How to Hire a Virtual Assistant (And Take Back Your Life)
Chris Michael Harris, Entrepreneur
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.
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.
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.