Virtual Assistants (or VA’s) can be a real lifeline to any business. Whether you’re a busy coach or online entrepreneur, a Virtual Assistant can help manage the background elements of your business, giving you the help and freedom to concentrate on growing your business.

However, one of the most commonly asked questions of a Virtual Assistant is “Can a Virtual Assistant really understand MY business?”

Why you need a Virtual Assistant

Running a business is hard work! If you can hire someone to help you with the things that need doing, it will free up your time to concentrate on what you do best – whether that’s creating new products and programs or getting on client coaching calls.

What a Virtual Assistant needs to know

Virtual AssistantObviously a Virtual Assistant will need an overview of your business however, what’s more important is that they know how to manage the tasks you need help with. Whether it’s diary management or social media scheduling, Virtual Assistants are great at this kind of organisation and management.

Prior to hiring a Virtual Assistant

You need to know what tasks you’ll pass over, PRIOR to hiring a Virtual Assistant. It’s essential that you take the time to document the processes you use within your business that can be passed over to a Virtual Assistant. There’s no point hiring a Virtual Assistant if you cannot spend time documenting these things, as you’ll certainly not have the time train them in what you do.

You need to spend time training your Virtual Assistant

You cannot expect a Virtual Assistant to take over those tasks and processes you’ve established can be passed over, if you don’t spend time training them. Once you’ve had the initial calls, prior to hiring a Virtual Assistant, training can consist of a couple of hours on Skype or a few weeks, it really depends on the type of task you are handing over.

So, can a Virtual Assistant understand my business?

training virtual assistantThrough a combination of the calls you have, documented processes and your website content, a Virtual Assistant can get to really understand your business and how you work. They can appreciate what you do and why you do it, along with your values and aims.

The biggest point you need to remember is that this will take time – so you need to allocate a block of time to initially train and educate your Virtual Assistant in you and your business. However, once this initial process is over – you’ll soon reap back the rewards from hiring a Virtual Assistant!

Do you know what tasks you can pass over to a Virtual Assistant? Have you already gone through the process of hiring a Virtual Assistant? If so, how long did it take you to feel happy that they really understood your business? Why not share your experiences in the comment box below?

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