Virtual Assistant Philippines – The Definitive Guide

Therefore, we decided to build the definitive guide to virtual assistants from the Philippines that collates ALL of the best information concerning this topic from the best blogs and websites around the internet.

To bring clarity, we have broken down this subject into the following topics:

Chapter 1: What’s The Point?

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Why bother going through all of the hassle recruiting, managing and dealing with all of the issues around outsourcing some of your work to a virtual assistant? Surely, it would be much simpler (and cheaper) to just do all of the work yourself?

Let’s find out…

Why Use A Virtual Assistant From The Philippines?

And then why specifically should you work with a VA from the Philippines? Why not India or even a Virtual Assistant within your own country?

25 Top Online Players Share How They Hack Productivity | Virtual Valley Blog

Richard Branson’s Method To Make More Money By Doing Less Work | GrowMap

Tom Hunt Discussed Outsourcing Your Assistant With Virtual Valley | Near Me

7 Reason’s Why Your Should Hire A Virtual Assistant | Michael Hyatt

5 Reason’s To Hire A Virtual Assistant | Hubstaff

25 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About Virtual Assistants | Blogworld

Should You Hire A Virtual Assistant? A Freelancer’s Cheat Sheet | Millo.co

Want to add a resource to Chapter 1? Tweet us…CLICK TO TWEET

 

Chapter 2: How To Hire, Train & Manage Your VA For Maximum Efficiency

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Now you have made the decision to invest time and resources into outsourcing some of your workload to the Philippines, you need to know EXACTLY how to hire, train and manage your team, if you are going to be successful.

How To Hire AWESOME Virtual Assistants

Should you use freelancer marketplaces, Virtual Assistant recruitment services or complete outsource service businesses to build you virtual team?

How We Recruited 57 Rockstar Virtual Assistants (So You Don’t Have To) | Virtual Valley Blog

Become Superhuman: How To Hire A Virtual Assistant | Victor Mathieux

Hiring A Virtual Assistant: Everything You Need To Know | Pat Flynn

How to Hire a Virtual Assistant in 15 minutes for 1 Dollar Per Hour | Authority Website Income

What 40 Successful Entrepreneurs Can Teach You about Hiring a Virtual Assistant! | Income Diary

Hiring A Virtual Assistant: The Process | Entrepreneur On Fire

Why And How To Hire A Virtual Assistant Before You Need One | Jen Lehner

How to Hire Virtual Assistants and Outsource SEO Like a Boss | Jacob King

The Simple System I Used To Hire My First 2 Badass Virtual Assistants | Cloud Living

 

How To Find the BEST Virtual Assistants From The Internet

Where on the internet do you have the best chance of finding a Virtual Assistant that can handle the specific tasks that you are looking to outsource?

Tired & Stressed? – The 17 Best Places To Hire A Virtual Assistant | Virtual Valley Blog

Why You Shouldn’t Hire Your Virtual Assistant on Guru.com | Clerical Advantage

The Top 7 Virtual Assistant Companies | Symmetry 50

 

How To Train Your Virtual Assistants (To Become Better Than You)

If you are to experience a solid ROI (and so you won’t have to spend all of your time answering questions) from your Virtual Assistant, you need to aid their development…

The Efficient Outsourcing Formula | Virtual Valley Blog

 

How To Manage Virtual Assistants (For MASSIVE Efficiency)

As an entrepreneur/business owner, your ability to manage your in person AND virtual team will have a significant impact on your success.

Leave Your Business And Watch It Grow | Virtual Valley Blog

The Secrets To Finding, Training And Managing Great Virtual Assistants | Foundr Mag

Want to add a resource to Chapter 2? Tweet us…CLICK TO TWEET

 

Chapter 3: Your Relationship With Your Virtual Assistant

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From my experience of working with virtual staff for the past 5 years, I have realised first hand that if you have the ability to develop a win-win employer to employee relationship with your virtual assistant… your entrepreneurial life will be MUCH easier.

But What Should Your Virtual Assistant ACTUALLY do?

OK, this all make sense, you should hire a virtual assistant… But what tasks and processes will they operate in your business?

Want To Double Your Productivity? – 10 Marketing Tasks You NEED To Outsource (And How You Do It) | Kikolani

The Truth About Outsourcing Social Media | Social Media Today

Hire A Virtual Assistant For These 6 Tasks To Grow Your Business | MatthewWoodward.com

5 Mind-Numbingly Boring SEO Processes You Absolutely Must Outsource | TripleSEO

Handling Customer Care As A Bootstrapped Small Business Owner | My Customer

7 Ways A Virtual Assistant Can Save You At Least 2 Hours Each Day To Focus On Your Income Producing Activities | The Suitcase Entrepreneur

How To Find And Use A Virtual Assistant To Get Ahead – Sarah Shaw Consulting

 

The Best Tips/Tools To Work With Virtual Assistants

Fortunately for us, many tools/businesses have been built to support virtual working relationships, here are some of the best…

5 Tried & Tested Remote Working Tips | Virtual Valley Blog

Tools You Can Use For Working With VAs | Ninja Outreach

10 Software Tools For Collaborating With Virtual Assistants | Michael Hyatt

The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Team Building Tools, Services and Resources | Chris Ducker

 

How To Pay Your Virtual Assistants (And How Much)

What is a fair wage to pay you Filipino Virtual Assistant?

The Definitive Guide to Paying Home-Based Filipino Virtual Assistants | Chris Ducker

 

How To Fire Virtual Assistants (Yes, You May Have To)

Yes, if the individual you hire is not actually right for the role, you will have to let them go. Remember: hire slow, fire fast.

5 Ways to Recover Quickly If You Lose Your Virtual Assistant | Don’t Panic Mgmt

I Just Fired My Virtual Assistant | Stephan Spencer

Want to add a resource to Chapter 3? Tweet us…CLICK TO TWEET

 

Chapter 4: The Extras

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And a couple of bonus sections to solidify your knowledge about the Filipino Virtual Assistant industry.

Let’s Take The Virtual Assistant Perspective

Let’s hear from a few real life Virtual Assistants to give us a perspective about what is it like to work virtually from the Philippines..

What Are VAs Looking For In An Employer? | Ninja Outreach

Meet 4 Virtual Valley Virtual Assistants | Virtual Valley Blog

Interview Employee #1 Zandro | Virtual Valley Blog

 

Virtual Assistant Case Studies

How are Virtual Assistants being used by some other awesome online entrepreneurs:

My Experience Using A Virtual Assistant | Michael Hyatt

17 Virtual Assistant Case Studies – How I’ve Helped Clients | Geniece Brown

Using a Virtual Assistant | Tamara Baranova

Want to add a resource to Chapter 4? Tweet us…CLICK TO TWEET

Ok, there we have it:

Virtual Assistant Philippines – The Definitive Guide

You have all the information you could ever want to consume about the topic of Filipino Virtual Assistants, it’s time to take some action.

