We tell all of our new clients the same thing: your relationship with your assistant is a two-way street. Your assistant will come ready with the experience and attitude needed to support you and your business, but it’s up to you to give your assistant the tools and feedback they need to succeed.
This is just one of the things that assistants wish their clients knew from the start. So, if you’re looking to ensure a productive and streamlined dynamic with your assistant, keep reading. We’re sharing five things assistants want their clients to know.
1. Assistants Are Not the Same as Secretaries
While assistants can certainly handle administrative tasks like scheduling appointments and managing emails, they can also take on more complex projects. Many assistants specialize in certain areas and have the skills and experience to tackle just about any task you throw their way.
2. Communication is Key
Just like any other working relationship, clear communication is essential for a successful partnership with a virtual assistant. Make sure you establish your expectations from the outset, including how often you want to be updated on progress, which tools you’ll use to communicate, and what your turnaround time expectations are.
3. Trust Your Assistant’s Experience
One of the biggest benefits of working with an assistant is that you can tap into their specialized skills and experience. Don’t micromanage your assistant – instead, give them the space to do what they do best. Of course, it’s important to provide feedback and make adjustments as needed, but remember that your assistant is there to make your life easier.
4. Be Realistic About Timelines
It’s important to be realistic about timelines for projects. Don’t expect your assistant to drop everything and complete a task immediately – instead, discuss timelines and deadlines upfront so that everyone is on the same page.
5. Assistants Are an Investment in Your Success
While it may be tempting to try and handle everything yourself, the truth is that virtual assistants can be a valuable investment in your success. By outsourcing time-consuming tasks, you can focus on what you do best and grow your business.
Our experienced virtual assistants can manage your email, calendar, social media, and much more, giving you more time to spend on projects that are actually within your zone of genius. Ready to find your Right-Fit Assistant™? Click here to schedule a Discovery Call today.