Remote working is not a new thing but the pandemic boosted this setup. Now, many have the option of working remotely, and a lot are virtual assistants. So, what are virtual assistants? Who are they? Do you need one for your business? Find the answers to these questions in this #Highlight episode featuring episodes with our very own Whitney Sewell and entrepreneur Liam Martin.
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Whitney dives into when is the right time to hire a VA, how many hours they should work, how to communicate with them, what kind of job description to use, and what you can expect to pay for different types of tasks. Meanwhile, Liam speaks to us about the benefits of having a virtual assistant, as well as lays out some of his strategies for finding, screening, and managing his staff.
Key Points From This Episode:
- When is the right time to hire a virtual assistant (VA)?
- How to know which tasks to hand over to a VA?
- The importance of getting your time back to do what’s valuable.
- Structuring the hours for your VA according to your needs and schedule.
- When a VA should know about your business to be effective.
- The perks of having virtual assistants, such as streamlined travel and added 30% productivity.
- What makes Liam’s relationship with his virtual assistant who he has had for ten years great?
- Where to find a virtual assistant in terms of websites and also geographical locations.
- Interview screening processes for VAs: Zoom calls and seeking people who take initiative.
- The contract that Liam has with his assistants in terms of independent decision-making.
“Throughout your day, write down the things that you find that somebody else could do. Just as you’re doing tasks, there are so many things that other people could be doing for you or somebody else that’s qualified.” – Whitney Sewell
“You can find VAs to do almost anything that can be done on a computer. They’re working from all over the world.” – Whitney Sewell
“Virtual assistants for me have really run my life and have optimized my life.” – Liam Martin
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About Liam Martin
Liam is a serial entrepreneur who runs Time Doctor and Staff.com, one of the most popular time-tracking and productivity software platforms in use by top brands today. He is also a co-organizer of the world’s largest remote work conference, Running Remote. Liam is an avid proponent of remote work and has been published in Forbes, Inc, Mashable, TechCrunch, Fast Company, Wired, The Wall Street Journal, The Next Web, The Huffington Post, Venturebeat, and many other publications specifically targeting the expansion of remote work. The mission statement that feeds all the products and services that Liam is involved with stems from empowering workers to work wherever they want, whenever they want. Liam has an undergraduate and graduate degree in Sociology from McGill University. He lives in Canada but travels 3-6 months out of the year due to his ability to work wherever and whenever he likes. He chooses a new place to travel to a few times a year but usually spends time in Austin, Las Vegas, and Ubud each year and loves to encourage others to work remotely on his travels.
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