For some, the thought of working with a virtual assistant can be a bit frightening. You don’t know how you would work with someone that you can’t see. How will you know when they are working? How will you know whether or not they are actually working on your tasks? How will you make the virtual assistant become a part of your business? Will working with a virtual assistant really benefit my business? You may have a number of questions, but working with a virtual assistant isn’t as complicated as you may think. To relieve the fear and anxiety that you may have in working with a virtual assistant, let’s take a moment to address each of these questions, shall we?
How can I work with someone that I can’t see? Today’s technological advances allow virtual assistants to do just about anything virtually. I used to tell people that virtual assistants could do anything except provide filing services. However, even that has changed with development of online file management systems. If you’re in a corporate office setting you may find yourself conducting business more so via Skype, phone and e-mail. All of these tools were invented to help us work with people all over the world. These same tools can be used to help you work well with your virtual assistant.
How will I know if and when the virtual assistant is working on my tasks? It’s not a matter of when your virtual assistant is sitting at his or her desk, the main point is if he or she is doing the tasks that you assign. You will easily be able to know if your virtual assistant is doing the tasks that you assign based upon the results that you see. For example, if you request that a flight be booked, once you receive the confirmation via e-mail, you know that it’s been handled. In order to determine how your virtual assistant is managing all of the tasks on their to-do-list, you can always schedule ongoing update calls with your assistant.
Will working with a virtual assistant really benefit my business? You can grow your business so much faster if you have support. Just imagine what you could do if you’re weren’t drowning in administrative work. You will be free to focus on things that you enjoy most about your business and spend more time with your family.
How will I make the virtual assistant become a part of my business? Keeping your assistant in the know is a big part of making he or she feel as though they are a part of your company. You can do this by speaking with them on a regular basis, at least once per week. If they assist you with scheduling, be sure to copy your assistant on all of your business e-mail communication. This helps your virtual assistant to know what you have going on with your business contacts. If your company has an annual get together of any kind you can invite your virtual assistant to attend. Even if you’re a smaller company and don’t have an annual meeting, you can still have a face-to-face interaction with your virtual assistant through a Skype call.
Working with a virtual assistant shouldn’t be a fearful process. Working virtually with an assistant can be done very successfully if you practice the information provided in this article. Your virtual assistant may not be right next door or even down the hall, but she can be just a click away and ready to support you.