10 Top Tips for Working with Virtual Assistants (Infographic)

by Chris C. Ducker · 61 comments

10 Top Tips for Working with Virtual Assistants (Cool Infographic Examples)Infographics are big business. On average they cost around $500 to create (if you want them to be good), but the ability for them to be spread all over the internet is insane – I mean serious viral stuff!

I’ve seen them popping up more and more this past year, and not one to ignore a trend, nor what a trend seems to be delivering for those that jump on it (Neil Patel recently attributed 2,512,596 visitors to his sites via his infographics!), I thought I’d give it a whirl myself.

This first cool infographic of mine (I have a few planned) points out ten simple, but a lot of the time ignored, tips for working with virtual assistants, a subject I know, well, a few things about!

Enjoy this interesting infographic and please comment below letting me what you think, and if you feel doing more is a good idea, or not – before I spend any more money!!!

:-)

Examples of Infographics for Virtual Assistants

Don’t forget to comment below and let me know what you thought of this, my first journey into the land of business infographics!

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Alex B. (@DreamJobGuy) October 23, 2012 at 21:21

Great infographic, Chris! Well done my friend!

All the best,
-Alex

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Chris C. Ducker October 23, 2012 at 22:58

Thanks, Alex.

Appreciate the support, bud.

C

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Mat Newton October 23, 2012 at 21:33

Hey Chris

Great to meet you at DC BKK.

Regarding info graphics, as far as I can tell the key task is to fascinate, say, with a break down of super interesting data. The more fascinating the more shares. Just my 2c. No doubt you have stacks of great data hidden away.

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Chris C. Ducker October 23, 2012 at 22:59

Likewise, Mat. Thanks for dropping by.

A pleasure meeting you – again, I enjoyed your presentation and our conversations afterwards. Until next year, I guess!

Stay tuned.

C

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Chris Hufnagel October 23, 2012 at 22:17

Hey Chris, this is great! Like how to colors and style matches your brand. A really cool info-graphic would be “how to create info-graphics”

I keep meaning to create one myself, where did you get yours made?

-Chris

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Chris C. Ducker October 23, 2012 at 23:00

Haha. That would be a great graphic – there simply MUST be one out there already, I’m sure…?!

My graphic designer put this one together, internally.

Thanks for the comment, and kind words.

C

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Joy October 23, 2012 at 22:21

Love it…simple, yet captivating!

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Chris C. Ducker October 23, 2012 at 23:00

Cheers, Joy!
:-)

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Rob Martinez October 23, 2012 at 22:26

Chris

Can you recommend any good companies that can make these infographics and research as well?

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Chris C. Ducker October 23, 2012 at 23:01

I had this one done internally, Rob.

But, there are a lot of designers out there. Check out 99designs.com for some starting options!

C

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Amechi October 23, 2012 at 22:27

Looks really good, man!

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Chris C. Ducker October 23, 2012 at 23:01

Appreciate the kudos, Amechi.

Thanks for dropping by.

C

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Claudio October 23, 2012 at 22:52

Looks cheap and not really eye catching. Sorry to be honest

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Chris C. Ducker October 23, 2012 at 23:02

No problems, Claudio – all opinions are accepted (even if not preferred!).

Is there anything about the graphic that you can pinpoint as a turn off? So, I can perhaps correct the next time around…

C

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Claudio October 23, 2012 at 23:41

Chris,
Infographics are just that… “graphics”, this looks more like a bullet point list. Also, try to make your brand a little smaller at the footer. That will encourage more people to share it.
I hope that helps

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Ian Harris October 23, 2012 at 22:53

Just curious whether you outsourced this Chris? Do you have a VA specifically for infographics?

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Chris C. Ducker October 23, 2012 at 23:03

No, Ian. This one was put together by my internal graphic designer – it was actually her first time to do one, too!

I think she did a pretty good job… What about you?

C

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Owen McGab Enaohwo October 23, 2012 at 23:00

Nice one Chris, we need more infographics in our industry. Cheers!

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Chris C. Ducker October 23, 2012 at 23:22

We certainly do…

Thanks for dropping by.

C

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Thomas @ Mobile App Tycoon October 23, 2012 at 23:28

Nice – the infographic looks awesome! I never knew how expensive they are to create though…

Thomas

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Chris C. Ducker October 23, 2012 at 23:39

Man, you’d be surprised!

Some serious money goes into these badboys… I’m lucky to have an internal graphic artist. I know of one guy that paid $800…

Mad money – BUT, if they work, well – they’re well worth the investment, obviously.

Glad you like my first try at it!

C

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Steve Wyman October 24, 2012 at 00:01

Hey Chris

Interesting use of infographics. In the process of getting one done for a Pest control site.

Often they work well with more graphics (graphs) and Data. But i like what you’ve done.

Sound like BKK was a great event.. And you did a presentation! so im even more pissed i had to cancel trip :-( Sounds like CM is now on fire as well.

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Chris C. Ducker October 24, 2012 at 16:51

Hi Steve

Yes, I was asked to present about a week before – on my entrepreneurial journey. Very cool event indeed.

You should give infographics a try – I’d love to hear how it goes.

C

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Bob Guzeman October 24, 2012 at 01:53

Hi Chris,

I’ve noticed that the infographics posts I share get clicked on a lot. It helps to say “Infographic” at the end of the title. Am considering jumping in myself.

$500 is a bit much for a beginner, like me. The idea that it can be done in-house is encouraging.

Wonder if it can be outsourced, effectively.

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Chris C. Ducker October 24, 2012 at 16:52

I believe it probably could be outsourced, yes, Bob.

I mean, ultimately, it’s just a graphic design job at the end of the day. I’d suggest you do the research / text creation yourself though.