And where else better to start that with the only Filipino specific curated virtual assistant marketplace the world has ever seen?

Virtual Valley

See you on the other side…

P.S.

If you don’t want to wade through all of the content above and just want to get started, these are the 5 tasks that you should NOT be doing in your online business:

How To Sell A Business For Seven Figures (Apr 2016 Update) (13)

How To Use A Virtual Assistant

 

How does Dave Schneider hold down a solid blog whilst scaling Ninja Outreach?

How does Kavi Gupta smash out BIG articles for Forbes AND still have time to write his own book?

And how can Andrew Warner manage to be so PROLIFIC Mixergy guest quality?

Because he is spending his time editing, writing transcripts for and promoting each episode? Not sure…

Maybe there is something these guys know… that we don’t (Clue: it has something to do with using a Virtual Assistant).

The goal of this post is to understand how they are doing this.

So you can do the same.

But before we do that, I am going to uncover a secret.

A secret so well guarded between the rich and powerful that I am probably going to get in trouble by simply sharing this blog post.

You Don’t Have To Work Hard To Be Successful

What?

You mean all of that stuff that Gary Vaynerchuk and Grant Cardone say about “Hustle” is rubbish?

No, not necessarily…

I’m just saying that if you have the knowledge, skills and resources, there is another way:

Building a system that is operated by competent and experienced Virtual Assistants.

Take our podcast for example:

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(Any excuse to mention that we hit #1 New & Noteworthy LOL)

I spend 3-5 hours PER WEEK producing this DAILY value bomb that is getting downloaded 400 times per day.

How?

Because I have a system.

(Operated by a Virtual Assistant and a podcast editor)

Or how about my male leggings company that is making a modest but automated £1.4k per month:

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Again, I spend 3-5 hours on this business PER MONTH.

How?

Because I have a system.

(Managed by a Virtual Assistant and my mother, who is responsible for distribution)

But that’s enough about me.

Let’s see what these top online players have to say about using the Virtual Assistant/s that manage the systems that are responsible for their success. I asked just two simple questions:

1. Why did you choose to work with a Virtual Assistant?

2. What effect has this had on your productivity?

 

 

ANDREW WARNER – MIXERGY

  1. When I started working with my virtual assistant I only had enough work for a few hours a week, not enough for even a part time assistant. So a friend recommended that I hire his Virtual Assistant.
  2. Huge improvement.

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GUN HUDSON – UPGRADED TRAVEL

    1. To save me time to be doing more highly leveraged tasks in my business.

    2. I have found I get a TON more done if I pay someone else to do things for me 😛

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JOHN JANTSCH – DUCT TAPE MARKETING

  1. We find the best of the best and can scale up and down as needed.
  2. Delegating by task rather than function has been great.

 

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DAVE NEVOGT – HUBSTAFF

  1. We need to use a VA because we have lots of customized processes but we also need cost savings. So we teach the VA our processes and get the cost savings.
  2. It doesn’t affect my personal productivity but it affects the cost we can get leads at.

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ADAM FRANKLIN – BLUEWIRE MEDIA

  1. To take stuff off my plate that I knew I shouldn’t be doing.
  2. It’s greatly freed up my time to focus on high value activity.

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DAVE SCHNEIDER – NINJA OUTREACH

  1. It great, affordable labor.
  2. It has allowed me to focus on bigger items and be more productive. Our business has grown a lot thanks to their help and we wouldn’t be able to afford traditional western labor.

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CHRIS DYSON – TRIPLE SEO

  1. I use VA’s to free up my time & allow me to perform the tasks where I can add value.
  2. VA’s allow me to get more done. By doing some of the time consuming / lower priority tasks it gives me more time to do the jobs which need my full attention such as strategy, planning & creative work.

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LOZ JAMES – CONTENT CHAMPION

  1. I use a VA to edit my podcast and another one to write my show notes. I’ve found that doing this helps to free up valuable time to focus on more strategic aspects of running my business.
  2. It has probably saved me in excess of 4-5 hours a week.

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MATTHEW ALLEN – DUMB PASSIVE INCOME

  1. I choose to use Virtual Assistant’s because there are not enough hours in the day for me to do everything that needs to be done.
  2. Personally? I still get just as much done as I did before I was using Virtual Assistants. But overall – way more stuff gets done in my business. Instead of doing all of the writing and various tasks – I instead spend my time managing a small team to do most of it for me.

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JUSTIN COOKE – EMPIRE FLIPPERS

  1. We’ve been working with our small team of VA’s in the Philippines for years and they’ve become an integral part of our organization.
  2. Once we have established Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) we’re able to hand over the day-to-day work to our team in the Philippines. Constantly replacing ourselves allows us to continue to grow exponentially.

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KAVI GUPTA – NOMAD BIBLE

  1. Helps me take care of less important tasks so I can focus on higher impact to-dos.
  2. Made me a much clearer communicator. I have to articulate very well what I need so there isn’t more time wasted on back-and-forth.

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NICK LOPER – VIRTUAL ASSISTANT ASSISTANT

  1. Whenever I find the pain of inaction becoming unbearable, that’s when I know it’s time to hire.
  2. Working with Virtual Assistants has forced me to work ON my business instead of IN it. It’s made me a better communicator, delegator, and hopefully, a leader.

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MOHIT TATER – ENTREPRENEURSHIP LIFE

  1. So that I can focus on the high value revenue generating tasks of my business.
  2. I have much more free time now to spend on growing my business and also with my family.

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TONY DURSO – REVENUE CHAT

  1. Managing social media is a lot of work; a full time job sometimes! The only way to grow it is to get help from someone. It is the only way to be working ON your business instead of IN it.
  2. More followers. More notice. More retweets.

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KRISTI HINES – KIKOLANI

  1. I chose a Virtual Assistant to do research projects and manage comment moderation on my blogs.
  2. It definitely gave me more time to focus on tasks that I specialize in versus those that anyone could do.

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NATHAN CHAN – FOUNDR MAG

  1. To find leverage in our business, at a fraction of the cost to hire someone locally.
  2. It’s allowed me to claim my time back doing cumbersome tasks that I shouldn’t be doing as a CEO of a company. It allows me to get more done in an effective manner.

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CAZ & CRAIG – Y TRAVEL BLOG

  1. To save me time and so I can focus on doing tasks I love and are skilled in.
  2. It’s allowed me to grow and expand my business and create epic content.

