(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.