Where to Find and How To Hire a Virtual Assistant

In an earlier post on why you should stay away from VA services sites – I gave some reasons why places like these don't foster an environment in which you and your virtual assistant build a strong and necessary bond.  The reason why I wrote that is because 9 times out of 10 whenever I talk to someone who had a bad experience with a VA it's because they used one of these services.  Don't get me wrong, there are some times when these places are great to use but most of the time you'll spend more money than you need and get a lot less value than you'd expect.

So where do I find a virtual assistant?

The first and second most asked question I get is where do I find a virtual assistant and how do I interview or make sure they are a good fit? More often than not, even though I answer these questions people still seem to have trouble finding a good VA. Here why I think that is:

  1. People often have no experience whatsoever with hiring anyone (I didn't either at one point), and so even if they find some candidates that seem like a good fit, they don't know the questions to ask or have a hard time saying no.  For example, I barely interviewed my first virtual assistant.  The majority of questions that I asked were irrelevant and I never got down to the nitty-gritty.  After a month, I had to let them go because they definitely weren't a good fit.
  2. Hiring is an emotional experience.  Every person that I hire is someone who I want to make sure is taken care of.  You have to be able to connect with the other person and not just have a robotic automaton that you delegate tasks to.  However, people often view hiring as strictly a worker/employee relationship, and that causes problems almost immediately.
  3. You expect too much.  This is the main reason why those VA service sites aren't that great.  When you go on these sites and hire someone, you expect perfection and speed.  Often, you get very little of that.  The reason being is because they have other customers to deal with, aren't always experts in one field, and don't expect to be with you always.  Even with direct VAs there is a period in which they get used to you and you get used to them!

Where I recommend people find VAs

Since I always get asked the same questions about where to find virtual assistants, how to hire them, what to ask on interviews, etc., I wanted to find an easier way to get people in touch with someone who could supercharge their business without them having to spend a great deal of time.   Because of that I've been recommending Virtual Staff finder.

This is why I like them so much:

  • They are in the Philippines and actively look for the best candidate to meet your needs.
  • They have been in the virtual staffing business for years.
  • You don't have a lame % charged every month for their overhead like a normal staffing agency.  Your VA is your VA and you pay them directly.
  • Before they even find candidates for you they guide you on how to best work with them.
  • They save you time, which is your most valuable asset.

So if you are serious about hiring someone overseas, you definitely need to give them a try.  As always, I recommend that before you hire a VA you should have enough capital on hand to hire them full-time for a year (approximately $350 x 12 months).

If you have the capital and want to get your new VA to help supercharge your business, go to Virtual Staff Finder (my affiliate link).

2 Comments

  • @chriscducker

    April 11, 2011

    Hi Dean

    Thanks for the mention here, buddy.

    I really appreciate it. And we look forward to taking care of any of your guys when they pop over to the site.

    Thanks again,

    Chris

    • Dean Soto

      April 17, 2011

      No problem, my friend! I know that you are going to take care of them! =) Hope your trips to the states went well!