Keeping Control of Your Work:
How to Keep Policies in Place for Virtual Assistants
In a business relationship, there are two ways to approach what is done. The first is to have someone else keep control of the situation. In these relationships, you will be working for someone, while they dictate to you what should be done. The second approach is where you have the control of the situation and build a complete partnership between the two parties. Your approach towards your virtual assistant business will be one to determine your success.
The idea of keeping the control of your business is important and essential for your success. Take for instance; you decide to let someone else control what is happening. They will be able to tell you when you are paid, what you will do, how fast you will do it and what is required for the project. As a virtual assistant, you may know this isn't true, but you simply sign the dotted line and let things happen. Most likely, you will be doing extra work for less money and will not be able to have time to build your services.
By keeping control of the situation, you are able to approach someone and make a complete partnership. This means that you will communicate effectively with the parties from the beginning. You will let them understand your services and what you are about. You will make sure that they understand the credentials that you have and how you approach the services in quality. You should also work towards asking questions and being interested in the business partner you are working with.
Beyond this, you can make sure that you define what your policies and standards are. Contracts are a good way to make sure that this is done. Once something is in writing, and has to be agreed to, it will tell all about what the customer's intentions are. The major concept is to get everything out in the open up front. Everything from letting someone know an estimate of how much something will cost to defining your terms and policies will make for a better partnership.
If you want to keep control of a situation as a virtual assistant, it means that you have the leadership and ownership to build your business from policies and standards. You also will have the ability to communicate openly and effectively from the beginning. Doing this is an important part of making sure that your business succeeds for everyone's benefit.