Is A “Moonlighting” Virtual Assistant Worth The Money?
Recently, I’ve seen a trend in virtual assistants entering the field. They are doing so while still working full-time for their employer. Whether you call it “moonlighting” or “having a side hustle” there are some things to consider before hiring. Here are some tips to make sure you hire the right VA.
Make sure the VA is being ethical in their work.
There’s a saying, “Anyone who will gossip with you will gossip about you.” This can easily be applied to business. Any VA who will steal time and resources from their employer will steal time and resources from you.
- When will he/she will be performing the work?
- Ask the VA if their employer knows about their side business. It’s not a deal-breaker if the employer doesn’t know, but the answer should give you some insight to the personality you’ll potentially be working with.
- Does the VA own the tools and accounts they’ll be working on and with. These should be personal and never the property or account of the company.
Your VA work should be on a project basis and billed as such.
Because the virtual assistant is working full-time for someone else already we have to believe the employer will get priority of her schedule. There are typically busy seasons for people at their office which make it difficult to keep a personal schedule let alone another business schedule.
- Ask the VA what their busiest times of year are.
- Do they already know when they won’t be able to take on clients?
- Do not plan on using the VA for a long-term or ongoing basis. Even if they plan to become a full-time VA soon they could change any of their fees, services, requirements, etc. when they make the change.
- You want to pay by the project, not hourly because it is much easier to rack up hours and get distracted evenings and weekends.
- This shouldn’t be a project that is extremely time sensitive either. Remember you may not be able to get a hold of the VA at a moment’s notice.
There are benefits to hiring a VA who is working part-time.
- Typically you’ll see a lower rate because they already have a full-time job. The benefits it comes with it make it possible to charge less.
- You can get someone who is in the field working every day and benefit from their daily expertise.
- It can be difficult to find a VA you can reach after 5pm and on the weekends. A part-time VA will be available for you during those times. This is particularly helpful if you also have a full-time job and are working your side business nights and weekends.
Working with a part-time virtual assistant can be a great match if you are realistic in your expectations and have done your homework on their background.
Because you can’t do it all yourself….Melissa Smith, The PVA is the bestselling author of Hire the Right Virtual Assistant and host of theAdmin to VA Summit. To learn more about working with a Virtual Assistant contact Melissa here.