How To Get a Virtual Assistant for Less Than $100 a Month – 5 Easy Steps
For those of you who are going to be living in Thailand for a while and want to make money from your laptop, this is a must.
What is a Virtual Assistant (VA):
Simply put, a virtual assistant is someone you hire who does the boring stuff you don’t want to do. They perform tasks remotely and are paid as an independent contractor.
Why should you get a Virtual Assistant:
Working sucks. If you prefer to lie on the beach sipping Mojitos while another does the work for you, then a VA is what you need.
What does a Virtual Assistant do:
Anything that you don’t want to do and where they are not required to be present.
Common tasks we use our virtual assistant for:
– Running our business
– Proof reading articles
– Data entry
– Phone calls
– Social Marketing (Managing Facebook and Twiiter)
– Attaining sourcing Jobs
– Anything mundane, repetitive, and / or boring
If you think having someone who can do this you would make your life easier, keep reading…
HOW TO GET AN ENGLISH SPEAKING VIRTUAL ASSITANT FOR LESS THAN $100 A MONTH
I’ll be honest, I hate overpaying and will always negotiate for the best price.
This is no different!
When you are looking for a VA, you want to find someone that is capable and affordable at the same time.
The secret word is…
People will always work harder for less money if they know they are being tested. So the goal here is to hire your next VA under the condition of the first month being a test month.
This is how you can get someone who normally works for 20 dollars an hour to work for 5 dollars an hour.
(Note: I never work with a VA from non-English speaking countries. The language barrier is too much of a hassle.)
Below are the steps for hiring a Virtual Assistant…
Step 1 – Elance
Create an account on www.Elance.com or www.oDesk.com
Be sure to select: “I want to Hire”.
Step 2 – Create a List
Create a list of tasks that you want your VA to do on a daily basis. You don’t need to post the entire list on Elance or Vworker, but it’s a good idea to be prepared before you hire a VA.
Step 3 – Two Hours a Day
In step 4, we will go more into this. But delegate the work so it will take your VA an average of 2 hours every day, five days a week.
Step 4 – Post the Job
Use the below template when you post the job.
Notice, the keyword is “test”. You want the “worker” to do a test month. During this test month, the VA will work 2 hours a day for 5 days a week.
People will work for a lower salary for a “test” than they will for a standard monthly job.
Mention that if the “test” month is a success, the salary will increase. If your VA helps make you money AND makes your life easier, you’ll be more than happy to increase the salary.
My Proven Template for Finding a Virtual Assistant to Work for $100 a Month:
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I am looking for someone to manage all of the Internet Marketing, Research, Writing edits, and administrative tasks edits for my business.
You must have:
* Excellent English
* Must be from native English speaking country
* Be able to offer a minimum of 2 hours per day
* Respond to e-mails, calls, and customers within 12 hours
* Research specific topics for me
* Creative who does not need to be micro managed
* Computer skills like Word, Excel etc.
* Help manage Elance
This is for a person that can work with daily tasks to help me serve my clients while at the same time working with new and CREATIVE tasks helping me to grow and attract new clients.
Send me your full details and your best BID. This can be a long term project for the right person. This project will be a TEST run for one MONTH.
Bid an amount on how much you will accept for a TEST run of 2 hours per day, 5 days per week for the month.
For example – $50 for the test month – for 2 hours per day, 5 days per week
The work I have is fairly easy and fun for a person with GREAT English and is very comfortable with the computer and the Internet.
Step 5 – Select Your VA
You will get more than 20 bids from potential virtual assistants located all over the world.
A few tips:
- Never select someone who is new to Elance or Vworker.
- Read the feedback. This will tell you a lot about the “worker”.
- Don’t choose the lowest bid. Look for quality first.
- All bids are negotiable. Chances are you’ll like a person but the bid will be higher than you want to spend. Explain this to the person and let them know that if they are as good as they say they are, after the test month you will dramatically increase the salary. Most will work with you.
- Have fun with it. If you run out of tasks for your VA, have them start on something that has always interested you. For an example, when I was living in Bangkok, I wanted to see if I could easily become a model or actor. So I had my VA research all the model / acting agencies in Bangkok and create an excel file of their contact information.
Posted on Gods of Thailand January 20, 2012 in Living in Thailand
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Im a talent agency and need help with some work at the office
please let me know if you have english speakers and also people who are efficient in WORD and EXCELL and JPEG
I’d check odesk.com and look for a virtual assistant from the Philippines. That is where you will usually get the best bang for your buck.
hey bro thanks for this awesome article, I have been visitng your blog for a few nights, last night i was up till 7 am! reading this blog , such an awesome content and your really making things simple.
Im now moving to bangkok and focusing only on online marketing as well. any way just wanted to say hello and thank you for this valuable email SPECIALLY the template, exactly what i needed 🙂 .
Nice article… But it’s harder than it sounds… I sent emails to 90 people from the Philippines and after a long testing and interviews i found only 2 wroth working with…. But there is Just nothing like having a good VA in your life!
I will recommend hiring some one for a full time job…
That is one reason why I only hire V.A.s who are from the United States or Canada. And as mentioned, the best way to do this is with a “test” month.
For those looking for a V.A. in the Philippines, I’ve heard this company is very successful at setting you up with a competent virtual assistant: http://www.virtualstafffinder.com/