Last week, we talked about how a Virtual Assistant can help you get more done in your day.

Right now, you are probably wondering:

“But how do I find one?”
“How do I find the right virtual assistant for me?”

Here are a few tips to get you started with hiring your first virtual assistant.

  1. Consider the tasks you are going to hand over to your virtual assistant. Write down these tasks in the form of a job description to make it easier for you as a reference but also for your new virtual assistant to know what is expected.
  2. Consider timezone requirements. Since virtual assistants can be based anywhere in the world, the world really is your oyster when it comes to your selection. Think about how timezone differences can impact your job description and whether it is important or not in your hiring process.  For example, if you need someone who can help out your clients during normal business hours, you probably want someone on your timezone.
  3. Consider language requirements. How well do you want them to have written and spoken English as part of what they do? Are they required to proofread your work or field client questions on your behalf with clients? Do they need to be familiar with law firms and how we work?
  4. What software do they have available on their computer? Do you need them to do word processing in Microsoft Word or Powerpoint presentations on your behalf? What about case management software?
  5. Think about a trial task or project you can use to test their skills (highly recommended). Before onboarding your new virtual assistant, you may want to give them a trial task or project so that you can see how well they respond to your instructions. I know this may seem tedious but it will save you time and headache in the long run by weeding out those who aren’t a good fit for you.

Hopefully these 5 tips are a good starting point for you.

The next thing you may be wondering is where to go to find your virtual assistant. There are usually a couple of platforms you can start with. I have used and would highly recommend both Upwork and Fiverr.  If you’re looking for someone with paralegal experience, you should check out Virtual Paralegal Services.

I have covered this topic in detail on a previously recorded workshop.  In case you missed it, you can access it from the Webinar Vault here.

Have you ever tried using a virtual assistant?  What tips would you offer someone who is considering hiring one?  Let us know in the comments below.

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