As the Virtual Assistant industry gains increasing interest and more and more clients come on board, many VAs have taken to sub-contracting work to other VAs in order to cope with sudden workload increases. This is a good sign that things are picking up, but there are some things that all VAs should take note of.
- If you use a contract for clients, then you should do the same with the sub-contracting VA.
- Set boundaries or ground rules – be clear about your expectations and don’t leave it to chance or ‘assumption’.
- Be clear about when payment will be made and follow through. If a setback occurs (your client hasn’t paid) you need to be upfront with the VA and let them know. If the amount you owe is small, you should pay it anyway.
- Return emails and calls and don’t leave the other VA hanging wondering where things are at. We know you’re busy – that’s why you sub-contracted the work in the first place but the other VA deserves respect.
- Don’t forget the VA community is still relatively small – many of us know each other and word travels quickly if you do the wrong thing.
If you have never been in a sub-contracting position or role before, then it’s good to get a feeling for how it works – don’t forget you can ask questions at the VA forum you belong to.Â Enjoy the work!