Virtual Assistant – Avoid these 3 deadly mistakes when hiring a virtual assistant

SRS Virtual AssistantWhen you work with a virtual assistant you want to get the most out of your experience with them. You are paying good money for the services of your virtual assistant and they want to service you to the best of their abilities. Here are 3 mistakes to avoid when dealing with your virtual assistant.

Mistake #1. Not Communicating With Your Virtual Assistant. The worse thing that can happen between you and your virtual assistant is the lack of communication. Your virtual assistant should keep in contact with you. If you are working on a project with a virtual assistant they should be watching their email or whatever form of communication is set up between the two of you.

However, if she isn’t here is what to do instead. Make sure to have a contract between you and your virtual assistant. In the contract it should be stated how and when there will be communication. If the contract is not followed it should be stated how it will be handled. You might need to be the one to pick up the phone or send an email. That would be the time to have a talk with keeping better communication between the two of you.

Mistake # 2 Is Not Giving Your Virtual Assistant Clear Deadlines. You probably have clear deadlines for your projects.  Make sure that you state and even have it in writing clear deadlines for each stage of a project you give your virtual assistant.

Mistake #3 Not having a clear vision of what you want your virtual assistant to do.

What to do instead. Save both yourself and your virtual assistant from frustration and added stress and have a clear vision of what you want your VA to accomplish with project. This will help insure that what you want accomplished will be done for you by your VA.

When you hire your next virtual assistant make sure to have a contract with them that gives guidelines that include communication. Make sure clear deadlines are given and followed. If you provide a clear vision to your virtual assistant you will have missed all 3 deadly mistakes of working with your virtual assistant.

As always I would love to work with you on any of your projects where you need some help so you can go back to marketing your business.

About Shawn Snyder

Shawn Snyder owns SRS Virtual Assistant. We work as consultants and virtual help for the entrepreneur and small business owner who is looking for help with their social media needs, email marketing and admin office help.
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4 Responses to Virtual Assistant – Avoid these 3 deadly mistakes when hiring a virtual assistant

  1. I think the order is wrong. Clear vision, clear instructions on the task (since the vision sets the parameters as to how the task be done), and then the due date.
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  2. Toni Nelson says:

    Great point. So many webinars I’ve been on lately talk about hiring VA’s but never once did they mention you should have a contract.
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