It’s been research time – full force – no stopping me – I’m going to Hire Virtual Assistant – NOW.
I don’t want to put this outsourcing stuff on hold any longer.
I spent all day Saturday researching while my book-keeper was in the office working on all my data entry, filing, balancing checkbooks, paying bills etc.
I listened to podcasts, poked around in a few books, watched all of Jessica’s video tutorials and landed on several really good websites.
Today is Sunday – 5 p.m. and guess what? I have a VA in the Philippines working on stuff for me right now!
I’ve already talked with him on Skype and I’ve given him some transcribing as my first outsourcing task. AND I’m starting him on keyword research tomorrow.
PLUS – I’ve also sent a request for contact from a North American Virtual Assistant company (which that ball should start rolling this week).
I’m still on the hunt for someone local to add to my In-House team for Amazon FBA and eBay business. I’m pretty sure I will be training my MIL (mother in law) for some of the eBay stuff this fall as well.
Hire Virtual Assistant Research
As I was researching, I kept a list of any “good stuff” I found. I hope it’s helpful to you. At least it’s a place to start when you are ready to get going with VA’s. My plan is to hire and have everyone in place and trained before October 1 – and then Q4 should run much smoother this year.
Training For VA’s
“Tim: Okay. So, very simple. Straight up, we use Google Docs for creating all of our written documents.
Tim: We enhance that, when necessary, with screenshots. But we avoid screenshots as much as possible because they are less modular than a pure text description. If text and screenshot are not doing the job, then we will use video. [??] is great if you need something bigger, longer… screen flow with drop box is outstanding. And you just share the drop box link right in the document. I’d label every single document as an S, an R, or a T. S for Systems, R for Reference, T for Template. S systems would be like a checklist, or some kind of task, how to do. So for example, I have an internal system called How to Invoice Tim Every Month, and my staff uses that system to invoice me. An R document would be a reference, so I speak every month, live in Edmonton, to small business owners who are interested in learning about Marketing and systems…
Tim: Okay. Then I hit a ceiling. And I said, okay, I need more time. I’m making some money. What is at the bottom 80% that can easily be passed off?”
They know this, and therefore it is no longer possible (in our eyes, anyway) to get a General VA for $250 a month. Not if you want them to do a great job for you, anyway!
The following are current average full-time salary guidelines that you can follow, keeping in mind that there are less experienced workers willing to work for less, and more experienced workers that will want to see much bigger numbers – its all relevant:
- General Virtual Assistant (GVA) – $500-$800 a month
- Article / Content Writer – $500-$700 a month
- SEO / Web Marketer VA – $650-$850 a month
- Web Developer – $700-$1,400 a month
Additional / Emerging Virtual Staff Roles
I’ve seen more people recently asking for additional types of virtual staff on a regular basis over the last year or so. They are as follows, and again – all rates are approximate and based upon market conditions and experience levels, obviously:
- Graphic Designers – $700 – $1,200 a month
- Audio / Video VA’s – $500 – $1,200 a month
- Mobile App Developer VA’s – $800 – $1,400 a month (Note: not popular in the Philippines currently. Look to Eastern Europe for this for the time being!)
Virtual Assistant Finders
http://www.virtualstafffinder.com/get-started/ (Only for general VA’s)
North America Based
https://www.zirtual.com/ 16 hours @ $400 mo ($25 hour)
http://www.contemporaryva.com/home/ 20 hours @ $600 mo ($26 -$30 an hour)
http://hiremymom.com – might be $15 an hour
I’ll keep updating with my progress. Keep up with my journey for >>Hiring A Virtual Assistant << Click Here
You deserve to have more time to do what you love,
p.s. Check out what others that have already taken the course are saying on: Jessica’s page.