How to pick the right Virtual PA for your business

by Apr 24, 2019Operational Support

Picking the right Virtual PA for your business isn’t a decision you should make lightly. However, it is a decision you need to make, if you’re currently looking for the right person to delegate tasks to. For many though, it’s a decision that is often delayed until it hits a crunch point – usually when you’re tired of becoming your very own Personal Assistant!

Hiring the right Virtual PA for your business isn’t just about finding someone with the skills you need (although that is a big part of your search criteria!). Here’s the other elements that make up your search for the right Virtual PA.

Essentials for any Virtual PA

The hiring of a Virtual PA needs to be a safe and secure decision for any business owner. This is why there are certain non-negotiables a Virtual PA needs to have in place, if you want your business to be in safe hands. These include:

  • Insurance
  • Data protection – registered with the ICO
  • GDPR compliant
  • Contracts – so you both know where you stand
  • Password protection

Any Virtual PA that is part of the team here at Elite PA Solutions, needs to have these essentials in place, prior to becoming a team member.

Do they have the skills you need?

It’s important that the Virtual PA you select has the right skills for you. At a core level, all Virtual PAs will have the basic administrative and organisational skills required for most businesses, but what about the more specific skills you may need?

It would be impossible for one Virtual PA to have experience and training in every required skill set needed for all business types and industries. To cover skills such as copywriting, website and graphic design, as well as CSM and FTSE experience, it often pays to select a PA that’s part of a team of Virtual PAs. This way, you can get access to a wider range of skills, if you should need them – but you’re not paying for those specialised skills when you don’t.

If you’re looking for a more specialised skill, take a look at the Elite PA Solutions team Associates we have put together for you – here.

Are they someone you can get on with?

As the relationship between you and your Virtual PA is an important one, in terms of trust, respect and your overall business success, it’s important that you both get on with one another. This is why we try to set you up with a face-to-face meeting with your chosen PA, at the onboarding stage of our process.

During your initial free consultation with us, you’ll have shared with us your needs and frustrations. However, once you’ve decided to go with Elite PA Solutions and signed your contract, we’ll set you up for your face-to-face meeting, so you can discuss your businesses goals and targets etc, with your nominated PA. This is the perfect time to get to know one another and start building on this essential working relationship.

We’re here to help you achieve more. If you’d like to learn more about working with us, you can read more about that here. In the meantime, if you’d like to know about the step by step onboarding process we use, you can find details of that here, whilst our team Associates are on this page.

Finally, if you’re ready to have an initial chat to discuss your needs and frustrations, and would like to explore the solutions we can provide, get in touch either by phone (+44 (0) 1788 521 970) or via email ([email protected]).

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