Where to find the best virtual assistant (VA) for the job?

If you are interested in finding the best virtual assistant (VA) for the job you can easily Google the words “virtual assistant” and you will come up with unlimited results.  That is great, but where do you go from there?   How do you find someone that you can trust and will understand the job that you need to be done?

It may take a bit of time to find that perfect someone to take over the busywork, but in the long run it will pay off. Here are a few of the many places you can find the perfect VA to suit your needs:

1. Twitter:  Send out a tweet indicating you are looking for a virtual assistant and you will receive messages from VAs and others who can recommend someone.  If you use Twitter for your business and you would like your VA to help you out with it, this is a good way to connect to see their “style” prior to hiring.

2. Canadian Virtual Assistant Connection (CVAC): Allows you to submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) that outlines your requirements.  This is then broadcast out to the diverse group of member VAs.  You will receive responses from many VAs allowing you to interview and choose the one that best fits your needs.  This is a FREE service.  CVAC also publishes an online membership directory allowing you to search for a VA using keywords.  So if you need someone to help you with marketing, just plug in the keyword “marketing” and a list of CVAC members that provide this service will appear.

3. Elance:  Sign up for an account and post your project – it is that easy!  This system is a bit different from the RFP process in that you set the price and those applying bid to work for you.

4. Canadian Virtual Assistant Network (CVAN): Similar to CVAC this is a network of professionals VAs that will respond to your posted RFP.  They also have an online membership directory available for viewing.

5. VANetworking.com: VAnetworking offers an online RFP form for you to fill out. In exchange for posting the position on their site they offer you a FREE ebook to help you find the perfect VA.

6. Search on Facebook:  More and more VAs and VA associations have Facebook pages or groups.  Searching for “virtual assistant” under groups or pages will provide you with numerous results. From here you can sift through and read comments from others that have used their services.

7. Craigslist or Kijiji:  You can post a free ad on either of these sites. Virtual Assistants will often look here for job postings.  Be sure to include a description of what you require so that the VA can provide you with an accurate proposal, making it easier for you to make your decision.

8. Virtual Assistant Chamber of Commerce: This is a worldwide site that lists VAs by country.  From there you can view their profiles and contact them directly about the position available.

There are many other services and ways to find the best VA for the job.  Which one have you had the greatest success with?

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