It seems so easy in a traditional work environment. You simply put out an ad for someone to fulfill the requirements of a job, you conduct interviews to see who’s most credible (and confident and assured) for the position, and ultimately hire the person of your choice. However, maybe you don’t need someone full time. Or you work out of your home and don’t have dedicated office space. Perhaps your budget doesn’t allow for a regular employee and all of the equipment and other costs that would require. If that is the case, it is necessary to find alternative ways to find qualified people that will free your time and grow your business.
If you are in search of a right hand person to assist you in growing your business, but have determined that you would like to go the increasingly more common route of working with an Virtual Assistant, you will want to make sure that you know where to go. Your initial consultation with an Administrative Consultant won’t take place in a traditional office, which means that the best way to search out the help you need is different.
There are a number of different ways in which you can find the best Administrative Consultant for you. An Internet search of Administrative Consultant will bring up websites and blog posts of these independent business owners. You can also search in the online directories of listings such as Administrative Consultants Association or the International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA). LinkedIn is also a great resource for finding these business owners. Some solopreneurs and entrepreneurs opt to submit an RFP on sites like IVAA.org.
Once you find the Administrative Consultants that you are interested in speaking with and have contacted them, they will likely let you know what times they have available for an initial consultation. In addition, many have a pre-consult questionnaire that they ask you to fill out prior to the call. This will provide them with your website URL and other information that will allow them to familiarize themselves with you and your business, as well as the areas where you are looking for help, before you have your call. During the call, you will have an opportunity to explain in depth what you are looking for and the areas where you are struggling the most, as well as to ask any questions of the Administrative Consultant that you have. The Administrative Consultant will also explain how their business and pricing work. It is generally a good idea to allow at least 45 minutes for these calls so that you and the consultant can make sure you cover everything and have a good idea if working together will be a good fit for both of you. Going through the phone consultation will also enable you to move into the slightly more untraditional method of working with someone virtually.
The field of Administrative Consultants is growing rapidly. Keeping these steps in mind should help you locate the right person and get you started freeing up your time and energy to focus on the aspects of your business that you should be focusing on!
Do you currently work with an Administrative Consultant? How did you find the person that you work with? Was it hard for you to adjust to working with someone virtually? I would love to hear from you!