How to Hire a Virtual Assistant
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How to Hire a Virtual Assistant

A first-timer's guide to hiring a VA. Free up your time, save your sanity, and focus on what's most important.
4.2 (374 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
15,851 students enrolled
Created by Nick Loper
Last updated 2/2014
English
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Price: Free
This course includes
  • 31 mins on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What you'll learn
  • Confidently hire your first virtual assistant
Requirements
  • There are no specific hardware, software, or educational requirements, though a basic understanding of Excel will be helpful. When you move forward with the hiring process, a Skype account will come in handy for interviewing your prospective virtual assistants.
Description

This course will guide you through the process of hiring your first virtual assistant, starting with how to determine what tasks you can outsource, where to post your job, how to narrow down the applicants, and ultimately making the hiring decision.

Why Hire a Virtual Assistant?

In short, to save yourself time, money, and headache.

As a small business owner, your most precious resource is your time. After all, each minute you spend is a minute you'll never see again. A virtual assistant is an investment in reclaiming that time so you can spend your time more wisely.

You'll start by identifying your outsourcing opportunities, the tasks that someone else can and should be doing for you. After all, you need to be working ON your business, rather than IN it.

The Course Structure

The course is broken up into 8 video PowerPoint segments that follow a trusted process I have used to much success in my own business. You'll be able to get through the modules quite quickly, but there is some homework involved, including:

  • Tracking how you're currently spending your time
  • Finding which tasks you can get off your plate
  • Crafting and posting an attention-getting job description
  • Narrowing down your applicant pool
  • Testing and interviewing the most promising candidates

If you're finding yourself overwhelmed or burned out with your work, there's a light at the end of the tunnel. It just takes a short investment in time to learn the basics of hiring a VA, and some additional time to train them on your process, but the long-term benefits are huge.

This course is more geared toward hiring a virtual team member for ongoing business support, rather than for a one-off project; though much of the content will be applicable to both scenarios.

The Deliverables:

By the end of the course you'll have the confidence and skills to go out into the wild and hire your first virtual assistant.

Prepare for a new era of business growth and productivity!

Who this course is for:
  • Solo entrepreneurs and small business owners
Course content
Expand all 10 lectures 31:10
+ Setting the Stage
3 lectures 11:44
Know Thyself: The First Step to Virtual Assistant Success
03:42
Know Your Requirements: What Will Your VA Do?
05:17
Let Your Requirements and Personality Shine Through in Your Job Description
02:45
+ Where the Rubber Meets the Road
3 lectures 10:10
Where to Post Your Virtual Assistant Job
03:34
Narrowing Down Your List of Applicants
04:23
Take Your Virtual Assistant Candidates for a Test Drive
02:13
+ The Home Stretch
3 lectures 07:42
Interviewing Your Virtual Assistant Candidates
03:00
Finalizing Your Hiring Decision
02:11
My Parting Tips on Training and Working With Your VA
02:31