Have you use a virtual assistant?

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Hi i recently talked with a marketer and he commented me that he uses a virtual asistan when he need to find information, reports, studies about the market online. I wonder how many of you have used a virtual assistant before? and what is your experience with it?
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  • Profile picture of the author Maraun
    The experience is as good as your instructions and the amount you pay generally. If your instructions are vague or you leave stuff to open for decision by the VA, the VA will of course always take the faster/easier route. So state exactly what you want and what you want to pay in your job offer, look for people with good prior ratings (on platforms where this is applicable) and you should be good to go.
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  • Profile picture of the author stellaex
    getting a virtual assistant is good as compare to the money you pay but you must have good skills to determine the efficiency of that person.
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  • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
    I have used many, either for a project or paid by the month. I am about to hire another one but don't need a full time so I will find a partner that wants to split the cost. He can pay week one, me week two ect.

    I usually hire someone I have worked with in the past. I have paid for a full time, from 100 to 800 a month, I know large gap but I have been doing virtuals for many many years.

    The more they know the more it will cost you, so I try to find someone that, well lets say I'm doing blogs, I will find someone that can right and put up blogs, ect.

    Yes it is well worth it and if you can split the costs it is really worth it.

    Because I apparently can't right lol. No pun intended.
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  • Profile picture of the author danlew
    Virtual assistants are very limited in the areas of expertise they can specialise in.
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  • Profile picture of the author dereks
    odesk.com is the best place to find a virtual assistant. A few tips:

    1. Pay attention to feedback
    2. Have a trial period (with several candidates if needed)
    3. Pay after you've confirmed the work is completed correctly
    4. If you hire a VA for SEO, you MUST check the work, my experience is that SEO work for VA's is low quality

    Hope these help - good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
      Originally Posted by dereks View Post

      odesk.com is the best place to find a virtual assistant. A few tips:

      1. Pay attention to feedback
      2. Have a trial period (with several candidates if needed)
      3. Pay after you've confirmed the work is completed correctly
      4. If you hire a VA for SEO, you MUST check the work, my experience is that SEO work for VA's is low quality

      Hope these help - good luck!
      Yes I never give a free hand with seo for VA's that can get you into trouble, I give direction and they follow so I do not get banned.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Mobley
    What did you have in mind? Maybe we can get some better answers for you if we understand what you might be thinking about.

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    Originally Posted by sandradaniela View Post

    Hi i recently talked with a marketer and he commented me that he uses a virtual asistan when he need to find information, reports, studies about the market online. I wonder how many of you have used a virtual assistant before? and what is your experience with it?
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  • Profile picture of the author slickymedia
    Yes virtual assistants can be very useful for you. You can let them all the tiring and time consuming work and do the more important things and focus there instead. So that could bring you more and better profit. Because you just dont save time but money also because you can turn those extra time into something more profitable.

    If you need a VA just let me know I know a company who you can hire VA for 300USD to 400USD a month
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  • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
    They are great during a launch.
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  • Profile picture of the author ipro4ever
    Virtual Assistants do not become your employees or take over your business or projects. They are your partners in business, someone who can help you to maintain your business or projects better. The benefits of working with a Virtual Assistant are numerous. I have listed a few of the many benefits that you will gain when you work with a Virtual Assistant. Once you work with a Virtual Assistant you will find many more benefits.
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  • Profile picture of the author visimedia
    I'll use virtual assistant in near future because I want to focus to my strength, and delegate the rest..

    I got bad and good feedbacks about virtual assistant , so better you pick virtual assistant with good testimonials and friends recommendation...
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  • Profile picture of the author pennynickels
    I've run across several people who have (has) used a virtual assistant service and has been quite satisfied.

    As with any service, do your due-diligence up-front before deciding to go with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnchristopher
    I dont have any virtual assistant
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  • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
    They are very good if you do your research, try to find friends online or associates who could recomend one too you. O desk is also a good place to find someone and if you find a good one they can become good friends as well as work colleagues.
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  • Profile picture of the author seoampsteve
    It really depends on the fact that doing certain activity yourself is worth your time or not... Its good to have someone doing the work you feel is not worth it OR does not have a good ROI on your time.. oDesk is good or you can use some other time tracking tools as time doctor or hubStaff.... (Time tracking is a must if for performance management of VA's or other outsourced positions).... Best of Luck ...
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  • Profile picture of the author twentyone
    If you are in need of virtual assistants please PM me.

    Here are a list of things we can do and you can very much teach me some more specific tasks.
    Our VA's have good english communications and writing skills.

    Niche/ Keyword Research

    Competition Analysis

    On Page Optimization Advice

    Ranking Maintenance

    Link Building

    Social Bookmarking Submission

    Directory Submission

    Social Media Marketing

    Forum Signature Posting

    Press Release Submission

    Article Submission

    Blog Commenting

    Blog Reviews

    Web 2.0 LinkWheels

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    Data Entry

    Customer Service/HelpDesk

    Craigslist Posting

    Facebook and Social Network Marketing

    Twitter Marketing

    Classified Posting

    and other SEO/SEM and Link Building tasks.

    We are also capable of using softwares like TBS, SENUKE X, Scrapebox and others
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  • Profile picture of the author abbs
    That's a tough question to answer.

    From what I've seen, the level of success employers have with their virtual assistant boils down to a few factors:

    • finding the right virtual assistant: it takes a lot of people more than one attempt to find somebody they can work with. Some times a perfectly good worker cannot work with a perfectly good employer due to compatibility issues... go figure.
    • training: how much time you put in to train your VA on what you want done and how you want it done will be critical to the level of success you can have outsourcing key tasks.
    • payment: if you are going to pay a minimal fee, either quality or sustainability are likely to be compromised. No good VA will work for below-par wages for a long period of time, so you should not compromise on being fair with payment levels.
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  • Profile picture of the author JustinDupre
    Virtual Assistants are a must have if you regularly do routinary simple tasks daily. Instead of you doing it you can let your VA handle it. This frees up your time to handle the more important aspects of your business.
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  • Profile picture of the author mmansueto
    Using a virtual assistant is good or can be better as far as the job is get done and you're satisfied about it. As a Client you must have a constant communication with your VA to see how things are going on. You must choose intelligently, do a personal interview and ask for portfolios if you require expertise on the task you want to delegate. The cost is also something you would consider. Virtual Assistants have different rates, but that rate is not the basis of the quality of job they can provide. So would consider to balance your budget and skills you're looking for. I would recommend you to hire Filipinos not because I'm one of them but see for yourself. You can do a research about us, know the pros and cons before you decide.
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter Hansen
    A VA would save up the time you could consume on repetitive tasks. By that, you can then prioritize the more important ones and let the VA do the other. They would be of great help. But you have to ready the things they should do for everyday so that they can perform their work smoothly..

    Let me know if I can help you Warrior to Warrior.

    Good luck
    Peter
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