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SARAH PETERSON – UNSETTLE

  1. There were far too many things that I shouldn’t have been doing with my time. I chose to spend my time on high-impact activities and strategy rather than administrative.
  2. My personal productivity – not much, but the tasks that I wasn’t able to do before are now getting done!

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ZAC JOHNSON – ZACJOHNSON.COM

  1. Once you’ve mastered the art of something, you can delegate out the timely stuff to further focus on what you specialize in. This is where I tend to use VAs the most.
  2. Running your own business, you have many hats. When hiring a VA, it’s important to make sure you delegate out the small and tedious things that add up during your work.

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GAIL GARDNER – GROWMAP

  1. I has become impossible to keep on top of everything without assistance.
  2. Many tasks that would not be done at all due to time constraints can be accomplished – provided I can make the time to train the VA to do them.  Once trained, specific tasks can be more consistently completed.

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JOHANNES VOLKNER – NOMAD CRUISE

  1. I choose to work with a VA so they can help me with time consuming and easy repetitive tasks.
  2. I have more time to focus on the most important aspects of business and more free time to do the things I love.

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ZACK YOUNG – ZACKYOUNG.CO

  1. To leverage the power of outsourcing & to boost my personal value by having a third party assistant handle many of the tasks I used to.
  2. It enables me to focus on my core skill set, bill for more hours & appear more valuable.

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TOMAS LAURINAVICIUS – DESPRENEUR

  1. There are many repetitive tasks I need to do on a daily basis. Investing my time in writing clear instructions and training my virtual assistant will be paying off in the near future.

  2. I feel like I can focus on bigger things and small details are taken care of. Also, by making less decisions I don’t feel that exhausted after a working day.

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CLAYTON B. CORNELL – SPARTAN TRAVELLER

  1. Low cost, scalable solution for getting things done.

  2. Having virtual assistants has allowed me to outsource large blocks of repetitive work, saving countless hours over the last 7 years.

    In many cases I’ve hired VAs who are part of an agency that handles many clients, which allows me to scale up or down as needed without taking on the burden of hiring full-time staff. Agency VAs can handle a few hours a week up to full-time+ when business is booming.

    Hiring VAs is a good option when on a strict budget, or any time you can’t automate with technology (e.g. a developer or Zapier.com).

    I’ve also used VAs extensively for personal research and scheduling tasks (e.g. finding the best hotel or Airbnb accommodation for a specific trip).

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STUART WALKER – NICHEHACKS

  1. Impossible to run a successful business without one IMO so it’s a necessity.
  2. It free’s up more time for me to focus on money tasks….or be lazy. :/

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OK, now I’m not going to comment on each of these separate opinion as I am sensing a common theme…

Each of these top online players have certain abilities AND tasks that they enjoy doing, are good at doing and will have the biggest impact on their business.

And probably the only reason that they are reached such heights in their respective markets (an average of 9632 followers on Twitter) is becuase of their ability to focus on these tasks over the long term becuase they are NOT handling menial, low $ value tasks that could be completed by a competent and experienced Virtual Assistant.

 

But what are they actually outsourcing?

Of course, I also went on to enquire as to what each of these players are using their Virtual Assistant for:

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It seems as though that in order to really start pushing boundaries in your industry, become an influencer in your marketplace and to truly add value to a large amount of people, you need to join the 61% of these top online players and start outsourcing your general admin tasks.

In fact…

If you want to take the first step on your journey to becoming THAT person and building THAT business, head to this page or click on Zandro’s face:

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Start a conversation with him (or his assistant, Stephen), give brief outline of the tasks you are looking to outsource and we will pair you with a competent and experienced Virtual Assistant to get you started building your success system TODAY.

We Recruited 57 Virtual Assistants (So You Don’t Have To)

 

When building a marketplace, the pro’s and venture capitalists suggest that you artificially build one side before inviting the other to the platform. Presumably to avoid their disappointment in arriving at a barren land. We chose to do so with the “supply side” of Virtual Valley: Virtual Assistants. 

Thus, we have spent the past 6 months searching for, interviewing and recruiting over 100 Virtual Assistants from the Philippines.

This post will take you through exactly what how we did so with just two resources: Zandro and myself.

Who This Post Will Help:

  • Anyone looking to expand their online team
  • Anyone running an online business that expects growth
  • Anyone running an online business that is not growing, but wants to grow

How To Read This Post:

  • Read through in full to give an overview and then jump back to sections when actually recruiting
  • If you are experienced in recruiting virtual assistants, then jump to relevant sections using the content table below

Overview

Before we jump into the 5 Step Rockstar Virtual Recruitment Process we defined, I wanted to quickly address a question I was brutally subject to when pitching the idea for this post to a friend:

Why write a peice of content that effectively encourages readers to NOT use your platform?

The answer is simple.

I want to provide information for Entrepreneurs that will increase their chance of success in the world of online business, regardless of whether they use Virtual Valley (or not). As I believe that if you are honest, and genuinely add value to the world, this value will eventually make it back to you.

Let’s take this small company as an example:

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Google have built their success around being brutally honest and adding value to everyone that visits their search engine.

We all ask Google questions just like this on a daily basis:

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Google then says:

Well, I don’t actually know that much about blogging, but here are some people that do:

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And actually, here is one person that is so confident that they can help you, they are willing to pay to be clicked on:

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Compare this approach to the old and now dying “web portals” such as AOL and Yahoo that try fruitlessly to keep you on their property as long as possible to maximise ad impressions and it becomes obvious why Google is now the dominant force on the web.

We are taking the same approach: give your customers what THEY want, NOT what you want them to have.

Give your customers what THEY want, NOT what you want them to have.CLICK TO TWEET

That said, if at any point during this LONG post you feel that you would like to take advantage of the long, hard hours we put in to find these 57 Rockstar Virtual Assistants, click here, and create an Entrepreneur account. Before we jump into the process let’s understand WHY it is important to get the “right people on the bus” as Jim Collins would say…

@JimCollins Said Let’s Get The Right People On The Bus.CLICK TO TWEET

Finding a virtual assistant that is a cultural fit for your online business AND the necessary skills is going to be hard.

If you spend 1 hour interviewing 3 candidates and recruit the one that you get on best with, it is likely that you will regret this in the next 6 months. You will be forced into spending more time (and money) on relevant training and will potentially have to fire them when their performance slips due to the cultural mismatch.

With every aspect of your business, you need to be looking for the ROI (return on investment). Investing a little more time on the recruitment process will pay you back significantly with cost and time savings associated with lower attrition in the future.

