Hiring a Virtual Assistant (VA) can add value and save you time and money. There are a lot of them on the internet, but only a few can deliver effective and efficient results. Getting the right VA can be a challenge, so listed below are some of tips on how to search for a reliable VA to outsource your business tasks to.

Look for a Virtual Assistant with multiple skill sets

Aside from the basic skills, try to find a VA that has other useful skills. Determine their ability to proofread, type fast, compose articles, use necessary business software such as Excel, engage in Social Media marketing and so on. The aim here is to discover what other hidden assets the VA might have that can be applied to improve your overall business.

Look for a Virtual Assistant that can communicate fluently in English

Conduct several interviews over the phone and correspond a few times by email to test their ability to speak English fluently and write with little or no grammatical errors. Your ability to communicate effectively with a VA makes it easier to work together, so ensure you have good communication.

Look for a Virtual Assistant that has the right tools for the job

Make sure the VA has the updated software programs and other tools needed to complete your tasks. They must have a clear understanding of how to use them in order to ensure timely delivery of positive results. On the other hand if they do not have the necessary tools but are adaptable and willing to learn, then you can consider providing them.

Look for a Virtual Assistant that is working with a Business Process Outsourcing company

Try to find a VA that works with a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company rather than one that works as a solo online entrepreneur, this is because most BPO outfits have quality assurance measures in place to guarantee the services that their VAs provide to you so that you get the most value for your money spent.

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Author's Bio: 

Owen McGab Enaohwo provides business owners with English speaking Virtual Assistants at HYVA L.L.C. where helping them create effective and efficient systems for their Business Process Outsourcing needs is his specialty. http://www.HireYourVirtualAssistant.com