Imagine for a moment that you able to wave a magic wand and get everything that you wished for in your business. What would you choose? A carbon copy of yourself is usually the answer most people come up with; a clone of themselves in the form of a Virtual Assistant.
We would not have to communicate with this person and could rely on them to do exactly what we wanted, in the way that we wanted it to be done. But ask yourself, would a carbon copy of you really be the ultimate, proactive Virtual Assistant?
There’s a lot to be said for having someone who can provide a second opinion, or who may be able to see an alternative way of moving forward with a certain project. Two heads are usually better than one, and a Virtual Assistant who is a knowledgeable, savvy, business veteran can really provide you with your money’s worth when you engage.
Partnering a Virtual Assistant who is proactive, as opposed to being reactive, is great when you don’t want to have to spend your time laying out all the details and confirming what needs to be done. There’s nothing like the peace of mind you can get when you know that your proactive Virtual Assistant is quite capable of filling in the blanks on their own.
There may be several different potential outcomes according to a set of parameters that only emerged as the job was in the process of being completed. In this case you do not want to be on standby all the time to provide guidance in order for the Virtual Assistant to follow the correct path. A proactive Virtual Assistant will be able to take necessary action and will be the ultimate self-starter.
It may well be necessary for you to outline a set of parameters in the beginning, when you initially engage the Virtual Assistant to work with you. But the beauty of working with someone who you know to be a self-starter and who will be able to take the right decisions is that you do not have to allocate a lot of your valuable time to be constantly on top of the job.
Furthermore, a proactive Virtual Assistant can be a form of business consultant and can also act as an early warning system if something starts to go wrong. Constantly on the lookout for potential warning signs or indications that things are amiss, the Virtual Assistant will know exactly the right time and the right place to get in touch with you, in order to ensure that things are brought back on track as soon as possible.
Remember that there is always a time and a place for proactivity in terms of business growth and expansion, but there is definitely a need for a Virtual Assistant who will also be the eyes and ears of the operation, while the principal is engaged in more delicate or refined activity.