You need to know whether the virtual assistant you hire full time will be distracted by any other side hustles, gigs or business interests. It’s important to ask this question directly and get as clear an answer as possible.
While having a side interest in a business or freelancing on the side does not necessarily disqualify a candidate, you need to figure out just how time consuming this other side interest is.
For example, if the candidate earns some extra cash by doing some freelance voiceover work once or twice a month, then that may not be the end of the world. In a similar vein, if the VA works at a local non-profit for a few hours during the day and you are hiring them for the night shift, that may not be a problem either, unless you are worried about them getting enough sleep.
However, if the virtual assistant runs an entirely separate business with his wife on the side and is actively involved in the marketing, then that may be a problem. We’ve once interviewed a candidate who ran a side business with his wife that sold all sorts of kitchen cooking oil, and the candidate was very passionate about marketing the business. This presented a challenge as employers instantly will worry that this VA will be more interested in his own business, as he logically should be, than in the job!