By Jason Ramsey
Virtual Professionals have been around since the 1990’s, right around the time the internet age began to rise. Without a doubt the scope and range of the virtual professional world has evolved leaps and bounds. On one hand, we have those that offer their services finding satisfaction in building careers in the comfort of their own homes, on the other we have those that wish to increase productivity by delegating tasks to highly qualified individuals without having to break the bank. With today’s economical difficulties, the whole set up between a virtual professional and their clients is a win-win situation that benefits both parties immensely.
However in any good story, there are the mishaps that resonate in chat rooms and board rooms alike, tales of errors and mishaps that may leave those who are considering exploring the world of employing their very own virtual professional or VA hesitant. Whether you are trying a Virtual Professional for the first time, or still looking for that VA who will be a perfect fit for you and your business, a key element may be pin pointing why you decided you need to go down this path in the first place.
There are many great blog posts and articles about living an easier life because of virtual professionals to take over your day to day dreary tasks, one I love and is sure to be a favorite of yours and maybe a lot of other people. Timothy Ferriss, the author of the 4 hour work week, details some of the advantages of having a VA in his blog : www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/. You may also want to try out minimum commitment type deals like Task Rabbit to start testing the waters. Task Rabbit is great because 1, it’s local and 2, after your assigned task is completed, the relationship is over. Once you are ready to take the next step, finding a good VA may seem like a daunting task. With all the different companies and options available, how do you know what will work for you? Finding a VA or VA provider that specializes in your industry is a great way to kick start the hunting process. Myoutdesk.com for example specializes in providing Virtual assistants for Real Estate professionals. We employ a unique process that gives each Virtual Professional (click here to find out how it works) and client a solid support system; here is a video that describes exactly what we do. We work with you to ensure that your Virtual Professional assimilates into your work environment as smoothly as possible.
It’s kind of like repotting a plant; we provide them with all the basic knowledge or their roots so to speak, to be able to be a valuable member of your team by giving them training using different sources, here is a video about the MyOutdesk Online University, just one of the sources we use to prepare your VA. We then look to you to provide your expertise, (Here’s a great article on How to Teach your VA how to do Things) giving them the necessary elements to thrive in your environment and turn into a solid and valuable member of your team.