How to Hire a Virtual Assistant (And Take Back Your Life)

How to Hire a Virtual Assistant (And Take Back Your Life)

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How to Hire a Virtual Assistant (And Take Back Your Life)

Chris Michael Harris, Entrepreneur

02/11/2021

If you are draining yourself from creating your blog up to managing your admin tasks, hiring a virtual assistant is the best option.

We have been hiring people in the Philippines for years now. We chose the Philippines because there’s just a lot of cultural overlap and their English proficiency is tremendous. So now, let’s dive in.

Where to find your applicants?

If you’re looking for a website to create a job post for hiring a virtual assistant, I suggest Onlinejobs.Ph. It is no different than any hiring board that you’d find here to hire somebody in the States, but it’s just specific for the Philippines. They provided guides, blogs, and other free resources when outsourcing in the Philippines.

In the dashboard, what you’ll do is you go to add a job post, add the job title, mark whether it’s full-time, part-time, or freelance, and put in your wage.

Next, put in your contact name, if you’re going to be the direct point of contact, and then the skills that you’re looking for in that specific role.

My suggestion would be to try the free version. It tells you the pros and cons of having a free account versus a paid account. Then, use it until you hire somebody, and then cancel the account, so you only pay $69.

 

 

What’s the hiring process?

When you see a resume come through, I’d recommend creating a Google form to check their cultural values. It’s just like you’re treating them like a normal hire in the States. You want them to incorporate into your team and to be involved.

Next, whittle it down to about five to 10, based on company culture values. 

After that, select 3-5 applicants and add personality tests like 16personalityEnneagram, and Positive Intelligence.

Also, I would recommend that you have some dialogue at least once a week, some communication with your virtual assistant, bring them into the fold, bring them into the mix, and make sure you have a structure.

 

What’s the payment process?

You can pay them directly through Transferwise. Again, Transferwise is a great platform. It’s pretty quick, in some cases, almost immediate, but at least within one to two business days, that payment will go through.

 

Wrap Up

The last piece of advice I would give you is to make sure you treat them like actual employees. Treat them like they’re a part of your team because that’s what they are. 

We will continue our productivity series in the next blog to teach you how to build an essential outsourcing guide. So you make a system that you have that back and forth communication. 

That’s it! hope to see you on the next one.

-CMH

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Top Eight Successful Habits For Successful People

Top Eight Successful Habits For Successful People

Top Eight

Successful Habits

For successful people

Chris Michael Harris, Executive Producer

10/29/220

There’s a lot of success habits out there, and I believe that the most important thing is to find the ones that work for you. And in today’s episode, I’m going to give you my top 8 success habits that I’ve been practicing, so let’s get on to it.

#1 Build new Habits

Continue to be at a point where you’re constantly seeking out new habits and eliminating less than desirable habits. This is an ongoing process because you’re always going to be tweaking and refining and moving forward. 

So just keep on being persistent with developing new habits. And that might sound a little bit obvious. But seriously, that’s one of the biggest ones I can give you.

 

#2 Celebrate your wins

Something that we know now through a variety of different science, what motivates people is not the money; it’s the joy in what they do. And I know that sounds a little bit different than what you would expect to hear, but the byproduct is the money; it’s not what motivates them, primarily speaking. 

So there’s a book called Positive Intelligence by Shirzad Chamine. He studies the effect on a positive mindset. You can practice three or four gratitude every morning. This reminds you that you have so much to be grateful for and so much to be joyful for.

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#3 Keep a Journal

Keeping a journal will allow you to have measurables in place. One of the things that you’ll do is you’ll keep track of the tasks in your journal. All the things that you’re accomplishing. 

Remember that an unplanned day is a day filled with waste. 

It revolves around you having a journal so you can measure these things; goals can only be achieved through tangible, practical steps, you do that through a journal, so I’d highly recommend whatever journal you decide to choose from. I use the Full Focus Planner by Michael Hyatt. I highly recommend you engage with doing that exercise. 

 

#4 Have a wellness practice

If you look at the top-performing CEOs, one of the things they do that they’re notorious for is treating themselves like performance athletes; Brendon Burchard talks about it all the time.

I would highly recommend incorporating some healthy practices. Limit your alcohol, stay away from fast food, get plenty of sleep exercise three to five times a week. I think if you do those things as a starter.

This was also highlighted in Charles Duhigg’s, The Power of Habit, he talks about how exercise specifically is one of the keystone habits. That means that they found that certain habits will create a domino effect. When you nail a good habit, it knocks down other smaller bad habits you have. 

#5 Create a Structure

The structure is not going to be too appealing to you because the reason you probably start a business, to begin with, is that you wanted freedom. And I understand that. 

