You’ve finally come to terms with the fact that if you want to be a successful Real Estate Agent, you really can’t do it all alone. Maybe you’re tired of the long hours, the lack of time to finish everything, or it could be that you really don’t want to stay on top of the newest mobile marketing craze (QR Codes, anyone?)
Whatever the reason, I whole-heartily believe that you’ve made the right decision and you’ve come to the right place.
- The first thing you’ll want to do before starting your search is to create a list of all of the things you do on a daily basis to keep your business running. Take your time and get specific. Keep a notepad and paper with you at your desk. Utilizing the recording feature on your smart phone. Get into the nitty-gritty details of your day -to-day business life; it can make all the difference. When I do this, I use EverNote to keep track of my notes and keep them organized.
- Once you’ve finished your list, take a good look at it and choose the most important items on it. Circle, highlight or write down (if you recorded it) the tasks that have become your “tolerations”, things that you’re putting up with and are getting in your way. Also circle the tasks that need to be done right away and determine a time frame that you’d like to have them done by.
- Get clear on the type of person you’d like to work with. In a perfect world, describe your perfect VA. Hours they are available, hourly rate, how much time they would devote to you, how your tasks are handled, how you communicate, what their skill set is, what their personality is like, their level of expertise. You may not necessarily find a VA with every attribute on your list, but at least you’ve got an idea what who you’re looking for.
- What is your budget? Perhaps you need to go through your finances or cut back on some programs that you’re paying for but don’t need. There are countless real estate programs out there that will suck money out your bank account every month that you very rarely use anymore. Come up with a monthly amount, not an hourly amount. More experienced VA’s usually charge for monthly packages and not hourly rates (I sell blocks of time and packages). Less experienced VA’s will charge you less hourly, but often times don’t know as much as they advertise that they do. Also, that cheap $10/hour VA can often times take 4 to 5 times longer to do a task that they’re unfamiliar with or will eat up your budget being trained by you.
- Find some VA’s to speak with and interview. And I don’t mean interview like you would a prospective employee, get to know this person as a professional and find out how they align themselves with their clients to help them create more revenue. Don’t ask them where they see themselves in 5 years. You can submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) at sites like Virtual Assistantville or IVAA and you’ll receive a ton of responses. Chances are, you’ll wish you have a VA to sort through your stack of RFP’s. To keep that from happening, continue with being as detail-oriented as possible and outline exactly what it is you’re looking for.
Don’t forget to read part 2!