Top 3 Things to Consider BEFORE Engaging a VA

3rd July 2017

Guest Writer – Anita Kilkenny

Does delegating make you freak out and feel cold with fear?
Engaging a virtual assistant for the first time can be quite a daunting experience and very nerve racking …
• What if you can’t find the right one?
• What if they do it wrong?
• What if they rip me off?
• How can I trust someone else to look after MY business?
These are very legitimate concerns but it doesn’t have to be this way if you know what you’re looking for and you do your homework.
So, here are the Top 3 Things to consider BEFORE engaging a Virtual Assistant …

#1 … Professionalism
There are many virtual assistants out there with varying qualifications and experience, so how do you know which one to work with?  Good question!  Professional virtual assistants run their own businesses just like you do, they work with you, not for you and are super skilled at what they do. They’ve spent time and energy on training and education and they want your business to succeed. Sure, skills and experience will vary, so do your homework and due diligence. Research and ask around for referrals. Word of mouth is very powerful.

#2 … Budget
Can you afford to engage a virtual assistant, or, more importantly, can you afford NOT to do so?  If you’re spending time doing everything yourself, then it’s a no brainer. Work out a budget but be realistic.  An awesome virtual assistant will work with your budget or let you know what they can do to fit with it.  Some work on hourly rates and some offer packages – these are based on value and outcomes rather than time keeping.  This benefits everyone in the long run.  Remember the rates will be higher than employing someone, but there are also hidden costs
with employment.  Hiring the cheapest virtual assistant may not get you the results that you want and it may even cost you more in the long run, so don’t go on price alone.  It’s not worth the heartache.

#3 … Your Business Goals and Dreams
What are your short and long-terms goals and dreams?
How will you achieve them?
What is your timeframe?
Who do you need to help you achieve them?
What ‘type’ of virtual assistant you engage will depend on what your short or long-terms goals and needs. If you just need to get stuff done now, then you may need to engage a generalist VA to help with day-to-day tasks, such as diary management, emails, travel, event management, etc.  But if your goal is to grow, then you may need someone more specialised to implement marketing strategies and processes to streamline your business.

Work out what you want done and find a Virtual Assistant that will fit into your needs. You may even need more than one and that’s totally fine too.

Where Can You Find Your VA?
The best place to start is at the Australian Virtual Assistants Association website. There is a list of Australian VA networks and all of them have an RFP (Request for Proposal) page for businesses who are looking for a VA.  Take the time to do your homework and don’t be afraid to let go and delegate.  It’s the only way your business will grow.

Author Bio: Anita Kilkenny, Head Goddess at The Holistic Virtual Assistant

This article featured in the April Edition of Paeds Biz.

Cathy works as a Paediatric Private Practice business coach.  Her lived private practice experience and management know how may be just what you and your business need.  Get in touch today and book your free 30 minute consult.