You’re looking to outsource. You’re super busy and you rrrrrrreally need to find a Professional Virtual Assistant.
But WHERE do you start looking for the RIGHT VA for YOUR BUSINESS!?
If you’d love to find a professional virtual assistant, you may well have done a little research and read a few nightmare VA experiences. (All us VA’s cringe when we hear these stories and jump right in to defend what we do, how WE work and just how professional we are!)
I know, you really don’t have time to read a novel on this either.
SO! Check out my list… A few important pointers to help you find the professional Virtual Assistant who is RIGHT for you:
Firstly…what type of VA do you want?
Do you want a short-term, one-off, now-and-again VA? Is your work fairly straightforward and you’re happy to pass something over without a VA needing to know a bit about you and your business? If that’s your thing, there are lots of freelance sites out there. ‘You get what you pay for’ most definitely applies. There are freelance VA’s all over the world who can turn work around fast at super cheap rates. I worked freelance through Time Etc when I first wanted to try VA work and got on well. The downside? There isn’t much of a client/VA connection and it is common for VA’s to leave agencies to find their own clients and work on their own terms, which is why I suggest short term, one-off, now and again tasks are the best fit here.
Or. Are you looking to find a professional virtual assistant that you can build a long-term relationship with? Someone you can work in partnership with, who can learn your business and how you like to work. Someone who can help you grow using their skills and experience, pre-empt what you need, give that personal touch, have your back, support YOU as well as your business, be interested in their own business development as well as yours, forever learning new things in biz and social media etc? You want a VA who is in it for the long-term, running a professional business and who cares about your business and professional reputation as well as their own? If this is you, you really need to read on….
- approved customer contracts
- information secured off-site
- a website
- a commitment to high standards,
- a landline
- a domain email address
- data protection registration
- public liability insurance etc.
Check out The Society of Virtual Assistants. They’re a UK based non-profit society who promote professional virtual assistants and champion how they work. They also offer support and guidance to VA’s through groups and networking and they also offer a list of accredited VA’s who meet their standards.
VIP VA offer a client/VA matching service through their website. They thoroughly vet their members and only accept high performing, fully vetted professional virtual assistants in the UK. They offer amazing support to both client and VA, as well as ongoing training opportunities for VA’s to make sure we stay at the top of our game!
UK Association of Virtual Assistants offer a directory and you can view listings for VA’s split by area.
You can also post details of any VA work you would like done online at We Are Virtual Assistants. They can connect you with their member VA’s and help you narrow down your search. They have members all over the world.
There are VA accreditation and non-profit VA associations all over the world and if you are not in the UK there will be one in your time zone. The IVAA.org is U.S. based but has worldwide reach. And there’s the AVAA which is based in Australia.
Personal recommendations work too! If you have a business connection who uses a professional virtual assistant and happily recommends them, great! I’ve had lots of lovely recommendations from my clients. Do bear in mind the VA you are recommended probably has a list of specialist skills, so be sure to check they can do what YOU need (cold calls, for example, not my thing).
Are you in any business groups on social media? Groups for marketing, business development, self employed support groups, improving your productivity, women in business etc? Your ideal VA may well be hanging out there too. They are looking to be the best they can be at their business, just like you. I’ve met my ideal customers via social media groups time and again (and I’m always in those groups to learn, not to stake out business!)
Lastly, think about local groups. (this is last as the entire VA concept means location isn’t relevant). But, some clients prefer to find a professional virtual assistant they can meet face-to-face, even just once, or feel they need someone who will understand their local markets or have an understanding of local culture etc.
Hope this helps. There will be a professional virtual assistant who is a perfect fit for you and your business, and I hope I have narrowed down your options on what you are looking for and where to start looking.
If you’d like to know more about how I can save you time, stress and support your long-term business needs as a professional virtual assistant, check out the support I can offer, and do get in touch if you’re looking for professional virtual assistant support on a long-term basis.