How to hire a VA with ease!

A virtual assistant is an individual that can perform various tasks. These tasks may include scheduling appointments, sending emails, and making phone calls. Virtual assistants are becoming increasingly popular in professional settings as they save time and increase productivity. 

Hiring a virtual assistant (VA) is an excellent way to delegate tasks and free up your time to focus on your core business. However, finding the right VA for your business can be a daunting task. Here are some tips to help you hire a VA with ease.

Hiring a virtual assistant (VA) is an excellent way to delegate tasks and free up your time to focus on your core business. However, finding the right VA for your business can be a daunting task. Here are some tips to help you hire a VA with ease.

  1. Determine your needs
    Before you start looking for a VA, you need to determine what tasks you want them to handle. Make a list of all the tasks you want to delegate and prioritize them based on their importance.

  2. Look for VAs with experience in your industry
    Look for VAs who have experience working in your industry. They will have a better understanding of your business and will be able to handle the tasks more efficiently.

  3. Check their references
    Request references from the VA and contact them to ensure that they are legitimate. Ask about the quality of work, communication skills, and reliability of the VA.

  4. Conduct an interview 
    Conduct a virtual interview with the VA to assess their communication skills, work experience, and personality. It’s important to ensure that the VA is a good fit for your business.

  5. Establish clear expectations
    Clearly define the tasks you want the VA to handle, the timeline for completion, and the desired outcome. This will help avoid any miscommunications and ensure that the VA delivers quality work.

  6. Set up a communication system
    Establish a communication system that works for both you and the VA. This could be through email, phone, or a project management tool. Regular communication will help you stay on top of the tasks and ensure that the VA is meeting your expectations.

  7. Start with a trial period
    Start with a trial period to assess the VAs performance. This will help you determine if the VA is the right fit for your business and if they can handle the tasks efficiently.
 

Hiring a VA can be a game-changer for your business. By following these tips, you can find the right VA for your business and delegate tasks with ease. Remember to establish clear expectations and communicate regularly to ensure that the VA is meeting them.

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Creating the perfect balance between your work and your home life

Running your own business is hard enough as it is, especially in that start-up phase but when you throw in trying to have a personal life as well it feels like you’re juggling a million different things. If you’re anything like me, a workaholic who loves running her own business so puts in ALL the hours or if you’re working a job to pay the bills while you build up your business, you’ll be struggling to fit everything into the 24 hours a day we have!

Many people have been able to fall into that perfect balance between work and home lives and this can lead to feelings of jealousy those “why her and not me?” thoughts can be deafening as they yell in your head or the even louder thoughts of “how do they manage to build up a booming business with the perfect home life while I’m slogging my guts out trying to get myself a customer base?”

I’ve had those thoughts and yes sometimes I still get them now but I’ve started to be able to find a balance using some of the tips below so I wanted to share them here to see if they work for you!

“Use your calendar and set personal time throughout the day!”

It’s important that even during a workday you spend some time doing something for you. Even if it is just watching half an hour of that TV programme you really enjoy. It means your brain is getting chance to rest and your body can relax before you start again!

“Keep to a set schedule!”

Spend some time each evening before you switch off scheduling your time for the following day. That way you can get on with your to do list as soon as your workday starts. If you’ve scheduled everything ready you won’t need to work over your workday hours and can spend some time in the evening relaxing.

“When you set yourself a finish time – stick to it!”

This is one I struggle with because I genuinely love what I do to the point that I can look at the calendar and it’s 3pm and then when I look again it’s 9pm and I haven’t noticed the time going past but hopefully this is one that will work for you!
If you have set your workday to finish at 5pm – make sure it finishes at 5pm. If you have said that you won’t be working weekends – don’t work them! It is important that you give your body and mind chance to recharge and working over your set hours will set a precedent that you will fall into on a regular basis.

“Do not let anything distract you!”

We all have that one friend who phones in the morning and says, “hey let’s meet for a coffee!” If this is during times that you have set out that you are going to be working, then explain that to them and give them a time that you’re free. You may be working from home in your business but it’s still a job that pays and you aren’t going to complete your work if you get distracted by others.

“Small steps are still steps in the right direction!”

You may not feel like you aren’t getting anywhere with your work/life balance but any small step that you take is still a step in the right direction for you.

 

These are just a few of the tips that can help you find that work/life balance but there are many more out there. Start with these tips and if you find that you need to add more in maybe consider outsourcing some of your tasks to a Virtual Assistant who can help you out and increase your free time!

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