How to get virtual

Posted on June 20, 2011

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Entrepreneurs start their business for one thing- they like doing what they do, whether it’s being a tradesperson or running a marketing company, you started that business to do the things you love. However, what comes with running an office includes other activities that we weren’t initially expecting or trained to do. This is where outsourcing comes in. You can give tasks to someone who has the skill and will take less time to do, so you can focus on the business tasks you’re best at.

How do I know what I can and can’t hand over?

A good VA is trustworthy, therefore, you should be able to trust that whatever you pass over to them, they will keep safe and secure, whether it’s book-keeping or information about clients. A great way to learn what you can outsource to other parties is to have a consultation with a VA who will monitor what you do in an average day/week and then tell you what they can do for you.

If you’re considering using a VA, here are some of our top tips:

1. Trust the person you’re using- if you don’t trust them, you won’t be able to hand over the most time consuming tasks.

2. Have a trial month- make sure you’re both on the same page, give it a month to make sure they can learn how you want tasks completed and so you can learn how they work too.

3. Look around- test the waters, if you know other business owners who use VAs ask who they use and how they work for them

4. Sign a contract- if you know that they’ve signed a contract with you, it will make you feel more at ease with working with them, it protects both you and the VA too

5. Be open- if you don’t like how a task is completed, explain why and how you would have liked it to look, VAs are usually very highly skilled and quick learners, once they know your style, it will become easier to complete tasks to your standard.

 

 

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