Maximize Your Relationship with Your Virtual Assistant
With a few easy tips and tricks, you can easily increase the utility of your relationship with your virtual assistant. Follow these three tips to keep your interactions with your virtual assistant fear-free this Halloween.
Set Clear Goals
The first and best way to get the most out of your relationship with your virtual assistant is to set clear goals. Knowing up front what your virtual assistant can do for you is essential to your working relationship. And, setting clearing goals will help your virtual assistant prioritize the pieces of your business that need the most help.
Consider setting up a list of top three goals for growing your business–maybe you want to increase your social reach by 10% or finally get your website edited. Laying out a calendar of goal posts for the month or even the year can help as well. Communicate your goals to your virtual assistant and, while you’re at it, assess how you communicate in general.
There really is no substitute for good communication. It is almost never the case that you need to be in constant, 24/7 communication, but it’s important to keep lines of communication open and fresh. This can be as simple as setting up a weekly or bi-weekly meeting to discuss tasks or overall goals or simply sending status emails and check-ins regularly.
Ideally, also, consider the tone and content of your communication, not just the frequency. Everyone works best with those they like best. Virtual assistants work hard to make sure their tasks are completed on time and to the best of their ability, but they’re also human. Treat them like a critical part of your team, and they will go the extra mile for you.
Be Deadline Savvy
Most virtual assistants work with a lot of clients and competing responsibilities can quickly become confusing. One simple solution to help prevent this problem is to be deadline savvy. Ensure that you are giving your virtual assistant clear timelines for when you need a project done by, but also make sure you are asking how much time the project will require when in the mix with your virtual assistant’s other responsibilities.
That’s it! Three simple tips and you can take all the spookiness out of your relationship with your virtual assistant. Communicate, set clear goals, and be deadline savvy and you’ll be well on your way to maximizing the benefit you get from a virtual assistant.