6 Mistakes Smart People Make When Hiring a Virtual Assistant

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"Hiring people is like making friends. Pick good ones, and they'll enrich your life. Make bad choices, and they'll bring you down," says Jason Fried, the founder of Basecamp.

Fried is a guy who knows what it takes to build an online team. No matter what your ambitions are, your role as an entrepreneur is to lead and grow one.

Related: early pioneer of the virtual assitant movement , Erin Blaskie has helped hundreds of businesses build a virtual team. As with most areas of business, it's important to have a Plan B.

"Create solid back up plans for if the worst case scenario were to happen," Blaskie said. "I had grown my own company to over 70 clients, and leaned on a few sub-contractors to help fill in the gaps. While this was great for clients to have that one-stop shop, it left me in a precarious situation when my lead web designer disappeared suddenly."

Virtual assistants come and go, and your direction as a business may change. But, the one constant is you, so the processes, back-up plans and alternatives you create today make all the difference tomorrow.

6. Don't give a VA access to every part of your business.

As a globetrotting consultant to multinational corporations, Kimanzi Constable has built a strong virtual team that takes care of his itinerary, resources and online brand. But, after one of his own team members went behind his back, Constable learned firsthand the importance of managing your team and giving them (only) the information they need.

"Make sure you understand what you'll give your virtual assistant access to and what you should give them access to," Constable said. "You shouldn't let anyone have complete access to every part of your business."

While researching and writing The Successful Mistake, one of the most common mistakes I came across centers around hiring. Your role as an entrepreneur is to grow your business, and this involves you building a team (virtual or otherwise).

You will face many obstacles, but by learning from those who have been there and done it, you can avoid a lot of hardship -- and focus instead on success, growth and your legacy.

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