Ok, let’s get into 5 Step Rockstar Virtual Recruitment Process we defined during our tireless recruitment of 57 Rockstar Virtual Assistants over the past 6 months…

Step 0 – Harvesting

Yes, I just used the term harvesting to describe the process for gathering applicants to your open role…

Why not use the term harvesting to describe the process for gathering applicants?CLICK TO TWEET

It seems fitting as you will plant seeds in various locations on the internet, wait a few days, and will “harvest” the results. The seed will be sown in the form of a Job Description.

But we won’t be calling it a Job Description, we will be calling it a Job Mission.CLICK TO TWEET

Each Virtual Assistant within your online business must have Job Mission aligned with the vision of your company. For example, Virtual Valley’s mission is to give Entrepreneurs back 1 million hours of their time by 2018 (and to be acquired for $4m in the same timeframe).

So, whenever I look to recruit a new Virtual Assistant, I ensure that every task and process that the new Virtual Assistant will undertake, will draw us closer to this vision.

EXERCISE 1: WRITE YOUR JOB MISSION

It is important to remember to Start With Why, as you want to attract Virtual Assistants that resonate with “Why” you do things and are not just focussed on financial motives.

Enter your email address here and I will send you over the Job Mission that we used when recruiting our first Virtual Assistants to work for Virtual Valley itself, not the supply side of the marketplace. We now need to sow this seed far and wide to maximise our harvest, here are the channels that we used:

  • Company Social Media – Tweet/Update a link to your Job Mission page on your website

 

  • Company Email List – Email out a link to your list asking fro referrals

 

 

 

 

  • UpWork/Freelancer/PeoplePerHour/Guru – Create free accounts and post Job Mission

 

 

  • Craigslist – Create free accounts and post Job Mission

 

 

  • Referrals From Existing Employees – Ask your existing Virtual Assistants for referrals

 

 

  • Friends – Ask your online business friends for referrals

 

 

We found that the most effective channel was to ask existing Virtual Assistants for referrals within their network. Think about it… If you have already found someone that has the skills and culture fit for your business, it is likely that they hang around with people similar to themselves.

Before you jump in, it is also to remember that recruitment is a two way selling process: each candidate is selling themselves to you, but the A Players will also be being sold to by your competitors.

Thus it is important to build “selling” into your recruitment process to ensure that the A Players in your industry see you as the “place to work”. Here is a couple of examples of how we did this:

  • Filipino VA’s are motivated heavily by job security, we therefore were very clear about the fact that if a Virtual Assistant was accepted onto the platform, we would help them find a role for the rest of their online working career

 

  • Created an interesting, varied group of representative Test Tasks

 

 

  • Used my “online celebrity” shown through articles/videos about other businesses to build authority for the platform

With this in mind, move onto:

EXERCISE 2: DISTRIBUTE YOUR JOB MISSION

 

Step 1 – Screening

In order to screen (or even to recruit!) effectively, you need to understand which competencies and characteristics you would want your ideal VirtualVirtual Assistant to embody. Here is a list of ours:

  • Resourcefulness

 

  • Inquisitiveness

 

 

  • Experience

 

 

  • Organisation

 

 

  • First Impression

 

 

  • Customer Focus

 

 

  • Communication

 

 

  • Excellence

 

 

  • Like-ability

 

 

  • Listening

 

 

  • Energy

 

 

  • Reliability

 

 

  • Enthusiasm

 

 

Here you will need to refer back to your Job Mission to determine the characteristics and competencies that will enable your Virtual Assistant to contribute to the desired end result for your company.

EXERCISE 3: DETERMINE YOUR DESIRED COMPETENCIES/CHARACTERISTICS

 

Obviously, each of these characteristics will not be equally important for the job mission so your next task is to assign a weighting (between 0 and 1.0) for each competency/characteristic.

EXERCISE 4: ADD WEIGHTING TO EACH COMPETENCY/CHARACTERISTIC

 

At each stage in the 5 Step Rockstar Virtual Recruitment Process you will be assessing one of these competencies/characteristics. You need to keep things organised during the recruitment process:

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We built a tracker that automates the whole recruitment process with minimal input from your or your hiring manager and will spit out a final rating for each candidate. Click here, enter you email address and I will send it over to you.

You then need to determine which competencies/characteristics you will focus on in each stage and then assign a question to each one.

You can see in the image above we chose to asses: Experience, Organisation and First Impression in the Screening stage with the following questions:

  • How well written is their CV? (spelling, grammar, mistakes)
  • How does the layout of their CV make you feel?

How does the layout of their CV make you feel?CLICK TO TWEET

  • How professional is their cover photo?
  • Do they have experience as a GVA?
  • Did they use the right subject line?
  • Do they have any relevant qualifications?

Colour the template in green where you will need to input a value, this will help with calculations later. Once you start to Screen your applicant CV’s, create a tab for each and give each a score out of 10 for each of the questions you decide to assess.

EXERCISE 5: SCREEN AND TRACK YOUR APPLICANTS

 

The Virtual Recruitment Tracker will calculate the average score of each applicant for the Screening round then you will need to determine the percentage of Virtual Assistants you take through to the Initial Interview.

Due to the high quality of candidates we Screened, we took 80% through to the next stage.

Step 2 – Initial Video Interview

For all of those that pass your Screening, set up an Initial Video Interview as soon as possible, let’s keep this efficient.

As with the screening round, you will most likely focus on specific competencies/characteristics as shown below:

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During the 10-15 minute video (this is important!) interview, we chose to assess:

  • Resourcefulness
  • Inquisitiveness
  • First Impression
  • Customer Focus
  • Communication
  • Excellence
  • Like-ability
  • Energy
  • Reliability
  • Enthusiasm

With the following questions:

  • Do they ask questions/seem interested?
  • Are they happy/smiling?
  • Are they easy to understand?
  • Is the first minute of the conversation enjoyable?
  • Do they understand when you explain Virtual Valley?
  • “What do you do outside of work?”
  • “Do you have siblings? If yes, how many? and older or younger?” (more younger siblings = higher reliability)
  • “Are you religious?” (more religious = higher reliability)
  • “How long do you expect to work with Virtual Valley?”
  • “What have you done in the last 12 months to improve your skills?”

Interview Question: What have you done in the last 12 months to improve your skills?CLICK TO TWEET

  • “Describe your ideal position and what makes it ideal?”
  • “Give examples of your going beyond what was normally expected to make a clients life better?”
  • “What motivates you?”
  • “If you had a question for your client but they were not available, what would you do?”

You will need to design questions that assess your specific competencies/characteristics.

