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You never get a second chance to make a first impression: Once you find a Virtual Assistant that meets your requirement, be sure to take a look at their website. You want to make sure the site has a professional appearance and lists various ways that you can access them. Does their site leave you with the impression that they are experts within their niche? The appearance and copy on a Virtual Assistant’s website can indicate the quality of work you can expect to receive from your Virtual Assistant.

If you are considering hiring a virtual assistant and you have never used one before, there are some things you should know before jumping out there and hiring the first person who contacts you for the job. Working with a virtual assistant is much like having an office assistant but there are still some differences and things to think about.

You’ll want to make sure that they are a good fit, someone who “click’s” with you and your personality as they are going to be your right hand man on everything. Also, you are really going to want to ask for at least 3 references from them on past virtual assistant of even office assistant positions that they have worked. Most likely you will not be meeting face to face to have an interview, so checking on their references is very important.

Get to know the person before making your final decision. Find out why they are wanting to be a virtual assistant, find out what sort of hours they will be available from home to work for you, what sort of communication devices they have to work with such as email, fax, phone, cell phone and more. This will help you to determine if they can even handle the job.

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