Using Virtual Services
Virtual Administrative Support Services

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Using virtual services can be a bit daunting at first. You don’t really know the person you may be working with. In our electronic world exchanging a few emails and following someone on Twitter is equal to “knowing” them. But you haven’t had the opportunity to sit down with them, have a cup of coffee and look them in the eye. So committing to work with them can feel strange. But it shouldn’t. Follow the 3 steps below and you will be off and running with a virtual assistant that can make your time better spent.

  1. Talk to them. The first thing to do when considering a virtual service is to talk to the person you will be working with. Email them and set up a phone appointment. You can tell a lot about a person by their phone presence. Just have a conversation and get to know them a little.
  2. Be clear on your agreement. Be very clear on your agreement with the virtual service. Understand how they bill, when they bill, what they bill, what they need from you, when you can expect assignments, and other details. Remember, you are not this person’s only client. This is the way they make a living. Have respect and you will have a good relationship and they can help you get a lot done.
  3. Start slow. You may have a lot of work that needs to be done, but don’t dump it on them all at once. Give them one or two things to complete in the beginning, and work up to a full load. This person needs to get use to working with you just like you need to get use to working with a virtual service. If you start this way before you know it you won’t be able to imagine life without them!

Using a virtual service can help your business more than you can realize when just starting out. Give it a try. If you don’t like it the nice thing is there is no long term commitment.

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