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Location, is this important when hiring a PA/Virtual Assistant?

It’s a common question asked by many an online business owner, also an understandable question. With technology assisting virtual working becoming more commonplace, online business owners need to ensure they’re getting the best PA/Virtual Assistant for them. So, does it matter where your Virtual Assistant is based, or do you feel you need to recruit in your local business area?

Location doesn’t necessarily matter

The beauty of virtual working is 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 factored into your business outsourcing decisions.

What practical elements you should consider

There may be practical elements that need to be considered, due to the type of role you’re looking to fulfil. Here’s a few things to consider when looking to hire a PA/Virtual Assistant:

Think about time zones

Do you need a Virtual Assistant who is 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 as well?  Then they will have to be able to travel to your location. The role of your PA/Virtual Assistant is to support you and, if that involves being on hand when you’re working, being available to deal with last minute launch hiccups or handling your customer service calls, then the time zone they’re in is going to matter.

Costs can fluctuate, depending upon location

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

Suitability is Important

Quality of service, levels of experience and overall expertise will all impact on fees charged and location. But what is most important when you’re hiring a PA/Virtual Assistant you find one that suits your requirements and needs. This applies if you are looking for a 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

Location doesn’t always matter when hiring a PA/Virtual Assistant. Having a clear indication of your needs, as well as the skills, knowledge and experience your ideal PA/Virtual Assistant must possess, will help you find a PA/Virtual Assistant that you can work well with.