EXERCISE 6: PERFORM AND TRACK INITIAL INTERVIEW WITH APPLICANTS

 

It is very important to update the spreadsheet and record notes LIVE in the interview, as after the third one in 30 minutes, it will be hard to remember details.

If possible, I would hire a recruitment manager (or your current Virtual Assistants) to host the initial interview, to improve your time efficiency and to provide two opinions for each candidate.

Step 3 – Competency Video Interview

It is now time to introduce a school of recruitment thought called TopGrading…

It was pioneered at General Electric with Jack Welch and is the brain child of Brad Smart. Over at Topgrading.com they outline a VERY detailed process for recruiting manager to high level executives in multinational corporations.

Now I’m not saying that our hires are less crucial than those, but I am saying that we can streamline this process, here are the two primary principles:

1. Deep Dive Into Each Previous Employment

For each previous role, ask the following questions and leave room for the candidate to elaborate:

Tell me more about X position?

Then dig into:

  • Successes
  • Failures
  • Responsibilities
  • Least favourite part
  • Most favourite part

As you repeat this for each role you will start to see patterns of behaviour which will be more reliable than simply asking someone what their strengths/weaknesses are.

2. Use a TORC (Threat Of A Reference Check)

At the end of the interview, ask these two questions:

If we asked your boss about your strengths/weaknesses what would he/she say?

Then say:

Ok, if we wanted to speak to your ex boss to check a couple of details, would you be happy to put us in touch?

This question is sure to eliminate any B or C players that have slipped through your process as it is often only A players that maintain solid relationships with previous bosses.

2nd interview

We chose to assess the following:

  • Inquisitiveness
  • Experience
  • First Impression
  • Communication
  • Like-ability
  • Reliability

With these questions:

  • Do they ask questions/seem interested?
  • Are they happy/smiling?
  • Are they easy to understand?
  • Is the first minute of the conversation enjoyable?
  • Do they understand when you explain Virtual Valley?
  • “Tell me more about X position” (successes, failures, responsibilities, least favourite part, most favourite part) (Repeat for each role)
  • “Why did you leave X position?” (Repeat for each role)
  • “If we asked your boss about your strengths/weaknesses what would he/she say?” (Repeat for each role)

It is in this 30-40 minute interview that you can really dig down into the experience of your potential Virtual Assistant using the previous experience question listed above.

EXERCISE 7: PERFORM AND TRACK COMPETENCY INTERVIEW WITH APPLICANTS

 

Once you have input data into the Virtual Recruitment Tracker, a score out of 10 for each candidate is calculated, again, it is down to you to decided the proportion of potential Virtual Assistants you will invite to the next stage.

Step 4 – Test Task

You now you have a good idea about how your potential Virtual Assistant is as a person, it’s now time to assess their ability and experience.

You need to design a set of tasks that replicate typical opportunities that the Virtual Assistant would experience on an average day in the role. They should take 1-2 hours (no longer as we will not be offering any renumeration for these) and should have enough guidelines to be clear but also leave room for initiative (especially if this is one of your chosen competencies/characteristics).

Do not be afraid to include specific details in your Test Task, this will help to assess for Attention To Detail (obviously!) and Excellence. We do so by specifying certain subject lines to use in emails and formatting guidelines.

Click here, submit your email and I will send you the details of the Test Task we send to each of our potential Virtual Assistants when they reach this stage of their application.

Test Task

EXERCISE 8: DEFINE, SHARE AND TRACK TEST TASK WITH APPLICANTS

 

Step 5 – References

For those applicants that have scored highest in each of the 4 previous sections, you can now request that they introduce you via email to one of more previous bosses/managers.

Once introduced, shoot them a quick email with no more than 3 questions, remember, they do not have to comply, so be grateful and brief.

We wanted to check:

  • Experience
  • Communication
  • Reliability

So asked:

  • Regarding details/dates/responsibilities of that specific role
  • “How was the communication of X?”
  • “How reliable was X?”

References

Again, document the responses in the form of a number between 1 and 10 in your Virtual Recruitment Tracker.

EXERCISE 9: FOLLOW UP WITH AND TRACK REFERENCES

 

Offer

The Virtual Recruitment Tracker will combine each rating, the weighting for each competency/characteristic and will produce and summary score for each candidate that passed through each stage of the process.

Recruitment_Master_Plan_-_Google_Sheets

It this then useful to have a summary meeting with each member of your team that was involved in the recruitment process to summarise and to decide which of the candidates should receive an offer.

Once the decision is made, I then recommend having a one on one call with EVERY potential Virtual Assistant that made their way through the full process to give feedback and to present the offer (if they have been chosen).

This is important, as you want each and every applicant that has passed through your process to be in a better place afterwards, regardless of whether they we successful or not.

Leave Each Applicant In A Better Place, Regardless Of Their Success In the Process.CLICK TO TWEET

This will also help the word of mouth spread for your business and is the nice thing to do.

EXERCISE 10: GIVE FEEDBACK AND OFFER TO EVERY CANDIDATE

Summary

Ok, so there is a Step By Step guide to recruit Virtual Assistants.

But lets face it, there is a lot of work to do/things that could go wrong especially if you are not experienced with interviewing.

In fact, you probably have better things to do like:

  • Finding customers
  • Making your existing customers happy
  • Spending time with your friends and family

Which is exactly why we have spent the past 6 months recruiting Virtual Assistants, just for you.

Therefore, you would like to take advantage of our investment in recruitment and hire a Virtual Assistant through the Virtual Valley Platform: click here and get hiring!

And finally, if you have a friend that is struggling with the growth of his virtual business, use the social icons below to send this article over, you could change their life, seriously…

How We Recruited 57 Rockstar Virtual Assistants (So You Don’t Have To)

 

 

When building a marketplace, the pro’s and venture capitalists suggest that you artificially build one side before inviting the other to the platform. Presumably to avoid their disappointment in arriving at a barren land. We chose to do so with the “supply side” of Virtual Valley: Virtual Assistants. 

Thus, we have spent the past 6 months searching for, interviewing and recruiting over 100 Virtual Assistants from the Philippines.

This post will take you through exactly what how we did so with just two resources: Zandro and myself.

Who This Post Will Help:

  • Anyone looking to expand their online team
  • Anyone running an online business that expects growth
  • Anyone running an online business that is not growing, but wants to grow

How To Read This Post:

  • Read through in full to give an overview and then jump back to sections when actually recruiting
  • If you are experienced in recruiting virtual assistants, then jump to relevant sections using the content table below

Overview

Before we jump into the 5 Step Rockstar Virtual Recruitment Process we defined, I wanted to quickly address a question I was brutally subject to when pitching the idea for this post to a friend:

Why write a peice of content that effectively encourages readers to NOT use your platform?

