I’ve been working with virtual assistants for years. There are a ton of business tasks I can’t stand doing because they take an immense amount of time and aren’t the things I need to be doing to push my company forward. Some of the tasks are data entry, scanning business cards, internet research, product comparison reviews. I don’t mind video editing, but it just takes so much time so I outsource that as well sometimes.
It all started when I stumbled upon elance way before outsourcing became main stream with books like “4 Hour Work Week”. I was trying to keep up with a ton of events and spending the time to find them and paste them into excel was driving me crazy so I searched for an administrative team on elance. I found the most incredible virtual assistant out of India who still works with me today. Since then I have used everything from Get Friday to Ask Sunday to oDesk to Task Rabbit to Zaarly.
Most people have all these concerns about being ripped off. There are definite rules to follow to make sure one, I hire a quality person/team and two, they will be loyal and communicate well.
Some of the tasks I have outsourced over the years… web development to the Ukraine, data entry to India, internet research to the Philippines, video editing to the mid west, book keeping to Canada, application development to India, high level mathematics to Spain, web design to Spain, video animation and the list goes on…
My funniest experience outsourcing was when I was dealing with scanning a ton of business cards. My in house assistant was scanning the cards into my computer, but they had text errors so she had to spend extra time correcting them for me. In order to reduce costs I had my team in India log into my computer using LogMeIn during the night and correct the scans rather than having her spend time doing it. The whole thing was just nuts. Luckily soon thereafter I discovered Shoeboxed one of my favorite companies for organizing business cards and receipts.
My friends are always asking me how I find these assistants. Like last week one friend asked me how he can have someone send 300 emails for him for a flat $500 dollars. I decided to write a cheat sheet like cliff notes to make it easy to do it yourself if you’d like. ebooks take too long to read so I wanted to create something I myself would find fast, simple, easy to implement and effective.
I put together step by steps instructions to follow which includes videos and mind maps. It’s really cool.
Here it is the Outsourcing Cheat Sheet
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All love and magic… me