123employee outsourcing company?

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Hello has anyone used this outsourcing company 123employee? Just saw a webinar and looked at their site seems expensive. Just curious if anyone has a comment about them good or bad.
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  • Profile picture of the author kensloan
    Yup. Been with them for a few years now. They are AWESOME! My VA Lloyd is great. I recommend their New Wealth deal where they do everything for you, sales page, articles, content etc. I paid 2K, but you may be able to get it for less if you search around a bit. I've made a lot of money from my VA. Good stuff!
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  • Profile picture of the author Joey Montez
    123 Employee is an extremely dependable Outsourcing company. As a VP of Sales I've worked with multiple outsourcing companies and nothing compares to the work ethics and price structure. Daven Michaels, CEO is also someone who is great to work with and will make time to find out what your specific needs are, and get his team on it.

    What I like about our VA:

    If our VA is ever unavailable for a holiday or training he gives us ample notice. Our VA is always punctual if not early to the start of his shift. In the beginning, training and patience is a must if your looking to get a solid ROI. Our VA's timeliness is great as well. Completeness of his daily agenda's are solid. What I like even more so is that our VA doesn't get stuck on things and twiddle his thumbs. He always knows how to find more work when he finishes one thing. He's asking questions when in doubt, which his manager greatly appreciates. The interpersonal skills of the our VA and staff are also quite pleasant and refreshing. They really care about the growth of your business and will do whatever it takes to go above and beyond for you.

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  • Profile picture of the author hockeybull22
    Almost $1,000 a month is very high for an SEO, VA, writer, or programmer...

    For a standard VA with basic seo skills I pay $250-$300 a month
    For an expert SEO person, I pay $300-$400 a month
    For a great writer I pay around $350
    And a good designer or programmer gets around $400-$600 from me...

    Although, if you don't want to go through all the time to train someone, it might be best to pay premium price for a VA
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    • Profile picture of the author Dave Lianelli
      Originally Posted by hockeybull22 View Post

      Almost $1,000 a month is very high for an SEO, VA, writer, or programmer...

      For a standard VA with basic seo skills I pay $250-$300 a month
      For an expert SEO person, I pay $300-$400 a month
      For a great writer I pay around $350
      And a good designer or programmer gets around $400-$600 from me...

      Although, if you don't want to go through all the time to train someone, it might be best to pay premium price for a VA
      An 'expert' SEO person charges at least $400 per HOUR. Same goes for a 'great' writer.

      It's all got to do with what kind of quality you expect... For a full-time employee, $1000 is rather cheap.

      Don't get me wrong, there's always cheaper options. But compare it to hiring a local person. It would cost you his/her salary X 3. (Taxes, bookkeeping, health insurance benefits, retirement funds etc included)

      At least you should expect a higher standard of work from someone that costs you $1000 per month compared to those charging $200-300.
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    • Profile picture of the author longseo
      Originally Posted by hockeybull22 View Post

      Almost $1,000 a month is very high for an SEO, VA, writer, or programmer...

      For a standard VA with basic seo skills I pay $250-$300 a month
      For an expert SEO person, I pay $300-$400 a month
      For a great writer I pay around $350
      And a good designer or programmer gets around $400-$600 from me...

      Although, if you don't want to go through all the time to train someone, it might be best to pay premium price for a VA
      What do you think with the price of $5 per hour?
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  • Profile picture of the author davenolan
    I'm a fairly new 123 client. My partner turned me onto them. He has been very happy with them. So far so good!
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  • Profile picture of the author wcmylife
    Prices are a bit high, I use my VA to write content and do article submissions for $500 a month and it's quality stuff. PM me if you need a reliable VA's email.
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    • Profile picture of the author samuelseeto
      Originally Posted by wcmylife View Post

      Prices are a bit high, I use my VA to write content and do article submissions for $500 a month and it's quality stuff. PM me if you need a reliable VA's email.
      Hi, I am thinking of using 123employee. Could you please inform and email me of good contacts you already know that are reliable with doing things? info(at)samuelseeto(dot)com

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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Garret
        I met Daven at last years Infusion conference in Scottsdale AZ. Very nice guy and has his stuff together.

        Never used his services yet but I am on his mailing lists... :p

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  • Profile picture of the author Peter Kolat
    I've done outsourcing before and let me tell you, it's not as fun as one would think. One of the main problems many people face when outsourcing is actually finding the right person who will ACTUALLY DO the job they say they'll do.

    How do I know this?

    I've worked with many companies and individuals when it comes to outsourcing and had some interesting experiences. After all of this, I can tell you one thing. When it comes to VA, the good old saying: "You get what you pay for" is pretty true.

    You can certainly find a cheap VA that will do stuff for you for $3-$5 an hour but they also come with a lot of excuses and delays. For instance, have you ever heard: "My internet went down because of..." Well, I have.

    123employee might be on the expensive side but they are very reliable. You won't have to worry about when or the job is done because they're trained and actually do what they say they'll do.

    Ultimately, I think you need to look at the numbers. If a VA who costs you $500/mo does his/her job well to a point where you're getting quality traffic that converts into sales and you make profit, then I would go with that VA.

