Looking For Virtual Assistant...Where is the best place to find them?

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Hi there, looking for good places to find quality virtual assistants. Someone great at web tasks, native english speaker with the ability to write very well for affordable prices. Where o where would I find such a person? All leads and resources you can think of are greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Nate
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  • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
    Originally Posted by natebunger View Post

    Hi there, looking for good places to find quality virtual assistants. Someone great at web tasks, native english speaker with the ability to write very well for affordable prices. Where o where would I find such a person? All leads and resources you can think of are greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

    Nate
    Hi natebunger,

    Have you tried http://www.odesk.com?

    Moreover, if you like to consider hiring Filipino Virtual Assistants then you should check these sites:

    Best Jobs Philippines :: Philippine job search, job bank, employment and recruitment
    Hire the best Filipino employees and virtual assistants the Philippines has to offer!

    You may check these sites as well, Replace Yourself In Your Business By Outsourcing To The Philippines and John Jonas on Living The 4-Hour Workweek for more information.

    You may PM me too if you need my help.

    More power to you!

    Cheers,
    Louie Tugas
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    • Profile picture of the author AnandPan
      hello,

      I am hoping you can help me, i am looking for a VA and have been using globalseos.com - i need someone that knows how to do proper SEO work for my sites. They were charging me $150 a month for 5.5 days - 8hours a day.

      Any help and support would be greatly appreciated.

      Please get in touch with me on my below details.

      Kind regards,
      Anand Pancholi

      Mobile: +44 (0)7803 959 116
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  • Profile picture of the author DianaHeuser
    Nate,

    Try Bev Mans at www.herodesk.com. She is AWESOME at all those tasks you mentioned. The best part is she is totally reliable.

    Di
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  • Profile picture of the author MegJones
    There's the forum section here where you can offer a job. Have you tried that? Lots of people looking for work these days.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    Odesk has always helped me out :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author MariusPrice
    Originally Posted by natebunger View Post

    Hi there, looking for good places to find quality virtual assistants. Someone great at web tasks, native english speaker with the ability to write very well for affordable prices. Where o where would I find such a person? All leads and resources you can think of are greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

    Nate
    Odesk is the best place, you can track your worker, have screen shots from his desktop and pay him only when he work.
    my 2 cents

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  • Profile picture of the author marketingva
    Hi,

    I always recommend IVAA - International Virtual Assistants Association. It's the trade association of Virtual Assistants and encompasses all countries. Keep in mind that you can find a Virtual Assistant in rural areas in the United States for a really low hourly rate.

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    • Profile picture of the author natebunger
      Originally Posted by marketingva View Post

      Hi,

      I always recommend IVAA - International Virtual Assistants Association. It's the trade association of Virtual Assistants and encompasses all countries. Keep in mind that you can find a Virtual Assistant in rural areas in the United States for a really low hourly rate.

      Bonnie
      What kind of rates are you talking? Where do you find those assistants in the rural US? Thanks for your post
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    • Profile picture of the author natebunger
      Originally Posted by JohnJonasVA View Post

      Bestjobs and onlinejobs.ph are really good places to look for a VA. But what web tasks are we talking about? You should be specific about that.
      Hi John Jonas, arent you the owner of onlinejobs.ph?

      And I was specific, I said I need someone that can write very well..Specifically sales copy. I used onlinejobs.ph awhile back, and although some were good, I wasn't sure about the quality of writing, at least not in copywriting, which requires a good grasp of using english slang effectively. I love the Philippines, and Filipino people, but they often can't write in a way that doesn't scream outsourced to a the Philippines.
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  • Profile picture of the author Go4DBest
    Originally Posted by natebunger View Post

    Hi there, looking for good places to find quality virtual assistants. Someone great at web tasks, native english speaker with the ability to write very well for affordable prices. Where o where would I find such a person? All leads and resources you can think of are greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

    Nate
    How about Fiverr? Or Warrior For Hire Section?

