Hiring My First Virtual Assistant

The past week or so I have been trying to hire a virtual assistant.

I have quickly learned that it’s not a fast process and it shouldn’t be. Much like hiring someone for a brick and mortar job you need to make sure the person is the right fit.

So I jumped onto odesk.com and onlinejobs.ph. I setup my advert and let the applicants come rushing in for the role of a virtual assistant. FULL TIME EMPLOYEE.

I decided right off that I wanted to try my hand at hiring someone at onlinejobs.ph simply because it looked less expensive and I have never used the site before. I have seen it recommended a lot over the years and noted that if I ever needed a VA, I would check it out.

Now I never knew what a good price was for a good VA. I set my price to $400-$600 a month. Unsure though, I jumped onto the Laboratory Facebook group and asked in there.

Apparently $600 is way too much and I should be looking at $80 a week max. I quickly changed my job application salary requirements.

I also got people in the lab recommending me their past VA’s, people who can manage 10 Facebook pages for $50 a week! Crazy. Upon the recommendation I spoke to the VA on Skype and immediately hired them on spot. Not a good choice.

I took this someones recommendation over my own judgement and I soon realised after setting them the task of actually doing work they wasn’t competent. I needed their written english to be great and it was average at best. Words were in the wrong places and they had terrible misspellings. What was I expecting for $50 a week right?

I went straight back to onlinejobs.ph and started to sift through people who seemed more suitable for the role. Slightly pricier at $300-$350 a month but it’s still very cheap.

People who seemed worthy of the role were sent my Skype ID so I could interview them further. My first potential employee on Skype had great english and was very keen to get started. From this first conversation I built up a script.

Overall in a couple of hours I had interviewed five people and gave them all the same task. The task was basically the job they would be doing. I was testing their english and ability to follow instructions.

Four of them messed up on instructions. They were all given the same material and we all had the same conversation. One girl did everything right.

I have hired my new VA, we discussed payment on a weekly basis via Paypal. I gave her all the material she needed to get started and left her to it. I told her to take the next day to learn everything and do some research. I didn’t want to overwhelm her straight away.

Everything seemed perfect about her until….

I left my computer for an hour and I come back to a well drafted message on Skype. I don’t want to disclose the whole message here but she spoke about life problems and basically asking me to pay her two weeks in advance so she could survive. Uh oh…..

Honestly, how was she coping before I came along less than 24 hours ago?

I have spoke to this person for two hours on Skype, I am not sending over $180 to a stranger. Man the audacity of it. I told her we’re sticking with our original agreement of weekly payments.

I can’t help feeling slightly annoyed. Is this person going to take me for a ride? It’s something I am very aware of and I have read the horror stories online.

This screams scam, back the hell away and get a new VA. Curiously I contacted onlinejobs.ph to see what they had to say. Here’s their response:

“Thank you for your email. You are correct in not prepaying/forwarding money. Though, the Philippines is a culture of negotiation…..so I wouldn’t necessarily think that they will be a bad worker b/c they attempted to negotiate a prepayment of salary. I would just see how they do during their trial period.”

So…I have a decision, ride it out for a couple of weeks with this person and see how they perform or follow my gut instinct and try looking for new people. If I trial her out and she turns out to be a scammer this will be a waste of two weeks and could cost me a lot of money since at the moment the tasks I need to be done are going nowhere.

I am going trial her out. I am not happy about it but I don’t want to waste other peoples time and my own if it’s not necessary. Let’s hope this was a minor hiccup. She will only get paid for doing the tasks I have set her so I won’t lose out on anything.

If you’re thinking of hiring a virtual assistant I would say interview at least 10 potential people who you think could be capable of doing the job. Make sure they are asking for a wage you’re willing to pay and have a task ready for them to do that is similar to the job they will doing for you on a day to day basis.

Make sure you pay them weekly after a weeks work has been carried out. This way you are only paying for work that has been done. They can’t take your money and run without doing some work first.

The rest will have to be continued in a later post. Will this person turn out to be legit? Only time will tell…

$100,000 In One Month

This is my new goal. I have set it astronomically high but I 100% believe this is possible and I will not settle for a lesser amount. I want to make $100,000 in the month of December following what I am currently learning from Trey Lewellen.

I am going to be updating my progress here regularly. At no point will any secrets be shared from Trey’s mastermind coaching. If you guys wanna learn how to do this stuff you can seek out Trey on Facebook.

SO the goal is to have 10 t-shirts in 10 niches ready to roll out on the 1st of December 2014. They will be 7 day campaigns, this is so I can tell the buyers of my t-shirt that it will be the perfect Christmas present and it will reach them in time for the 25th.

