Mission Statement: I’m Gonna Change the Mindset of a Generation of Entrepreneurs!

by Chris C. Ducker · 60 comments

cd-australia13In the last 7-days I’ve put on a keynote presentation and a private workshop in Australia where I had the pleasure to personally speak to, and with, hundreds of entrepreneurs on the subject of outsourcing, working with VA’s and building virtual teams.

I figure about only 30% of those that I met and got to converse with on the subject are already working with virtual assistants.

The rest are either about to pull the trigger, or probably never will, for one reason or another – hey, I’m not a mind reader, but I DO know that us entrepreneurs can be a strange breed from time to time!

Throughout the course of the entire week I kept asking myself one question:

Why haven’t they got started yet?

I mean, personally, I know the power behind outsourcing and building virtual teams of highly skilled workers, so it’s a no-brainer for me, but what about these other guys?

I asked many of them this exact question, and these were some of the answers I received:

  • Scared of losing control.
  • Don’t know how to get started.
  • Haven’t got the confidence to manage someone else.
  • Heard horror stories and are scared.
  • Concerned with confidentiality.
  • Haven’t got the time to train staff.
  • Wouldn’t know what to actually get the VA’s to do every day.

All very good reasons – to put it off. And trust me, there were MANY more. But, these are really just procrastination in action.

What Says the Tribe?

I’ve worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs around the world on their outsourcing and virtual team building strategies and activities. And I know that the ‘Ducker Tribe’ have either seen me, or heard me talk about this subject many times before in the past.

However, I’m on a mission now!!!

I’m on a mission to get every entrepreneur out there thats busting their ass working crazy hours, chasing their tail and just gagging to become more productive, more profitable and overall a much happier person – to hire a virtual assistant and start making things happen in HUGE ways for themselves, their business and their futures!

This is about utilizing the phenomenal talents of VA’s from around the world (not just in the Philippines!) to be able to startup, build and grow new businesses regularly, leveraging risk, creating more opportunity and spreading financial income over several businesses, not just relying on one.

Oh, baby! I’m pumped!

So, to all of you… I ask one of the following questions, and PLEASE comment below with your answer. They will all be invaluable in shaping what I hope will become a HUGE shift in both entrepreneurial mindset, but also the way that we “Get shit done – New Business style”.

Already Working with Virtual Assistants…
What was the main reason behind you getting started with outsourcing?

Not pulled the VA Trigger yet…
What’s the number one reason why you’ve not got started with outsourcing yet?

ALSO: If you know of another business owner that you feel could contribute to this cause in anyway, please share this post with them – I’d really appreciate it.

I look forward to your replies, below. And thank you for all your support, in advance, for helping me change the mindset of a generation of entrepreneurs! 

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Marcus Dowling February 14, 2013 at 18:53

Hello Chris, in answer to your question, our biggest reason (even though we have paid Virtual Staff Finder) for not proceeding yet is that we are in the active process of writing out the first job description. Our first VA will be responsible for to look after our company’s web and media presence (electronic & print) and to coordinate with a web developer (our second VA) on getting the website rebuilt. Our third VA will take on the role of an Executive PA, working virtual, leading our growing VA team, answering our reception phone number, day to day clerical administration and keeping our calendars manageable. So why are we still here and not writing out these job briefs so your team can find us the right team players? Go your mission, we will be a key part of you achieving this and look forward to developing a incredible team with you. Marcus :-)

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Chris C. Ducker February 15, 2013 at 15:26

Hi Marcus

The fact that you’re in the process of writing out JD’s shows that you’re serious about taking your business to the next level this year, and beyond.

Now that we’ve met, and spent a little time together, it’s clear to see that you’re a focused guy, and with a lovely wife with whom you want to spend as much time with as possible – working with your team of VA’s is gonna help that happen.

Wait and see.

Thanks for the comment, buddy and stay tuned for more.

