4 Mistakes to Avoid when Working with a Virtual Assistant

Mar 25, 2014

Having a good relationship with your Virtual Assistant might be the only thing you need to be one step closer to the success of your business. Make sure to avoid these four common mistakes some business owners commit to keep your relationship with your VA healthy.

  1. Not having a careful plan. If you want to get the most out of your Virtual Assistant, then you need to pause a little and start thinking what kind of person you are looking for. Ask yourself how he or she will be best engaged in your venture. What tasks do you want to delegate? What skills, experience, personality, and background do you require for the position? How do you plan to communicate with this person? Realize that there will be a learning curve at the beginning as both of you get to know each other. You may have to make some changes and tweaks as you move forward, but still, having an overall agenda upfront will surely put you many steps ahead of the game.
  2. Unreasonable expectations. Make sure your expectations in terms of the quantity and quality of your VA’s output is in line with the compensation you are willing to pay versus the time you are allotting for task completion. If you are unsure what to expect, then do some research go to forums or click here to see how much a VA normally charge. 
  3. Making unclear or complicated requests. Make sure the ABCs of tasks you send your VA are clearly spelled out, preferably in writing, use bullets and bold letters to state clearly your points. In fact, you SHOULD have a well-written independent agreement in place.  Also, try to check in with your VA on a regular basis to make sure that both of you are on the same page. You, of course, must be on top of everything. For other business owners, this may mean talking or chatting every day, but other arrangements find that once or twice a week on the phone or via Skype or Google Hangouts will do the job.
  4. Don’t know when to call it quits. If your relationship with your VA isn’t a WIN-WIN anymore, then it may be in your best interest to put an end to it. Be prepared for it when the time comes. Why throw your precious time and money away on something that is not giving you a proper return when it’s the very purpose you hired a Virtual Assistant


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