Change is not easy. Some of us embrace it and some fight it…some actually run from it and try their best to avoid it all together.
Change is about attitude. When the challenges of change are viewed positively, the energy involved will evolve into something awesome. I am dreamin’ bout some changes I would love to see take place in my life – out with the old, in with the new!
I embrace change. My view to change is that it is always necessary to grow and get better. I choose to adapt a positive approach as I love a good challenge. For those not so positive changes, I experience the experience and move on.
I recently read a comment that a person wrote on a colleagues blog. The post was about tips for hiring a virtual assistant. The comment basically said the post did not answer the more pertinent questions that the average business owner has when looking for an assistant. My colleague did an excellent and professional job in responding but it did spark a few thoughts for me.
A few of the concerns were:
- Where do you find a virtual assistant?
- How do you trust a stranger with your pertinent information?
- What should be allocated to that person or their team?
- Some people have so much fear they feel a little intimidated?
The answer in my mind to a few of those questions is not only is there a fear of change but the ability to trust through the changes. It’s not the easiest thing to do but we have to begin somewhere.
I have a client who has been pretty consistent with me for a little over a year. She openly admits she has to be in control which means she has not fully let go. As much as I don’t want to accept it, I do believe a small piece of it is trust.
She has entrusted me with much of her personal information, but she may have trust issues regarding my ability to take care of something in the manner she is accustom to. Meaning will I do it the same as she would.
Maybe I won’t, but that does not mean it would not be done as well or better. Possibly some issues of trust come as a result of being stuck in one way of accomplishing a particular task when in fact there are several ways of completing that task.
We basically take care of things she does not know how to do, or is too frustrated to deal with. It works and we have a great relationship.
I have found that some people that want to hire a virtual assistant want a person that is local to them. It does not mean they want you to work in the same office with them, but IF they want to see you face to face they can.
Is that a trust issue?
The other question I would like to address is how do you find a virtual assistant?
- My first suggestion is to ask another business colleague. There are people out there that still do not know about virtual assistants, but many do. Ask. They either have one, or may know someone that currently utilizes virtual assistant services.
- Google it. That will be time consuming because the numbers are growing and there are many to choose from.
- Once you find a few, it becomes a matter of research or interviews. It does involve trust once you find one of us. What is that tells you this person is trustworthy when you first meet?
- Check the testimonials. Most of us put testimonials on our sites. We do that for acknowledgement of good relationships. Why not contact one of them?
- There are organizations that list virtual assistants – look through some of those.
- Put it on Twitter…I have met several prospective clients that way.
My intentions are not to make light of the search or to say that it’s easy. I have experienced the same thing when I needed to find assistants to help me. But the first step is to make a change and start searching.
Again I say change can be a positive possibly to something getting better. If we live…we will see change. How do you feel about change AND most importantly Why? I can’t wait to hear what you have to say.