(November 03, 2012)
Do you need to find the perfect virtual assistant for your online business quickly?
The standard method is to work with one assistant at a time and over time you will find the perfect fit.
This can take years. That’s how long it took me. I’m very happy with the members of my team right now. But, probably, you won’t have years to spend.
If you quickly want to find the perfect team member for your business, do the following;
- Hire several virtual assistants at once. In this phase, you will need a lot of time managing everyone. Ask everyone to install a productivity tracking software like RescueTime.
- Let them work on a comparable project or even at the same project for several days.
- Then, sit down for the weekend and analyze their productivity recorded by the RescueTime productivity software.
These will give you, quickly, an estimate of which team members to keep and which to get rid of. Of course oDesk also has its own tracking system. The trick is to use both tracking systems at the same time.
While oDesk takes screenshots every 10 minutes at a random point in time; RescueTime measures the overall productivity – how much time is lost on unrelated projects or websites.
If you use this sort of healthy competition, you will quickly find who is more likely to be your optimal virtual worker than if you spend time testing one assistant after the other in a linear way.
Comments for Use a Time Tracking Software to Determine the Best Virtual Assistant Out Of a Team Competing Against Each Other
|Jul 28, 2014||Modern Virtual Manager
I think this strategy would be beneficial to the employer searching for an exceptional and skilled virtual assistant.
For me, as a VA, I find time-tracking software intimidating when it comes to tracking the hours of my work.
It often pushes me to my limit. Although it helps me not to procrastinate and be productive, often it is bothersome 😀
|Aug 08, 2014||Testing VA’s without their awareness vs openly
Keep in mind that a situation of “competition” leads to considerable stress for your VA candidates.
Either test them by comparing their abilities without their knowledge and choose the best fit for you.
Or, openly have them “compete” against each other – but in this case, the task must be comparable (ideally the same), the conditions transparent and the testing time frame very limited.
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