“Discipline equals freedom.” – Jocko Willink

If you are allowing yourself to work within constructs, within constraints, you’re going to maximize your work and output. It’s also going to open up the bandwidth for more creativity, or things of that nature to happen. 

But here’s the deal. If somebody says get up at four in the morning, that may work for them, but it might not work for you. So, create a structure; just make sure it’s a structure that you can work with. 

When you do your work, always tweak and modify it and recognize areas in your system that you’ve created where it’s just not working like you’d like for it too. So always continue to optimize that think you can find it to be very beneficial. 

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#6 Seek out advice 

People who rise to the top are not that they don’t do it alone because the work requires you to do a lot of pushing yourself.  They seek out mentors, advice, and they’re always wanting feedback on what they’re doing.

You probably have people that immediately come to mind where maybe you’ve just missed some of their advice. Make sure it’s not toxic advice, but people who are willing to sit down, hear you out, and provide constructive feedback. 

 

#7 Acquire specialized knowledge

The book, Think and Grow Rich talks about specialized knowledge versus general knowledge. Basically, whatever it is that you’re specifically doing, one of the things you want to do is you want to continue to acquire knowledge in your specific field. 

Figure out what you do for your life; if you’re in a sales capacity, who are the best people in sales? Do they have a course that you can go through? Whatever that looks like, they’re in constant pursuit of specialized knowledge. 

You want to be always hungry for more specialized knowledge and continue to level yourself up in every possible area related to your specific field of work or the things that will benefit you the most. 

Keep in mind, these may change over time. You may have things that come up in your life. They’re different than other times, sometimes, you might want to focus on your relationships, not as much as your sales ability.

8 Learn to disengage

One of the things that have been majorly beneficial for me is to have really fun habits. Things that I do that just take me away relieve the stress and put me in a different mindset. 

When I do that, I’ve realized that I just come back so refreshed and energized, and I have a different perspective on life, and everything is going on and fills out my gratitude tank big time. 

Dave Asprey gave a nice reframe of this; he called it uploading time versus off time because just like your phone, your phone turns off because it’s putting in new upgrades; that’s exactly what you’re doing when you’re taking time off—you’re filling yourself up in other areas outside of just the work that you do and being in grind mode.

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I hope this has beneficial guys. I hope you got a lot of this. There’s a million success habits. These are just the ones that immediately come to mind. 

I have a Biohacker Playlist so you guys can actually look at the various biohacking ideas about wellness. There’s a lot of things that I do and it leveled up my abilities to perform at a high level. I think you guys will enjoy that.

Drop me a comment below; tell me what your habits have worked best for you that I didn’t cover in this episode? 

I will see you guys in the next one.

-CMH

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How To Make Youtube Thumbnails with Canva [Canva Tutorial 2020]

How To Make Youtube Thumbnails with Canva [Canva Tutorial 2020]

Creating YouTube Thumbnails w/ Canva

(CANVA Tutorial 2020)

Chris Michael Harris, Executive Producer

10/28/2020

In today’s episode, I’m going to show you guys how I create my YouTube thumbnails with Canva. And I’ll walk you through the different features that you can use with this awesome tool.

So, let’s get started!

First thing is to find the highest resolution image that you can find, I am using the Canon EOS Rebel and if you are editing with a guest, figure out what your templates are going to look like. There are various stock images on Canva that you can choose from.

Remove background

This is very easy, select your high resolution photo and drop in on your workspace. And to remove the background, go to effects, and click remove the background. By the way, sometimes it doesn’t do very well, if there’s not a flat static background behind it.

So one of the things that I did is I used a black background and added it a brick wall for a backdrop. I like to add some kind of aesthetic that I can control. The reason being is that I strive for consistency with my thumbnails. 

Glow Outline

In this example, as you can see with the image of Mike Robbins, we’ve got the glowing outline in the back. If you want that effect, which I think adds a whole other dynamic,  the fastest way is:

1. Duplicate the image and put it right on top of the other first. 

2. Go to effects and select the duotone option

3. Click the image again so you can pick a specific color code.

4. Stretch the image with the duotone effect to make it a little bit bigger than what it was before.

5. Click adjust , and set the blur setting. I usually use a 25 because it gives a nice glow.

So what I do then is I’ll group it once I’m satisfied with how this thing looks. Grouping the images makes it easier to drag and resize. And you can always ungroup it anytime.

Choose a Font

Now, what I like to do then is you know, pick a font that really pops on YouTube. You can research other people’s fonts to benchmark the best practices. One of the things that I like is something that just really stands out. For me, I like Barlow Black font.

I like to not make the design crowded and busy. Also think about where to put your logo, make sure that it’s not going to be on top of your timestamp. 

Canva Elements

I’ve also done stuff where I just grab a whiteboard, and added elements on top of it. Canva has a repository of a large numbers of elements. So there are many things to choose from.

