Who can use a Virtual Assistant?
There are tasks within every business that can be outsourced to a Virtual Assistant – no matter what the line of business or where the business is based.
The location doesn’t matter
I have worked with clients in Canada and America as well as people in the same village as me. I never met any of them as communication was all by email. Even as employees, we email our colleagues in the next room – so distance is really no barrier to using a Virtual Assistant.
If you worry that you can’t build rapport and trust with someone whose face you have only seen via their LinkedIn profile, then arrange to Skype or Facetime them for an initial chat, and do this on a regular basis to have a catch up on progress.
If you do happen to be local, it may be that your Virtual Assistant may be happy to meet up with you for a coffee – but remember, we set up our businesses to work virtually so don’t assume that all VAs will be happy to meet in person, but the majority will.
The type of business doesn’t matter either
On the whole, the business support required by companies is similar. If there are things that your Virtual Assistant may need to know about your specific industry (for example any rules which a financial institution may need to abide by when using social media) make sure they are aware of this in advance and give them the opportunity to swot up on any background information you can provide. See my blog on getting to know your business
So now you have built rapport and chosen who you would like to work with, how do you decide what tasks to outsource? Read my blog on this topic to find out how best to do this.
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