The answer is simple.

I want to provide information for Entrepreneurs that will increase their chance of success in the world of online business, regardless of whether they use Virtual Valley (or not). As I believe that if you are honest, and genuinely add value to the world, this value will eventually make it back to you.

Let’s take this small company as an example:

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Google have built their success around being brutally honest and adding value to everyone that visits their search engine.

We all ask Google questions just like this on a daily basis:

how_can_I_make_my_blog_post_more_exciting_-_Google_Search

Google then says:

Well, I don’t actually know that much about blogging, but here are some people that do:

how_can_I_make_my_blog_post_more_exciting_-_Google_Search

And actually, here is one person that is so confident that they can help you, they are willing to pay to be clicked on:

how_can_I_make_my_blog_post_more_exciting_-_Google_Search

Compare this approach to the old and now dying “web portals” such as AOL and Yahoo that try fruitlessly to keep you on their property as long as possible to maximise ad impressions and it becomes obvious why Google is now the dominant force on the web.

We are taking the same approach: give your customers what THEY want, NOT what you want them to have.

Give your customers what THEY want, NOT what you want them to have.CLICK TO TWEET

That said, if at any point during this LONG post you feel that you would like to take advantage of the long, hard hours we put in to find these 57 Rockstar Virtual Assistants, click here, and create an Entrepreneur account. Before we jump into the process let’s understand WHY it is important to get the “right people on the bus” as Jim Collins would say…

@JimCollins Said Let’s Get The Right People On The Bus.CLICK TO TWEET

Finding a virtual assistant that is a cultural fit for your online business AND the necessary skills is going to be hard.

If you spend 1 hour interviewing 3 candidates and recruit the one that you get on best with, it is likely that you will regret this in the next 6 months. You will be forced into spending more time (and money) on relevant training and will potentially have to fire them when their performance slips due to the cultural mismatch.

With every aspect of your business, you need to be looking for the ROI (return on investment). Investing a little more time on the recruitment process will pay you back significantly with cost and time savings associated with lower attrition in the future.

Ok, let’s get into 5 Step Rockstar Virtual Recruitment Process we defined during our tireless recruitment of 57 Rockstar Virtual Assistants over the past 6 months…

Step 0 – Harvesting

Yes, I just used the term harvesting to describe the process for gathering applicants to your open role…

Why not use the term harvesting to describe the process for gathering applicants?CLICK TO TWEET

It seems fitting as you will plant seeds in various locations on the internet, wait a few days, and will “harvest” the results. The seed will be sown in the form of a Job Description.

But we won’t be calling it a Job Description, we will be calling it a Job Mission.CLICK TO TWEET

Each Virtual Assistant within your online business must have Job Mission aligned with the vision of your company. For example, Virtual Valley’s mission is to give Entrepreneurs back 1 million hours of their time by 2018 (and to be acquired for $4m in the same timeframe).

So, whenever I look to recruit a new Virtual Assistant, I ensure that every task and process that the new Virtual Assistant will undertake, will draw us closer to this vision.

EXERCISE 1: WRITE YOUR JOB MISSION

It is important to remember to Start With Why, as you want to attract Virtual Assistants that resonate with “Why” you do things and are not just focussed on financial motives.

Enter your email address here and I will send you over the Job Mission that we used when recruiting our first Virtual Assistants to work for Virtual Valley itself, not the supply side of the marketplace. We now need to sow this seed far and wide to maximise our harvest, here are the channels that we used:

  • Company Social Media – Tweet/Update a link to your Job Mission page on your website

 

  • Company Email List – Email out a link to your list asking fro referrals

 

 

 

 

  • UpWork/Freelancer/PeoplePerHour/Guru – Create free accounts and post Job Mission

 

 

  • Craigslist – Create free accounts and post Job Mission

 

 

  • Referrals From Existing Employees – Ask your existing Virtual Assistants for referrals

 

 

  • Friends – Ask your online business friends for referrals

 

 

We found that the most effective channel was to ask existing Virtual Assistants for referrals within their network. Think about it… If you have already found someone that has the skills and culture fit for your business, it is likely that they hang around with people similar to themselves.

Before you jump in, it is also to remember that recruitment is a two way selling process: each candidate is selling themselves to you, but the A Players will also be being sold to by your competitors.

Thus it is important to build “selling” into your recruitment process to ensure that the A Players in your industry see you as the “place to work”. Here is a couple of examples of how we did this:

  • Filipino VA’s are motivated heavily by job security, we therefore were very clear about the fact that if a Virtual Assistant was accepted onto the platform, we would help them find a role for the rest of their online working career

 

  • Created an interesting, varied group of representative Test Tasks

 

 

  • Used my “online celebrity” shown through articles/videos about other businesses to build authority for the platform

With this in mind, move onto:

EXERCISE 2: DISTRIBUTE YOUR JOB MISSION

 

Step 1 – Screening

In order to screen (or even to recruit!) effectively, you need to understand which competencies and characteristics you would want your ideal VirtualVirtual Assistant to embody. Here is a list of ours:

  • Resourcefulness

 

  • Inquisitiveness

 

 

  • Experience

 

 

  • Organisation

 

 

  • First Impression

 

 

  • Customer Focus

 

 

  • Communication

 

 

  • Excellence

 

 

  • Like-ability

 

 

  • Listening

 

 

  • Energy

 

 

  • Reliability

 

 

  • Enthusiasm

 

 

Here you will need to refer back to your Job Mission to determine the characteristics and competencies that will enable your Virtual Assistant to contribute to the desired end result for your company.

EXERCISE 3: DETERMINE YOUR DESIRED COMPETENCIES/CHARACTERISTICS

 

Obviously, each of these characteristics will not be equally important for the job mission so your next task is to assign a weighting (between 0 and 1.0) for each competency/characteristic.

EXERCISE 4: ADD WEIGHTING TO EACH COMPETENCY/CHARACTERISTIC

 

At each stage in the 5 Step Rockstar Virtual Recruitment Process you will be assessing one of these competencies/characteristics. You need to keep things organised during the recruitment process:

Recruitment_Master_Plan_-_Google_Sheets

We built a tracker that automates the whole recruitment process with minimal input from your or your hiring manager and will spit out a final rating for each candidate. Click here, enter you email address and I will send it over to you.

You then need to determine which competencies/characteristics you will focus on in each stage and then assign a question to each one.

You can see in the image above we chose to asses: Experience, Organisation and First Impression in the Screening stage with the following questions:

  • How well written is their CV? (spelling, grammar, mistakes)
  • How does the layout of their CV make you feel?

