Tips for Success with your Virtual Team

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  • Set clear goals from the start: Your team should know exactly what you want to be accomplished, the time frame, and the programs or processes you prefer for completing it. Make sure they have access to everything they’ll need, and clear instructions they can refer back to from the beginning to avoid possible delays.
  • Establish clear communication channels: Set up a main point of contact so the virtual team knows who to go to with questions or issues. Also, use the right medium for the situation. Questions that can be answered with a simple “yes” or “no” are fine for text or chat. Lengthy information that might need to be referred back to is best sent over email. And, any explanation or answers that might have follow-up questions are best done over phone or video chat. If a process is more detailed and difficult, consider screen sharing over video chat to walk through the process together.
  • Set best practices and quality standards from the beginning by providing feedback: Affirming that the work is done correctly will let the virtual team know to repeat the performance. Giving specifics on any changes that need to be made will increase the odds of fixing the problem the first time. Letting the virtual assistant know if you prefer daily updates, or communication in the afternoons only, or the use of a shared task management system will help them understand the way you like to work. The more feedback you give in all areas of the working relationship, the better your chances of success.

Pros & Cons of having a Virtual Assistant

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There are many reasons for outsourcing to a virtual assistant, but it can be difficult to determine if the benefits outweigh the negatives. Here are some pros and cons of insourcing versus virtual outsourcing to consider before you decide if a virtual service is right for you.

Pros of Outsourcing to Virtual Teams

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Cons of Outsourcing to Virtual Teams

  • Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old.
  • Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature,
  • The standard chunk of Lorem Ipsum used since the 1500s is reproduced below for those interested. Sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 from “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum”