The key to actually finding a quality Virtual Assistant and keeping her, starts right at the beginning of the process. If you are looking for a Virtual Assistant to assist you with a 1 hour project here and there, then of course, outsourcing to a Virtual Assistant who handles mini-tasks or one-off tasks is the way to go, but I can imagine as a business owner, you need dedicated help on a full-time basis. The key here is to find a quality Virtual Assistant who is going to get involved in your business and actually become a part of what you are trying to achieve. Once you have found this person, fantastic! I would hold on to her as tight as possible, as she will be an integral part of your business. There is however one very important key to having a successful relationship with your Virtual Assistant, so that she is in-the-know and remains a part of your bigger picture and that is in the on-boarding process.
Why sacrificing time to train your Virtual Assistant is key
Even though your Virtual Assistant will be an absolute expert in her field and comes with many years of prior experience, taking time to on-board her correctly is the secret to success. This does not at all need to be a daunting process, but any experienced and organised Virtual Assistant will assist you with this process and tell you what she needs from you.
What should be covered in the on-boarding process?
- Your business history
- Your business vision
- Your business goals
- Your current operating procedures (or current lack thereof)
- Your calendar preferences
- Your travel preferences
- Your communication preferences
- Your required list of tasks you need assistance with
- Any systems you prefer to use for your business
- Any additional information that would assist your Virtual Assistant to help you most effectively in your business
What happens after the on-boarding process has been completed?
Once your Virtual Assistant has been successfully on-boarded, she would then be able to hit the ground running and start getting your business super organised. It is essential to take the time out of your schedule in the beginning of your working relationship, because now your Virtual Assistant can go ahead and help you to stress less, focus on your personal and business life and assist you to reach new levels in your business.
Want to find out more? I am an Executive Virtual Assistant with 30+ years corporate experience and am very much looking forward to chatting with you about your business. If you would like more information, please feel free to email me here: firstname.lastname@example.org . I look forward to hearing from you and hearing more about your business venture.