C

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Marcus Dowling April 6, 2014 at 01:53

G’Day Chris,
Well how about this, it took you book “Virtual Freedom” for me to bring this back to life, now I’m ready and have started advertising for our “third VA” in the above comment, we have been outsourcing things for a while now on a project basis, though this will be a big jump as we now start our journey to go from a team of “me” to a team of one hundred focusing on helping people with remote communications though out Australia by the end of 2014.
Staying across you blogs and lessons has kept us in touch with the benefits and advantages of virtualising and systemising our systems, in relating this back to your mission, you are so definitely changing the mindsets of multiple generations of Entrepreneurs.
Thanks Chris, Marcus :-)

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Chris C. Ducker April 7, 2014 at 22:37

Thanks, Marcus.

Glad the book has realigned the goals you have at your end and that you’ll be taking action on things soon.

C

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Frederic Sune February 14, 2013 at 19:40

I am outsourcing some administrative works and I love it. The main reason behind this decision was to work less on the thing I don’t like and have more time for my customers and my family. VA for small business is the way to go but, be aware to find the right one, the one who fit your business ideas/brand. The one understand your needs…

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Chris C. Ducker February 15, 2013 at 15:22

Thanks, Frederic.

Having a VA understand your business and nees is somewhat down to you, though – remember that. I know some people that have several VA’s working for them and have built an amazing ‘virtual culture’ around their team. It’s a beautiful thing to watch!

Appreciate your comment, and keep working hard with your VA’s. I’m sure they are enjoying it.

C

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Frederic Sune March 1, 2013 at 10:31

Thanks for the advice!

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John Lee Dumas February 14, 2013 at 22:24

Another great article. Love your content Chris!

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Chris C. Ducker February 15, 2013 at 15:20

Ah, shucks – you’re making my blush, John!

Thanks for dropping by, buddy.

C

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David Hutcherson February 14, 2013 at 22:39

I haven’t pulled the trigger yet because I’m afraid I wouldn’t have enough work to fill their plate. For example sake, I’m afraid I would hire a VA for 20 hours but only have 10 hours worth of work for them to do. I don’t know how to judge how many hours a month I would use a VA.

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Chris C. Ducker February 15, 2013 at 15:16

Hi David

Trust me, my man – you have MORE THAN ENOUGH work you can delegate to VA’s.

Watch this short video and then get to work…

http://www.chrisducker.com/3-lists-to-freedom/

C

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Ralph Quintero February 14, 2013 at 22:44

Hey brother! You can count on me as one of your ‘wingmen’ on this mission! (besides the shinny balls thing, we can be like Maverick and Goose! LOL!)

The main reason I started outsourcing and using VAs was because I knew deep down inside that I needed to delegate some of the work I was doing in order to open myself to new opportunities and possibilities. It wasn’t an easy decision, though. You’re right. We entrepreneurs are a strange breed….always thinking that we can’t let go. Well guess what… I quickly discovered after hiring my first VA that I had left money on the table by not doing it sooner!

You and I have spoken about this….People say you can’t buy time. I call BS on that. You can buy time. It’s called hiring VAs and outsourcing.

I have to give you a lot of credit and thanks Chris. It was you and your service that got me started and for this, I will be forever grateful my friend!

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Jared Easley February 14, 2013 at 22:56

Well said Ralph!

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Chris C. Ducker February 15, 2013 at 15:20

Ralph

You had to bring up the Shiny Balls, didn’t you… They are like the mafia – “Just as I get out, they pull me back in!’.

OH MAN – that sounded terrible….. But, I aint deleting it!!! :-)

“Open myself to new opportunities and possibilities’. This is what its all about. Even if you ENJOY the work you do – just imagine what we can do if someone else can handle those tasks for us – creating a load of time for us to spend on other things.

Happy to have put you on the right road, my man. It’s all my pleasure, brotha.

Catch up soon!

C

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Antonio Centeno February 14, 2013 at 22:44

Chris – great to see you taking this on as a mission – I’ve already used your VA service twice and I can’t imagine life without the help of my VAs. They make me a better business owner – vs. before I was owned by my business :)

I’ll email you later about an angle for our eventual interview – maybe I’ll just go into great detail as how my VA helped pull me out of my email prison. Went from spending 5 hors a day in email (and not even answering half of my request for info/followups,etc) to not I only check it twice (total 45-60 minutes) and answer ever single request that comes in! Still need to get better but I am in a much better place because of your mission!

