Are You a Good Candidate for the Services of a Virtual Assistant - Part 2
As a company that offers the services of part time virtual assistants, we at Best Agent Business seek toincrease our business by increasing our client base or by encouraging our current clients to increase their usage. We love new clients! However, our aim is to find clients that are a good match for what we offer and how offer it. We do not subscribe to the philosophy that a client is a client is a client! We want clients who are willing to enter in to a mutually beneficial relationship with us. This is probably true of any company offering similar services on Active Rain.
So, what makes the relationship work? What types to things can doom it? To get you thinking about hiring a virtual assistant and to determine if this arrangement is likely to work for you, here are some questions to consider.
Are you willing to do a little work to prepare to take advantage of the service?
Virtual assistants, at Best Agent Business, at least, offer you the services of a team of people who can help you various areas of your business. If you have a lot of things you want to delegate, you need to be willing to bring the team up to date. This usually means some paperwork. Most people balk at too many forms but when you consider you are bringing the team up to speed on the most intricate details of your business, this is time well spent. Ironically, when you examine your own systems, you realize how much you need help!
If you find the paperwork too much, prioritize what you want done. Complete the necessary paperwork for that system so you can delegate the task. If you are very busy, even this can be an inconvenience. However, if you want things done right, you must provide all the data to the company providing the virtual assistants.
If you aren't willing to take the time to provide the information, you are expecting the virtual assistant to work at an extreme disadvantage that can doom the relationship.
Are you willing to truly delegate the work after developing a comfort level with your team of virtual assistants?
Letting go of tasks you usually do is hard for many people - even if the tasks are big time-eaters while being low dollar producers. If this is the first time you have used virtual help, you may be uneasy until you know the work flow between yourself and the team. Unquestionably, you want to feel comfortable with your virtual assistants before you let them loose on your data base or your marketing materials.
Once you get past the initial few days, remind yourself: The reason you hired the assistants was because you needed help. Keep an eye on what is going on, but if you micromanage every task, you will not get your full value.
Are you willing to communicate with the team?
The virtual assistants assigned to you may be the brightest and the best, who can jump into your tasks quickly and deliver results that exceed your expectations. Often, a few words from you can verify that the task is being done right. Since you are the expert in your local area, a little tweaking on a blog or listing presentation can make a big difference
If you regard the questions or the request for your input as a waste of your time, the results may not be what you want or expect.
Are you willing to give the arrangement a little time?
Even if you are a techie, it may take a little getting used to having an assistant who in not in the next room. There can be initial communication failures with your part time virtual assistant just like with the person at the next desk.
To keep things on the right track, take advantage of the client service calls the virtual assistance company makes to you early on. Be forthright with any concerns you may have about how the arrangement is working out. Make sure you give it enough time to product results.
If you answered "yes" to the questions above, the services of a part time virtual assistant will work for you Take 30 minutes today to schedule a call with Steve Kantor to see how a part time virtual assist can transform your business.
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