How to Successfully Hire Your First Virtual Assistant!

Working from home is the new normal as the pandemic changed the way people work. The closure of offices has paved the way for workers and employers that jobs can be done remotely. 

A survey done by Pew Research Center says 71% of those who worked at the office before the pandemic are currently working from home and that 54% of them would want to continue working remotely. 

So if you’re struggling to handle things in your business all by yourself, why not hire a virtual assistant to help you focus on the bigger aspect of your business?

Most customer support working in the US is hired offshore. 

According to Outsource Accelerator, the Philippines is one of the top outsourcing destinations of the US and has been considered as “The BPO Capital of the World” since 2010. So why not hire Virtual Assistants from the Philippines?

It may seem a challenge hiring and managing an assistant from across the globe, but making sure to hire the right person for the job can make things easier in the long run. 

4 Easy Steps to Hire A Virtual Assistant

 1. Know what you need

Identify the tasks and responsibilities you need your Virtual Assistant to do. You will need this to determine the skill-set that you will be looking for in the candidates. 

Make sure you include specific details about your business, the job description, expectations, an overview of the tasks, and your budget or the salary of your virtual assistant. 

2. Job Posting and Conducting Interviews

Once you have determined what you need, it’s time to create a job posting to let aspiring virtual assistants know that you are hiring. There are a lot of online job posting sites available, you may research the best one for your specific industry. 

After creating a job post, you should shortlist candidates you think is best for the job. The next thing to do here is to interview all of them. 

3. Contract and Payment

After selecting your Virtual Assistant, it is now time for the contract signing to make things official. Carefully compose your contract and make sure you stipulate the important details such as duration of employment, salary, benefits, confidentiality agreement, non-compete agreement, and other elements that you seem necessary.

Choose a payment app and set a payment schedule. Choose the one that works for you and your Virtual Assistant.

4. Training

Part of the hiring process is training. Whether working on-site or virtually, newly hired employees are provided training for them to get to know the company and get acquainted with their role. 

Not all Virtual Assistants have the experience in your industry so, introduce them to the tools and show them the best practices.

You may have other specifications and preferences when hiring your virtual assistant. The steps above are the basic steps that will help you get started. 

Hopefully, this article will help you make your hiring process easier. 

If you need further assistance in hiring your virtual assistant, send The VA Hub a message.