Questions to Ask a Prospective Virtual Assistant #8: What are your business hours?
Question #8. What are your business hours? doesn’t have a ‘right’ or a ‘wrong’ answer, per se.
Many virtual assistants use their incredible time management skills to run their own business as well as their clients’ businesses while caring for a family, attending school or taking other educational courses to enhance their skills and service offerings, and more. There are also virtual assistants located the world over in various time zones. With that in mind, you can imagine that working hours, planned holidays, and schedules among virtual assistants are as many and varied as the virtual assistants themselves.
As a business owner investing in a service provider it’s important for you to know when your virtual assistant is available to work on your projects, to collaborate with you, and to help manage your business. If you anticipate needing assistance with time-sensitive projects or things that ordinarily must be accomplished on a particular schedule, be up front with prospective virtual assistants about this to ensure they can accommodate your needs and meet your expectations. (It’s relatively important to note that virtual assistants are independent contractors, not employees – and as such, any scheduling of work or meetings ultimately must fall to the service provider, not the client.)