How to Hire a Virtual Assistant for Startup Success

Starting a business is nothing short of exhausting.

We all love the idea of achieving financial freedom and the liberty to build our own schedules, but the path to getting there is often more than most of us bargained for.

There is always that list of tasks that you absolutely hate doing, but even more daunting than that list is figuring out how to get someone else to do it.

Sounds like a dream, right?

Having someone else do all the tasks you hate to do so you can focus on your passion in your start-up.

The number one pain point in the start-up world is not having enough time.

So, why not take the next five minutes to read through these steps and get yourself a virtual assistant (VA) to help you on the road to success.

I’m here to take one more of those tasks away from you and will make sure that you are fully equipped to utilize the best Canadian virtual assistant service to get your next VA by the time you get to the end of this post.

Step 1: Are you ready? 

One of the most important parts of hiring a VA or Canadian Virtual Guru is to ensure you know what you need.

Start by creating a list of all of the tasks that you dislike or do not have the skills to complete.

This can also include tasks that maybe you enjoy, but just take up too much time. You can check out a non exhaustive list of tasks VA’s can help you with here.

Once you have created a list of everything you think you will need, head on to step 2.

Step 2: Research

Now that you know what you need to from your VA to help your business grow, you need to do research on how you want to hire your virtual assistant.

Generally speaking, you have two options:

  1. Use an agency like Virtual Gurus to source you a VA tailored to the skills you need
  2. Find your VA independently

One of the best things about using an Agency is your time to finding the right VA is practically eliminated.

You don’t even need to conduct interviews, unless you want to.

If the VA assigned to you is missing a particular skill that you need later on, another VA is always around to help and you don’t have to do anything.

With an independent VA if they are missing a particular skill you would need to outsource that task somewhere else.

I know sound biased, but the key here is to save you time in the hiring process and the Virtual Guru’s can do just that.

Step 3: Sign Your Contract

When you decide between option 1 and option 2 you will be asked to sign a contract.

This is typical for any VA regardless of the option you pick.

Make sure you understand everything in the contract and ask as many questions as you need if something doesn’t make sense.

As a business owner you always want to make sure your information is protected regardless of who you outsourced it to.

Step 4: Get to know your VA

Now that you have a VA to take over all the tasks you don’t enjoy yourself, it’s important to remember that your VA is now apart of your team.

The more you get to know them and make them apart of the team more successful your relationship will be.

A virtual assistant is there to support you and the more they feel like a part of your team, the better they will do.

Your VA will also take the time to get to know you and your needs.

This will consist of either a phone call or a quick survey to assess exactly what you need.

It may include software where all tasks are housed to ensure everyone stays on track or could just be email communication.

It truly is up to you and your VA, but it’s important that you get to know another to ensure the relationship is strong.

Step 5: Communication

In today’s world, it’s sometimes a struggle to keep communication lines open when we never have a face-to-face opportunity.

In order for your virtual assistant to be successful, they need to know your needs, including how to communicate with you.

This involves answering their questions in a timely manner, providing all the information needed to complete a task, and of course being radically candid.

Stay open and honest with your VA just as you would with your employees.

Now that you are ready to hire your VA feel free to reach out to the Canadian Virtual Gurus.

P.S. If you are wanting to become a VA and stumbled on this article during your research to become a virtual assistant online check out this post or contact us today.

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