You see the title of this article? Yeah, no fancy introductions or mincing of words here, buddy. If you have a big project, get a virtual assistant. A good one. If you can afford it. Do it!
I can’t overstate how much having an assistant allows me to have a higher capacity for tasks and improved productivity. My good friend Susan Cabezas was schooling me on some tips regarding procuring a virtual assistant (check her out on this episode of The Ramblings Podcast and on her blog, Workin’ On My Fitness)
- Only go with eLance or Upwork if you’re looking to go cheap. You may end sacrificing quality though so keep that in mind. However, if you put the leg work in and thoroughly vet your candidates, you can come out with a quality VA.
- Ask around! The internet is much more ubiquitous than it used to be, so there may be a someone you know or a friend of a friend that could be the right virtual assistant for you!
- Know what you need ahead of time. Compose a task list and job requirements. Stay away from long descriptions if possible and keep things as concise as possible. This well help VA’s evaluate your needs as well as reduce the chance of future confusion.
Right now, Patrick and I are hiring a virtual assistant for a project we’re working on together, but if all goes well, I totally want to get one for the various projects I know I’ll be working on well into the foreseeable future. If you want to take some stress off yourself and improve your rate of progress, invest in an assistant if you can. You’ll be glad you did.
Unless you get one that sucks. Then, uh, yeah… fire them and get a better one. You’ll be glad you did.
PEACE out, party people.