Virtual assistants are becoming increasingly popular, especially where start-ups and SME’s are concerned. At first, the idea of delegating so many of your day to day duties to someone who is not working with you on site can seem quite scary. It takes a little getting used to, but once you’ve adapted you’ll wonder how you ever worked without your virtual assistant.
There are a number of things you can do to make your relationship with your virtual assistant more productive and more beneficial for both parties.
Here are some top entrepreneurial tips that will enhance your virtual assistant’s performance.
Give Your Virtual Assistant Clear and Concise Instructions
Virtual assistants are not mind readers, and as they don’t work in your office they won’t grasp immediately what it is you do, why you do it and how you do it. This is not for one minute diminishing how much value a virtual assistant can bring to your business; it just knows where they fit in in the grand scheme of things. Be sure to give your virtual assistant a brief summary of your business, your market and the jobs that you would like them to complete for you. Give clear and concise instructions for all tasks that you ask them to work on for you.
Have Realistic Expectations of Your Virtual Assistant
Virtual assistants are very good at what they do, but they are not superhuman. They can only do so much. No matter how experienced your virtual assistant may be they will need both time and proper instruction in order to carry out the requests that you have made. Always check when you deliver a brief to your virtual assistant that they fully understand what is required and check that they have everything that they need in order to deliver the work on time.
Spend Time Training Your Virtual Assistant
Sure, your virtual assistant will know how to type up a document; but unless you spend a little time training them they won’t know exactly how you like your documents to be prepared. A little training can go a long way. Arrange a time that’s convenient for both parties to spend time each week training on different tasks. This will be money well spent later down the line!
Ask Your Virtual Assistant to Work to Deadlines
Virtual assistants can take on a lot of work from a lot of different clients, so it’s important that they know exactly what it is you expect from them and when you’re expecting it to be delivered by. There may be times that you think you could get a job done more quickly, but that costs you your time. Be prepared to wait a little longer if needs be, and don’t forget that by investing time in training your VA could gets tasks done more quickly!
Don’t Be Shy of Paying Your Virtual Assistant a Compliment!
There’s absolutely no harm in saying ‘job well done’. A small compliment can make a big difference in the productivity and attitude of your virtual assistant. Given that it’s costing you less money to outsource to a VA compared to hiring staff to work on site it really doesn’t hurt to say thank you every time your VA returns a piece of completed work.
Be Consistent With Your Payments
Whether you pay your VA on completion of each task, per week or per month it’s important to keep your payments consistent. Fail to pay your VA on time and they may decide to focus their energies on their other clients. Make an agreement as to how and when payments should be made before any work is undertaken.
Author Bio: Davis Miller is a regular guest post writer and a freelance writer. He has a great sense of humor and thus writes very brilliantly. He has written on the latest Uassist virtual assistant software.