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More Resources on Virtual Assistants

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For solo and small firm lawyers interested in virtual assistants (see this earlier post), here are two additional resources:

four part series about using virtual assistants is up at Home Office Warrior.  The series is written from the perspective of a VA.

And for the perspective of someone hiring a VA, check out this lengthy and comprehensive Ultimate Virtual Assistant Guide.  In particular, what I liked about this guide is its realism.  The author acknowledges that he’s had some poor experiences with VAs, but he offers advice on how to avoid those situations.  And the post includes great practical tips on work that’s best suited for outsourcing to a VA, the selection criteria, staying local or hiring out of town, state or even country and a template for time sheets.

  • Thanks for your kind words on that post. There were quite a few virtual assistants upset about it: http://www.productivity501.com/offending-the-entire-va-industry/879/

  • Thanks for your kind words on that post. There were quite a few virtual assistants upset about it: http://www.productivity501.com/offending-the-entire-va-industry/879/

  • Those are both excellent resources and even though Mark’s post upset a lot of VAs (but I wasn’t one of them…in fact I was one of the few VAs that openly agreed with him), it still makes a very clear point which is that when you’re hiring a VA its important to do some research and don’t just look at their rates and certifications but consider their personality as well.
    Hiring a VA isn’t all that different from the process of hiring an in-house assistant.
    Once you do hire a VA, communication is going to be the key to having a successful working relationship which results in getting more for your money.

  • Those are both excellent resources and even though Mark’s post upset a lot of VAs (but I wasn’t one of them…in fact I was one of the few VAs that openly agreed with him), it still makes a very clear point which is that when you’re hiring a VA its important to do some research and don’t just look at their rates and certifications but consider their personality as well.
    Hiring a VA isn’t all that different from the process of hiring an in-house assistant.
    Once you do hire a VA, communication is going to be the key to having a successful working relationship which results in getting more for your money.

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