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  • 5 Facts to Note About Virtual Assistants.

    If you are looking to hire a virtual assistant, you may want to note several important facts about them. These are individuals (or teams of them) who can help start and grow your business, depending on their experience and qualifications. Before you start looking for the right assistants to help with your projects, here are five facts to note about them below.
    1. These are professional peers, rather than secretaries in a traditional setting. These individuals will be hired by you to do jobs that you need done. This makes them contractors who you will need to learn to trust and hire for your projects.
    2. Typically, you will get what you pay for. Many virtual AKA personal assistants actually hold degrees and have been formally trained; hence, you will need to expect to pay for quality. While you can certainly find people charging less than $10 per hour, you won't have the same quality results you can expect paying more for an established individual with specialized skills for specialized tasks.
    3. Not every task is financially sound for these individuals. While you are saving time, you need to consider the return on investment (ROI) associated with these workers. Typing and even virtual filing can be excellent tasks for assistants, for instance. However, if a task requires too many details (like a complete guide to follow that boasts over dozens of pages in length) and /or training up front, you need to reconsider any task that you assign for one-time assignments.
    4. Not all personal assistants are perfect for all situations. Just like a doctor has an area of specialty or expertise, the virtual assistant will also have areas where their skills are focused more. This means you might have an individual who excels with financial skills, while general word processing might be a weaker skill. Be sure you ask your potential virtual assistant where their areas of experience are focused.
    5. Virtual personal assistants tend to work on their own schedule and are their own bosses. While they are doing work for you, be sure you know what their schedule normally consists of. Some work weekdays, while others work nights and weekends. Know up front what you can expect from these individuals before you choose their services.

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    Re: 5 Facts to Note About Virtual Assistants.

    I would add to the list to be sure to list both your needs and what you are willing to pay when you place your job listing. Being clear with the assistant will help insure that both you and the assistant goes away happy from the experience. Lack of clarity in terms of both pay and responsibilities almost invariably leads to friction and other difficulties.
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    • #3
      Re: 5 Facts to Note About Virtual Assistants.

      Here are 10 things a highly competent VA can do for you:

      Manage your calendar and schedule appointments,
      Gather information and provide reports,
      Produce presentations and simple graphics,
      Generate leads for your business and make sales calls,
      Manage/Administer sales process,
      Arrange your travel,
      Make and receive calls when you can’t,
      Follow up on your behalf,
      Format letters and business documents,
      Even provide customer and technical support to keep your clients happy!

      regards,
      Angelo Brian Cartagena

      TeamSpan Global Solutions
      Direct Line: 1.203.659.4778

      Visit us at: www.teamspan.com

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      • #4
        Re: 5 Facts to Note About Virtual Assistants.

        I would add to be sure and check references, feedback and recommendations before hiring.

        I great way to determine someone's VA ability is to base it on past client results.

        Plus these are people you will most likely be trusting personal information with so due diligence is even more important

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        • #5
          Re: 5 Facts to Note About Virtual Assistants.

          There are so many websites where from you can hire Virtual assistance for your online store or something like this.You may take their test in order to check their work experienced and skills as well.Above things are also fine.
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          • #6
            Re: 5 Facts to Note About Virtual Assistants.

            If you are looking to hire VA's off a website, consider contacting me instead. I work for a company that specializes in the same service. Hiring through us ensures quality of work and service.

            Look us up: teamspan.com

            Regards
            Angelo Brian Cartagena

            TeamSpan Global Solutions
            Direct Line: 1.203.659.4778

            Visit us at: www.teamspan.com

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            • #7
              Re: 5 Facts to Note About Virtual Assistants.

              For better business and achieve your goals Call forwarding services with a virtual assistant can enhance any kind of business, entrepreneur or professional. This method provides the functionalities that people can use anywhere, anytime. Virtual Assistants will professionally answer the phone in your company name and write down messages for you.
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              • #8
                Re: 5 Facts to Note About Virtual Assistants.

                One thing to remember when it comes to dealing with personal assistants is that it costs a lot to do their job. They pay for their own internet, phone systems, printing/faxing, health insurance, office space, marketing and whatever other various tools they are using to get the job done. There is a lot of value in outsourcing these costs. The good ones are usually diamonds in the rough and should be treated as such. When you find a talented virtual assistant make sure to empower them and give them the respect they deserve.

                Another good idea is try out multiple virtual assistants and services even at once until you find the right match. No need to put all your eggs in one basket when you are just starting out on your quest to find a virtual assistant.

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                • #9
                  Re: 5 Facts to Note About Virtual Assistants.

                  Originally posted by Mr.brian_C View Post
                  Here are 10 things a highly competent VA can do for you:

                  Manage your calendar and schedule appointments,
                  Gather information and provide reports,
                  Produce presentations and simple graphics,
                  Generate leads for your business and make sales calls,
                  Manage/Administer sales process,
                  Arrange your travel,
                  Make and receive calls when you can’t,
                  Follow up on your behalf,
                  Format letters and business documents,
                  Even provide customer and technical support to keep your clients happy!

                  regards,

                  very insteresting post indeed thanks for all the useful info..
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                  • #10
                    Re: 5 Facts to Note About Virtual Assistants.

                    Originally posted by daveb View Post
                    Another good idea is try out multiple virtual assistants and services even at once until you find the right match. No need to put all your eggs in one basket when you are just starting out on your quest to find a virtual assistant.
                    This is a good strategy. On one hand you get to test out multiple VAs and on the other hand you get to work out your best practices in dealing with VAs. If you find that every VA you work with struggles with something then the problem is most likely yours, maybe the way you communicate with them or just having unrealistic expectations from the beginning.

                    The nice thing about working this way is you do get to work through these working relationships with almost no long-term expectations. You can find the people who work with you the best and have a mutually productive relationship then talk about a long-term agreement.
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                    • #11
                      Re: 5 Facts to Note About Virtual Assistants.

                      Virtual assistants may be hard to manage because you cannot actually see their presence but in reality, they could help you more than you could expect. If you know how to build a good working relationship and an open communication with them, they could help you with your business.

                      I have been hiring virtual assistants in the Philippines and so far I have employed very reliable ones. I pay them at relatively low rates compared to other countries (of course I base it on how the average employee there is paid) and I still get excellent results from them.

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                      • #12
                        Re: 5 Facts to Note About Virtual Assistants.

                        Yeah!
                        Virtual assistants are more like Virtual receptionist or Call answering services which can be availed on easy rents.
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