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How-to: Find a Virtual Assistant

By Tracey Ehman on Dec 14 2009 • Filed under How-To

How do you know when you need a Virtual Assistant?

Asking for help is something that many entrepreneurs hate to do. They have the ‘lone-ranger’ mentality which makes them believe that to be successful they really need to do this solo. But let’s revisit that thought process and see if any of this sounds like you.

1. You gave up your eight hours per day, five-days-a-week job to become a home-based business owner so that you could spend more time with your children, be more flexible and be your own boss, but you are now working 12-hours-a-day, six or seven days a week.

2. You built your business because you wanted to offer a service or product that you have an incredible passion for and knowledge about, yet you are spending more time trying to answer your emails and keeping your client/customer contact up-to-date than doing what you love.

3. You find yourself awake at night wondering if this was a bad idea, and if you should have stayed in your day job, because there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done, and actually grow your business to the point where you are earning more income instead of spending your day putting out fires.

If any of the above scenarios sound like you, then you should definitely consider speaking with a virtual assistant. By taking some of these tasks off your plate, a virtual assistant can help you get more hours back in your day, enable you tospend time doing the things you are passionate about (and make you more money) and feel more confident and less stressed when thinking about whether going out on your own was a wise decision.

How do you go about finding the right Virtual Assistant for you and your company?

The first thing you need to do is sit down and determine what tasks you do in your business that you hate doing, or what tasks do you want to do, or know you should do, but just haven’t had a chance to tackle. Once you have that list, you are better equipped to figure out what skills would be the best help for you.

Many Virtual Assistants have a broad range of experience, and some can help you with all your needs, while others specialize in a particular area. You can have a team of Virtual Assistants working with you if you deem that the best solution for your business.

The Top 3 things you should do when looking for the right Virtual Assistant for you, counting down from #3, are:

#3. Find out what their specialty is. Do they provide basic administration services, using Microsoft office products? Can they provide service/documents that is compatible in the software you use? Do they have any specific software certification? All this helps you to determine their ability to learn and retain new things.

#2. Ask for samples of their work. If they are going to be doing some copy writing for you, or writing for your blog, you want to confirm that their style of writing is cohesive with your business style.

#1. Go to sites such as VAClassroom where you can submit your Request for Proposal to a large database of well-trained Virtual Assistants. This makes the search much easier to do and a greater likelihood that you will find the perfect Virtual Assistant for you.


  1. This is the BEST INFORMATION I’ve read in such a long time! Thank you for sharing these great tips!


  1. How Do You Hire a VA? Entrepreneurial Woman Magazine

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