Affiliate Buzz #248 – How to Successfully Hire a Virtual Assistant

In this edition of the Affiliate Buzz audio newsletter James Martell, successful publisher, speaker and author talks with wife and co-host Arlene Martell about hiring a VA to help simplify your work week.

To kick off the show James and Arlene talk about exactly what a VA is and how it has significantly reduced their work load. VA stands for Virtual Assistant and their role can be just about anything you need it to be. You'll hear the various tasks the Martell's keep their VA's busy with on a daily basis.

For many the idea of hiring a VA can be intimidating when we consider the expense and the demands of managing their work. Questions around knowing how to delegate and ensure they are getting it done are typically enough to hold us back. Yet hiring a VA doesn't have to be a daunting task and is practical for anyone that would like to free up a little more time.

James and Arlene share the process they used to screen and finally settle on who they chose to hire. Each assistant has their own specific roles within the Martell's business. You'll hear exactly how to prepare your VA for their job, get their workload and schedule over to them and how to monitor their progress in a simplified manner using Google Docs.

On a scale of 1 to 10 Arlene says she would rate the importance of hiring a VA at 9. She shares how much easier her life has become after getting a VA on board and emphasizes the need to seriously consider hiring someone. She shares several industry related tasks that are perfect for a new VA even on a part time basis.

To help you get started in seeking out a virtual assistant James shares 3 points to consider as you outline your work, research applicants and move forward with the job. Understanding how to approach the process helps eliminate confusion and avoid mistakes that lead to headaches.

Covered in this edition:

  • How a virtual assistance can change your business
  • Type of work VA's are best suited for
  • How to track work progress
  • 3 points to consider before you hire

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3 Comments

  1. Anne@Freelance says:

    A VA is definitely a breath taking choice. For at least it was. When i hired my VA, i suddenly had time to do work and research i have been postponing for months. It took me a couple weeks to get used to my new working reality, but it made my work so much easier and relieved me from consistent stress.

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  2. Ian Wire says:

    I work online from home and wouldn't be able to do it without the help of my VA's. While generating their tasks, checking their work and monitoring progress takes some time, doing it yourself consumes ten times the amount.

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  3. Summer Daza says:

    I have to agree that hiring a virtual assistant will save you so much time. And they can do a lot of simple things that takes a lot of your time. Proofreading, for example; it is a usual thing a blogger does before posting an article. It's a very important task but takes a lot of time.
    You might think that hiring an awesome but still affordable VA is difficult but I think using James and Arlene's tips will make it a lot easier. I also know a job site that might help you out. Check out Staff.com.

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