up a time to talk to each of them. This will help you get a feel for them and learn more about their services.
A google search, by area if you prefer, also brings up a number of VAs.
Another place you can check is virtual assistant forums. Simply doing a Google search for virtual assistant forums will bring up a list of forums you can search. Let's take a look at two of the more popular forums so you have a good idea of where to start.
There are also the popular outsourcing sites Elance and oDesk. These are a bit different than the forums and probably not the best place to look if you're just starting out. Just know that they are an option. You'll have to set up a profile on both sites and then post jobs you're looking for help with. Virtual assistants from all over the world will bid on your job, and you can choose the best fit based on their ratings and experience.
LinkedIn is another great place to find virtual assistants. Simply do a search for virtual assistant, add any special qualifications such as Infusionsoft or AWeber, and you’ll find lots of choices. Best of all, they’ll be organized according to how closely connected you are.