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Month: October 2014

Hiring A Virtual Assistant Part Two

A couple of weeks ago I spoke about my experience trying to hire my first ever online virtual assistant.

So two weeks have passed and I am happy to say that the original person I hired to do the job is great. At first I was sceptical when she asked for two weeks payment straight up. I refused and stuck to what we agreed. She works for me and then payment will follow. She agreed and straight away she stepped into the role to manage my pages. She understood everything, has really good english and adapts her posts to the niche accordingly. Really good.

We’ve had a few bumps in the road when it comes to payment but I believe it’s all sorted now. We stay in touch via Skype.

I hired this VA from onlinejobs.ph. When I get more pages up in November I will definitely be looking again on there for another person to help me out.

Something that I touched on in the previous post was making sure they do work before you pay them. The reason is you don’t know who you’re dealing with. I am sure that a couple of people I interviewed used fake pictures and were not who they said they were.

Making them work first stops from just taking your money and running off. I pay my VA weekly. She works monday-friday and I pay her on the Friday on the last working day of the week.

This is great because I now outsource all my t-shirt designs, I don’t touch photoshop anymore except for creating Facebook ads and now I don’t have to stress about my pages dying of death when I forget to post to them.

Next job will be to outsource the role of Facebook research and ad management. This will be a bit trickier since it’s where the business can lose or make a lot of money. If a certain ad group is spending $200 a day is not making sales I will know to turn it off but can I rely on someone else to know that?

I think this business can be outsourced in all different sections, it won’t be overnight process but if I get it right then I will be happy and will probably be taking a long holiday.

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 With Teespring In Four Months

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 by the end of February.

I am going to be updating my progress here regularly.

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 pages…however I will just use a copywriter for one page.

Time to get on it.

What Have I Been Up To

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. It’s a good course however the private group is not as good as the laboratory. A lot of the people are new and Trey has missed some important questions I had.

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 by the end of Februar 2015. This is all from just t-shirts and nothing else.

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!

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