One of the most common tasks virtual assistants help business executives handle is research. The reason for this is simple, VAs carry out some of the best research work you will ever find based on their varied educations and life experiences. Business executives are already too busy, moving from meeting to meeting trying to seal deals and often don’t have enough time to carry out  comprehensive research. As a business executive how can you ensure your virtual assistant provides superb work? Here are the tips our VAs shared.


Be Clear: Clarity is a super helpful tool when it comes to research, and it goes beyond being specific about the research topic. Being really clear on what you need involves stating the research topic clearly, providing some context and defining the scope. Provision of these boundaries ensures that your virtual assistant knows exactly where to look for the information you need, thus finding it in a  timely fashion (no one likes time wasting, especially us). It also gives your VA the proper perspective. A single topic could lead to five different conversations but providing context often means less errors in the long run.


What we do at Cascade Virtual is  provide clients a free discussion period (at least ten minutes) to run their Virtual Assistant through what they need them to do and answer whatever questions or clarifications they might have. Our platform also has options for follow-up questions in the course of the research. This system has kept our research success rates at an all time high.


Pick Your Tools: In the era of digitalization, so many tools exist for the same thing making variety the order of the day; but often times, some tools are better preferred. At the start of a research task, picking the tools you need is very important. For instance, if you prefer your data from a particular source and in a particular format, specifying that from the beginning helps in streamlining the job to be done. It also makes the selection of a Virtual Assistant easier. For quality assurance, you are always welcome to reach out to ensure we ad the right researcher for the job to your team.


Provide Opportunity for Add-Ons: This is no contrary statement to what we already said; it is a strategy that has worked over and over. At Cascade Virtual, we like to go above and beyond to ensure our clients are fully satisfied. While most research tasks we receive  have been very specific, the most fun ones have been from clients that looked to explore their Virtual Assistants perspective or intellect. What do we mean? Some clients request that as part of the research, the Virtual Assistant looks up trends about their business and add a slight footnote summary of how these news or trends might affect, the data they have found, how they (the client) present research findings or even possible questions to expect. The best clients always keep in mind that their Virtual Assistant is a part of their team and this morale boosting strategy helps them do to great work.


If you are a busy business executive or a startup founder, we just shared the secret sauce with you. Now, it’s time to get super productive by hiring a Virtual  Assistant to help you with your bulky research work right here