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Where do I find Virtual Assistants?

If you are looking for a virtual assistant, there are a lot of places that you can look online to find assistants.  Make sure you know what tasks you want the assistant to complete for you and what your monthly budget is when you start your search.  This will likely help you to weed out people and narrow down whom to hire.

Agencies – There are many agencies on the internet that have a roster of people who work for them.  You tell the agency what you are looking for and your budget, and they will find someone that meets your description.  The more information that you provide, the better match you will receive.  If you require someone with specific education or experience, that should be provided as well.

Bidding Sites – Many freelancers/work at home businesses advertise their services through various bidding sites such as Elance or Odesk.  You can head over to these sites and browse the services offered to see if you can find someone who would match your needs or you can post your own ad to find someone.  Chances are you will get lots of options for you to consider.  One advantage to these sites is that you can set up an escrow payment which means the funds are not released until the work is done. The system is usually double sided so you fund the project when the work starts so the worker knows they will be paid, and then you release once you have received the work.  This adds security when you are first working with someone you do not know.

Classifieds – Another option is to check the classified sites.  If you want someone local who you could potentially meet up with in person, this is definitely the way to go.  I am hearing of more and more people who are advertising their services on their local classified sites.  This is especially beneficial if the site is free as people are more likely to advertise.

References – Word of mouth is always a great way to find people.  If you know anyone who does business online, there is a good chance they have heard of virtual assistants or even engage one themselves.  Ask the people you know and see what they have to say.

Search Engines – If everything else fails and you still have not located a virtual assistant who meets your needs, you may want to hit the search engines.  You can type in the type of assistant you need such as “website virtual assistant”, “bookkeeping virtual assistant” or any other option that you feel would work.

Sharon has been writing online content since January 2010 for a variety of clients and content mills.  She enjoys writing on a variety of topics including entrepreneurship, crafts (specifically crochet) and finance.  If you want a writer who can be given some information and left on her own to complete it on time and to specifications, Sharon is the person you want.  To see her various online portfolios, visit Sharon’s website for more information.

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