5 things to do before hiring a virtual assistant

Do you know how to hire a virtual assistant?

Different businesses have different tasks that aid their day-to-day operations. Most of these tasks need a lot of time, resources, and energy and might lead a business owner to a corner where they find themselves busy with things that might interfere with the performance of their businesses.

This makes it important for business owners to find ways through which they can focus on the core functions of their businesses and find other people to take care of these tasks.

They (business owners) know that most of their time should be spent on things such as the business culture and business development.

They also understand that with a virtual assistant, they can have more time since the assistants can be responsible for some of the business tasks that the business owners should not engage themselves in.

However, most small businesses do not have the financial muscle to hire a person permanently to be working from their offices. So, how do they manage to get such people?

This is where virtual assistants come in. 

Who is a Virtual Assistant?

A virtual assistant can be defined as a self-employed person who can be tasked with providing professional, technical, administrative, and creative assistance to businesses or even individuals remotely.

Most businesses need them to help with their daily activities, but do they know how to hire a virtual assistant?

Check The Personality of Your Potential Virtual Assistant

Most people argue that they do not need to check the personality of their potential virtual assistants since they will not be physically working with them. However, they forget that they will be interacting with the assistants every day.

Since a virtual assistant will become one of the most important people to the running of your business, you need to make sure that their personality meets the requirements of your business. You can check their personalities using different tests and eliminate those who do not seem compatible with the business.

Finding the Virtual Assistant

You also need to think about the different avenues where you can find your potential virtual assistant. To start with, you need to make good use of your network.

Since the people you work or interact with know you well, they can refer to a person that best meets the requirements of your business.

You can also use the internet and other applications such as LinkedIn as well as Freelancing websites. Some of the best websites for this include Upwork and Fiverr. Always make sure that the person you choose meets your requirements.

Training and Education

The top two things that you need to look at when hiring a virtual assistant are their training and education. This is because, as a small business, you might not have enough budget and time for training someone before they start working for you.

It, therefore, means that you need to check the training and education of your potential virtual assistant and make sure that they are capable of handling the tasks you want them to work on without having to be trained. 

List of Tasks in Your Business

Before hiring a virtual assistant, you need to come up with a list of all the activities and tasks that are handled every day in the process of running your business.

With a clear list of the tasks, you can now evaluate the ones that are important to you and the ones that can be delegated to another person.

For instance, simple tasks such as deleting emails and other time-consuming tasks such as updating and reviewing your website content can be delegated to a virtual assistant. You can then handle the tasks that add revenue to your business.

Use of Task Handling Applications

Finally, come up with a list of applications that you can use to delegate tasks, review, and see their progress. There are different applications you can use to manage remote workers such as virtual assistants, but make sure that your business can afford the one that you pick.

You also need to make sure that the application you choose meets all your requirements. These applications are important when it comes to the visibility of all the tasks that your virtual assistant is handling, their progress, and completion dates. 


A virtual assistant is very important to every business owner who wants to grow their business. This is because they make it possible for business owners to focus on the things that bring money to their businesses.

Doing the things discussed above will help any business owner hire the right virtual assistants that meet both their needs and those of th

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