3 of the Most Common Mistakes Hiring a Virtual Assistant & How to Avoid Them

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At some point during your journey as a entrepreneur, you realize you are going to need help.

You start trying to figure out how to double your productivity so you might start thinking about hiring a virtual assistant.

Hiring a virtual assistant might seem like a big step but here are things you need to know NOW, even if you feel like you can manage your business by yourself.

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Here are the 3 most common mistakes:

1. Don’t wait until you are ready.

Never wait until you are ready to hire a virtual assistant. This is the worst thing you can do. If you can handle your workload and you can do it all yourself, that’s fine.

But here is why you should never wait:

Hiring and training a virtual assistant take time.

You’ll need time to find a virtual assistant, hire them, train them, learn to work together and set up systems.

Does this seem like something you want to do after you are in over your head?

It sounds like a disaster to me.

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2. Don’t create systems.

You DO need to have an onboarding process, but after that, they should help you create and document systems. For a lot of the tasks I give my assistant, I include a note to document with numbered steps, details and screenshots. This minimized my work tremendously and creates a process that can then be duplicated by me or by the next member of my team.

3. Don’t think of the roll virtual assistant as unimportant or an afterthought.

Your virtual assistant is probably the most important person you will hire. They should share your vision for your company and believe in your cause. They are there supporting you which is one of the most important things you need while starting a business.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told people about my assistant and then followed it with, “I love her! She’s amazing!”

You are basically hiring another you to work on your project.

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Your challenge:

Start looking into hiring a virtual assistant, even for a couple of hours a week. It’s the best thing you can do for yourself and your company right now.

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