Typically, we would often hire someone new and leave it up to them to get the job done. As employers, all we care about are the results. Often, this approach doesn’t work as well when starting out with a VA because having staff work remotely from you can create disassociation in their first few weeks. They are still learning your business and discovering how your business operates. VA team members are very good at following directions. It is important when working with a virtual assistant to provide instructions clearly. This will enable your VA to get the job done accurately. We recommend you use verbal, written and remote screen share to show and demonstrate the job and work requirements you want done. It’s important to make your remote staff feel as if they are part of your local team. If possible having them part of meetings using technology will increase their sense of being part of your team. We find commitment, morale and quality of work is higher when this occurs. Thanks to technology, working with a VA is like having them just down the hall in your office. With screen share technology, you can show your VA what you have on your computer screen, making it easy to communicate when showing or explaining tasks. With VoIP, you can have an international phone number to call your VA at a local call cost. With virtual tools such as Google docs, sharing documents and keeping in touch with workflows and TO DO list is easy. Instant messenger services with Skype helps keep communication constant and live. In addition, you will be able to see your VA’s computer screen real time, making it easy to see the flow of work as it happens.