The word “Trusting on a Virtual Assistant (VA)” nowadays becoming tougher, for misconceptions, add more with spammers flooding on the internet. These results dilemma to clients on finding a VA or let them do all by themselves just to be assured. However, considering it may take their business to the next level. Contracting the services of a VA will not only lessen the cost but also increase productivity, improve quality of work and enhance flexibility.
Here are the 5 Myths about finding a Virtual Assistants that was exposed:
1. You’ll Get More Work Done with an Office Assistant.
Providing extra office space, equipment or supplies and paying an office assistant for eight (8) hours including their unproductive time such as telling their love stories to their co-employees and have to stop for sometimes for romantic or crying time, may not be practical for growing company.
VAs are paid either per productive hour or project contract. They are productive because they have to be. You don’t waste money on VAs’ work.
2. A Virtual Remote Assistant Offers More Problems than Solutions.
If you want to reduce costs further, an available option is to hire a remote VA, but contracting work from these remote regions offers more headache than relief. Issues such as dealing with cultural differences, language barriers and political unrest are commonly brought up as potential red flags.
Nevertheless, online world on our time evolved so much more as such, of people because of the internet. Even up to our differences cannot hinder, for a VA can communicate and deliver data through net via e-mail, phone-call conferences, and online workspaces.
3. Virtual Assistance Skills Has Been Weaken in the Industry.
More people are crossing over to the virtual world to capitalize on the available opportunities. As more players enter a particular industry, the higher the probability of skill or quality becoming weaken.
But in the virtual assistance industry, instead of being incompetent, it has become more widened. You have virtual assistants who cater to specific niches or requirements. In fact, the growth of the virtual assistance industry has helped improve the level of skill because more experienced people are entering the profession.
4. A Virtual Assistant Will Only Be Effective if Full-Time.
A virtual assistant’s schedule is set based on the number of tasks that have to be accomplished every day and need not to work in full-time. If the VA allocates 90 minutes per day per client, you can be assured a series of tasks or projects will be accomplished within the period.
5. Impossible to Build Trust with a Virtual Assistant.
Trying to build trust with a VA is in many ways similar to maintaining a long distance relationship. There must be constant communication between both parties. With the available technology today, all you need to do is establish regular days for communication:
Start of the week – Review of the week’s targets and activities.
End of the week – Recap of the week, discussion of pressing issues and concerns, recommended courses of action for the following week.
One-on-One – Set a day in the week where you and the VA can have personalized sessions to address issues that may hamper performance.
The bottom line is, trust in any medium takes time to build. You need to work on it to make it happen consistently.
Virtual Assistants are not just faceless people behind the computer screen. More to that, it is a useful avenue for building strong business alliances and partnerships.