Do you feel you might lose some control when working with a Real Estate Virtual Assistant versus an in-house assistant?
Are you worried that since you can’t see what your Real Estate Virtual Assistant is doing, that they may not be doing their best work, or any work at all?
Are you still stuck in this old way of thinking?
Not too long ago it was traditional to have a brick and mortar Real Estate Office with various desks set aside for people to conduct various administrative functions. There would be an Office Manager who would report to the Broker. Often these office employees would be seated in close proximity to the Office Manager, and whether it was meant to be this way or not they were all, indeed, closely supervised.
Yet even though there was this close level of supervision, in theory, was the style of operation really efficient? Remember that the employees in the office were not hired on the basis of individual productivity, but were usually employed to take care of a number of routine tasks throughout the business week. It was very difficult to allocate an efficiency score to the performance of these individual employees, or to really work out how much each individual task cost in reality. Often it was all lumped into an “administrative” charge as a line item on any budget and very difficult to address when it came up to an annual review.
Today it is more practical for us to consider just how much work is involved in each individual task on a very long list of administrative functions.
There is no need to put up with the added cost of admin, especially when a Real Estate Virtual Assistant can be hired or retained to do each task for an agreed rate.
If you’re paying a per listing price, or per transaction price, it doesn’t really matter how long it takes (within the guidelines of course). But as an entrepreneur, it is within the best interest of the Real Estate Virtual Assistant to be efficient from their own business point of view and this invariably means that they will tackle each task effectively and everybody wins across the board.
Rather than worrying about whether a person is really doing the work it is more important to look at whether the work is engaged and delivered in a satisfactory manner.
The right Real Estate Virtual Assistant will be engaged based on the type of work that they return according to the agreement in place.
There are many different systems as well as some first-class project software solutions which are available in order to keep the Real Estate Agent up-to-date. We use ActiveCollab for this, and it works really well.
What kind of reservations do you have with hiring a Real Estate Virtual Assistant? Are you afraid to give up control or have you been burned by someone in the past? Leave your comment below so we can get these fears out into the open!