Can a virtual assistant help in your business?
In running an online tutoring business, chances are high that you will have to teach a variety of students from different time zones. I for one work with six time zones and things especially get mixed up and crazy when somebody wants to reschedule a class.
This is where Lee Anne, my Virtual Assistant from the Philippines, helps. She handles all the nitty-gritty of rescheduling, so I won’t have to worry about missing a schedule or calculating time differences. Not only that, but she is also the one who takes care of my 15,000 emails (yes, that many!) that I don’t have the luxury of time to even look at! She is an amazing Virtual Assistant, and because of her, my business literally runs 24/7 due to our time difference.
Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant
Hiring a Virtual Assistant (VA) offers incredible benefits to your online tutorial business. Think of a VA as your “on-call” or “go-to” person who can accomplish tasks outside your business hours. VAs can take on those everyday errands that you don’t have time for since you are too busy growing your business. VAs can add hours to your day which you can spend for other commitments that are valuable to you.
VAs are independent contractors who work from a remote area. Most of them are working from home, and they provide their own equipment which frees you from the responsibility of providing a workspace or equipment that they need for work.
They are usually very hard working as they constantly provide quality service to protect their reputation and business.
Where to Find Rockstar Virtual Assistants
You might want to consider creating an account at www.hubstaff.com or other online employment platforms to look for a VA with your preferred qualities. Another place to look is Craigslist in the desired area you would like to hire one from.
Generally, a VA who is good for your business would be someone who can effectively write and speak English so you can entrust him/her with your emails and even client phone calls.
If he/she will be communicating with your clients, good customer skills are extremely important. I prefer hiring VAs from the Philippines because many of them are good English communicators, educationally competent, and their rates are also affordable.
How to Work with a VA
Make sure that you have enough work for the VA to do right from the start because they would prefer employees who will hire them for full-time and long-term work. You are not required, but you might also want to consider providing vacation and sick leaves or giving bonuses for good performance.
You also would want to give clear, precise instructions on what you want your VA to do. VAs are usually very smart, but you still need to provide consistent guidance so that your VA knows what is expected of them. Failure to do so will frustrate not only your VA but you as well!
Should You Hire a Virtual Assistant?
If you want to take your online tutorial business to the next level, hiring a Virtual Assistant may be just the thing you need. Once you find a proactive, reliable and efficient Virtual Assistant, you can work on expanding your business or pursuing other interests. In the Insider’s Secret’s
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