A VA is not a VA is not a VA ……
VAs don’t all work the same way. I see 3 categories of VAs. They are:
- strictly task-oriented.
- project work only
- long-term and collaborative client relationships
When you start looking for your VA, the first thing to do is determine which of the 3 options resonates with you.
- The task-oriented VA receives her tasks via email or collaboration tool, does the work and then waits for the next task(s) to arrive.
- VAs who are project-oriented will take on specific projects; these can last from 1 week to a few months, or even longer. The project might be strictly tasks-oriented, or it might involve some discussion/brainstorming with the business owner and has a definite end date.
- The 3rd option is the most rewarding as these VAs not only perform admin tasks but they also connect on a deeper level with the client. They are only interested in long-term and collaborative working relationships that are based on trust and therefore often facilitate brainstorming and therefore the creation of new products, or new marketing ways. In this relationship, both VA and client are mutually engaged in the client’s business’ success in a team effort.
Think about your business, how you envision it to be in 6 months, 1 year, 5 years.
What does your relationship with your VA need to look like so you can reach your goals with ease and joy?