Who Can You Trust In the Virtual World?

Business is business and we are all deeply invested in our careers, our personal lives, and our dreams and goals. We’d love to be able to trust everyone but unfortunately that’s not always the case. Sometimes it’s hard enough to trust people that we meet face-to-face so with the growing popularity of virtual businesses how do we make sure that the people we are trusting to help us run and grow our businesses are in fact, trustworthy?

Here are some helpful tips on making sure your next partnership is with a trusted professional!

1. Look up the business and/or person online. Do they have a website? Do they have a LinkedIn profile or Facebook page? I tend to shy away from people and/or businesses that don’t have an online presence unless they come highly recommended to me from a trusted party.

2. Ask for references! People ask me for references all the time – and many of my clients come to me through word-of-mouth which is an automatic reference. See below for some of my favorite references. Once you get the references call them up and ask them about their experience working with the business or individual.

3. Interview the person you are thinking about doing business with. Be clear about your expectations and make sure that what you are wanting is something they can accommodate. Also do their goals for you align with your goals for you? Is this a person you’ll be able to communicate with and trust with your business needs? You don’t have to spend hours on the phone – typically you can tell a good fit in a short amount of time.

4. Depending on the type of service you are looking for – ask to see a portfolio of their work. You wouldn’t hire a web designer without seeing what they’ve done in the past. You wouldn’t hire a writer without reading samples of their work. Ask for examples to make sure they are doing the type of work you are expecting!

5. Read the contract! You’d be surprised how many people don’t read the contracts they sign. You want to make sure that the contract aligns with everyone’s best interests. Are you signing up for a year-long contract or is this a month-to-month thing? You don’t want any surprises!

Quick story – I’ve always had great success offering a month-to-month contract, most of my clients stay with me long-term anyway and if for some reason a client doesn’t like me – I don’t want to force them to stick with me. A client of mine came to me looking for help. He wanted to use my service and was excited I offered a month-to-month contract. He had gotten himself in a six month contract with a previous company and after two weeks when things didn’t work out he continued to spend the next 5 ½ months paying for a service that was not benefitting him! That was two years ago and the client is still with me enjoying his month-to-month contract.

It only takes a little time to do some digging on a person or business you are hoping to hire. It could save you a lot of time and energy in the future!

In case you are curious, below are a few of my favorite references.

Elite Scheduling Services – working with a scheduling assistant

“Over my 18 Years in Financial Services, I have worked with several Virtual Assistants and scheduling partners and Elite is by far the best.  My VA is extremely professional, courteous, motivated and driven.  In the last couple of years, what has impressed me the most is the fact that she is such a creative thinker.  Rather than just taking care of what I need, she consistently brings new ideas to the table and is always looking for ways to increase our collective productivity.  Elite is a great asset to any sales/marketing team.”

-Jamie Orr, RVP

Elite Virtual Assistants – working with a virtual assistant

“Laura and her team have jumped into action from the word “GO” and have done an amazing job helping me keep up with my demanding work load. Now that I have had her team on MY team, I can breathe a bit easier knowing things are getting done now, on time and done right. If I had three thumbs I would give Elite Virtual Assistants three thumbs up!”

–Doug Sandler, Nice Guys on Business Podcast

 Elite Scheduling Services – working with all of our services

I have relied on Elite for several years now for schedulers and virtual assistants, Danae and her team are amazing.  So, I would commonly communicate with Danae about the issues (and successes) that I would have in my business.  I mentioned to her that my company just had the same old same old when it came to promo items and that I wanted to have some really modern and cool items logo’d for use with my advisors.  Of course Danae responded with her typical, “we can do that” attitude, so I sent over a request for a super cool promo item and she was able to get me a quote by the end of that day, amazing as usual…  I was utterly stunned when she presented me with three different versions of the item to choose from, all significantly less expensive than I imagined possible.  Needless to say, I placed an order right away.  My items arrived a couple of days earlier than promised and to my delight, they were the hit of the conference I was attending!  Every advisor came to see me to get theirs!  Even some of my vendor brethren came by asking if I had an extra one they could have…lol.  One of the best wins I have had in my career for sure.  Nowadays, if I am on Amazon looking at things and I come across an item that would be a great promo item, I just forward it to Danae and her team and they source it and get me a couple of quotes right away!  It’s like having my very own promo item department.  Thanks Danae!!  You are the best!

-Awesome Mike Baker, SVP – Midwest


Danae Branson owns Elite Scheduling Services, and is the Co-Founder of Elite Virtual Assistants.






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