If your real estate business is gaining steam and you are looking for leverage, it is time to hire an assistant. Now that you are at this point in your business, you may be wondering where do I start? Start by first deciding if you are looking to hire a full time employee or are you looking for an independent contractor to help you with certain projects or needs. No matter if it is an employee or an independent contractor you need to make yourself aware of what the differences will require of you and your business. Many agents choose to start off by hiring an Independent Contractor at this stage.
An independent contractor may cost you slightly more an hour than an employee, but you are not responsible for paying taxes or benefits for your independent contractor, and you don’t have to commit to forty hours a week!
Begin thinking about exactly what tasks you will want to hand off to your assistant. You may have just came up with a long list, but I would encourage you to start small and build on that list as you and your assistant build a working relationship together.
Now you have to figure out where do you find an independent contractor and how do you find the right one for your business.
Start by networking with fellow real estate agents who are utilizing virtual assistants, post an ad on LinkedIn and join virtual assistant groups on Facebook. You will be surprised on how many talented real estate virtual assistants are hanging out on Facebook Groups providing help to others and are also looking to pick up more clients.
Now that you have a few virtual assistants interested in your position, it’s time to find which one is right for you and your business. If you don’t have time to train an assistant on every aspect of the work you need done, look for an assistant with experience in the real estate industry. Then you will only need to review with them systems that are specific to your brokerage.
You are looking for an assistant that has experience in the virtual world. Working virtually requires someone to be self-driven. You want that person to show up and get work done, not hide behind a computer and give excuses. Not everyone is cut out to work independently from home! It takes self-motivation, organization and good time management skills.
If you feel that a virtual assistant is right for your business please familiarize yourself with the laws that surround working with an independent contractor. Too many times I have seen agents hire an independent contractor then expect them to operate as an employee. This can get you in a lot of trouble and could cost you a lot of money in the long run with legal issues.
Not sure if you are ready for a virtual assistant? Contact me and I would be glad to talk with you to decide if one is right for your business.
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