    Heck, if my VA is making me $2 for every $1 I invest in him/her, I'm paying them. At least that's how I look at it. Good luck with whatever company you end up using but I would definitely consider using 123empolyee.

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    • Profile picture of the author ZNICK
      They're the real deal...

      They're a little more expensive than if you want to find, train, manage, etc., on your own, but if you just want to tell them "I need this", work a little with your VA to get them up to speed on your site (or whatever) then let them run with it, they're the best.

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  • Profile picture of the author ELVISTHEPELVIS
    Hmmm....3 separate new users who all decided for their very first post to sing the praises of 123employee outsourcing.

    Interesting? Why yes it is.

    Coincidence? Not sure, what do you think?
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      ELVISTHEPELVIS,

      Good eye!



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    • Profile picture of the author BrianNC
      Originally Posted by ELVISTHEPELVIS View Post

      Hmmm....3 separate new users who all decided for their very first post to sing the praises of 123employee outsourcing.

      Interesting? Why yes it is.

      Coincidence? Not sure, what do you think?
      Definitely a thread created as a commercial for 123. Glad they did though. I never heard of them. Filing this away for future use.
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  • Profile picture of the author Geoff1
    I have worked with the owner Daven Michaels and have nothing but the highest regard for him and his organization.

    I have personally been AMAZINGLY unsuccessful outsourcing on my own. I probably come from a different perspective then others. Most all outsourcing I have done on my own has been a nightmare... I seem to be the odd ball in that regard. Perhaps I'm just really demanding.

    Anyhow, I don't care about price, I care about value. How much is my return. I mean we can all hire $2.00 employees all day that make us NO money and charge a cheap price...is that best for you? How you run your business and what you decide is the proper pricing is a personal decision.

    I just look at amount I get in return... That is the KEY number in my business, the ROI. When it comes to Daven Michaels I give him and his organization two thumbs up.

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  • Profile picture of the author habibj
    I called 123employee several times over a month period and I could not get their sales department to call me back. I have even tried to reach them on Skype and I have received the run around. I even emailed Daven Michaels directly and he said that he would handle it and after several emails to him I never got anywhere. My guess is they are at 100% capacity.

    Any other recommendations?
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    • Profile picture of the author filthypunk
      Originally Posted by habibj View Post

      I called 123employee several times over a month period and I could not get their sales department to call me back. I have even tried to reach them on Skype and I have received the run around. I even emailed Daven Michaels directly and he said that he would handle it and after several emails to him I never got anywhere. My guess is they are at 100% capacity.

      Any other recommendations?
      Consider Duet Support (duetsupport.com).
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  • Profile picture of the author Mbullard
    Be careful with them. I know the guy that actually wrote a majority of 123employee's content, and he still hasn't been paid by Daven. Yet the product is available. Hmm....
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  • Profile picture of the author jasono
    Never heard of them. When hiring VAs it's actually best to interview them and give them some tasks to evaluate their performance. It's also true that you always get what you pay for. Paying cheap? Are you expecting any quality results from that? Of course you also have to manage VAs especially those whom you are paying much.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vitus
    123employee is terrible!! I used them for a couple of months and had to micro-manage the employee. That wouldn't be a problem, if she had learned the stuff, but she didn't...

    The I caught her cheating and lying about time, so the management they have in place is rather weak...

    I came across another guy the other day who really goes a long way in finding people and oversees them really well in his office.

    If you want, check out www.hireinthephilippines.com (I'm not affiliated to them in any way, shape, or form, Bobby just provided awesome service for us and found really competent people!!)

    This is NOT an affiliate link!
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    • Profile picture of the author BOWarrior
      Originally Posted by Vitus View Post

      123employee is terrible!! I used them for a couple of months and had to micro-manage the employee. That wouldn't be a problem, if she had learned the stuff, but she didn't...

      The I caught her cheating and lying about time, so the management they have in place is rather weak...

      I came across another guy the other day who really goes a long way in finding people and oversees them really well in his office.

      If you want, check out www.hireinthephilippines.com (I'm not affiliated to them in any way, shape, or form, Bobby just provided awesome service for us and found really competent people!!)

      This is NOT an affiliate link!
      The link you listed above is now a search place holder page. Maybe delete this post.
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  • Profile picture of the author Keystone101
    Does anyone know anything about the book Daven is writing/promoting. It looked interesting so I ordered a copy. Since then I get sales emails etc...but no response to why I have not had a response from them...no bonus downloads...in fact nada!...From where I sit it's a scam
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevinhoss
    I can refer remotestaff.com.au and I am not affiliated or anything with them. I have used their services and so far, I only have good feedback.
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    • Profile picture of the author lerxtjr
      So, just to provide a current comment on this post, I discovered this post as I was searching for "problem with 123employee" before contacting them to possibly sign-up. I saw Daven present just this past weekend at JVAlert in Denver. Sure sounded good and is good in concept. Some of these issues have me curious and when I called the sales phone number, I just heard music as if I was on support hold. This went on for about 10 minutes and I gave up. Guess I have to call during different hours or something, I don't know.

