If you've been thinking about outsourcing; weighing up the pro's and con's, realising that you can't do it all, thinking of the benefits that outsourcing could bring to you and your business; you now want to find out a little more information so, where do you go to find a Virtual Assistant? Time is precious and you don't want to embark on a full scale recruitment process to find 'the one'. The good news is, you don't have to. There are the usual agencies that will come up in a Google search and these can work really well but I would like to highlight some other ways to find your ideal Virtual Assistant.
First of all, in preparation for this article, I put the question to some social media groups. The results were interesting and varied.
The most popular response - both from those who would look for outsourcing help and the actual providers - were the social media sites LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Within these platforms are many groups where Virtual Assistants communicate and socialise. I must also point out that Virtual Assistants are quite adept at locating their niche market and targeting the people they want to work with. If you are a member of any social networking groups and want to outsource, pose the question! It is highly likely that you will be put in touch, very quickly, with someone who can help.
The second most popular response was referral or recommendation. This may seem obvious but you would still need to find someone who either works with or has worked with a Virtual Assistant, which leads you back to the social media networking, or your contacts, as your source of information.
Next we have face to face networking. You may already be a member of local networking groups and the good news is, these are ideal places for finding outsourced help. A number of Virtual Assistants have found clients through simply attending or even speaking at such events. Ask the group organisers if they have any people in the group who offer virtual assistance and I'll bet the answer is:"Yes!"
For all of the above, the simple solution is to ask around within your networks. Get in touch with your contacts. As a business owner you already know that networking provides a valuable source of information.
I would now like to share with you some of the more unusual ways that outsourcing help has
been found. Normal, everyday routine can provide opportunities. We meet a variety of people while going about our daily activities and these are some of the ways that clients and Virtual Assistants have teamed up and formed successful, outsourced business collaborations:
Buying stationery supplies
In a hot tub at the local gym
An Air BnB guest
Shopping in the local high street - I've even been chased along the road after dropping my card off with a local business and asked if we can have a meeting now!
Finally, let's not forget yours truly! I have over 25 years of experience that I have put to good use by starting my own business in providing outsourced services, from general day to day office management to some highly specialised areas. Get in touch with me for more details. Chances are if I can’t help, I’ll know someone who can.
Help is out there, you only need to ask.
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