Keep up the good fight!

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Chris C. Ducker February 15, 2013 at 15:15

Hi Antonio

First up, thats for the ‘public’ love for Virtual Staff Finder – not required, but, much appreciated.

Overjoyed at your comment, mate. Really – so happy to hear things are going so well and that you’re utilizing your VA’s so well.

Keep rockin’.

C

PS. That interview is coming soon, too! I’ll be in touch.

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Björgvin February 14, 2013 at 22:52

I started outsourcing for specific tasks(graphic design, web development, copyediting) long before I hired a VA. Now I have a part-time VA working 20 hours a week doing all sorts of different work for me. She’s mostly behind the scenes, doing day to day tasks related to research, social media and administrative stuff.

The best thing I would recommend is using video to create tasks. I use Jing to make screencasts for her and it’s just so much easier than writing the task up. It takes you less time to do and it’s easier for her to learn. I was getting seriously frustrated with writing out tasks because I didn’t have the time, but I can always sit behind the computer and make a short screencast of tasks whenever she needs more to do.

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Chris C. Ducker February 15, 2013 at 15:13

Love that insights, Bjorgvin.

I absolutely suggest video for task delegation, too. Jing is also my weapon of choice, too!

VA’s are certainly moer turned on to learning visually, than reading huge long emails, as well. That, I know for a FACT.

Thanks for commenting, buddy.

C

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Jared Easley February 14, 2013 at 22:55

Initial cost… I will jump in the VA bus as soon as my business can :)

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Chris C. Ducker February 15, 2013 at 15:11

One of the biggest reasons behind people not pulling the trigger.

Which came first, the chicken or the egg… Bottom line, follow your gut – always.

In business. And life.

C

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Brandon Turner February 14, 2013 at 23:13

Hey Chris,

To be honest, I haven’t for three reasons:

1.) I’m not convinced the ROI is there yet. Is my business at a place where a VA can make me more than costs? I don’t think so.

2.) Sometimes I get so irritated with other people’s VA’s who just Spam. I know this isn’t with everyone, or even most, but it’s left a sour taste in my mouth.

3.) I worry about spending more time managing the VA than just doing the work myself.

Thoughts?

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Chris C. Ducker February 15, 2013 at 15:06

Hi Brandon

Thanks for the comment. Let me address a few things:

1. ROI – Depends how you look at the term ‘make’. It doesn’t just have to be monetary… Think about it.
2. If other peoples VA’s are spamming, then it’s because they’ve been told to. Yours doesn’t need to be that way.
3. This is a very normal thought process. I’ll elaborate below:

If you feel that you’ll be managing your VA more than you would actually doing the work yourself, then you’ll need to invest a little time upfront training them – yes, it’s required.

If you do this right, and have some solid systems and processes in place, you’ll find that the VA will easily, and actually prefer to work on their own, instead of having their boss hanging over their shoulder like a virtual vulture!

Give it a little more thought, and feel free to drop another comment with additional questions, mate.

C

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Leslie Samuel February 14, 2013 at 23:17

If I hadn’t hired a V.A. LONG time ago (actually, a few), I would NEVER be able to accomplish all that I’ve accomplished. It makes no sense for me to do the tasks that ANYONE else can do.

My business is about Creating Content to Inspire Others and even Change The World. If you’re gonna change the world, it makes no sense to waste time transcribing podcasts, dealing with the tech, handling memberships, finding images, etc. You’ve got bigger fish to fry.

Not only that, I have a full time job AND a family. Why waste time on the 80% of things that aren’t growing my business. I need to spend my time on the 20% of High Value tasks.

That’s my answer to your question!

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Chris C. Ducker February 15, 2013 at 15:03

Thanks for chiming in here, my friend.

You absolutely know what you’re doing with your VA’s, and I am sure that your team will continue to grow, as you and your online work does, too.

Appreciate your input, Leslie.

