Getting a Virtual Assistant to help with your business is the most natural thing in the world. Whether your VA is local or a Global VA working at the other end of the world you will need to set things up properly so you get value for the money you pay and secure your business.
One of the greatest things about the internet is that you can work across borders and boundaries without even leaving your home – and so can your VA. You can both work wherever you can find wifi or internet access. Even if it is only for holidays. We are all global now. It sounds great – and it can be.
Have you ever thought about what you might need to protect your business in a world where different laws apply depending on where you are working? What happens when are covered by EU GDPR even though you are not in the EU? With you, your clients, and your VA moving around the world, you need to take a global approach.
We have seen a lot of out of date VA contracts that ignore the massive implications of data protection. It is not just the EU who want you to secure and lock down customer data.
It’s easy to get so keen on handing over the work once you find the right person that you don’t sort out the things you need to protect your business. Some things can come back to bite you later. Long after the work is done.
Whether you are looking for a short term project, or an ongoing and trusted VA or associate, we know that not everyone has the long term experience to know how to protect their business.
While things mostly go right, there are things you should not miss out. Things that will come back to haunt you a long time from now.
And now with GDPR and data privacy rights you are going to need to do a lot more to ensure your data is properly accessed and managed.
This issue is not going to go away. You are front-line in ensuring your VA works in a GDPR (or equivalent) ready way. Even if your VA is popping into your office from time to time, you still have to take care of this.
Your need to be thinking about things like:
- Making sure you have an NDA
- Securing rights when the work is done
- GDPR compliance
If it all goes wrong you can lose time (and money) on things like “I thought you were doing that” or “But that is extra”.