A few days ago I received a saddening note from the virtual assistant I’ve been working with for the past year. She’s been a fantastic part of my team. Her English was amazing and she was fantastic at thinking “outside-the-box” and coming up with suggestions and improvements. While we parted on very good terms, I couldn’t get a clear idea of why she was leaving. She said she needed to move toward “other projects”. I offered more money, but her mind was made up.
After a bit more review I believe she fell victim to something that has always been a concern of mine: I’m not providing my VA’s with enough consistent work. Going back and reviewing the past year I found that while there were spikes of 20+ hours a week, most of the time the average was only 5 hours a week. I can completely understand how frustrating this would be to a contractor that might be expecting more consistent work.
Assuming this is the problem, what are my options? Here’s what I came up with: (more…)