If you are a small business owner and you don't have a large group of employees in your small, you might find that there are times that you really need someone to help you do a lot of the things you really don't have time to mess with when you are trying to run your small office. These are things that you don't want to pawn off onto your small staff because they are already too busy. Then you might want to consider hiring a virtual assistant. Hiring someone that can work from home to do things you need done can save you money over time. And this is a good thing.
When you decide that you want to go this route, you are going to need to sit down and figure out what tasks you can assign to someone who will be working from home to do the job for you. For instance they could do research projects, accounting, appointment scheduling, arrangements for different kinds of travel, email, and business correspondence. You will also need to figure out what hours you are going to need them to be available for you in order for the work to get done.
If you know of someone that already uses a virtual assistant it would be a good idea for you to ask them how well it's working out and where they happened to find this person. If you don't there are a lot of different sites on the Internet that can do the job matching for you. You will find a list of people available and their skills and experiences will be posted for you to review. Some sites even offer reviews by other employers who have used their services. Through these sites you are allowed to contact these people so that you can talk to them about the job.
More than likely you will not meet these people in person and the only way you will be able to interview them will be either through email or over the phone. Or you might want to do both, starting with email and then taking it to a second phase with talking over the phone. Once you find a couple you are interested in you can ask them for references. Make sure that you check on their references to help you make your decision.
Once you have decided upon the person you want to work with you will need to agree on a contract that needs to be signed by both of you. You can do this by sending the contract to them via email and then they can sign it and return it to you. Make sure that all of the duties that you expect them to do are listed on the contract. You don't want any misconceptions later on down the road that might cause problems for both of you.