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Hiring additional employees is usually an essential component to maintaining productivity, profitability, and momentum as your business grows. However, if you're not ready to move into a larger office space just yet, consider putting together a team of virtual professionals. Not only can virtual professionals work from anywhere in the world, but many work on a 'per project' basis rather than full-time for just one client.
Look for Self-Motivated Independent Contractors
The ability to remain self-motivated is an important quality to look for when hiring virtual assistants. Do your due diligence – ask questions about their productivity, skills, and how well they work remotely. Keep in mind that hiring an independent contractor can help you reduce many overhead and startup costs – but only if they can complete the tasks required with limited oversight and guidance.
Also, before hiring a virtual assistant, ask about their office setup. For example, do they have a fixed office or are they entirely location independent, digital nomads traveling wherever inspiration takes them? Check with them about what hours they can work – are they available for an approximate number of hours per day or week, or just within a window of time in the working day? If you need your virtual assistant to work specific hours, you will probably want to consider contracting with someone who lives within your time zone, or at least close to it.
Hire People with the Appropriate Level of Experience
Hiring a virtual professional with the technical skills needed to help your business succeed is essential – especially if you don't want to spend valuable time training or supervising them. This is why you should only consider hiring those with the appropriate administrative, social media, design, database, software, or computer skills necessary to complete your tasks effectively.
Other skills an independent contractor may have that could be very beneficial include customer service, data entry, writing and editing, content development, web design, and PowerPoint/presentation creation experience. If you plan to offer training, make this clear during the interview process, so your prospective virtual team members know exactly what to expect.
Hire Passionate, Career-Driven People
When interviewing virtual professionals, look to contract with those who are genuinely passionate about what they do because these are the people who are almost invariably driven to succeed. A person who enjoys their work will benefit your business in many ways you can think of as well as in unexpected situations too. Happy people tend to be more productive, energetic, enthusiastic, and are more often than not ready to tackle new challenges at a moment's notice. These are the types of professionals you want on your team.
Once you have your virtual team assembled, make sure you maintain regular contact via a secure online collaboration area, along with team chat, email, and you could also set up time to Skype! Clearly outline all projects, milestones, and task requirements, so your team knows what's expected, then provide project deadlines as necessary, so your team can create a realistic work schedule for themselves.
Creating Your Virtual Dream Team
Establishing a competent, dependable team of virtual professionals requires patience, trust, transparency, and a willingness to learn. Make sure the people on your team feel valued and appreciated. Listen to all concerns, questions, and the feedback your team provides so you can create a virtual environment that is happy and productive every day, because even though you might not work in the same office as your virtual team, you still need to create an environment that supports teamwork, passion, and the focus necessary to succeed.
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