Tips on how to hire a virtual assistant

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Hiring an in-house assistant is costly. Not only do you need to pay them a competitive salary, but you must also cover other costs like paid time off, sick leave, and expenses like a desk, laptop, etc. On the other hand, if you hire a virtual assistant, this is significantly more cost-effective as you will generally only pay them an affordable rate for the hours they work.

Additionally, hiring an on-site assistant means you are geographically limited in terms of suitable candidates for the job. However, you can hire a virtual assistant from anywhere in the world – because they work remotely – which significantly broadens your talent pool.

If these reasons are enough to convince you that you need to hire a virtual assistant, keep reading to learn more about the process.

Tip #1: Don’t hire the first person you find

You may interview a virtual assistant and think they’re fantastic, so you go ahead and hire them on the spot. This is the opposite of what you should be doing.

When you hire a virtual assistant, you’ll want to meet with several candidates before you make your final decision.

Each candidate will possess different skills and have varying backgrounds. You need to find the perfect fit for your circumstances, which may take some time. We know you don’t have much time on your hands as a busy entrepreneur, but spending a little extra on hiring the right assistant will benefit you in the long run.

Tip #2: Hire a virtual assistant that has a background in your industry

Virtual assistants typically come with a broad range of skills, which would be highly beneficial for your business. However, perhaps what is more important is that they have experience in the industry you work in.

For example, if you work in the financial industry, hiring a virtual assistant with expertise in the beauty industry wouldn’t be the best idea.

Many of the tasks you’ll need your virtual assistant to attend to can be learned on the job. However, background and expertise in your industry should be non-negotiables.

Tip #3: Work with a virtual assistant agency

When you work with a virtual assistant agency like Outsourcery, the process of hiring a virtual assistant becomes effortless.

Our virtual assistants undergo rigorous interviews and screening processes, meaning they’re fully vetted before you hire one.

We will also match you with an assistant who has experience in the industry that your business is in and that has the skills you would need from a remote employee.

Lastly, you’ll get to interview a couple of our virtual assistants before deciding who you would like to work with.

When you hire a virtual assistant through Outsourcery, you’re getting the absolute cream of the crop. We only hire 1% of the candidates that apply to work for us – this means you’re getting top-quality talent perfectly matched to your specific needs. If you’re interested in hiring an Outsourcery virtual assistant, visit our website to get in touch.

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