Do you have a virtual assistant hired? Many appraisers have found this to be a great way to get needed tasks accomplished without having to do them yourself. You may have hired someone locally. And if that’s the case, you probably have provided the necessary resources and hardware for your employee to be successful, as any good employer would. Making sure they have double monitors, an updated laptop or desktop, strong hardware, and necessary supplies will help them accomplish those tasks you give them and help them be successful in doing your work faster. And if you forgot something or happen to need a little bit more? Amazon is a quick click away providing you with anything and everything you could ever think of to need.
Appraisers have also found it cost effective and worthwhile to hire a virtual assistant or two overseas, in places like the Philippines or India. This could put you in a position to rub virtual shoulders with incredible people who have great skills, talents, and experience to offer. And although they may be a great asset in this way, sometimes they are less than prepared when it comes to the hardware. It’s about a 50/50 chance they have two monitors in the first place. But you know that assisting them in having what they need will be a win-win situation, so how can you support them? If you hop on Amazon, you’ll find that shipping a $350 laptop would cost you about another $350 in shipping (doubling the price and making that option less appealing).
Certainly there must be a better way, and there is! It’s called Lazada.com.ph, an online shopping source in the Philippines. Check it out, it will be the first place you go when you need to give your employees overseas support. It’s important to provide your virtual assistants with the resources that will help them be successful. Now, whether they are your backyard neighbor or live on the other side of the world, you’ll be able to do just that. And in the end, what’s a win for them is a win for you because of the value they can create for your business when they are equipped well.
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