How to communicate with you virtual assistant.
When I first started using virtual assistants (VAs), I tested assistants from India and the Philippines . But I spent most of my time frustrated with the amount of questions I received. How many times have you really needed to get something done by your VA, but you end up doing it yourself, because you just can trust your VA to do it independently. Continue Reading
Outsourcing is something that’s on the rise and becoming more and more popular with small businesses.
There are components of your business that you just don’t know how to do, and that is to be expected. I don’t know one person that is an expert in every area of business. This is where outsourcing comes in handy.
The best way to manage multiple contractors, is to hire a team leader. This way you are only communicating with one person, and that person is communicating your message with the rest of the team, and making sure that everything is getting done. Continue Reading
Let’s talk about the cost of outsourcing and how you manage these costs.
Whether you’re hiring at home or abroad you can often get workers for a much lower price by hiring them temporarily. Temporary help is less expensive because it is usually found overseas, and the pay expectations are a lot lower there, but you have to be very careful with the quality. Continue Reading
If you’re too busy to even look for a virtual employee, that would be the first sign that you need to find one, and fast.
I have been in your shoes, and it is a frustrating situation.
You know that you need to find some help, but the second your feet hit the floor in the morning, you are like a rocket ship. You grab some coffee to keep you going, and maybe a piece of toast. You’re not even dressed before the phone starts ringing, and the last thing you have time to do is sit down for hours at a time an look through resumes.
There are a lot of places to find workers, but you can’t always hire them under the terms that you prefer. You really want to make sure that you are not going to sites where you have to bid on the contractor. That can be very time consuming, and you can end up paying more than the person is worth.
If you are going to look for a VA, I would recommend sites that you can negotiate prices with the contractor, maybe a site like craigslist. On sites like this you are negotiating with them directly rather than bidding on them on sites like e-lance. Continue Reading