When you own and operate a small business whatever it may be you usually are a jack of all trades so to speak and do everything yourself.
Don’t get me wrong, doing everything yourself definitely has it’s benefits such as you know the quality of your own work and can decide if or when it gets done.
Of course the down side is that you only have so much time in the day and eventually you just don’t have enough time to get everything done.
That’s when you need to hire someone or someones to take some of the work load off your shoulders.
Usually when you’re a small business you can only afford so much for an employee’s salary and that’s where a Virtual Assistant comes into play.
You can usually outsource the work you need them to do and get someone from the Philippines or India for pennies on the dollar through a site like UpWork.com or OnlineJobs.ph.
I can personally attest to having success hiring a VA from the Philippines and it cost me next to nothing which is the best part.
But sometimes it’s hard to get the most bang for your buck so to speak.
It’s relatively easy to find and hire someone, but it’s not always easy to convey the work that needs to be done.
One way I found to make this as efficient as possible and to ensure your VA is busy doing their work and you’re getting what you’ve paid for is by creating training videos which may sound difficult or time consuming but really are not.
In fact the best way to do it is get yourself an account with Screencast-O-Matic and use it to record your screen.
First and foremost create yourself a quick list of activities you need your VA to do.
Once you have that list the next time you need to do that task yourself simply turn on the screen recording software (Screencast-O-Matic) and just talk over what you’re doing while you’re doing it.
That way you’re killing two birds with one stone by completing a task that needs to get done anyway, but now you have also created a training video (in real time) that can be used over and over again for all of your employees.
These training videos do not have to be perfect by any means. They definitely don’t need an intro or an outro and most likely will not require any video editing whatsoever.
This will ensure your VA or employee knows exactly what to do and how long it will take to complete the work you want them to get done.
By the way, this works for Virtual Assistants or regular employees.
So how will you use training videos to make your work more efficient?