How to Find a Great VA!

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More and more entrepreneurs are discovering the vital help that a virtual assistant can provide in helping their business to grow and be successful. These tips will help you make sure you find the …

More and more entrepreneurs are discovering the vital help that a virtual assistant can provide in helping their business to grow and be successful. These tips will help you make sure you find the best VA for your needs.

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  • 1.  
  • 2. Overview
    • What is a VA?
    • What does a VA do?
    • What are the benefits of working with a Virtual Assistant?
    • What do I look for in a VA?
    • How do I find a VA?
  • 3. What is a Virtual Assistant?
    • A Virtual Assistant (VA) is an independent entrepreneur providing administrative, creative and/or technical services.
    • Utilizing advanced technological modes of communication and data delivery, a professional VA assists clients in his/her area of expertise from his/her own office on a contractual basis.
  • 4. Services provided by Virtual Assistants Include:
    • Administrative Support
    • Association Management
    • Marketing
    • Bookkeeping
    • Web Site Design & maintenance
    • Scheduling
    • Data entry
    • Multimedia Presentations
    • Desktop publishing
    • Speaker/Author/Coach Support
    • Real Estate support
    • Database design
    • Graphic design
    • Research
    • Transcription
    • Legal support
    • Insurance Broker/Agent support
    • Business Coaching
    • Personal Assistance
  • 5. Major Benefits of using a VA:
    • No payroll expenses or benefits costs
    • Only paying for “time on task”
    • No need of office space or equipment
    • Specialist in their chosen niche area
    • No geographical limitations
    • Access to new technology
    • Saves you time and money
    • A partner in the success of your business
  • 6. Who Benefits from VA Services?
    • Small businesses
    •   Self-employed workers
    •   Executives of any kind
    •   Busy people
    •   Clubs and associations
    •   Sales executives
    •   Chief executives
    •   Presidents
    •   Speakers
    • Authors
    • Coaches
    • Real Estate Agents 
    • Entrepreneurs
    •   Consultants
    • Market Agents
    •   Home-based business
    •   New start-up business
    •   Internet business
    •   International business
    • Lawyers
    • Doctors
    •   ANYONE!
  • 7. What to outsource
    • Projects or ongoing support
    • Tasks that you don’t like to do
    • Tasks that you don’t have time to do
    • Tasks that you don’t know how to do
    • Anything that’s more cost & time effective to outsource to someone else
  • 8. How Do I Find a VA:
    • Go to www.ivaa.org
      • Search our member directory by keyword or location
      • Browse our directory by speciality area or certification
      • Submit an RFP that outlines your needs and preferences
  • 9. What to Look for in a VA
    • What Certifications, if any, does the VA have? 
    • What professional organizations do they belong to?
    • Can the VA provide client testimonials? 
    • What are the billing rates & forms of payment?
    • Does the VA specialize in relevant areas?
    • Is the VA available for the hours you require?
    • Is the VA equipped with the proper hardware/software?
  • 10. How Do I Select a VA?
    • Spend time on the VA's website.
      • Check for typos and bad grammar
      • accomplishments
      • participation in the VA industry
      • published articles. 
    • Ask for client references and check them.
    • Schedule a time to conduct a phone interview.
      • Review the tasks or project
      • Discuss billing and payment methods
      • Agree on a preferred communication style and schedule
  • 11. Conclusion
    • When you hire a VA, you open the door to a global resource of administrative, technical and creative support.
    • Virtual Assistants help YOU so that YOU can focus on your business.
    • The Virtual Assistant - A partner in your success!