First, ask your network for referrals. Have friends and family members used this type of service before? If they have, they can direct you to the right kind of help. However, when asking them online, you'll also need to be specific about what kind of duties you want your VA to do. Then you'll end up with someone who's assistance relieves the pressure- but doesn't add to it!
You can ask on these platforms:
- Post question on your own profile page
- Search Business Networking Groups
- Search for Businesses who offer these services
- Explore groups
- Post question on profile page
- Advertise for VA on the site
Alternatively, Alleviate Virtual Assistance offers a free quote after having a discussion about what you require, services they can offer and also also get a general feel of how you may work together. It is essential that you gel with your VA as this will make things run smoothly. Read here if you want to know what to ask a VA.
If Alleviate Virtual Assistance can't offer the service you are after, there are a few credible online agencies. Kiwi based New Zealand Virtual Assistant Network is one of these.
If you are willing to look outside of New Zealand, you can try places like Fiverr. This is an online directory for any type of task you can think of! Just type in 'virtual assistant' and they'll recommend people whose profile page advertises their skills, the hours they can work and their salary. Each profile also has a five-star rating system to help you judge how well they work for you, so why don't you check it out here.
Additionally, you can advertise for a VA on job-seeking sites.
Make sure the add includes:
- a straightforward job title
- supportive, clear language
- skills you both want and need from the client
- salary range
- contact details
If you post this add on sites like Indeed, which boasts 200m visitors monthly, and Seek, which has 3m visitors monthly, you'll be much closer in finding the perfect VA for you.
Finally, typing in 'virtual assistant business' in Google's search engine will find you an endless supply of freelance VAs who run their own companies online.
It may be hard to let go of the reins, but with the right person on your team, and someone who understands your vision, there will be no more sleepless nights, stressed out days and you can safely put your feet up, knowing that your business is in good hands.
Please reach out if you would like to discuss using the services of AVA.