That title sums up what my blog is supposed to be about. And I say supposed to because I am FULL of all sorts of lovely little ADD quirks that make it almost impossible for my sparkle brain to focus on a single topic.
Hmmm. Did I just get off topic again?
So I thought what better way to really show my readers how to partner with a Virtual Assistant than to show them how others do it, and the tools that will help you the most.
When To Work With a VA
Why Work with a VA
How Do I Find the Right VA for Me?
I really couldn’t find any relevant articles that answer this the way I’d like it answered, so I’ll answer it myself. It really is simple: Communicate and Be Open.
Communicate your needs up front, communicate any expectations that you may have, clearly communicate deadlines, your work style, and the hours that you normally work. Can you be a real pain in the ass to work with? Communicate that too (trust me, not everyone will run away screaming).
Be open to learning new things. Be open to trying new programs. Be open to a different (and potentially better) way of working.
I personally work with a lot of Realtors®, all at different stages of the game. Some are marketing geniuses and others still don’t quite get that the house doesn’t sell itself. The clients that get the most out of working with me are really interested into all of the other things people are doing to move their business forward, and how we can tweak it to work for them.
The Right Collaboration Tools
The hands down winner: Dropbox (That’s an affiliate link by the way)
Basecamp. Please, don’t refuse to use it. It helps to keep your files and messages in one central location and streamline operations.
Gmail I don’t use any programs anymore that I can’t access from my phone. Everything is in the cloud, and the same is true for my email. I haven’t used Outlook in over 6 months and I do NOT miss it. If you’re not sure how to make the switch, read my blog post How to Delegate Your Email to a Virtual Assistant.