038 Virtual Assistant Podcast – Part 2 of 2 – Greatest Fears People Face When They Consider Hiring A Virtual Assistant

by admin on December 30, 2010

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Folks, this is it. This is the final episode of the Virtual Assistant Podcast. My goal when I started this podcast was to produce a show that would expose people in my community to the benefits that I have seen personally from hiring a virtual assistant, to answer people’ questions about this industry, and to lower the barrier of entry for those who might benefit from delegating tasks to a virtual assistant themselves.

I’ve spent months sharing my own personal journey and I feel that I’ve pretty much shared everything I have to share in this space at this point in time. I hope that you have enjoyed this podcast and I hope that you’ll check out http://PodcastAnswerMan.com and all my other podcasts at http://gspn.tv. Also, I’m sure I’ll litter this page with all sorts of other inks and buttons to all the other things I have going online.

I plan to keep the archives of these 38 episodes online as my gift to anyone who might benefit from them. If you think you could benefit from working with me in any of the services I provide in the field of podcasting, new media, and running a business online, please feel free to contact me at Cliff@Ravenscraft.org. Many Blessings!

This is episode is part 2 of 2 where I address the most common fears that people have when they consider hiring a Virtual Assistant. Below are the fears that people have expressed that I address in this episode:

- A little antsy about providing personal / financial information to some one out of my sight and possibly beyond extradition.

- Trusting someone with my confidential information.

- Trusting that someone else could learn my style and personality well enough to truly handle the work as well as I.

- Big mistakes. I feared that a VA would mess up in some terrible way damaging my business.

- Does the VA have a strong business background and technical savvy?

- Is the VA working full time from a professionally equipped home office or typing at the kitchen table while dealing with small children?

- Their website may look like they’re a dream VA, but anyone can put anything they please on a website and, if they’re in another country, who are you going to call to check them out? Even if they give you someone to call (unless it’s a senior partner in a large business or someone whose existence you can check) you could be calling their brother or aunt.

- The word “Virtual” is also scary as people cannot understand how it could possibly work. Most people are also unaware of the vast amount of technology that is available today which makes working with a VA a breeze and any experienced and skilled VA will have that technology at his/her fingertips.

- Anyone considering using the services of a VA must thoroughly research potential VA services until they find one that will be a good fit.

- I’ve been working with VA’s for 3 years. I suggest hiring from a company like contemporaryva.com. They have a boss to whom they answer as well as you. Plus they have a backup trained in case they out of town, get sick or quit.

- Experience has taught that VA’s go MIA for no reason at all at the absolute worst times like the middle of a launch or before affiliates have been paid . . . They tend to allow their personal lives to take priority and don’t have the safeguards in place that most business owners would.

- That they might divulge sensitive or proprietary information to others (i.e. competitors)

-That in the time it took to make arrangements with a virtual assistant, I could have the job done myself.

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Special thanks to Contemporary VA for sponsoring this podcast. This is the firm I, personally, use for my own business. I would not have had the time to produce this show without it making financial sense for me to do so. Their sponsorship has made this show possible. If you get a chance, thank them in any creative way you can think of. If you desire, this is the link to their contact page.

Please call TODAY with your questions on our voicemail hotline at 859-795-4067. Or use your voice memo application on your iPhone to record feedback or questions. Simply email it to feedback@gspn.tv.

Know someone else who needs to hire a VA? Send them an note with a link to http://VirtualAssistantPodcast.com.

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Very cool article. Thanks Tony!

Hi Cliff, I've recently decided to get into the VA world and happened upon your podcast series. It's been very interesting to me to listen to as I'm gearing up to start my own VA business. I thought these last two episodes were very helpful in helping me understand how to alleviate potential clients' fears (much like that email you referenced during your show). I've put a link up on my blog to these episodes because I think they'd be really helpful for any of my potential clients. Thanks! Natalie from the newly formed Run It Virtual Assisting :) runitva.wordpress.com

I am so glad that you found my podcast and even more thankful that you'll continue to point people to this content. I believe that this podcast, though it may not have any new episodes beyond the original 38, will be valuable for thousands and thousands of people for years to come. THANK YOU!

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