Running a business from home can be tough. There are so many different tasks, and it is up to you to stay on top of them. If you are noticing that your juggling act isn’t holding up as well as you would like, it might be time to hire an assistant.
Of course, you don’t want to simply jump into this. The quality of your assistant can make or break your success. Below are some things to look for when hiring an assistant.
If you work from home, chances are you are looking for a virtual assistant. However, this is a growing field, which means many people entering it are relative or complete newcomers. If you are looking for an experienced assistant, you might not find one, and if you do, you might find yourself paying a premium for it.
What is more important is knowledge of the tasks you are delegating out and the skills to complete them. If you want someone to schedule social media posts for you, you should ask about their familiarity with social media sites, scheduling apps, and technology in general. If you need them to interact with readers and answer emails, knowledge of customer service basics is needed. Basically, focus more on the knowledge and skills and less on the resume.
Many virtual assistants, especially those with the most affordable rates, will be in other countries, which could mean they are not in your time zone. If your tasks are time-sensitive, or you just would like to be awake at the same time as your assistant to chat, make sure that they are willing and able to make themselves available during the hours you need.
Are you looking for someone who will take plenty of direction from you and really customize themselves to your vision? Or are you looking to take a big step back and have the assistant really take control? Every assistant has a different style, and different approach, and it is important that you look for someone who is a good fit for you. If you want to still maintain heavy control, you don’t want an assistant who is the take-charge types. But if you want to step back or are unsure how to approach things, a strong and determined assistant might be the right choice for you.