7 Mistakes Content Creators Make When Hiring a VA

A virtual assistant can be a game changer... but first you have to hire the right person. Let's talk about the 7 mistakes content creators make when hiring a VA.

October 27, 2023
5 min read
7 mistakes content creators make when hiring a VA

As a content creator, you know that there are a lot of tasks that can take up your time. From writing and editing to research and social media management, it can be hard to keep up with everything. That's where virtual assistants come in.

A VA can help you with all of those tasks and more, so you can focus on doing what you do best — creating great content. But there are a few common mistakes that content creators make when they’re hiring a VA. Before you get ready to hire a virtual assistant, let’s talk about a few things you need to know.

7 Mistakes Content Creators Make When Hiring a VA

1. Not defining their needs

The first mistake that content creators often make is not defining their needs. What tasks do you need help with? How much time do you need your virtual assistant to work? What are your budget and expectations?

If you don't know what you need, you won't be able to find a virtual assistant who is a good fit for you. Take some time to think about all of the tasks that you could delegate to a virtual assistant. Once you have a good understanding of your needs, you can start looking for candidates.

2. Not interviewing candidates

Once you know what you need, it's time to start interviewing candidates. Take the time to get to know each candidate and see if they're a good fit for your team. Ask questions about their experience, skills, and availability. Be sure to also ask them about their rates and what they would expect from the job.

3. Not providing clear instructions

Once you've hired a VA, it's important to provide clear instructions. Be specific about what you need done and when you need it done by. If you don't provide clear instructions, your virtual assistant may not be able to do their job effectively. This could lead to frustration and wasted time.

4. Not communicating regularly

It's also important to communicate regularly with your virtual assistant. Check in with them consistently to see how they're doing and if they have any questions. Communication is key to any successful working relationship. By communicating regularly with your virtual assistant, you can ensure that they are on track and that you are both happy with the current arrangement.

5. Not giving feedback

As your VA works, especially in the beginning, be sure to give them feedback. This will help them improve their work and ensure that they're meeting your expectations. Some content creators are reticent to give feedback because they don’t want to seem overbearing, but think of it this way — feedback is a gift. It allows your virtual assistant to learn and grow. By giving them feedback, you can help them become even more valuable to your team.

6. Not trusting them

Feedback and checking in are both essential. But, on the flip side, so is letting go. If your VA doesn’t feel like you trust them, then they're not going to be able to do their job effectively. Trust is essential for any successful working relationship. If you don't trust your virtual assistant, they will be hesitant to take risks and try new things. This could limit their productivity and your success.

7. Not giving them the tools they need

Make sure your virtual assistant has access to all of the tools and resources they need to do their job effectively. This may include software, hardware, or access to your systems. Your virtual assistant is an extension of your team. Give them the tools they need to be successful. This will help them do their job well and make your life easier.

What mistakes do you see content creators making when hiring a VA? Tell us in the comments! 

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