    I hope you could really find someone who could really meet your standards.
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  • Profile picture of the author maz1207
    Hi, i have tried odesk.com before. It's really good! You can pay worker for as low as $5 but that depends on the job that you re offering, you might get less bidder if you have less payment. Other than that, Guru.com, freelancer.com, and elance.com.
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  • Profile picture of the author SamuraiKat
    I have had quite a few good workers come through Odesk. One thing that you should consider though. VAs will all have their strengths and weaknesses. You are going to have a hard time if you are looking for a VA that is an extremely strong writer, SEO expert, social media guru, etc. for 5 dollars. That is going to be like hiring a US worker with the same criteria, then expecting them to work for minimum wage.
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  • Profile picture of the author richrowley
    I'd look around here, maybe post in the 'looking to hire' forum and go and try oDesk. I use that site a lot.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnjonas
    @Natebunger
    My VA told me I should respond to you.
    I have a girl who writes sales copy for me, but not IM sales copy.
    You can find really great writers in the Philippines, but if you're writing sales copy for clients you'd be better off finding someone in the US.
    I've tried all kinds of ways of getting copy written and, unless it's for a smaller market, I always come back to people in the US.

    As far as finding a VA to do it, maybe try craigslist? Ask for someone who enjoys writing. Have them write a short sales piece to see their propensity for sales.

    I've hired people on elance before for sales copy...mixed results.

    I have a training inside replacemyself.com for writing sales copy to help someone learn how to do it effectively. Might be helpful to you so you don't have to train them from the ground up.

    John
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    • Profile picture of the author natebunger
      Originally Posted by johnjonas View Post

      @Natebunger
      My VA told me I should respond to you.
      I have a girl who writes sales copy for me, but not IM sales copy.
      You can find really great writers in the Philippines, but if you're writing sales copy for clients you'd be better off finding someone in the US.
      I've tried all kinds of ways of getting copy written and, unless it's for a smaller market, I always come back to people in the US.

      As far as finding a VA to do it, maybe try craigslist? Ask for someone who enjoys writing. Have them write a short sales piece to see their propensity for sales.

      I've hired people on elance before for sales copy...mixed results.

      I have a training inside replacemyself.com for writing sales copy to help someone learn how to do it effectively. Might be helpful to you so you don't have to train them from the ground up.

      John
      Ok, thanks John, those tips in line with my thinking..I appreciate it.
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    • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
      Originally Posted by johnjonas View Post

      @Natebunger
      My VA told me I should respond to you.
      I have a girl who writes sales copy for me, but not IM sales copy.
      You can find really great writers in the Philippines, but if you're writing sales copy for clients you'd be better off finding someone in the US.
      I've tried all kinds of ways of getting copy written and, unless it's for a smaller market, I always come back to people in the US.

      As far as finding a VA to do it, maybe try craigslist? Ask for someone who enjoys writing. Have them write a short sales piece to see their propensity for sales.

      I've hired people on elance before for sales copy...mixed results.

      I have a training inside replacemyself.com for writing sales copy to help someone learn how to do it effectively. Might be helpful to you so you don't have to train them from the ground up.

      John
      I am an avid fan of you, Sir John Jonas. Thanks for helping my fellow Filipinos and our country as a whole.
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      • Profile picture of the author piinc
        Hi there. Have tried a outsourced VA from a company before only to learn they weren't working for me full time. Would like to learn what you offer that's different as well as pricing.
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      • Profile picture of the author piinc
        Originally Posted by magiclouie View Post

        I am an avid fan of you, Sir John Jonas. Thanks for helping my fellow Filipinos and our country as a whole.
        Hi there. Have tried a outsourced VA from a company before only to learn they weren't working for me full time. Would like to learn what you offer that's different as well as pricing.
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        • Profile picture of the author robp12
          Hey Nate,

          Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income did a great podcast interview about outsourcing, virtual assistants and where to hire them. I highly recommend checking out the podcast HERE. Giving it a listen should definitely help you make a more informed decision about where to hire a VA!

          Take it easy man,
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  • Profile picture of the author bo4610
    Originally Posted by natebunger View Post

    Hi there, looking for good places to find quality virtual assistants. Someone great at web tasks, native english speaker with the ability to write very well for affordable prices. Where o where would I find such a person? All leads and resources you can think of are greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

    Nate
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  • Profile picture of the author JeremiahSay
    Personally, I like onlinejobs.ph and odesk..

