You've Decided to Outsource...
First of all, congratulations on deciding to hire a virtual assistant! I promise you, a good relationship with the right VA will do wonders for your business and you'll realize you should've hired them ages ago. I hope you're excited! But what's next?
The first step is to download this time tracker from Canva. This will help you determine how your work day is being spent and which tasks you should be outsourcing. For one week, fill in the time tracker, and then decide what you want your VA to support you with.
After deciding which tasks you want your VA to do for you, I suggest creating some mini trainings. Be sure to include how you like things done and what your expectations are! Keep in mind that it will take a few weeks or even months for a new person to get acquainted with you and your business, so be patient and communicate often with your VA.
Next, you'll need to find the right virtual assistant for you and your business. There are so many places to find VA's, but I recommend starting out by asking your trusted peers if they know a VA they could recommend you to. A referral is always a great place to start! After that, you can search Facebook groups, social media platforms, or sites like Upwork or Fiverr. Then, do some research on the VA's that catch your eye. Check out their posts, reviews, and work examples, and choose a couple that interest you and whose overall message resonates with you. OR, you can opt for creating an application and posting it in the groups, but be warned, you may get dozens to sort through.
The fourth step is to connect with them. You can set up discovery calls if you want to have a longer conversation. This is where you'll meet with the VA's you're interested in and really get to know them and what they could do for you. (Side note- they are interviewing you just as much as you're interviewing them... the relationship with a VA is a partnership, and they need to choose you as well!)
After you and a VA decide to work together, they will most likely handle the proposal and contract. Don't forget- this is a professional business relationship, so make sure you agree on the contract terms prior to signing and adhere to them throughout your time working together. If you have any further questions or would like to chat about how I can support you, please reach out via email or DM! Good luck!