Hiring a VA: Practical Tips for the Entrepreneur

Hiring a VA is one of the first yet most important steps an entrepreneur could do. Having skilled people on your team helps free up your time and you can focus on the things of higher impact on your business goals. Hiring a VA, or virtual assistant means getting all the work done a lot faster while avoiding stress and fatigue. 


Know the Benefits of Having a VA

  • No overhead space needed. Communicating with your VA is easy, especially through the communication software available. Additionally, a VA can also manage the rest of your virtual staff.
  • VAs are less expensive than PAs, especially if you’re hiring from somewhere like the Philippines, where they typically charge less than what a local VA or PA would. Not only are you saving time, but you’re also cutting costs which you can use to invest in other matters. 
  • Focus on high-impact decisions and plans for your business. As an entrepreneur, don’t waste time doing tasks you don’t have to. When you delegate, you’re able to focus on things that require your presence.
  • You don’t need to be fatigued and burned out to run a successful business. You need a hardworking and trustworthy team, and the first step is to go out and find them.


How to select the right virtual assistant  

Many virtual assistants have a wide range of skill sets, while some have specialized ones. In order to find the right one, you first have to identify what you need your VA to do.


VA’s can open up a lot of time and help you get through your to-do list. Most people hire VA’s for help on administrative tasks like filing documents, data entry, managing contact lists, and other virtual staff, email management, and bookkeeping.


Read: How Hiring a Virtual Assistant Can Save You Time and Money


Where to look for a VA

You can find many virtual assistants on freelance websites like Upwork or Fivver. These freelance VA’s usually have many other projects going on at once, so they’re most suited for project-based hiring instead of a long term agreement.


There are also hiring agencies that already have a roster of skilled and experienced VA’s. The benefit of hiring from an agency is that they can instantly match you with a VA that fits your business needs. You don’t have to go through the whole process of the job posting, waiting for responses, or rate haggling. Agencies usually have a fixed price (very reasonable ones), while ensuring your VA does the job. Hiring from an agency removes the anxiety of “disappearing VA’s” that most business owners have when hiring freelancers. 


Digital Offsider has a roster of skilled and experienced VA’s who will get the job done wherever they are. We’ve selected the best VAs in their fields and we can match you to whom your business is suited to the most. Send us a message so we can find you the VA you need, no more overworking, and no more fatigue! 

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