Going into internet marketing, there is bound to be detailed “busy work” that just takes an immense amount of time and shifts your focus towards multiple tasks which may lead to an overload of work at best, and a burn out at worst. So I decided to make a beginners guide on hiring virtual assistants so that you are free to work on more important things in your IM journey.
What does a Virtual Assistant (VA) do?:
VA’s take over your simple, detailed tasks, help organize your work in a well-structured manner, give another perspective to your work, and frees up your time so you can delegate them on more important things.
Typical functions of a VA for IM include:
- Data Entry/Analyzation
- Email Management
- Account Management
- and much more depending on your VA provider
Overseas VS Local:
While overseas VA’s are less expensive that local VA’s, local VA’s have a few benefits that you should consider when tasking one with a job. Local VA’s have benefits such as time zones, no language barrier (this can be a bigger problem that it seems on the surface), available for calls and discussions, and subjectively has more initiative than overseas VA’s.
Local VA’s: google “virtual assistants” in [your area] (There are too many to go through in each area, so you just have to use your best judgement.
Overseas VA’s: onlinejobs.ph, virtualstafffinder, upwork, fivver
When Hiring A VA:
Generally, it’s better to hire more than one VA because you have different skill sets and better reliability. It is recommended to “test” the VA once you have hired them. This can be as simple as having a list of tasks available and assigning like tasks to multiple VA’s. Break down these tasks to the most basic building block as possible. This means use things like checklists, “how-to” videos, and screenshots. Through this, you can see which VA’s are able to give the best quality of work corresponding to urgency and ROI.
Conclusion How to Hire a VA:
- Create tasks that a VA can do through “how-to” methods
- Choose what type of VA’s can do these particular tasks
- Create job listings
- “Test” the VA’s that you hired
- Follow up and communicate with them for their first task
- Fire the one’s that do not work
- Request to increase hours on the VA’s that do work
Thanks guys for reading this guide. Let me know if you have an questions or tips!