The notion of hiring a VA (virtual assistant) to give your lead generation a swift boost can be alluring. However, do be careful – there are three challenges you must be aware of.
If you know these challenges and how to deal with them, you will find hiring a virtual assistant for your outbound prospecting on LinkedIn more rewarding!
Issue 1 – Communication
The principal concern is communication. If you choose to onboard a virtual assistant from abroad, the possible language barrier is the primary concern. This can be a genuine concern. Initially, there can be a delay, resulting in work taking twice or four times longer because of language issues. You might also have to use screenshots and shares to ease onboarding.
How to overcome the communication challenge
You should hire virtual assistants who speak the same language as you and your market. If this means that your market is native-English speakers, you should match your virtual assistants to this language group.
You could opt for the cheaper Philippine- or Indian-based virtual assistant; however, the differences will slowly build up, and your customers will know you have been trying to cut costs too much.
In addition, it will not only be your clients who will feel the frustration − you will, too.
Issue 2 – Ability
The second challenge you might face is the virtual assistant’s ability to generate leads.
There are two aspects we should mention here. The first is the candidate’s skill set for using lead generation software.
You must invest in the correct lead-generation software tools and any other software that might be needed. However, a skilled virtual lead generation assistant will be able to work with the tools to generate leads on LinkedIn and will know the best practices.
How to avoid being caught hiring the wrong person
To ensure that you hire someone with the genuine ability to complete the tasks, you need to know how to hire.
The problem is that many business owners and entrepreneurs consider themselves capable of hiring their virtual assistants, not needing to involve an outsourcing agency.
This is where they go wrong – many business owners and managers struggle to hire great people. The candidate might tell you they have the experience you are looking for − however, do they?
At Aristo Sourcing, we know how to filter candidates, retaining only the best. We retain only the top talent who can accomplish the work professionally and correctly.
Issue 3 – Monitoring performance
The last problem is monitoring performance. You must accept that the virtual assistant may make blunders (predominantly when they first begin).
Hiring a virtual assistant for the first time can be a challenging experience for many business owners, especially if they are hiring a virtual assistant directly.
Many managers will start to micromanage the virtual assistant by having them use a remote desktop and, at the same time, monitor them with a spare laptop.
Such actions will only drive you mad and be counterproductive.
How to monitor a VA’s performance effectively
Start small by starting with one task. Don’t over-complicate things. We know that you want to gain the most from a virtual assistant – but let’s be real − you are hiring someone to do your LinkedIn outreach, not your social media, website management, and multiple other tasks.
Let them focus on their work. However, Your outsourcing agency should monitor your virtual assistant’s progress and conduct periodic checks. This should free up your time while the work will be completed.
The opportunities await
With the three key concerns addressed, you are ready to reap the rewards as your virtual assistant mines and contacts more leads on LinkedIn. It is here that Aristo Sourcing can assist you in boosting your lead generation.
With Aristo Sourcing, we eliminate the headaches commonly linked to hiring a virtual assistant. Our company will ensure that your VA does not waste your time during the induction period.
Book a complimentary discovery call with our outsourcing expert if you need more information or want to discuss your unique needs. With more than a decade of experience in some of the biggest global outsourcing firms, Aristo Sourcing will offer solid and practical advice that works. Book your call today!