      What really freaked me out was on some hate site, a lady said the person she got hooked up with at 123 kept calling her wanting her to hire her direct instead of working through 123. That sure sounds scary to me knowing that person probably had access to several usernames and passwords, y'know?

      I guess with 123 the success of its use is really going to wind up being which person you get setup with. Scared of that crap shoot huh.
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  • Profile picture of the author mediamarket
    Personally ive never head of it,I would go with the reliable source, freelancer, elance, etc.
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    • Profile picture of the author Geri Richmond
      Hi,
      Would you please PM me about the outsourcing companies that are good or that you trust and have dealt with?
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        • Profile picture of the author BizQ
          Originally Posted by Leinfinito View Post

          Hi Geri, if your are referring to me, I already sent a PM to you just now.
          I would like the information too please.
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      • Profile picture of the author mjoyd
        Originally Posted by mediamarket View Post

        Personally ive never head of it,I would go with the reliable source, freelancer, elance, etc.
        I would do this too, if I were you.

        Originally Posted by Geri Richmond View Post

        Hi,
        Would you please PM me about the outsourcing companies that are good or that you trust and have dealt with?
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        This comparison will probably give you an idea on how these outsourcing sites are performing and important information about each site.
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  • Profile picture of the author HumbleGuy
    Never heard of them before, it's at times a good option to create a direct working relationship with someone you know does a good job. Search around at forums or freelancing sites, that might help too.
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  • I personally pay $300 a month and my VA does everything. You can find people like this for free on easyoutsource, post what you're looking for and how much you're willing to pay...then watch the applications roll in.
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    • Profile picture of the author aarontardos
      I have used 123 Employee. The virtual assistant I worked with was friendly and hard-working. As with any virtual assistant it takes time and patience to train them on the specifics of what you need, but she already had the basic skills that I needed so it didn't take that long to get her up to speed.
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  • Profile picture of the author TryBPO
    In my opinion, there's something sleazy going on with this company. They charge premium pricing, but run a chop-shop on the back end. Their office we went to here in the Philippines seemed poorly managed and they cut costs (and employee wages) every chance they get, according to a few reports I've heard.

    As far as I could tell, it wasn't even their office. They were hanging a sign over the other company's sign and pretending to be them...photo-op maybe? Something fishy going on here, for sure...
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      Well the reviews said that it is a good company.
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  • Profile picture of the author NextMediaJoe
    Go to one of their seminars, if you stay all three days you get to try one of their VA's for a month.

    I use VA's in my biz everyday, the VA they provided wasn't too impressive. I told them I wanted someone to do appointment setting, the person they gave me was nice but we weren't getting any results. I asked to get recordings of her attempts, it took a while but they finally got them to me after about a week. Te VA was veering from the script and was pretty terrible on the phone.

    So we switched her to a different task, gathering leads for our salesmen to call/visit, but she was extremely slow!! We tried to get her to do a few other things but we were just not happy with the quality of the VA.

    Like I said we have our own VA's that we use and they are fantastic!! I think the problem is you don't really get to interview and select your own VA, they were basically assigned to us. When we hire our own VA there is an intensive three tiered interview process, which works very well.

    So it seems it kinda hit and miss from what I can see from the reviews coupled with my own experience. But like I said go to one of their seminars, it was fun and informative. And if you stay all three days you get a free month of service to try it out!
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  • 123employee i always on point I have a whole staff and one of the best va managers.
    I never been let down or had any issues. I rate 123employee 5 stars!
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    I simply loved the services of fomaxtech.com and I am really happy how they worked for my website. After 3 months I was in better position, Ranking has improved, got targeted traffic.
    So I recommend Fomax.
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    • Originally Posted by cdeepak035 View Post

      I simply loved the services of fomaxtech.com and I am really happy how they worked for my website. After 3 months I was in better position, Ranking has improved, got targeted traffic.
      So I recommend Fomax.

      I agree with you man! big shout out to 123employee

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      • Profile picture of the author Alex Blades
        At least you should expect a higher standard of work from someone that costs you $1000 per month compared to those charging $200-300.
        I'm sure they are using these same $200-300 a month V.A, with the only difference being that these are all organized under one roof

        After looking at some of the replies on this thread, I am pretty sure they are using their own V.A's to write good reviews about their own service
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  • Profile picture of the author DoyleW
    I have paid 123 Employee AKA The Seminar Solutions $6000.00 since 06/11/14 to Partner with Daven and be in his Tribe Building Program where I was to receive a complete functioning Website, Blog, Sales Funnel, a business set up and highly popular with initial offering, upsell that leads my "Tribe" to my marketing funnel.

    What I have received is a website template and was told this is "My" business so I should be responsible for creating all of the content needed, Domain and Hosting Blah blah blah.....No Refunds.

    You Decide now if you want to invest with 123employee. Help appreciated getting my money back.
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      didnt they tell you that before you started?
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  • Profile picture of the author jamespitt
    A great outsourcing company to use is Carve - oddly enough I popped into their office yesterday. I was really amazed by how professional and well-run everything was. I used them last year for a while, and had good results. I normally just hire my own guys, but I don't think you'll be able to find a better outsourcing company. Tom, the guy who runs the company is really top-notch.
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