I am banking on 50% of these campaigns to reach 1,000+ in sales. The seasonal time of the year will hopefully help me.

In order to do this I will need to hire my first ever virtual assistant. First thing on the list is to get a VA who can manage all my Facebook pages. I am falling behind on one page, how will I get 10 running successfully?

After that I need a copywriter who can write good emails. This could be a bit more expensive. Actually unaffordable for all of my page…however I will just use a copywriter for one page.

Time to get on it.

What Have I Been Up To – The $100k Month Challenge

Hey guys,

This website is just going to be me posting my online marketing goals for the time being. I really do not have time to post about much else at the moment.

Since the £10k monthly goal in August I have been doing training with Trey Lewellen. I definitely recommend it. It’s a high ticket course but your first t-shirt should bring back the investment you make.

My first t-shirt following the training has 408 sales so far, my revenue will be $6,000+ with the Teespring bonus. Really good stuff as I have only spent $1655 so far.

I already have a second t-shirt up and running that looks like it’s on target as well.

Now for anyone that reads this that is looking to get into the t-shirt business. It’s not a good business long term. It is not reliable.

In August I made money and in September I made no money. I made nothing in September because I was investing my time and money into a new course. The point here is, if you’re not making new t-shirts you’ll make no money. Also if your current t-shirts stop making money then you won’t make money.

It’s easy for your t-shirts to get saturated. All it takes is someone to steal your idea and run it to the same audience over and over. That’s it, your design is saturated and your sales will deplete.

If Facebook dies tomorrow so does your business. If Teespring changes the way they do business then it has an affect on you.

Keep all this in mind before jumping onto the t-shirt niche. Try to make a business that is not reliant on one platform.

That being said….I have a new goal which is to make over $100,000 in the month of December 2014. This is a mix of T-shirts and other things I am learning from Trey Lewellen.

I know I just preached about not basing your business on t-shirts but I am actually building a business at the same time. So after a few months if I take a month off I will still have $20,000 coming in. That’s the idea anyway.

I enjoy making my goals public like this because everyone can see them and it motivates me more. So let’s get on it!

UPDATE TEN – The Final Update

The month is over and now we move into September. September will most likely not be a repeat of August, this is because I just signed up for three months of mentorship. #goingbacktouniversity.

I will spend more time educating myself than selling t-shirts this month. I think I need to unlearn my current method of doing things and get ready to start fresh.

Anyway, I guess the whole point of this 10k challenge was to push myself and that’s what I did. Unfortunately I never actually hit 10k but for the final time on this challenge let’s talk numbers.

I cashed out $16,100 on the 10th of August.
Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 11.04.49I currently have $8,678.23 ready to be paid out.Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 11.05.41I have $750 in active campaigns which I will be claiming since it’s from work I did in August.

In total that’s $25,528.23 / £15,357.54.

Ad Spend was £5,997 + T-Shirt Design £389 = £6,386

In total for the month, I made £8971.54.

I will however lose money on Payoneer fees and their conversion from dollars to sterling. I have yet to convert the rest but for the month will take about £250 off my earnings. Still cheaper then Paypal.

So overall I roughly made £8,720. I never hit the £10k but that doesn’t matter, £8,720 is still great. My goal is to more than triple that in one month, within the next four months.

I hope anyone who see’s this can see the potential in Teespring. Overall I worked about 6-15 hours a day. Some days I got really lazy.

I created 80 campaigns and 28 of them were successful. Of the 28 successful campaigns 11 of them sold over 50 t-shirts. The rest sold less than 50 but still made a profit.

The most important information I can give is, know your numbers. If you know your numbers and follow your ad spend then it will save you a lot of money.

Now I am moving onto a new chapter in this Facebook marketing business. There’s never a better time to start something new than at the beginning of a new month.

For anyones that’s followed this or is reading this and wants help then you can find me on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/ormes.andrew


UPDATE NINE – £10k Challenge, Big Things Ahead With Facebook

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Coming close to the end of the month and I am not going to make the goal but I am not far off. I quick look over the numbers and I am at £9k for the month.

I have really slowed down since the last update. I realised that I was creating unnecessary stress and pressure to make this goal. There’s no hurry to get these t-shirt sales because the ones I miss this month I will get next month on the relaunch.

Anyway, big things ahead. Yesterday I signed up for a private mastermind with the King of Teespring, I am not going to talk about the coaching at all. However I want to share my growth over the coming months so I can look back on my progress.

The goal is to hit £30k profit in one month before the year is out and work less while I do it. Not forgetting turning this thing into a long term business that can fund me for years to come.