Cheapest way to legally hire an English speaking assitant?

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Hey guys,

I already have a team of well paid staff at my my London office in the city but I require an assistant for tasks. Somebody that I can talk to over Skype and give them tasks, paid for per hour. To be honest they are quite repepeititve. Like posting articles and such but I think it would be a nice little job for somebody. Especially abroad where they do not earn much. Some may call it taking advantage but I don't see how. I think helping somebody is helping somebody. Regardless of ideals.

I have already been looking at Fiverr but I was hoping to see some alternatives.

Thanks in advance for any genuine advice you may be able to offer.
#assitant #cheapest #english #hire #legally #speaking
  • Profile picture of the author twister85
    You can post an ad about your offer in the Wanted - Members Looking To Hire You Forum. I'am pretty much sure that you'll get decent appeal from people to work for you. good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author Alex Mensah
      Originally Posted by twister85 View Post

      You can post an ad about your offer in the Wanted - Members Looking To Hire You Forum. I'am pretty much sure that you'll get decent appeal from people to work for you. good luck!
      Im sure a lot of people just starting out online would want to take advantage of your opportunity because not only are they getting paid but they would be learning some things about IM at the same time.
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  • Profile picture of the author teresarothaar
    I don't think it's "taking advantage," either. In 3rd World nations, as little as $300-$500/month is a decent salary that affords a middle-class standard of living. Applicants in those countries are willing to work for $1.00/hour because that's the going wage in their country.

    However, if you're going to hire abroad, make sure the applicant really can speak English before agreeing to contract with them. I've seen foreign workers claim to be "fluent" in English, but they speak it about as well as I do Spanish (and the average Spanish-speaking 2-year-old smokes me). OTOH, I've seen foreign workers who have better English skills than most Americans.

    The importance of their fluency in English also depends on what you're having them do. It's not as important for someone who is doing easy, rote tasks to be 100% fluent as it is for, say, a copywriter, or someone who will be making lots of phone calls or conversing online with English-speaking customers.

    You might want to look at oDesk. You can specify that you will only consider applicants who have passed the English language skills tests on the site; further, you can insist on a Skype interview before hiring the applicant.
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    • Profile picture of the author hsbinmarket
      Originally Posted by teresarothaar View Post


      Applicants in those countries are willing to work for $1.00/hour because that's the going wage in their country.
      Madam Terresa,
      This is not true that $1/hour is the going wage in 3rd world countries. When u dont find work u will also work for $1/hour for living.
      God saved u that u dont face this reality.

      We are not happy with your one dollar, but work for living with pain in heart becoz we know we are selling our valuable skill for very cheap rate but no way.
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  • Profile picture of the author DTGeorge
    Originally Posted by GaryCarlyle View Post

    Hey guys,

    I already have a team of well paid staff at my my London office in the city but I require an assistant for tasks. Somebody that I can talk to over Skype and give them tasks, paid for per hour. To be honest they are quite repepeititve. Like posting articles and such but I think it would be a nice little job for somebody. Especially abroad where they do not earn much. Some may call it taking advantage but I don't see how. I think helping somebody is helping somebody. Regardless of ideals.

    I have already been looking at Fiverr but I was hoping to see some alternatives.

    Thanks in advance for any genuine advice you may be able to offer.
    Call a spade a spade and don't come with the "I'm doing the person I'm employing a favour" BS.

    If you are looking to get the cheapest possible labour source so that you can make more money then that's one thing.

    However, it really and truly pisses me off when people are trying to go cheap and use the excuse that they are still "helping" some poor Phillipino or Indian worker.

    You're not doing this out of the goodness of your own heart, you're doing this because it is beneficial to YOU. The fact that someone else is also benefiting is completely a secondary by product to your personal/business benefit.
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    • Profile picture of the author GaryCarlyle
      Originally Posted by DTGeorge View Post

      Call a spade a spade and don't come with the "I'm doing the person I'm employing a favour" BS.

      If you are looking to get the cheapest possible labour source so that you can make more money then that's one thing.

