As a busy entrepreneur, what could be more appealing than being able to hire an assistant? Someone who works virtually and whom can manage your every need? Considering the industry continues to grow, I’d say not much. Sassy Lasses is a Virtual Office and Creative Agency. Part of the services we provide needs our own fleet of virtual assistants. As such, I get asked all the time about Virtual Assistants and how to know both if you need one and if it’s right for you. Since it’s such a popular topic, I wanted to share my insights with you.
What is a Virtual Assistant?A virtual assistant is someone who provides a variety of services to businesses and individuals. VAs are individuals, or teams, that can operate as a member of your staff, virtually. While they operate as an extension of your team, it’s important to remember that, often, they are businesses just like yours. Overhead may look different for them however they still have bills to pay. They have programs to buy, update and learn, and more than just one person to answer to. So, finding and securing the right virtual assistant is about balancing the feel of having an employee while employing a business. It’s also what makes a good virtual assistant so valuable.
How do I know if I need a Virtual Assistant?You’ll get different answers to this everywhere you go. I usually ask my clients the following:
- Do you have more work than you can physically take on?
- Do you need help but can’t afford a full-time employee?
- Are there tasks that you do as a business owner that is hard or uncomfortable?
- Do you have processes in place for the work you would like to see transitioned?
- Do you feel like you’ve got more on your plate than you can handle?
- Is your work, or clients work, suffering?
How do I know who to hire?You can always reach out to us. We take the guesswork out of finding and hiring the right person by managing it all for you. Otherwise, we recommend that your candidates meet these 5 points to be considered. I call it, passing the “PROPA” test.