The world of outsourcing work to a virtual assistant is a very broad landscape. There are so many options for a small business owner, and knowing what is right for you may be confusing.
Are you looking for a long-term relationship with a virtual assistant who you can outsource work to on a consistent basis? Or, do you need a concierge-type virtual assistant to do small one-time projects like ordering lunch for a meeting, making dinner reservations or sending out thank you cards?
Does time-zone availability matter to you? Will you be outsourcing any writing or correspondence for your business? Is it important to have your virtual assistant understand grammar, and punctuation?
Once you determine what makes sense for you and your business, then you will need to figure out how much time you want to invest in finding, interviewing and working with your new virtual assistant. This is also a good time to consider if having your work sent overseas will cause any potential problems for you or your business.
A full service virtual assistant company, like Assistant Match, will do the following for you:
• help you assess your outsourcing needs
• write the job description that will be used to screen candidates
• pre-screen US-based virtual assistant candidates
• present you with the top 3 candidates
Many other virtual assistant companies will require you to do all of that, which is a huge time commitment and often something outside your area of expertise.
When clients have come to us in the past after going through some of the low cost VA companies, the main complaints they share with us are;
• having to write their own job description
• having to screen too many responses
• not knowing how to work successfully with someone virtually
• miscommunication between them and an overseas VA
• no real business relationship
A full service virtual assistant company will provide you with more than just a virtual assistant. Assistant Match offers a team of professional US-based placement specialists who provide an on-going relationship with both our clients and our team of US-based virtual assistants. This ensures the working relationship is as successful as possible. But, in the event the VA/Client relationship doesn’t work out, than we find someone new and transition that person in as smooth as possible. The low cost VA companies do not help with that, which then puts the business owner back at square one and contacting us for help after lots of frustration and lost time.
We know that a small business owner puts their heart and soul into creating their company, building a professional reputation, and attracting clients. Your business is generally a reflection of who you are and what you value. Professionalism, quality, and dedication is how a you want your business to be perceived by clients, investors, and the general public. So risking your hard earned reputation is not worth saving a few bucks, is it?