Hiring Virtual Assistants (VA’s) OR Hiring Freelancers
Before you start hiring people left and right, you need to understand that there are 2 main types of outsourcers you can hire. Virtual assistants (VA’s) and Freelancers
virtual assistant (VA)
Virtual assistant is someone that you hire as an employee for your business (Full Time or Part Time) that works
from a remote location, typically overseas. With VA’s it’s your responsibility to interview them, hire them, and create a business relationship with them. You’ll also have to train your VA’s on how you want your business to run. It’s not much different from hiring an employee in any other type of business. It’s just all done over the internet.
VA’s are typically paid a monthly salary; however you can work out how often they will get paid during the hiring process. The great thing about VA’s is that they work exclusively for you, and nobody else. In other words, they are joining your team. (Be sure they understand they will work exclusively for you before you hire them!) Hiring VA’s is an amazing way to speed up the growth of your business, however it’s highly recommended that you have systems in place before hiring someone full-time.
Freelancers are people who will do specific jobs for you on a job to job basis. Freelancers are not your employees, but rather independent contractors. You can hire freelancers from dozens of different websites. It can be a pain in the ass if you’re new to outsourcing, and don’t know what sites are best for different types of jobs. That’s why I am going to show you all the websites that I have used, along with my personal experiences with each one.
The cool thing about hiring freelancers, is that you get to review their past jobs, as well as ratings left by other people who have hired them, as opposed to VA’s where you basically have to go by their resume, and the interview process.
Freelancers are also great because you can pay for a product to be created one time, and sell it over and over again, as long as it’s in an evergreen niche, meaning a niche that could sell just the same years from now. Some examples of evergreen niches would be like acne, back problems, how to jump higher, how to have a better golf swing, etc..
I’ve used, and continue to use both freelancers and VA’s successfully in my business. VA’s are great for completing day to day tasks that need to be done, and can do these without you even having to be there. In order to decide which route is best for you at the moment, it all depends on what projects you’re working on and how far your business is at the moment. If you already have systems in place, and you have a lot of daily activities that need to get done, then a VA is a necessity.
On the other hand, if you are just getting started, hiring freelancers for specific tasks is probably a better idea. By hiring a freelancer to help you fill in some of the gaps, you free up more of your time, and speed up the implementation process.
Once you have a good idea of where you want to go with your business, this part becomes much easier.
There are tons of websites out there where you can find outsource workers to hire. Simply do a quick Google search and you’ll see what I mean. Since there are so many places to choose from, I’m going to list out the main websites that I recommend, along with my opinions and experiences for each one. I’m sure you’ve probably heard of some of these already, but remember, these are all based on MY personal experiences.
they have some really good expert freelancers. I have only used this site once before, but I was very pleased with the end result. If you are targeting a smaller niche, you might just find an expert here to help you create a high quality product. Browse around for a few minutes, and you’ll see what I mean.
Microworkers.com is another really awesome crowdsourcing site, just like Mechanical Turk, however they let you get away with more types of jobs. For instance, as of writing this, Mturk only allows you to post jobs for having people comment on YouTube videos. Microworkers.com however, allows you to specify for the outsourcers to like, favorite, subscribe,Outsourcing Simplified Page 17 etc...
This is obviously a great advantage over Mturk.com. The same is true about jobs related to Facebook and Twitter. Microworkers allows you to do a lot more than Mturk.com, especially for jobs that are borderline blackhat. If I could only choose one of the two sites, I would go with MicroWorkers.com; however they are both very useful websites!
This website allows you to browse resumes of thousands of talented virtual assistants for a low monthly price.
Members can also post job openings for FREE!
This is a good option if you want to save time looking for a virtual assistant. The way it is set up, is that you will get 3 potential candidates to choose from based on the type of employee you’re looking for, and you will have the opportunity to interview them via Skype before choosing the one you want.
According to the site, you should expect to pay between $350 to $950 a month for a general VA all the way up to an experienced programmer. I have heard good things about this service, but haven’t used them personally, as I prefer to avoid the middle man and find and train virtual assistants on my own. It’s easier than trying to find people yourself, but it all boils down to your budget, and personal preference.