C

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Steve wyman February 14, 2013 at 23:51

Hey Chris

I’ve used odesk a lot in the past but not actually pulled the trigger on a full time va.

The reason is simply I tend to work in batches of work with diverse skill set requirements.

I’ve always seen a need to be able to access a va on a part time basis. I.e. run these tasks every Tuesday morning and send me the info. The rest of the week I’d need no work done. That has value to me.

Or a monthly project such as identify 50 auction properties due to be sold in the next month with a guide price below £Xx,xxx. Then identify the price a similar property sold for on the open market (I’d provide video training of course etc)

Those kinda things will have a value to me in the future.

The idea of making yourself redundant. (Knocking yourself off) has been something I’ve always done. Now with VAs there huge scope to gain time back for more important work.

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Chris C. Ducker February 15, 2013 at 15:02

Gain back time.

BOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You’ve just summed up this ENTIRE mission, my friend.

Time.

Keep your mind open for a full-time PART-TIME VA if that makes sense. Having someone ‘there’ for you, all the time, is way better than having to search for ‘someone’ every time you need a little help. You’ll also find that 20-hours a week is a LOT less in terms of output than most people think it is.

Happy to chat more with you on this stuff in London, buddy.

C

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Rob Cubbon February 15, 2013 at 00:45

[Chris is really going to hate me for what I'm about to say.]

I’ve tried VAs through Craig’s List (yeah, OK) and oDesk (and, yes, I probably went for the cheap ones) and I found they actually ended up costing me more money than just the wages/payments.

My hiring process was probably to blame but I found that VAs that initially seemed promising could go AWOL or suddenly start doing bad work (as though they’d got someone else to do the initial work).

Also, I’d used VAs prior to the Penguin update which meant a lot of work they’d done counted against me – although, yes, that was probably my fault as well, but it counts as a bad association with VAs in my mind.

Now, I would love to invest in VAs. And I can think of some work I’d like them to do – social media promotion, article marketing, audio editing, video editing in ScreenFlow, etc.

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Chris C. Ducker February 15, 2013 at 15:00

Hi Rob

Thanks for the comment, mate and I don’t hate you!

In fact, you kinda owned up to a few things here yourself:

Lazy searching (Craigs List)
Paying low.
Penguin update (out of everyone’s control, lets fact it!)

The bottom line is that you’ve TRIED. And thats something that many have not done. I reckon that if you knuckle down, pay right, and get someone solid (which is totally do-able), then you’ll be off to the races.

Don’t lose heart, mate – the perfect VA is out there for you. I know it.

C

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Mike Graf February 15, 2013 at 01:34

The reason I havent pulled the trigger with an offshore VA is that I see too much crap come out of these lower wage countries. The quality of code is low, and development is a high communication process. If I’d have to recheck and redo the work of my employee, why get them to do it at all. I hired a guy from the PH a while back and it took him 8 hours to do 2 hours of work, been burnt and would love your insight on your experiences working with software developers (not just guys who can install wordpress, but someone who can actually create good web applications).

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Chris C. Ducker February 15, 2013 at 14:58

Hi Mike

I can tell you very clearly that there are so amazing developers here in the Philippines (and elsewhere). Eastern Europe is also a melting pot of developing talent.

It’s a shame that you’ve not gotten out of outsourcing, what you needed, but I know that it’s certainly worth trying again – even if not in the Philippines. This is a mecca, yes – but, not the be-all-and-end-all of the VA world.

Keep the faith, my man.

C

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Melanie Richards February 15, 2013 at 02:12

I want to hire a writer and WP dev VAs soon… my current concerns are:
1. Writer: top notch english/grammar/communicator
2. Finding that top notch VA I feel I can trust
3. Reliable Internet connection (fast) & computer (no dinosaur).
3. The timezone issue (I’m in Canada). I know they can work night shifts, but I feel bad enforcing them work through the night.

Chris, I heard you mention in a podcast you were working to setup an office for VAs in the new year. I’d love to hear more about this and what type of salaries/rent we can expect for VAs working from this location.

Cheers!

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Chris C. Ducker February 15, 2013 at 14:56

Hi Melanie

Thanks for all the great feedback – we’ll be covering a lot of this stuff in upcoming posts and resources that my team and I are developing.