    Different people have different preference, some like elance, others don't.. some like odesk, some don't.. you just have to see which one you like the most.. and stick with it..
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  • Profile picture of the author Victoralexon
    Try these:

    - www.odesk.com
    - www.freelancer.com
    - www.guru.com
    - www.elance.com
    - www.vworker.com

    You could also try looking in the 'Warriors for Hire' section, or even possibly starting your own thread in the 'Wanted - Members Looking To Hire You' section.
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  • Profile picture of the author cmcc360
    Check out Elance. Worked with some good folks out there!
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  • Profile picture of the author piinc
    It's a tricky situation with Google's latest update. How do you verify your VA or VA firm you hire is familiar with what works "now"?
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  • Profile picture of the author tchavez
    You should really check odesk.com.. sign up there and use the search box to search for contractors. You'll see lots of VA's that has high ratings..
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  • Profile picture of the author Noel Cunningham
    I got my VA from john's service and so far so good.

    Very polite, competent and gets her work done. Can't complain
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  • Profile picture of the author yjtung
    you can find a good va almost anywhere. the most important thing is screening for a good, competent worker. Usually when hiring outsourcers, its good to have a 30-40 minute skype interview to get a feel for them and see if they meet your needs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tadresources
    A year or two ago I would have said freelancer, but they seems to have gone down hill in recent months. Odesk is pretty reliable, and Guru.com also.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikelukjaniec
    You'll find a lot in network events. Just contact the organizers and I'm sure they'll put you in touch with some good ones!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jyotijain
    vworker.com is a good site for virtual worker, i also have account on this site, and continuously getting work from this site. I am a seo , if any one have task for me please PM.
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  • I would recommend oDesk for hiring but make sure you do a thorough interview before you hire.
    Also I always like to make sure that people read my job description before applying by getting them to include something in their cover letter. Then you can easily file through the people who are worthwhile looking at.
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  • Profile picture of the author loi77
    I use Odesk for smaller projects.

    To hire VA full time try onlinejobs.ph.

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Thompson
    If you are looking for a freelancer, you've seen plenty of recommendations already.

    If you want to help your business with a full time permanent virtual staff member, then you need to avoid freelance sites.

    LOTS of great advice in the free training manual you'll get here:
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    (Sign up and it will be in your "training" tab)

    Otherwise you can use sites such as Craigslist, VirtualStaffFinder, OnlineJobs.ph, BestJobs.ph, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author piinc
    What was your experience with globalseos?
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  • Profile picture of the author johnpriceonline
    If you want to use a great time tracking software then start with Odesk. When you're ready to hire full-time use bestjobs.ph - I've found Odesk to be the best starter kit when you're getting started. When you use bestjobs.ph you'll be most likely paying for the entire month and you need to be ready to keep them accountable for their time.
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  • Profile picture of the author piinc
    onlinejobs.ph, be prepared to definitely keep an eye on where their spending their time. Many times they're working for multiple employers but charging you for their full time.
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  • Profile picture of the author niceguy36
    I can recommend bestjobs.ph and elance.com

    I'm using both. Bestjobs.ph for easy repetitive tasks, and elance for things that I can't do on my own (for example, content writing in specific niches, such as insurance)

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  • Profile picture of the author Scott E
    you get the best bang for your buck with odesk for sure
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  • Profile picture of the author krad32
    Mostly, virtual assistant can be found from freelancing sites like oDesk.com, Elance.com, Guru.com and etc. However, if you are hiring virtual assistant from job sites like Monster.com it could be a mistake for your business. Always keep in mind that it is easy to hire virtual assistants but it is difficult to hire the right one for the job. A quick tip when hiring virtual assistants, give a short test that is related to the job that will test not only their written English but also their problem solving skills. You can also check Staff.com for full time virtual assistant in a low cost.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    I have found some of my best VAs locally. No, I'm not kidding. I look for someone who has a GOOD attitude and is TRAINABLE. Some of my best VAs have been single mothers and college students. I placed free ads my local universities a few years ago and I've never looked back.

