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For self-employed people working from home, hiring the right assistant is a key issue—especially when the right a...
For self-employed people working from home, hiring the right assistant is a key issue—especially when the right assistant is located far from them.
A virtual assistant can help from anywhere in the world via phone, e-mail, fax and, of course, the internet. Telecommuting is gaining more and more workers and you will be able to hire the right person from a very large pool of candidates. And hiring a virtual assistant can be a very cost effective way to handle your administrative tasks.
Recommendations from former employers and clients are a great way to start. And recommendations on social networks (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) belong to this category.
Reviewing the skills and the expertise of anyone you consider for this position is also essential. An efficient category of virtual assistants is that of experienced administrative professionals, and former employees who have decided to launch their own service-based business.
Another aspect that should be taken into consideration is the selection of the type of tasks you will delegate to your assistant. Looking for professionals who have the skills and are good in the specific type of tasks minimizes your risk.
During the interview, questions that you can ask to make the selection process easier for you concern: reasons for selecting this type of work, areas of expertise, current clientele, daily organization of projects, methods of keeping track of daily assignments, typical turnaround time for projects, and amount paid per hour or per project, etc.
A bit of homework can also be useful: Check their social profiles and websites, prepare a contract and possibly a confidentiality agreement, and double-check their references.
One of the most important decisions in your self-employment career is selecting the right (virtual) assistant. Choose wisely and your business will flourish.