It sounds awfully specific, doesn’t it? Then again, the heroes and heroines of our topic today are nothing if not specific, er, specialised.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Virtual assistants are the gateway to a remote workforce. They’re typically the first remote position you’ll hire and in most cases, they’re far from the last. Done properly and with the right agency (*wink*wink*), hiring a virtual assistant can change your life in so many ways, and for the better.
But first, let’s talk about the basics. What does a virtual assistant do, and why are Filipino virtual assistants often preferred in the world of remote work? Most importantly, if I wanted to hire one, what do I need to know and do to make it work?
Well, you’ve come to the right place. Read on, mate.
How Do I Know If I Need a Virtual Assistant?
Why would I need a virtual assistant? I can manage my tasks myself, can’t I?
Perhaps, but there are telltale signs for when you need to start delegating tasks if you want to be more efficient. Especially if you want to take your business into the next level without running yourself ragged.
Read this article to find out what they are.
What Does a Virtual Assistant Do?
Okay, now that we’ve established that you DO need a virtual assistant, let’s find out what one is capable of.
From handling your calendar to taking your phone calls (and other things in between), here’s what you can expect a virtual assistant to take on for you.
Oh, and if you happen to be a restaurant owner looking to keep your business afloat by outsourcing administrative tasks, check this out too.
What Kind of Virtual Assistant Do I Need?
Yes, there is more than one kind of virtual assistant. But hey, don’t get all confused. There are some general ones too if your needs aren’t too specific.
Should you have specialised tasks in mind, however, there are VA’s for those as well.
What Should I Look For When Hiring Virtual Assistants?
So, you’ve now put out an ad for virtual assistants (or signed up with us and we’ve already sourced candidates for you *wink*wink*). Perhaps you’ve already received a few CV’s and are preparing to interview the lot. What traits should you be on the lookout for?
Read this before you start your first round of interviews so you’re better prepared.
Why Are Filipino Virtual Assistants So Special?
Now, we get to the crux of the matter. Even if you visit other forums or blogs on remote working, they all agree on one thing: Filipinos are the best virtual assistants.
Not only do they have good command of the English language, but Filipinos are renowned for their hospitality and loyalty. You can bet that those things carry over well into their VA duties.
I could say more on the matter, of course, but this article summarises it all better if you need further convincing.
How Do I Deal With Cultural Differences If I Hire Filipino Virtual Assistants?
Ah, this is always a chief concern and it’s perfectly valid. Western and Asian work cultures do have significant differences, and Australian/Filipino ones are no different.
While the Philippines is rather Westernised, its culture is a melting pot of many others, both Asian and Western. Thus, as with any intercultural working arrangement, you can expect some adjustments on both sides.
Here are just a handful of the most common ones to anticipate.
How Can I Best Manage My Filipino Virtual Assistants?
Filipino VA’s are generally quite easy to work with. You will find that they are quite obliging by nature and capable and prompt by training, especially if they went through our programs.
However, the best working relationships entail considerable effort from both parties. If you’ve made it this far and would like to do your part, kudos to you.
For starters, making the effort to learn a bit of the Filipino language will go a long way. You don’t have to compose Tagalog poetry to get along with your VA, but these will certainly come in handy.
Furthermore, here are a few more general guidelines for cultivating and maintaining a harmonious working relationship with your Filipino VA’s.
Got further questions? Want to hire your own virtual assistant and would like some assistance? Sign up with Remote Staff today and let us help you get started!