Here are some helpful tips to help you hire the best virtual assistant for your needs.
1. Never pay for a service up front! If someone is asking you to pay for a service before it’s delivered it’s probably a scam. You should always verify the work delivered before submitting payment. Some virtual Assistants require a contract in place before work is started, that is a normal practice, to ensure payment will be received once the work is delivered.
2. If someone is charging you a very low rate to complete a task, think twice. You get what you pay for; sometimes the work is not up to par and full of errors. Make sure the virtual assistant you hire has a guarantee policy in place.
3. Don’t hire a virtual assistant without an interview! Make sure they can handle the task at hand, and will be available when you need them. Some virtual assistants work with only one client, while others have several different clients they work for. If you need a full time virtual assistant let them know so they can take that into consideration before accepting the position you have available. Also, just because you don’t see them in person everyday doesn’t mean you don’t have to make sure your personalities don’t clash. There’s nothing worse than having a virtual assistant that has an attitude. Suggest doing an interview through Skype, or at the very least, conduct a phone interview.
If you have any questions about hiring a virtual assistant let me know. I will be more than happy to assist you in finding your perfect assistant, even if you don’t hire me.