The office for VA’s is indeed now OPEN for business. We’re still building out the website, but for now, you can check out http://www.facebook.com/locations63 for photos and more. The option to house VA’s here is on the sign-up page at the Virtual Staff Finder website.

Cheers,

C

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diamantis February 15, 2013 at 04:03

This year I’ve invested in a paid membership , two trips and a business. Right now , I can’t invest in anything else , but my next move will be a VA.

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Chris C. Ducker February 15, 2013 at 14:54

Thats a lot to invest. Now invest some time getting the ROI you need to go to the next thing – getting a VA.

More on this and many other topics will be covered in London, this May – we’re super happy to have you coming over for the event, buddy.

C

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Dan Norris February 15, 2013 at 05:06

Hey Chris good stuff mate. For me I have 3 team members in the Philippines and no intention of employing anyone anywhere else until I absolutely have to.

The reason is simple. In my last company I had a developer in the Philippines and one in Australia. My Filipino developer was obviously substantially cheaper (6x) but also has a better attitude and better technical skills. The attitude is huge. I’ve also hired a VA recently and it’s really helped me focus more on product and content and less on some of the work that I kind of enjoyed doing (editing podcasts, writing up the show notes etc) but I really shouldn’t have been doing.

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Chris C. Ducker February 15, 2013 at 14:53

Hey Dan

Love the focus and directness of EVERYTHING you do.

There is a huge difference between ‘enjoying’ the work and ‘having to do’ the work. The fact that you’ve started delegating the stuff you enjoy doing shows that you are very clearly focused on GROWING your business this year.

Love it. Stay tuned.

C

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Tarran Deane February 15, 2013 at 05:35

Hi Chris

Thanks so much for coming to be with the BB family in Australia!

I’m an advocate for outsourcing and working through your team to do all the selection prescreening and shortlisting. My VA is a vital part of our team. In recruiting her I was clear on the values and direction of our business. I recognised if I didn’t outsource as an entrepreneur, I would end up costing my business money!

Yesterday saw the launch of our Success Clique for Women Leaders on the Gold Coast and when I showed them all that our business had achieved in the last 9 months alone, since engaging a General VA, well I think the penny dropped.

I took them for a virtual tour in a ‘behind the scenes’ expose of our business practice and process. I showed them how I use teamworkpm and onscreen recording to make training videos for the current and future VA’s to watch and learn from, so I’m maximising every opportunity to systemise our HR practices.

Looks like I might have 4 for women business owners who will be coming to your team for some ‘love in action!’ Tell Chlea to get ready, the referrals are coming from Corporate Cinderella!

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Chris C. Ducker February 15, 2013 at 14:51

Awesome, Tarran!

I loved hanging out with you, and the rest of the BB crowd – always fun, creative and enjoyable.

Super stoked, too, that you’re so turned on to outsourcing and building a team. Thank you, also for all the great things you said about the VSF Team and the service in general. We appreciate it all.

Keep up the amazing work you’re doing Down Under!!!

C

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Tarran Deane February 15, 2013 at 05:38

edit of previous comment:

* “I showed them how I use teamworkpm, onscreen recording to make training videos….”

{please edit that sentence to read – ” I showed them how I use teamworkpm and onscreen recording to make training videos for the current and future VA’s to watch and learn from, so I’m maximising every opportunity to systemise our HR practices”

thanks!

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Chris C. Ducker February 15, 2013 at 14:52

All done!
:-)

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David Jenyns February 15, 2013 at 05:58

Hey Chris,

Nice one and couldn’t agree more… we’ve got a good team over in the Philippines (as well as a few others dotted around the world). I can say, without doubt, I get the best “hit rate” with finding great VAs in the Philippines. Work ethic, attitudes, and quality of work… all rock solid.

Love your mission of spreading the word – you’ve got my support.

Dave

Ps. Thanks again for coming to speak at the Outsource Profit Machine 2 Workshop – got some great feedback from your sessions!

