Who would not want to be more productive in his works may it be office-based or online? Well, to hire a virtual PA is one of the best ways to enhance your personal productivity. What makes you more productive is by spending lesser time on time-consuming and repetitive tasks.

We are about to teach you some techniques in choosing the best virtual personal assistant.  This will work from data entry, then to personal scheduling, and finally on how to find the perfect VA for life outsourcing.


Try first a short and simple tasks

If you think that hiring a virtual assistant is just easy, think again. Whenever you post a vacant job on different outsourcing websites, you will most likely be flooded with applications from Wanna-bes that obviously ignored some if not most of your instructions.

From the very start, do not deal with applications from VA wanna bes who are already inattentive to your basic instructions. This can be done by requesting some very quick and minor tasks in your job’s list.

Another effective way to discard time-wasters applicants is thru requesting references from preceding employers. Some of the outsourcing websites make into consideration of the “list of ratings” and then “reviews” from previous clients/customers.

Make a short list of 3 to 5 Virtual PAs for a simple test project

It is reality that not every prominent applicant would be able to deliver outstanding service once they got the job already. So if you give them a fast test job, maybe in one to two hours, somehow you will have an idea who can make best output as to your standard and needs.

Select from three (3) to five (5) virtual assistants from your “pool of applicants”. Then ask them all to make simple tasks for you.

Through this, you will be able to know which Virtual Personal Assistant is the most efficient and productive. You might be able to discover a serious difference in the time they consumed in performing their tasks. One project might take 1 hour for one, but only thirty minutes for the other.

What would you prefer? Full-time? Or Part-time VA?

The average salaries of a Virtual Assistant ranges from $300 to $1,000 per month. It can be higher for a specialized virtual assistant. So try to consider if you will hire a full-time VA, you will have to give them a fix cost for a definite set of tasks in a month.

There also some Vas who prefer to works on hourly basis. Most likely, they are part time workers. They can be found mostly on Elance and Odesk.

One secret to be productive is to hire a well-compensated VA.  Great VAs are in high demand. But it is definitely worth paying them if that is tantamount to a more focused and efficient job.

When you already hired them, make sure to give detailed instructions

When you just hired a new VA, and most specifically if new from this field, find time and patience to give them a clear and more detailed instructions.

Remember that if the instructions are vague when you hire a virtual PA, there are bigger possibilities that you will just go back to number 1.