Startups and established businesses are seeking and hiring virtual assistants to manage their back office over full-time employees. The reason for this trend is simple: virtual assistants save business owners time, money and work less to get things done than the average employee that does the same type of work. Since VA’s are in high demand, it may be difficult for business owners to find the right VA. So, what’s the best way to find a quality virtual assistant?
Virtual Assistants are everywhere. In a recent article, Entrepreneur reports between 2005 and 2012, telecommuting jobs grew by 79.7 percent, with freelancers accounting for 34% in that same time period. In 2017, the growth has been even more significant. If you are a business owner in search of the best ways to find a virtual assistant professional for you, here are some tips for where to look.
Networking to Find the Best VA For You
As the old adage states, “it’s not what you know; it’s who you know,” one of the easiest ways to find virtual assistants is to ask your colleagues, neighbors, friends, and others you know. You’d be surprised by the number of people who have already worked with a virtual assistant, and they may be working with one now, and may also able to recommend the same person to you.
Some other ways and places to find top-quality virtual assistants are:
- Most cities have local business groups that meet regularly. Small business Meetups can be easily found online and members may be able to recommend VAs.
- Consider going to the chamber of commerce in your community. They all have bulletin boards and areas for professionals to leave their business cards. The chamber of commerce may have hired a VA!
- VA’s attend business conferences, so you may find them at sponsor booths or helping the event itself; remember, VA’s are business owners too!
- Social media is a great tool for finding VA’s for support. Platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter have groups that allow business owners to post RFP’s (Request for Proposal) for VA’s.
Networking is about building relationships, learning, and sharing. While there are more virtual assistants than ever before, as a business owner, you want to find the best VAs that have experience, are experts in their field, can handle several projects at once and meet deadlines. Through word-of-mouth, colleagues, friends, social media and VA groups and forums, you can find the right VA to meet your needs.
Eunice Joshua Clarke is Principal and CEO of The Executive Advantage Virtual, an operations consulting and office management firm that supports companies in business development, infrastructure, systems, processes and back-office support. With over 25 years of professional experience as a consultant, administrator, office manager and writer, Eunice decided to create the company, which was born from an idea she had many years ago. After speaking with employers who complained about contractors and employees being unreliable and not professional, Eunice wanted to do something to help repair the industry’s reputation by creating a high-quality remote business consulting and administrative services firm. Eunice and her team have the expertise and business solutions necessary to be a supportive, professional partner to companies. More information about The Executive Advantage Virtual can be found on her website: www.execadvantagevirtual.com.