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Does location matter, when hiring a Freelance PA/Virtual Assistant?

Does location matter, when hiring a freelance PA/Virtual Assistant?   A common question asked by business owners, also an understandable one.  With technology  virtual working is becoming more commonplace.  Online business owners need to ensure they’re getting the best Freelance PA/Virtual Assistant.  So, does location matter when hiring a PA/Virtual Assistant?   Do you feel you need to recruit in your business locality?

Does location necessarily matter

The beauty of virtual working, offers flexibility, you can work from any location and your clients can live anywhere in the world.  However, that doesn’t mean you always should hire from any location. There will be times when locations need to be considered in business decisions concerning outsourcing.

What practical elements should you consider

Practical elements need to be considered, due to the type of role you’re looking to fulfil. 

Below are four elements to consider when looking to hire a PA/Virtual Assistant:

Where to find Information if I have not used a Freelance PA/Virtual Assistant

If you are a business owner who has not previously outsourced any business or used a Freelance PA/Virtual Assistant, further information can be obtained from the Society of Virtual Assistants who have a wealth of information.

Think about time zones

If you need a Virtual Assistant available during normal working hours, then you need to ensure you’re in the same time zone?   Does your business require someone to work at your work location?  They will have to be able to travel to your location.  The role of your Freelance PA/Virtual Assistant is to support you, maybe being on hand when you’re working, being available to deal with last minute launch hiccups, being your business’s first point of contact, handling your customer service calls, then the time zone they’re in is important.

Costs can fluctuate, depending upon location

The location of a Freelance PA/Virtual Assistant can have an impact on the prices charged, especially when looking outside your locality.  The cost of living in a city is higher than in the countryside.  It is important to check that both parties are clear on the requirements/ standards of the job and are happy with the fees charged before proceeding.

Suitability is Important

Quality of service, levels of experience, overall expertise will all impact on fees charged and location. What is important when you’re hiring a Freeelance PA/Virtual Assistant is you find someone that suits your requirements.   This can be someone who shares the same values as yourself business wise.  If you have a niche specialist business then someone who maybe has experience in working within the same business area as your business.  This applies if you are looking for a Freelance PA/Virtual Assistant who specializes in certain tasks, software or skills.  This may need you have to widen/narrow your search by location.

In Summary

In considering “Does location matter, when hiring a freelance PA/Virtual Assistant?”, location doesn’t always matter when hiring a Freelance PA/Virtual Assistant.   Having a clear indication of your needs, the skills, knowledge and experience your Freelance PA/Virtual Assistant must possess, will help you find a PA/Virtual Assistant that you can work well with.

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