    Yes, I had to interview quite a few people, but it was well worth the work. Sites like Odesk.com, guru.com, eLance.com, Craiglist.com, and the Warrior-For-Hire sections have garnered some solid VAs.

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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    I know a lot of people who have hired fantastic quality VAs on vWorker.com: How work gets done. Guaranteed! I would strongly suggest you register there and post a project, and see what kind of a response you get.

    You should be careful when you hire someone though - ratings play a huge huge factor in determining whether someone can do a long term VAing job. The level of success you will have in hiring a VA is fully dependent on how intelligent you are in your selection and interviewing process.

    A lot of people say people from developing countries are not fluent in English, but from my experience, I have to disagree with such a general statement. Many of them do not have a problem the the English language. It's your job to test them and see if they know English or if they are just copy-pasting a default proposal to bid on your job.
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    • There are many good resources for finding a virtual assistant. Whether you use Elance, oDesk or a private company, you should focus on finding a VA who suits your needs and your budget. Create a clear job description and determine how you will evaluate the candidates. Make sure you hire a VA with good English skills. Some websites let you look at your VA's screen to make sure they are working on your projects. If you want to find a reliable VA, consider hiring one from a specialized company.
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  • Profile picture of the author jocgrtgvds
    f you would like to consider hiring Filipino Virtual Assistants then you should check these sites
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  • Profile picture of the author Stephanie1
    One of the best ways to find a good virtual assistant is to ask around and get some real recommendations.
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter Hansen
    You can find some at oDesk. But you need to choose wisely.

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

    Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author rblagahit
    i can recommend blackhatassitant.com, it's a filipino community of VA's hence, a few of you knows how filipino's. Though some are hard to manage, but it's true to all geo-locations.
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  • Profile picture of the author greenowl123
    I mainly use Fiverr providers, but I suppose you could find people by placing ads on CL or Backpage. I bet you could find some good people that way. With so many people (educated people) unemployed in this bad economy I am sure you could find someone and train them easily.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zend
    I believe oDesk assistant can help with your trivial work. There are many people out there will gladly help your with the right fee. oDesk freelance is usually lives in Filipino, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, etc. so the fee is quite low. Set a detailed target and how to do it, set the hourly wage. Always ready to answer their question, get a good feedback, and maybe find another one for trial.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bared
      Originally Posted by Zend View Post

      I believe oDesk assistant can help with your trivial work. There are many people out there will gladly help your with the right fee. oDesk freelance is usually lives in Filipino, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, etc. so the fee is quite low. Set a detailed target and how to do it, set the hourly wage. Always ready to answer their question, get a good feedback, and maybe find another one for trial.

      We also provide VA fulltime or parttime, if you concern please contact me via sky: linda.kaly
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  • Profile picture of the author rblagahit
    you can try blackhatassistant.com. majority are filipinos still worth the buck
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  • Profile picture of the author MatthewWoodward
    Personally I use onlniejobs.ph and this is how I go about things

    1) make a list of possible candidates and send them a template email with some basic questions

    2) from the responses you know who is worth speaking to further

    3) of those people I give them a paid test (for content spinners for example I give them a 1 hour training video and pay them to spin an article for me)

    4) From those, you usuallys find 1 or 2 gems to carve into diamonds with extra training
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    • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
      Originally Posted by MatthewWoodward View Post

      Personally I use onlniejobs.ph and this is how I go about things

      1) make a list of possible candidates and send them a template email with some basic questions

      2) from the responses you know who is worth speaking to further

      3) of those people I give them a paid test (for content spinners for example I give them a 1 hour training video and pay them to spin an article for me)

      4) From those, you usuallys find 1 or 2 gems to carve into diamonds with extra training
      Nicely answered
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  • Profile picture of the author Weedy92
    Easyoutsource is pretty good..
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  • Profile picture of the author Geri Richmond
    Hi Nate,
    There are people on Twitter who are VA's. The ones I've spoken to are English speaking, however, they are pricey.
    You're best bet is Elance or Odesk and also, Fiverr has some good VA's.
    Good luck in your search.
    Geri Richmond
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