Some employers can work with a VA, and some need traditional help. Which is best for you?
This may seem to be a foolish blog to write. After all, I want your business. But honestly, I only want your business if you need me. I can help you if you need me. I can’t help you if you only think you need me.
Working with a virtual assistant is very different from working with someone in the office. In the office you can walk up to the person and chat. You can look over her should onto her screen and discuss things. You can leave her sticky notes with information all over her desk. You can see her functioning, so you believe that things are working. And when you see she’s winding down, you give her more work.
With a virtual assistant, you give your list of tasks to a computer screen via email or chat. And then a few hours or a few days later all of the work is done and you have your deliverables uploaded or in your email. You don’t know how it got done or where, but it’s done and you can move forward with what you need to do.
You, the employee, need to determine what kind of person you are. Do you need to have visual confirmation of an
assistant? Does it make you feel better to be able to see someone at a computer, at a desk, on a phone? Do you need to micromanage?
If any of these apply to you, you should probably work with a traditional assistant. When you hire a VA, you send
her work and put it out of your mind until the deadline appears. Of course you can check in and see how things are going, but for the most part, you know she’s independently working and you can work on your own tasks. When she’s done, she will wait for you to give her more work.
Virtual Assistants are task driven. Once the task is done, we cannot busy ourselves filling the copier with paper and cleaning up the break room to pass the time until the next round of work happens. We have to wait until you supply us with another task.
We would love to be able to help your business, but make sure choosing us is the best thing for you, because in the long run, it will benefit us both.
25+ years of business experience. 12+ years of virtual experience.