How does the layout of their CV make you feel?CLICK TO TWEET

  • How professional is their cover photo?
  • Do they have experience as a GVA?
  • Did they use the right subject line?
  • Do they have any relevant qualifications?

Colour the template in green where you will need to input a value, this will help with calculations later. Once you start to Screen your applicant CV’s, create a tab for each and give each a score out of 10 for each of the questions you decide to assess.

EXERCISE 5: SCREEN AND TRACK YOUR APPLICANTS

 

The Virtual Recruitment Tracker will calculate the average score of each applicant for the Screening round then you will need to determine the percentage of Virtual Assistants you take through to the Initial Interview.

Due to the high quality of candidates we Screened, we took 80% through to the next stage.

Step 2 – Initial Video Interview

For all of those that pass your Screening, set up an Initial Video Interview as soon as possible, let’s keep this efficient.

As with the screening round, you will most likely focus on specific competencies/characteristics as shown below:

Recruitment_Master_Plan_-_Google_Sheets

During the 10-15 minute video (this is important!) interview, we chose to assess:

  • Resourcefulness
  • Inquisitiveness
  • First Impression
  • Customer Focus
  • Communication
  • Excellence
  • Like-ability
  • Energy
  • Reliability
  • Enthusiasm

With the following questions:

  • Do they ask questions/seem interested?
  • Are they happy/smiling?
  • Are they easy to understand?
  • Is the first minute of the conversation enjoyable?
  • Do they understand when you explain Virtual Valley?
  • “What do you do outside of work?”
  • “Do you have siblings? If yes, how many? and older or younger?” (more younger siblings = higher reliability)
  • “Are you religious?” (more religious = higher reliability)
  • “How long do you expect to work with Virtual Valley?”
  • “What have you done in the last 12 months to improve your skills?”

Interview Question: What have you done in the last 12 months to improve your skills?CLICK TO TWEET

  • “Describe your ideal position and what makes it ideal?”
  • “Give examples of your going beyond what was normally expected to make a clients life better?”
  • “What motivates you?”
  • “If you had a question for your client but they were not available, what would you do?”

You will need to design questions that assess your specific competencies/characteristics.

EXERCISE 6: PERFORM AND TRACK INITIAL INTERVIEW WITH APPLICANTS

 

It is very important to update the spreadsheet and record notes LIVE in the interview, as after the third one in 30 minutes, it will be hard to remember details.

If possible, I would hire a recruitment manager (or your current Virtual Assistants) to host the initial interview, to improve your time efficiency and to provide two opinions for each candidate.

Step 3 – Competency Video Interview

It is now time to introduce a school of recruitment thought called TopGrading…

It was pioneered at General Electric with Jack Welch and is the brain child of Brad Smart. Over at Topgrading.com they outline a VERY detailed process for recruiting manager to high level executives in multinational corporations.

Now I’m not saying that our hires are less crucial than those, but I am saying that we can streamline this process, here are the two primary principles:

1. Deep Dive Into Each Previous Employment

For each previous role, ask the following questions and leave room for the candidate to elaborate:

Tell me more about X position?

Then dig into:

  • Successes
  • Failures
  • Responsibilities
  • Least favourite part
  • Most favourite part

As you repeat this for each role you will start to see patterns of behaviour which will be more reliable than simply asking someone what their strengths/weaknesses are.

2. Use a TORC (Threat Of A Reference Check)

At the end of the interview, ask these two questions:

If we asked your boss about your strengths/weaknesses what would he/she say?

Then say:

Ok, if we wanted to speak to your ex boss to check a couple of details, would you be happy to put us in touch?

This question is sure to eliminate any B or C players that have slipped through your process as it is often only A players that maintain solid relationships with previous bosses.

2nd interview

We chose to assess the following:

  • Inquisitiveness
  • Experience
  • First Impression
  • Communication
  • Like-ability
  • Reliability

With these questions:

  • Do they ask questions/seem interested?
  • Are they happy/smiling?
  • Are they easy to understand?
  • Is the first minute of the conversation enjoyable?
  • Do they understand when you explain Virtual Valley?
  • “Tell me more about X position” (successes, failures, responsibilities, least favourite part, most favourite part) (Repeat for each role)
  • “Why did you leave X position?” (Repeat for each role)
  • “If we asked your boss about your strengths/weaknesses what would he/she say?” (Repeat for each role)

It is in this 30-40 minute interview that you can really dig down into the experience of your potential Virtual Assistant using the previous experience question listed above.

EXERCISE 7: PERFORM AND TRACK COMPETENCY INTERVIEW WITH APPLICANTS

 

Once you have input data into the Virtual Recruitment Tracker, a score out of 10 for each candidate is calculated, again, it is down to you to decided the proportion of potential Virtual Assistants you will invite to the next stage.

Step 4 – Test Task

You now you have a good idea about how your potential Virtual Assistant is as a person, it’s now time to assess their ability and experience.

You need to design a set of tasks that replicate typical opportunities that the Virtual Assistant would experience on an average day in the role. They should take 1-2 hours (no longer as we will not be offering any renumeration for these) and should have enough guidelines to be clear but also leave room for initiative (especially if this is one of your chosen competencies/characteristics).

Do not be afraid to include specific details in your Test Task, this will help to assess for Attention To Detail (obviously!) and Excellence. We do so by specifying certain subject lines to use in emails and formatting guidelines.

Click here, submit your email and I will send you the details of the Test Task we send to each of our potential Virtual Assistants when they reach this stage of their application.

Test Task

EXERCISE 8: DEFINE, SHARE AND TRACK TEST TASK WITH APPLICANTS

 

Step 5 – References

For those applicants that have scored highest in each of the 4 previous sections, you can now request that they introduce you via email to one of more previous bosses/managers.

Once introduced, shoot them a quick email with no more than 3 questions, remember, they do not have to comply, so be grateful and brief.

We wanted to check:

  • Experience
  • Communication
  • Reliability

So asked:

  • Regarding details/dates/responsibilities of that specific role
  • “How was the communication of X?”
  • “How reliable was X?”

References

Again, document the responses in the form of a number between 1 and 10 in your Virtual Recruitment Tracker.

EXERCISE 9: FOLLOW UP WITH AND TRACK REFERENCES

 

Offer

The Virtual Recruitment Tracker will combine each rating, the weighting for each competency/characteristic and will produce and summary score for each candidate that passed through each stage of the process.

Recruitment_Master_Plan_-_Google_Sheets

It this then useful to have a summary meeting with each member of your team that was involved in the recruitment process to summarise and to decide which of the candidates should receive an offer.

