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Find The Perfect Virtual Assistant in 3 Easy Steps

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As a business owner, you likely struggle with finding time each day to do all the things on your to-do list. If you wish that you had someone that could do all the small tasks, giving you more time to focus on growing your business, you might want to consider hiring a virtual assistant. A virtual assistant is an employee or freelance office assistant that works remotely in an administrative role. They could be located anywhere and may work for you full-time or they may have several other leaders that they do work for in any given week. At my company Maui Mastermind, we teach our business coaching clients how to find and hire the perfect virtual assistant in three steps: Step 1: Get Clear on The Role Description The key is to get very clear on what tasks you would like them to do on a daily, weekly and monthly basis and put it down on paper. Be realistic about your expectations here. A lot of business owners want the perfect candidate. You want someone who is tech savvy, yet creative. Someone who follows directions well, yet needs no directions. Which is why it’s imperative that you write out what tasks are expected each week. Taking the extra step will help you seperate what is needed versus what you think an “ideal” employee looks like. Here is an example of some items in a role description we recently used for a marketing virtual assistant hire: Sending e-letters via our chosen software Creating a content calendar Posting to syndicated sites following processes Social media management Step 2: Get Clear on What an “Ideal Candidate” Looks Like Once you have a good idea of what your candidate will be doing on a daily basis, you then want to get clear on what your ideal candidate looks like. Here is what we used for the marketing virtual assistant role. The first few items are must-haves, while the remaining items are nice-to-haves. A word of caution here, as I have seen it time and time again with clients and business leaders: do not make a hiring decision based on how well you like the person. The virtual assistant could be a very nice individual, organized and well spoken. But at the end of the day, if they don’t have your must-haves you shouldn’t hire them. Must Haves: Strong communicator, especially in writing. Must be fluent and clear in English when writing. Process oriented, good at using systems, refining systems, and can learn to create systems over time. Has initiative. Okay with some ambiguity and figuring out tasks on their own. Must be detail oriented. Good to Haves: Step 3: Come Up with 3-5 Test Projects Give each candidate three to five test projects to do within a certain period of time, giving every candidate the exact same tasks, and offer to pay their hourly rate for the time spent doing those tasks. For the marketing position in question, we gave the following […]

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