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

Does location matter, when hiring a Virtual Assistnat?  It’s a common question business owners ask, also an understandable question.  With technology assisting virtual working is becoming more commonplace.  Online business owners need to ensure they’re getting the best PA/Virtual Assistant for them.  So, does location matter when hiring a Virtual Assistant is based, or 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 factored into business decisions concerning outsourcing.

What practical elements you should consider

Practical elements need to be considered, due to the type of role you’re looking to fulfil. Here are things 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 outsourced any business previously or used a 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 PA/Virtual Assistant is to support you, maybe 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 important.

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 is higher than those in the countryside.  It is important to check that both parties are clear on the requirements and standards of the job and 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.

For further information please do get in touch.  Email: Hello@wittsendbusinessservices.co.uk

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