Choosing The Right Virtual Assistant For Your Needs

Now that you've decided to hire a to enable you to focus on , you need to ensure that you're choosing the right person for the job. Toni Klym Mclellan offers these tips to help in your decision-making process:

  • Make sure your virtual assistant lives in a decent time zone and is willing to arrange their hours to accommodate the needs of your business.
  • Check to see if your virtual assistant has different rates for rush projects, evening hours, weekends and holidays. They usually do.
  • Ask that your virtual assistant provide all of her contact information including phone numbers, fax, emails and instant messaging handles. Find out how she prefers to be contacted in different scenarios.
  • Ask for your virtual assistant or virtual staffing agency to provide you with a work-for-hire or retainer agreement for your review. Any virtual assistant worth hiring should at minimum have a contractor agreement pre-prepared for themselves.
  • If it's important that your VA be available for occasional face-to-face meetings, limit your search to your geographical region.
  • If a virtual assistant says they can perform a specific task, they should have a resource to back up their claim. If a virtual assistant claims they can design websites but has a very unprofessional looking website his/her-self, that's probably a sign! Same goes for a VA who lists writing and editing as a skill but exhibits lackluster writing on their website that's riddled with errors. Read more at

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