Questions to Ask a Prospective Virtual Assistant #10: How do you stay up-to-date on new technology, software and resources?
Naturally, you’re going to want to hire a virtual assistant who works to stay on top of the latest developments in technology, software, and small business resources. That’s where Question #10. How do you stay up-to-date on new technology, software and resources? comes in.
A professional virtual assistant worth his or her fee will have an immediate and thorough response to this question. If he or she specializes in a particular industry or field the answer should include industry-specific sources.
The last thing you want is to hire an ‘outdated’ or ‘outmoded’ virtual assistant, so look for clues to active participation in the various social networking platforms, reference to industry-relevant feeds, blogs, forums and newsletters, as well as mention of recent or current applicable learning pursuits.
This is the final question in our Questions to Ask a Prospective Virtual Assistant series, but is by no means the last question you should ask. As you move through each of your questions with a prospective VA you’ll naturally come up with new questions to ask and new tangents to explore. We’ve provided these ‘Top Ten’ as thinking points to help you get started.
You should ask as many questions as you need to during your initial consultation with a virtual assistant. (Most virtual assistants will offer a thirty or sixty minute consultation prior to engaging in a contract with a new client.) Remember, a professional virtual assistant is ‘interviewing’ you as much as you are them.
A professional virtual assistant is looking for a client who will be a good fit for his or her skills, business philosophy and work style, among other things. By being communicative about your own hopes and expectations and clearly discussing each of your questions and concerns, you’ll help yourself and the virtual assistant in question determine if you’ll be a good match for each other.