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There comes a time in your business when you realise that you need help and have to delegate those mundane tasks that spend so long on your to do list.  You begin to dread looking at them and sometimes even dream about them, or perhaps have nightmares about them.  When this happens, its time to call in the Listbusters – Your very own Virtual Assistant.

Some things that I get my VA to do, that you may need help with:

    Social Media like updating my Facebook page and twitter, checking my LinkedIn and sending welcome messages

    Do online research and create content for blogs

    Update databases, tag records organise lists on my CRM

    Create and update spreadsheet and  word  documents

    Update diary and respond to emails

    Update my website

“The smartest business decision you can make is to hire qualified people. Bringing the right people on board saves you thousands, and your business will run smoothly and efficiently.”
Brian Tracy

Key Things For A Smoother Journey:

Do interview them and make sure that you try out at least two, don’t expect miracles. The first one you employ may not be the best, but at under $4 per hour, you can afford some risks.

Obviously, to get the most of your VA make sure you have a list of things that they can do on a weekly basis – say 4 hours a week to start off with.  Be willing to train and show them exactly how you want each task to be completed.  Its not a “delegate and forget” scenario. It’s still your business, so you need to be on top of things and make sure you get daily check ins/updates.

  1. Register and search for suitable candidates, Philippines are best for admin while the Far east and Eastern Europe are good for technical things like websites and apps
  2. Look at the reviews for each candidate, only select the ones with 4* and over!
  3. You can ask the candidates to register their available times and make sure you interview them first, you can block out a morning/afternoon in your diary to do the interviews. 15 minutes each is good, do them back to back as some will be no shows 🙁
  4. No shows and late comers should not be considered.  Pick at least two and work with both before you decide.
  5. I use an online scheduler to arrange interviews: http://www.scheduleonce.com/  set up a profile and send them the link to book in, if they can’t do that then.

Where To Get Virtual Assistants:

People Per Hour      Click to get a discount            

Fiverr          First order of $5 is free

www.onlinejobs.ph   $49 a month to register and you still   have to pay for the VA

  1. Register and search for suitable candidates, Philippines are best for admin while the Far east and Eastern Europe are good for technical things like websites and apps
  2. Look at the reviews for each candidate, only select the ones with 4* and over!
  3. You can ask the candidates to register their available times and make sure you interview them first, you can block out a morning/afternoon in your diary to do the interviews. 15 minutes each is good, do them back to back as some will drop off.
  4. No shows and late comers should not be considered.  Pick at least two and work with both before you decide.
  5. I use an online scheduler to arrange interviews: http://www.scheduleonce.com/  set up a profile and send them the link to book in, if they can’t do that then.

Good luck with your searching and let me know how you get on…

 

“Hire character. Train skill.”

Peter Schutz