Once the decision is made, I then recommend having a one on one call with EVERY potential Virtual Assistant that made their way through the full process to give feedback and to present the offer (if they have been chosen).

This is important, as you want each and every applicant that has passed through your process to be in a better place afterwards, regardless of whether they we successful or not.

Leave Each Applicant In A Better Place, Regardless Of Their Success In the Process.CLICK TO TWEET

This will also help the word of mouth spread for your business and is the nice thing to do.

EXERCISE 10: GIVE FEEDBACK AND OFFER TO EVERY CANDIDATE

Summary

Ok, so there is a Step By Step guide to recruit Virtual Assistants.

But lets face it, there is a lot of work to do/things that could go wrong especially if you are not experienced with interviewing.

In fact, you probably have better things to do like:

  • Finding customers
  • Making your existing customers happy
  • Spending time with your friends and family

Which is exactly why we have spent the past 6 months recruiting Virtual Assistants, just for you.

Therefore, you would like to take advantage of our investment in recruitment and hire a Virtual Assistant through the Virtual Valley Platform: click here and get hiring!

And finally, if you have a friend that is struggling with the growth of his virtual business, use the social icons below to send this article over, you could change their life, seriously…

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The 17 Best Places To Hire A Virtual Assistant

 

You started an online business… And now you are tired & stressed.CLICK TO TWEET

You started an online business… And now you are tired & stressed:

17 Places

Furthermore, you seem to spending SO MUCH more time on your online business than all of your friends who have 9 to 5 jobs and also your other friends that also have online businesses!

Someone needs to learn to delegate… And hire a Virtual Assistant, but not just a normal Virtual Assistant, you need the best Virtual Assistant.

Which is why we thought we would put together a BIG list of places where you will be able to hire a Virtual Assistant so you can select the place that suits you and your requirements:

Membership Sites

onlinejobs

OnlineJobs.ph

A BIG database of many types of Virtual Assistants. Entrepreneurs pay a monthly fee to access the database and communicate with Virtual Assistants.

Follow On Twitter: @onlinejobsdotph

Bestjobs

BestJobs.ph

BestJobs.ph provides another LARGE pool of Filipino Virtual Assistants for a broader selection of tasks compared to OnlineJobs.ph and Entrepreneurs can post job adverts and communicate with Virtual Assistants for free.

easyoutsource

EasyOutsource

Very similar to Onlinejobs.ph with a large database of many different types of Virtual Assistants with the Entrepreneur paying a monthly fee to access the contact details of the Virtual Assistants, to then hire off the platform.

Follow On Twitter: @easyoutsource

 

Freelancer Marketplaces

upwork

UpWork

Elance and oDesk have merged to form the largest and in our opinion the greatest freelancer marketplace in the world. You can hire Virtual Assistants on a project basis or using the Upwork payroll service.

Follow On Twitter: @upwork

freelancer

PeoplePerHour

Specialising in providing a LARGE variety of Virtual Assistants with different skills on an hourly basis.

Follow On Twitter: @peopleperhour

freelancer

Freelancer

Another large freelancer marketplace, Freelancer allows you to hire Virtual Assistants for specific projects or on an ongoing basis.

Follow On Twitter: @freelancer

guru

Guru

Specialising more on the technical side, Guru have an awesome database of highly skilled Team Members available for hire on a project or role basis.

Follow On Twitter: @guru_com

 

Recruiting Services

virtualstaff

Virtual Staff Finder

Virtual Staff Finder offer a recruitment service for Virtual Assistants for a one off charge and also guarantee that you work well with your Virtual Assistant or will find you another.

Follow On Twitter: @vstafffinder

 

Outsource Managed Services

mroutsource

Mr Outsource

With a total of 437 Entrepreneur liberated, My Outsource offers Virtual Assistant for full time packages at various skill levels.

Follow On Twitter: @outsourcemr

Virtual Coworker

Virtual CoWorker

With a cost comparison on their site showing savings of up to 70% against an onshore wage, Virtual CoWorker definitely offer a cost effective solution.

Follow On LinkedIn

hubstaff

HubStaff

Primarily and time tracking software as a service company, Hubstaff will also match you with a Virtual Assistant that you can use their software to track.

Follow On Twitter: @hubstaff

outsourced

Outsourced.ph

Outsourced.ph offer dedicated Virtual Assistants from the office facility based in the Philippines.

Follow On LinkedIn

cloudstaff

Cloudstaff

Cloudstaff have invested close to $5m in the systems that have enabled them to offer awesome Virtual Assistant services over the past 10 years.

Follow On Twitter: @cloudstaff

virtual done well

Virtual Done Well

Taking outsourcing to the Philippines to the next level, Virtual Done Well is a company operated by Filipino Entrepreneurs providing Virtual Assistants to clients in Australia and around the world.

Follow On Twitter: @virtualdonewell

365

365 Virtual Assistant

Offering Virtual Assistants for copywriting, data entry and social media, 365 Virtual Assistants are a great option for any internet Entrepreneurs looking to outsource.

Follow On Twitter: @365va

zirtual_logo

Zirtual

Zirtual provide dedicated US based Virtual Assistants from around the world to Entrepreneurs, Small Businesses and Small Teams.

Follow On Twitter: @zirtual

 

Virtual Team Building Platforms

vvlogo

Virtual Valley

Virtual Valley is a Virtual Team Building Platform. Entrepreneurs are able to hire Virtual Assistants through the platform, who’s time is then tracked and invoiced to the Entrepreneur at the end of the month.

Follow On Twitter: @virtualvalleyio

You now know all of the BEST places to hire a Virtual Assistant, but before we go, I need to let you into a little secret:

The most important part of your Virtual Assistant Recruitment process is the Test Task (A test you give each candidate prior to hiring).

The problem is that these are time consuming to create…

Which is why you can unlock the Test Task that we (Virtual Valley) currently give to each and every Virtual Assistant that we let onto our platform:

Download The Virtual Valley Test Task

I’m afraid it is now our time apologise…

Apologies to YOU because now you are no longer able to use the excuse:

“But I don’t know where to hire a Virtual Assistant?”

And also because initially when bringing even the best Virtual Assistant into your life, your workload will increase.

Though, slowly but surely, over time you find that you will spend less time working IN your business and more time working ON your business.

And that magical day will arrive where your Virtual Assistant will have your inbox cleaned, appointment scheduled and social media presence sorted so you actually take a WHOLE day off without stressing about things falling apart.

How about that?

If you know a friend who is seriously tired and stressed from working in their business do them (and us!) a favour by using the share icons below to send it their way.

You could be giving them their first true day off in years…