How do you find a trustworthy virtual assistant?


If you are asking your VA to do tasks that involve your credit card, bank information, and other personal information, you need someone trustworthy. How do you find a trustworthy VA?

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asked Dec 1 '10 at 16:48
Joseph Turian
895 points
  • What is a virtual assistant? – Bjarkef 13 years ago
  • 5% acceptance rate... out of 21 questions.... How about accepting some answers? – David 13 years ago
  • Since this is a "virtual" assistant, is a $40-$100 background check out of the question? – User1662 11 years ago

4 Answers


  • Find someone who has a VA that they would recommend.
  • Get referrals from the VA and talk with them.
  • Try to arrange a meeting in person.
  • Verify that their contact information is accurate.
  • Google the person and their work. Look for warning signs.
  • Find someone in the same legal jurisdiction as you.
  • Gradually ramp up your level of trust by assigning smaller tasks at first.
  • Limit the amount of damage they can do by creating new accounts with a fixed amounts.
  • Spot check their work and your finances. Not just once.
  • Make sure that they aren't delegating the work to someone else that you don't know or aren't comfortable with.
answered Dec 1 '10 at 17:20
Virtuosi Media
1,232 points


Check your virtual assistants online reputation that you can based if he/she can be trusted. Another thing is you can also ask his/her for past referrals regarding confidentiality of the clients. Then, you can ask them how the virtual assistant handle this tasks.

answered May 16 '12 at 19:41
41 points


Aim for Filipinos, they tend to be more reliable. Build a relationship with them, don't give away your credit card number straight away.

After a few weeks/months, you will know if you can trust them.

answered May 17 '11 at 17:16
Aymeric Gaurat Apelli
221 points


As a provider of Virtual Assistants myself, I think the best way to go is to ask for referrals and speak to their current clients for feedback on their services. Once you have a done that and your gut still says you should still proceed (notice, you have to listen to your gut), I suggest you start small; build the relationship gradually and enhance your trust for them over time.

On my blog I interview successful Entrepreneurs on How they make use of Virtual Assistants in their businesses to free their time to focus on why they love their businesses. Please check out my blog and hopefully, you will be able to learn from their successes and challenges with the entire process of outsourcing and making use of VAs.

answered Feb 2 '11 at 10:48

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