How Do I Form My Own Virtual Assistance Team?

virtual-assistantLooking to Outsource in Your VA Business? You began your business as a team of one, but now you are happily getting too busy to maintain your business as a one-man or one-woman show. To keep moving upward, you’ll need others to make it happen.

Choosing your Virtual Assistance Team

Look for a variety of skills in the people that you choose for your team. The more skills that they have, the more useful they will turn out to be to you and the more hours they will be able to plan on setting aside each week and month for your work. But, no matter what the skill level of your new team member is, if you can’t depend on this person or you spend what seems to be an unreasonable amount of time chasing them down, this is not a good fit. Once you have interviewed your potential new team member, it is absolutely vital that you also interview people who have worked with them, either as a client or as another virtual service professional.

Starting off on the Right Foot

Get all of your ducks in a row from the beginning. This includes contracts, agreements and instructions. Each virtual assistant will need a contract that spells out, but is not limited to: pay per hour, pay schedule, job description. Agreements between you and your subcontracting VAs stipulating confidentiality and non-compete clauses are essential. You don’t want to be fleeced for your client list right under your nose.

Written instructions about how to do what you ask avoids as many mistakes as possible later. In order to avoid time wasting back and forth exchanges, take the time to build your business manual where you have documented just how you approach specific tasks such as social media marketing, article submissions, teleseminars and conference calls etc., so you don’t have to re-build these instructions for each new client or each new team member.

Crossing all the T’s

One “T” in particular is taxes. You are not just responsible for yourself but others who work for you. Hiring subcontractors is considered freelancing. This is another area that needs to be specified in any contracts with your team. As a subcontractor, they will be responsible for their own taxes and insurance. The cost of subcontracting will figure into your hourly or per project rate for your clients. The last thing you want to do is undercut yourself because you are paying your contractors more than you are getting paid yourself.

Outsourcing Your BusinessHandling a virtual assistance team is no joke. It is a big responsibility and it entails a lot of hard work and skill to be able to form and maintain a competent team. It is important that you start your business right by having the right mix of workers and going through the right legal processes. Now, are you ready to build your own team of Virtual Assistants? Were these tips helpful for your VA business?

If you want to be part of an elite team of professional virtual assistants, check out great job opportunities at iStaffSource And if you are a business owner looking for VAs for your online projects, iStaffSource can also assist you in selecting the best virtual employees fit for your business needs.

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Source: Self Growth

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