I was recently asked about the logistics of paying our virtual assistant. I certainly don’t claim to be an expert in these matters- please check with your accountant. If you have any helpful tips, please share them.

Our setup is pretty simple. Using PayCycle we can have assistants set up as contractors, and then send off checks really easily. We have also used PayPal in some cases.

If you pay them less than $600 in any given year, then nothing further is required. If you go beyond the $600, you’ll need to have them fill out a 1099 form, and submit a copy to the IRS. I have no idea what the ramifications are if your assistant is not based in the U.S. We’re all onshore here. :)

And of course if you don’t wanna mess with all that, you can just use an outsourcing service (sorry, couldn’t resist).