If you’re considering hiring a Virtual Assistant, you’ll definitely want him/her to have their own phone number.  Especially if they’re working remotely from another country like India or the Philippines.

May I suggest that you set up a Google Voice account for your VA? This will allow him/her to receive incoming calls and place outgoing calls, while appearing to be in the U.S. – Even in the same city as you are!!  Here’s how to do this:

This time, however, you’ll be giving access of this account to your VA. Since the Google Voice account requires Gmail, this can even be the account that you use to communicate with your VA.

Then, share this Document with your VA : “How to Send/Receive Calls Using Google Voice“.  Ask your VA to always have gmail open if they prefer that the phone ring on their computer.  OR they can install the Google Voice app on their iPhone and use that. Whichever they prefer.

Pretty cool, huh???