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Chris C. Ducker February 15, 2013 at 14:49

Hi David

Was my pleasure to come over and present to your peeps. Thanks for the invite.

Your support means a lot, so thank you.

Keep rockin’.

C

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Bradley Charbonneau February 15, 2013 at 07:26

Hey Chris,

Great timing of this post as I finally pulled the trigger last Friday! I had been, like most of us you’ve encountered, “Waiting for Change” to come to me. But we need to be the change. So I finally did it. Hey, what’s a few years give or take, right? Well, lots.

I’m going to be documenting my Virtual Assistant progress over on a blog, as well as a progress log in Fizzle.

I feel like I’m in good hands and have heard great things about you from friends (e.g. Corbett Barr). I’m just sending in my Job Description today and looking forward to the next steps to my first VA!

Thanks so much, Chris.

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Chris C. Ducker February 15, 2013 at 14:48

Hi Bradley

Good to hear that you’ve started the journey – and remember, we (The VSF Team) are here to help along the way.

The fact that you’ve started this ‘Change’ is a great step in the right direction, in regards to building your business.

Congratulations.

C

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Henrik Brandt February 15, 2013 at 11:24

Hi Chris,

I’ve been looking into using a VA a few times but yet haven’t been able to find a solution to the language-barrier since I run my business in a non-english speaking country. Therefore the benefit of using a VA in the Philippines is greatly reduced…

What’s your take on this challenge ?

- Henrik

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Chris C. Ducker February 15, 2013 at 16:01

Hi Henrik

Yep – you’re gonna have problems with that, into the Philippines, for sure. We often get requirements of other languages, but ultimately, English is all that we can generally help with.

All I can suggest to you is that you try looking on some of the job board sites, and really take time to delve into their past experiences and jobs which have been completed.

Thanks for the comment.

C

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Scott February 15, 2013 at 19:48

I guess I haven’t pulled the outsourcing trigger yet because up until reading this post I never had anyone actually push me too, and take away all reasons (excuses) I could come up with for not hiring a VA.

Between your post, and answers to the comments you have taken away all my excuses and have motivated me to “just do it”. I will start my outsourcing plan this weekend. I really look forward to getting some of the work done for me, so that I can spend my time actually building my business, thanks Chris.

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Chris C. Ducker February 17, 2013 at 17:20

Boom!!!

Love it, Scott. Well done.

I want to support to ya yeah I can in your new role as a Master Delegator! Let me know if you need any specific help, okay!

Love the action-takin approach to growing your biz. Congrats!

C

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Michal Polonyi February 15, 2013 at 19:48

Hi Chris,

I’ve not used a VA yet because I’m still in the process of developing my website. I spend most of my time writing, putting together content, honing the main message. So I’m not even actively promoting the blog yet, as it wouldn’t make much sense to visitors. Yet. However, outsourcing has always been in my plans. I can think of about 1000 things I’d be better off outsourcing right now to get the website up and running a lot faster.

But I do this part time while keeping my day job so I can’t afford it at the moment. I also want to learn about all aspects of internet business so that I can then brief and manage my VA’s better. I plan to get a VA as soon as the website starts generating revenue – keep the money in the business and use it to grow it faster. That however means I will start with one VA and take it from there. And this leads me to my number one problem.

There’s so many tasks to do which are fairly unrelated – i.e. web-design, SEO, social media etc. I know from my previous (offline) businesses that if the business owner (me) should really be Jack of all trades and master of none, he then need to build a team of specialists – each being master of their very own trade. If I’m starting with one VA – what are the chances of finding ONE really good at all of the different “support areas” so that I’m free working ON the business, delivering value?

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Chris C. Ducker February 17, 2013 at 17:18

Hi Michal

The chances of finding the VA you ‘dream’ of, the ‘Super VA’ is zero!

Sorry to burst your bubble, so to speak, but they simply don’t exist.

You hire for ROLES, not for TASKS.

Your plan of waiting for when you have some solid revenue, etc. is fine. But, perhaps also ask yourself how much quicker you could get to that point, if you had a little virtual work.

Just an idea.