So, I build this whole thing out and put some text in the middle of it. And that was it.  Sometimes I just leave them empty.

Designing using Canva elements

Image Enhancements 

With some product shots, I’ll take a really sharp looking image. For example, I take a good image of a book. So you can go and do all the various adjustments—brightness, contrast, saturation, tilt, etc. to make it look a little bit better. Be very subtle with some of these changes that you make. 

So there are some awesome options here that you can use. You can also adjust the scale and position of the image in the workspace.

One of the things that I recommend you do before you create your thumbnail, is to look at the ones that are performing well. What you can do with that is you can actually find the ones that are doing well.

You also want to look at the date. So look at your opportunities. So you want to analyze it and make sure what’s going to make your thumbnail stand out. And then add a nice little catchy headline. 

But again, one of the biggest things that I’d recommend is if you can invest in even a low grade DSLR camera to get a high resolution image. One of its benefits is that I do have the bokeh effect. This makes the text actually pops out.

Let’s say you have a microphone image, but you don’t have that bokeh feature. One of the things you could do with Canva is bring it down to size. Then remove the background. You can probably overlay it pretty easily. So it’s the exact same size.

Bring that brightness down of the background. And then you pop this over the top of it. So you created that bokeh effect still made the microphone pop even though it doesn’t have that same bokeh effect.

It’s definitely something you can do. You can see it still really pops because we create a lot of contrast. This is a this is a trick that I found that when not a lot of people are doing to kind of really make an image pop.  

Left image: Bokeh effect using Canva | RIght image: Built-in Bokeh effect

If you do have an issue where the image keeps fading into the background, just hit the back button. This happens especially when you’re pulling an image bigger than the actual landscape dimension. 

So, play around with it and get high resolution images utilize the features that have available that you guys will do well I think even with just the basic tools that just showed you I think you guys will absolutely just crush it with your Canva game.

I have a program for you guys a free pdf download called the Ultimate Startup Checklist you can grab that if you are starting a business it is the absolute must have to make sure that you cross all of your boxes. 

 I will see you guys in the next one.

-CMH

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Proven One Click Upsell Strategy

Proven One Click Upsell Strategy

Proven One Click Upsell Strategy

Chris Michael Harris, Executive Producer

10/23/2020

In today’s episode, let’s talk about what a one click upsell is. This is what others referenced as an order bump.

Basically, it is the order form’s general layout. So typically, people enter their information. They will type in whatever data you want to record, which that’s totally up to you. 

You can have a email address confirmation to make sure that they did not enter an incorrect email and you don’t get accused of stealing from them.

In your order form, you should have to have a testimonials and a hundred percent guarantee, money-back guarantees, stuff like that. Then take them through your process regardless of whatever segment of your market that you’re trying to currently sell to. 

Have some images. It doesn’t have to be a stick figure, probably a hero image of your product or something that’s representative of what it is that you’re going to be adding to that. And add a short description.

Below the image is a add to the order button. It is where you entice your audience to add more products to their cart before they click buy. Play around with that and check your conversions and see what’s working, what’s not working. 

And I highly recommend Samcart for any industry. They have so many templates that you can plug and it’s also seamlessly integrated with a lot of different platforms. So it communicates well. 

Make sure that you have a good order form builder that people who understand that but another big benefit here is that you’re not going to worry about customer information. 

Let me tell you how you can select something that works for an order bump. What you want to go for is complementary to what it is that you’re selling. So it can’t be more of the same thing.

What you would do is you would sell them a course, even a mini-course. And then you would have a workbook that goes with it and basically the process or the thought process there should be this is what it is this helps you do it faster, or this helps you with putting something in place is going to augment your abilities to do it more expeditiously. 

If it’s a service, maybe there’s an additional service that people you want to add on. I used to have a moving company.

You could have added an order bump for a cleaning service. So after you move out, we’ll clean your apartment for you. It could be a potential one click upsell or an order bump.

Remember, you are not going to ruin your ability to make sales if a lot of people don’t take the one click upsell and just go on and complete the sale. But could have 20-40% of people who actually take that order bump. 

It’s very important when you’re talking about ad spend we’re talking about paid campaigns, or when you’re talking about just being more profitable overall and being able to outspend your competition rather, for being able to spend more to acquire the very same customer that your competition is out for.

If you want more information on this, I am pulling from the Dotcom Secrets by Russell Brunson. This will be one of those things that you reference all the time, but take notes on some potential ideas. 

The truth is always in the numbers. So you’ll always be able to find out what’s working. Give yourself at least 100 to 200 people if you can go through that funnel to get some raw and valid data to say if your order bump is working. 

All right, I’ll see you guys in the next one.

 

-CMH

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