I have a question for you.
Do you trust me?
Now, I realize you may not really feel like you know me, and we have never met face-to-face. But isn’t that the way of the world these days? Online dating, social media, YouTube, working remotely…everything is virtual in this digital age, and you don’t really ever HAVE to meet someone in person in order to work with them or get a peek into their daily lives.
As my granny asked, how on earth can you work with someone you have never met, much less trust them? Granted, it’s a fair question, especially coming from…shall we say…more experienced generations. But I told her that I’m a virtual assistant and that I pretty much have clients all over the world.
You should’ve seen how wide her eyes got when I told her that!
The fact is, it takes time to build trust. There is no magic spell or formula that will make people trust you faster—or make you trust them, for that matter.
But that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing you can do anything about it!
There are a few steps you can take to speed up the process of building trust between you and your VA or virtual team.
Here are a few tips to start with:
- Know how often you like to be updated on progress. Monthly? Weekly? Figure out a schedule and set it up with your VA. That way you both know what to expect, and there is no pressure or hounding for updates. Check in with each other as often as is agreed upon, and you both will stay up-to-date.
- At the beginning, stay in touch often. Maybe schedule a quick daily chat or a weekly 20- to 30- minute call for the first few weeks of collaboration—that way you can establish a working relationship faster and get into the flow. After a few weeks, you can settle into the check-in schedule you already established.
- Begin by assigning small tasks. Increase the tasks and workload gradually over time; this gives your VA a chance to determine your working style and adapt to your rhythms, habits, and needs. Once you both figure each other out, you will fall naturally into a smooth workflow.
- Give feedback! Feedback is the most valuable part of a collaboration. It helps your VA understand you and your business better and faster. It doesn’t hurt to ask for feedback in return as well—mutual feedback helps give both parties an idea of the best way to work together. Never underestimate the power of clarification!
Hopefully I’ve gotten your wheels turning with some more ideas on how to build trust virtually.
Now that we’re talking and brainstorming, how about we meet for a virtual coffee and get to know each other?
I’d be glad to answer any questions for you and discuss your doubts and fears.
We can also go over your business and what I can do to help you with it, and determine whether you would benefit from working with a virtual assistant!
All you need to do is click here and book a slot!
I’ll be waiting to chat with you whenever you’re ready.