      However, it really and truly pisses me off when people are trying to go cheap and use the excuse that they are still "helping" some poor Phillipino or Indian worker.

      You're not doing this out of the goodness of your own heart, you're doing this because it is beneficial to YOU. The fact that someone else is also benefiting is completely a secondary by product to your personal/business benefit.
      On the contrary, unless you are a mind reader, you do not know what I am thinking. The tasks I have that need doing are so simple I could code PHP myself to do it in less than a few hours but I enjoy empowering human beings when I can. Plus human beings have unique ideas. PHP doesn't.
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  • Profile picture of the author curationsoft
    you can hire skilled assistants on odesk or freelancer. there are many of them looking for someone like you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brian Tayler
    oDesk and look at the English Skills test (as Teresa said). You aren't taking advantage of anyone... and I don't think anyone sensible would see it that way. If someone is looking for work, and someone is looking to provide work, and both parties are happy with the conditions... then nothing else should matter (outside of labor laws of course).

    As an aside, some oDesk tests can be really easy (and to make matters worse some people post 'cheats' online). I don't consider myself a great English writer by any means but I am a born/raised American boy with an Associates in English and scored the following on oDesk's speech/language related tests:

    Source: https://www.odesk.com/users/speciali...c969d8762b4a19
    Email Etiquette Certification 4.85 Top 10% 14 min Details
    Internet Marketing 4.90 Top 10% 10 min Details
    Telephone Etiquette Certification 4.55 Top 10% 13 min Details
    Office Skills 4.40 Top 10% 22 min Details
    Social Media Marketing 4.50 Top 10% 18 min Details
    Advertising Skills Certification 3.40 Top 10% 7 min Details
    Business Strategy 4.25 Top 20% 24 min Details
    U.S. English Basic Skills 4.10 Top 20% 19 min Details
    Management Skills 3.10 Top 30% 31 min Details
    Search Engine Optimization 3.10 Top 30% 30 min Details
    Online Article Writing and Blogging Test (U.S. Version) 4.10 Top 30% 21 min Details
    English Spelling Test (U.S. Version) 4.75 Top 30% 18 min Details
    Customer Service 4.25 Top 30% 15 min Details

    (I'm not listing these to brag, because again I don't consider myself a good writer at all... I'm listing them so you can compare an average skill-set of an American-raised worker with standard English education [who is also bad at test taking] against other applicants you come across).
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    • Profile picture of the author owais211
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      You can try odesk.com, One of the biggest freelancing sites. Signup as a client and post your prefer job description.

      Before hiring your virtual assistant always check their odesk hours, work history and feedback. This will save you from hiring those under qualified contractors.
      One great feature in odesk is the certification or tests, this will give you an upper hand in choosing the right contractors.

      Good luck mate,
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  • If you're looking to hire someone as an employee, not a freelancer, then I recommend hiring a VA fulltime like through Onlinejobs.ph. They have experienced VAs there that pretty much know what to expect from employers.
    $300-$500 is a good starting wage for experienced VAs. But if you want, you can also give benefits expected by Filipino employees like 13th month bonus or a little extra to pay for social security and health insurance =) Just saying
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  • Profile picture of the author pintara3
    Look at Odesk, find someone with a minimum of 500 hours experience on odesk
    Look at feed back.
    Set them some sort of test
    interview them over skype.
    It may take a few interviews to get the right person, but it's definitelly worth it

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  • Profile picture of the author hsbinmarket
    Look in oDesk.com !
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  • Profile picture of the author joaquin112
    For some reason people from the Philippines tend to be great VAs. They also speak better English than most other Asians. Just something to keep in mind.
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  • Profile picture of the author jckung
    Agreed with joaquin. If you are on a budget. VA's from the Philippines are the best followed by India.
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  • Profile picture of the author bwh1
    I've heard good things from onlinejobs.ph

    I'm not yet in position the get a full VA but that's my place when I'm ready as they speak perfect English and are well educated and like to work.

    G.
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