A common question I get asked is “Should I offshore some of my team?” or "Should I hire a Virtual Assistant".
It's an interesting conversation and one I love having ❤️
Because the reality is, is NOT right for everyone. .
Facebook memories reminded me recently of the offshoring research trip I took to the Philippines in 2014
Since then I've had 1-2 offshore Virtual Assistants supporting my businesses, plus also I've supported hundreds of clients with this decision for their business. .
When I'm working with a client to decide if offshoring is right, there are a few key things I look for. .
These 4 key Q’s can be applied to offshoring a whole team, a specific task or even hiring your first Virtual Assistant. .
1) Do you know how to do the task (you want to offshore) yourself? 💥
2) Are you willing to move through a handover training period? 💥
3) Are you able to measure success? 💥
4) Are you able to 'check' the progress of this job before it goes live and if not, what impact would a mistake have on your business?💥
It requires a bit of digging and discussion to decide if it's right and how to set it up for success.
If you are a small growing business, hiring an Offshore Virtual Assistant can be an excellent decision! Often you’ve been doing many of the tasks yourself and so it’s easy to answer ‘yes’ to most of the questions above. .
But sometimes someone onshore may suit you better, and often that comes down to your personality and the type of future business and team that feels right for you. .
When you are a more established business with a few team members already in place, you’ll need to consider team dynamics and who will take the lead in the training and hand over. Again, offshoring can be an excellent business decision.
Getting clear about your hiring options is one of the first critical steps in recruitment success. .
Spend the time to consider and analyse your options, with an expert! And avoid be headaches later!
P.S enjoy the pics.. my gorgeous hubby came along ... coconuts anyone?! 🌴🎉