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Our Virtual Assistant Spotlight Series focuses on members of Meadows Resources Virtual Assistant Team and how they came to decide a career in virtual administration was the best fit for them. Below we speak with Amanda Vigil:

When did you decide you wanted to be a virtual assistant and what made you consider the change?

I originally went to Texas A&M for music and then went into accounting but realized accounting wasn’t what I enjoyed. I went into business and fell in love with marketing. My next thought was what can I do with marketing? I started working with Houston Area Council and the American Women’s Business Association and became their Publicity Coordinator and I would say that is where my career in virtual marketing took off.

Did your career background and experience fit into the general realm of virtual assistant work or was this a complete change in career?

It felt like something I was always supposed to do. I did go to college as a music major. From looking at that to where I am now is a huge jump. I ultimately didn’t want to be a music major and thought “Well maybe I can become a music teacher.” I then really thought I wanted to do accounting after jumping into business and then moved to general business as my concentration as a start with the notion that I could change my mind later. I was like “I will take this accounting class,” and realized it wasn’t for me. I then went to marketing, but before went to management briefly. I decided “Let’s do marketing,” but stuck with a general business degree to learn a bit of everything. I always felt strongly about marketing even through the changes in major I made in college.

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Congratulations, you just hired a virtual personal assistant for the first time. You needed the extra help, saw the growth within the virtual assistant job market and decided that having a virtual assistant would help you towards your own business goals. But, now what?

Unlike in-office employees where there is on boarding, training, etc. you are now hiring an employee who could be a town over, a state over, or even in another country, so how do you figure out what they should do and teach them how to do it?

There are many ways you can go about this virtual assistant training so that your virtual assistant will be knowledgeable and ready to take on the daily tasks without questions in no time. Below are ways to delegate tasks to a new virtual personal assistant.

Be a welcoming employer, first and foremost:

There is an immediate distance between yourself and your virtual assistant that comes from not working in the same office. While virtual assistants know they will not be feeling the same as if they were in office, you as the employer also need to make sure they feel welcomed enough to stay. Unfortunately, virtual positions make coming and going much easier–so best to make your new virtual assistant want to come on and stay.

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Virtual VS Traditional

Hire virtual assistants versus full-time employees? is a question that more and more businesses are asking themselves. Cost and following traditional work arrangements can deter some employers from choosing virtual workers. As a result businesses often feel like they are succeeding when they have a growing roster of employees. What that really shows is the growth of overhead and the commitment of resources that are not driving revenue. The hidden costs of on-site employees.

Reality of Traditional

Yet, the hidden costs of on-site employees are far greater than a business might expect. Office space, furniture, equipment, utilities, benefits, PTO, breaks, unproductive time to name a few. Add human resource needs to the mix, liabilities, and the current procedures necessary in letting someone go if they are not working out and we can see it’s not an apples to apples comparison. Continue Reading

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