Stay tuned, man. I’ll be doing everything I can to help you, and others in the same position as you, as possible on this ‘Mission’…

C

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Michal February 22, 2013 at 18:01

Hey Chris,

thanks for your reply. Shame you don’t have email notification, I would have gotten to your reply a lot quicker :-)

That’s exactly what I was getting at. I know the chances are zero ,as you say, so that’s why I probably won’t be hiring one VA initially. I’ll be looking for a service that will cover tasks and I won’t need to know how many people will be involved in getting them done.

And you’re right about what you say about getting there quicker with virtual help. Truth is I can’t afford it at this very early stage but as soon as I see a tangible proof that the concept I’m putting together has an earning potential, I will pull the trigger, I promise ;-)

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Chris C. Ducker February 28, 2013 at 12:05

Hmm… Gotta change that email notification thing. Thanks for the nudge.

Yep – gotta pull that trigger, bud.

I sincerely hope you do it sooner, rather than later – there’s a crap load of potential in it!

Thanks for commenting, again.

C

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Heather February 16, 2013 at 08:41

Hey!

My main reason for not hiring yet is that the last time I did, I got burned. Not badly but I wasn’t aware of just how long it would take to train an assistant; what I thought of as simple tasks, clearly explained, were delivered in about 2-3 times the amount of time needed and not to spec.

In the process of trying to figure out how best to define the work I need done, and who might be the best VA for those tasks. Long slow going.

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Chris C. Ducker February 17, 2013 at 17:12

Hi Heather

Don’t hold too much of a grudge! :-)

Think of it like this, if you went to a restaurant, and had a bad experience, would you stop eating out?

No.

You’d just go to a different restaurant next time… :-)

There’s someone out there for ALL of us, and our virtual needs. I’m positive of it.

Stay tuned – there’s more coming for you and everyone else in this subject.

C

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Tim Hague February 16, 2013 at 11:40

Hi Chris,
First off we’re watching a global shift happening in the VA space and luckily you are the one pioneering this effort. It’s easy to see why you are so excited about your work in this area, it’s extremely exciting stuff.

Regarding your question, I have not pulled the trigger yet, content creation is what I need help with the most but I don’t think I have the tools to screen folks well enough to get the right person. I’d love to know what u can regarding this issue.
Best regards,
Tim

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Chris C. Ducker February 17, 2013 at 17:09

Thanks for the comment and kind words, Tim.

As for content creation help, VA’s are the perfect partner when it comes to repurposing of content into different mediums, for example:

30-min Video to:

Podcast.
Short YouTube clips.
Blog post(s).
Infographic.
Tweetable images.

Stay tuned on this stuff. I have something special planned in the very near future!

C

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Ben February 16, 2013 at 13:22

Hey Chris ,

You are a man on a mission! I have about 15 va’s myself , most of them as you know are from the Philippines.

I cannot imagine doing business without them among MANY other things they have helped this site of mine http://www.CheapPoleBarn.com rank at the top for literally hundreds of keywords in an EXTREMELY competitive market

I know you recognize more than a couple of the really cool tools on there too ;)

You probably have no shortage of dependable staff on your team but with the mission your on = ) I thought I’d let you know my wife has a ton of family over there from Cebu to Manilla and a few other areas

Anyway I have recommended you to quite a few entrepreneurs and will continue to do so

Rock on my friend!

Thanks

Ben

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Chris C. Ducker February 17, 2013 at 17:04

Thanks, Ben.

Much appreciated my man and if any of your wife’s friends, etc., would like a job, just tell ‘em to reach out to the VSF Team!

Cheers,

C

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Mark David Fourman February 17, 2013 at 12:55

I haven’t done it because I can’t imagine what I would have a VA do for me for all that time.

I hire specialized contractors on a project-by-project basis for things like web management and graphic design. I can’t imagine using a VA on a fixed hour basis rather than project basis.

But I’ll make you a promise. Next week I’ll track all my time to breakdown where I’m actually spending my time. Then I’ll go through that list with you to analyze whether a VA could help.

Deal?

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Chris C. Ducker February 17, 2013 at 17:02

Deal.

Go for it.

C

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