Halloween. Thanksgiving. Christmas.

It’s only a matter of time.

Business will be picking up. Orders have to be filled.  Production schedule is going to get tight.

And there’s the annual family holiday that you are expected to organize.

Before the flurry of activities begin, have you thought about getting help?

2 words.  Virtual Assistant.  

Think about it.  

Who doesn’t need help when there’s just too many things that need your attention?

Are you worried about entrusting some tasks to someone else?  

That’s perfectly normal.

Maybe this piece will help you see how beneficial outsourcing can be.

Working with a virtual assistant can help you get ahead in business.

Not only that, you will have more time for your personal life…more “me” time.

Here are tips on how easily you can work with a virtual assistant.

1. Plan ahead.

Your To-Do list keeps getting longer.  You’ve crossed out a lot of tasks from your list. But new tasks keep coming up.

This means you need to think ahead.  You need a plan.

List down tasks that only you can do. List down the tasks you think you can outsource to a skilled virtual assistant.  

Once you’ve divided the tasks, determine how much time is needed to accomplish each task.  

You will find out how much extra time you’ve freed up.

You could use the extra time to train your Virtual Assistant to learn about the business, so you can start assigning more tasks.

Now you can get a head start in organizing that family vacation.  

Wait…you could let your virtual assistant do that for you, too!

2. Determine the kind of help you need.

There must be something that you know you may need help with.

Here are common tasks that can be assigned to a Virtual Assistant:

  • Tasks that are recurring that eat up a lot of your time
  • Tasks that you do not have the time to do
  • Tasks that you don’t enjoy doing
  • Tasks that are too technical or specialized for you to do

3. Call and discover.

Hop on a video call with your prospective virtual assistant.

It is a chance to get to know one another, to ask relevant questions, and to determine if you think you will get along working together.

You will know if the virtual assistant will be a good fit for your business.

4. Be clear about how you work.

Know yourself.  Know what you like when it comes to work.

Ask yourself:

  • What is your work style? Are you into micro managing?
  • How do you work best?  Less talk, more results?
  • Do you have issues about collaborating with a virtual assistant in a remote working environment?
  • Do you require weekly status reports or on as need basis?
  • Do you prefer to communicate via email or through your preferred online app?
  • Do you need to be in touch daily or once a week?

Find a virtual assistant whose work style will match yours.

5. Communicate.

Communication is key especially if you work remotely with someone.

Being in constant touch and sync will ensure that deliverables, timelines and expectations are met.  

Regular communication with your virtual assistant builds teamwork and collaboration.  This works well especially if you are outsourcing a remote team.

Communicate clearly. Keep channels of communication open.  Don’t be afraid to comment on your virtual assistant’s work. Be open to feedback as well.  

These tips will helps build a good and efficient working relationship with your virtual assistant or remote team.  

You will realize how outsourcing tasks can help you run your business more efficiently.  Best of all, you will have what most people lack…Time!

Do you want to know how else a virtual assistant can do more for you and your business?

Find out through Great Work Online, where outsourcing is made simple.

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