I know most entrepreneurs think that VA take usually care of admin tasks only, but it really depends.
- What are the tasks I’d like my VA to do? Prepare a list of tasks you would want the Virtual Assistant to follow. It would be even better if, before the call, you would group the tasks into categories (admin, SoMe, Newsletters, logistics)
- Is it a long term or short term project?
- What is my budget?
Keep these questions in mind, and take some notes as they are going to be useful during your first meeting with a virtual assistant.
HOW DOES A CONSULTATION LOOK LIKE?
To make the most out of your first meeting with a VA, keep in mind these questions: they’ll help the VA understanding more about you, your business and what you need:
Introduce yourself and your business – what is your company about? Core aspects? Values?
Experience – What are the tasks you need support with? What is the experience of the VA about the tasks?
Expectations – What are your expectations of working with a VA? Have you worked with a VA before? Was it a positive/negative experience? Why?
Communication – What is the tool you prefer to use to communicate? Do you use Skype or Google Hangouts? Do you have a preferred project management tool? Where do you prefer to store files?
Sensitive data/information – If you are thinking about sharing with your VA private information, you can ask her to sign a non-disclosure agreement. A good VA usually has her NDA they’ll invite you to sign too.
These are just a few questions and hints that can help you finding the best virtual assistant for you, try to arrive prepared with clear ideas at least about the tasks you want her to follow.
Any question about working with a VA?