You have heard many positive things about hiring a virtual assistant. Friends in the industry may have informed you about how working with a virtual assistant has either made their life easier, added value to their business or both. After learning about these benefits, you are convinced that hiring one would definitely help you grow your business and free up more time to pursue your passions. But the question is, do you know where to find a virtual assistant?
Follow these tips to help you find a VA to hire.

1. Look for virtual assistant agencies.

The increasing demand for reliable and competent virtual assistants has led to the rise of VA agencies like These agencies may have VAs that specialize in one type of task such as copywriting or web design, or they can offer several services and serve as a one-stop shop for your business needs. To ensure that you are working with a legitimate agency, do a background check prior to hiring them or anyone from the agency. Ask for references, check their portfolio and see what their past clients say about them online. Once you decide to hire them, have a contract that stipulates the work hours, your requirements, and other conditions that you and your VA have agreed upon. It would also be prudent to have a non-disclosure agreement, especially if you plan to share your personal details or trade secrets with your VA.

2. Check freelancing platforms.

Popular freelancing platforms like Upwork (formerly oDesk) and Elance will help you find virtual assistants for various types of jobs. You can create a free account and post job ads for the type of VA you are looking for. There are literally millions of contractors on these freelancing platforms, and it may be challenging to attract the kind of applicants you need. The key here is to write a detailed job description that communicates what you need from your virtual assistant. Make your job description as enticing as possible by also including how your virtual assistant will benefit from working with you.

3. Post on social media.

Twitter is a good place to start. Just tweet about your job opening and add a #virtualassistant or #virtualstaff hashtag. You can also look for VA communities on LinkedIn and Google+ and post your job ads there. Any of these three ways will help you find your ideal virtual staff. To save your time, remember to be clear on your goals and the results that you are looking for from your VA and include these in your job posting.

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