Streamlining Your Business: Reasons to Hire a Remote Secretary in the Philippines
If you are a business person, you probably have trouble doing everything that needs to be done daily to run your business well. You may find yourself strapped for time and overwhelmed by the less important tasks that intrude into your professional activities. If you want to progress in your profession, you may want to hire a remote secretary to make life easier.
How Does One Hire a Remote Secretary?
You can follow some tips when scouting around for the right remote secretary, such as:
- Check for the Right Attitude: This is an essential character trait you should look for among the applicants. Some people may be charming and say all the right things, but you should be discerning enough to seek sincerity. A strong work ethic is great, but other traits like honesty, fair-mindedness, and kindness go a long way too.
- Understand that Noone is Perfect: It is good to look for the best applicants for the job so that you can create a shortlist. However, there is a grey area between average and perfection that you should be aware of. Each candidate will probably have some traits that you find unattractive but try to maintain your objectivity. If Candidate A has 90% of what you require, but Candidate B is more charming, which one should you choose? It’s really up to you.
- Check for Work Skills: Naturally, you want a remote secretary who will be able to do your less important tasks for you. This frees up your time so that you get more accomplished yourself. At the very least, your potential secretary should know basic word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation apps. If you are not sure if you’re on the same page as your candidate, be ready with a definite list of tasks that you expect done daily. This helps ease the way so that you can start training your new secretary even on Day One.
- Be Open to Suggestions: Some people are in professions where they work with their hands. (This is common among some self-employed professionals like doctors and dentists). So, you may find that you have your limitations when hiring a new secretary. Ask the candidate this: “What do you think we can do to make our business/practice/profession progress further?” This helps give the secretary awareness that your relationship with them is actually a partnership. It also clears the air if the secretary is hesitant to provide their own opinions about a problem or situation.
What is “Fair Compensation” for a Remote Secretary?
This can be an awkward topic when you do the hiring, because you may have a set amount in mind already. One way to gauge the fair rate for secretarial work is to pay by the hour. This means that as long as you are paying a comfortable rate per hour, then the secretary should be rendering service. However, some employers prefer to pay by the project or by the task, since there may be times when the secretary is not really required to be on duty. Try to negotiate with the secretary so that you come to an understanding of their idea of “fair compensation”.
The right secretary is someone who can handle the tasks that you delegate and accomplishes them with minimal supervision. Please take note that you may have to set aside some time and exert effort to train them in your system. But when you find that right candidate, it can really free up a lot of your time and energy for your business.
If you are looking for your own remote secretary, 3E Accounting may be able to assist you in your search. We offer Corporate Secretarial Services in the Philippines to potential clients like yourself, so that you don’t have to look far and wide for the right secretary. Contact us today.