026 STBS: Exclusive Virtual Assistants and Business Integrity

In this episode I answer a question from Gina Parris who asks a really good question about how to find virtual assistants that don't work for multiple clients.  I talk about how Elance and oDesk aren't really the right place to find virtual assistants that are expecting to work solely for you since they are used to having to bid on projects.

I suggested that if she wants to find exclusive virtual assistants that she try onlinejobs.ph if she is courageous enough to interview them herself, or Virtual Staff Finder if she wanted someone else to find them and interview them.

Integrity Hits

I also do a little bit of whining in this episode, so sorry in advance.  I recently had two experiences in which my integrity was put into question.

The first was from a prospect that I did free consulting work for.  They weren't happy that I gave them a free product and that I helped them to set up their website.  Yes, you didn't read that wrong.

The second was a promotion post that went wrong because of a series of unfortunate events that were taken out of context.  Basically, someone read one of my blog posts and assumed I was a get rich quick scam artist.  Seriously… what the heck…?

Monetizing Your Blog

Lastly, I talk about ways that you can monetize off of your blog.  The most important part of making any money off of your blog is to realize that you need to be in it for the long haul.  I've been blogging for about a year and a half on this blog and I don't make much money at all from it.  Most of my entrepreneurial revenue still comes from my web development company.  However, I do generate some revenue, so it definitely is possible.  So stay in it for the long-term and you can make things happen.


  • Harry

    May 3, 2011

    Hi Dean, I have to say that I got a chuckle out of this episode. I have been there myself and have been "burned" as my wife calls it when being giving to others. I would continue to keep doing what you are doing and if it means anything take courage and know that you have been helping a lot of people and I am one included in that list of those being helped, encouraged and motivated to keep at it. I strongly believe that you will be rewarded for your hard work and for all that you are doing to help others along the way. Just wanted to say thank you and keep up the great work.

    Thank you!

    • Dean Soto

      May 4, 2011

      Haha.. Glad I'm not alone. What do you (personally) do in those situations? I tend to write those people off pretty quickly. For example, the lady mentioned in the podcast I ended up referring her to a friend of mine who is just starting out and has more time.

      Not sure if it was a good thing or bad thing to do that, but maybe they'll work well together.