Glad you liked this one.

C

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malds October 24, 2012 at 02:24

Nice graphic :).

I actually just read the infographic article by Neil earlier and was totally convinced that I needed to start making these as well. I normally rely on long informative posts to to get social shares and that’s always worked for me. But I think I’m missing out on a lot by not using infographics.

Don’t want to spend that kind of money on them though lol so I’ll need to brush up on my editing skills. I’m pretty sure I can make em, but I can tell they’re gonna take a hell of a lot of time to do right.

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Chris C. Ducker October 24, 2012 at 16:52

Thanks, Malds.

Let me know when you launch your own graphic! I’d love to check it out.

C

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Michael Bryant October 24, 2012 at 02:32

I love infographics as they work with my short attention…….what was I saying? Seriously I like the simple, easy to read bullet points with pictures. I can read the points make a decision and then act or move on. Well done.

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Chris C. Ducker October 24, 2012 at 16:53

LOL.

Appreciate the comment and the thumbs up, bud.

Thanks!

C

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Primoz Borovnik October 24, 2012 at 03:22

I learn more and more with every post I read on your blog Chris. I never thought that infographics work so well. Will try it and let you know.

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Chris C. Ducker October 24, 2012 at 16:53

Thanks, Primoz.

Appreciate your comment and kudos, bud – thanks, really… Glad you liked the post.

C

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Raffy October 24, 2012 at 03:28

It’s is actually a great idea, I do info graphics myself so its really cheap. Base from what you posted I think you should have a better choice in color. There are studies on how to creat a more eye catching and dynamic posts. Plus if your planing to post it on the World Wide Web hey … Animations are a good way to go – just to make it more fun and more interactive. Over all its a great start! It’s simple and very much informative. Good job Chris!

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Chris C. Ducker October 24, 2012 at 16:57

Thanks, Raffy. Yes – I’ve see some really colorful based graphics, but I am all about building my personal brand right now – as you might guess – hence keeping the CD.com colors in place.

C

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John Kremer October 24, 2012 at 03:47

Great infographic. Now sharing on my website at http://www.infographicaday.com.

John Kremer

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Chris C. Ducker October 24, 2012 at 16:57

Saaweeet!
:-)

Thanks, John – much appreciated, man.

C

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Sandra Sherratt October 24, 2012 at 04:23

Love it – looks fantastic

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Chris C. Ducker October 24, 2012 at 16:58

:-)

Thanks, Sandra!

C

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Nicole Fleet October 24, 2012 at 04:43

For me Chris – useful, simple & looks good.. thanks for sharing!

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Chris C. Ducker October 24, 2012 at 16:58

No problems, Nicole… Glad you liked it.

I love the ‘simple’ things in life. Can’t beat ‘em.

C

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Otiti October 24, 2012 at 06:08

I quite like it, Chris. Big ups to your designer. I’d suggest making bigger graphics next time so they really pop. The colours are great, too. ;)

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Chris C. Ducker October 24, 2012 at 16:59

Yes – I agree… I will be doing something MUCH different next time (no idea when that will be!). But, more ‘in your face’ graphics and images will definitely be included, thats for sure.

Can’t beat those CD colors!!! :-)

C

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kyle sheridan October 24, 2012 at 06:24

Nice work Chris, What sort of success did you get from the graphic? How are you distributing the graphics for maximum exposure? I have just started with these too and about to put them up.
It looks good, site is really nice. Great work.

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Chris C. Ducker October 24, 2012 at 17:00

So far, I’ve just posted it here, on the blog.

Do you know of other spots online that I should be hitting, in regards to exposure, etc.?!

Glad you like it, mate – and good to hear you’re about to give ‘em a go yourself.

C

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Peter October 24, 2012 at 07:44

Looks good Chris, well done and thank you for the business bootcamp information.

anyway have a good day

regards

Peter

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Chris C. Ducker October 24, 2012 at 17:01

More than welcome, Peter.

Glad you like the graphic AND the Bootcamp!
:-)

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Nishant October 24, 2012 at 15:49

Good stuff, Chris!

The use of Infographics is definitely trending among most IT related businesses.

We’ve had some great response with a few infographics we did for our blog. It exceeds in capturing the audience’s attention almost instantly.

You should try to get your first infographic featured on Pinterest.com!

Cheers,
Nishant

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Chris C. Ducker October 24, 2012 at 17:01

Hi Nishant!

Yes, it’s been featured on Pinterest already, I think… ;-)

Glad you liked it.

Chat soon!!!

C

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LocSolutions October 24, 2012 at 22:20

Hey Chris!
Congratulations on your first infogfx. It looks terrific considering it was her first time making one.
I would like to point out that you might want to add some social media badges, and most importantly you’d like to have some graphics(arrows of some sort) pointing out your CTA message or specifically your site. I can almost assure you it will have a greater impact,Perhaps a speech bubble?

P.s how did you go about instructing her on how to accomplish this? If you don’t mind me asking :) thanks
Good luck~

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Chris C. Ducker October 25, 2012 at 12:55

Hi Michael

Social media – BOOM! How the HELL did I forget that… :-)

Virgin Mistake!!!

HOW: I put together the text, making sure to emphasize certain parts (Title, CTA) and then she got to work… literally. We had 2 rounds of tweaks and what you see is the result.

Man – kicking myself on the missing SM icons now. Gonna see if I can add them!

Thanks for the comment, and nudge, Michael. Just goes to show that I’m not the ‘know it all’ I work hard to look like!!!!!!!!

C

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Sandra October 25, 2012 at 23:42

Great job, Chris. Not only does the infographic look great, but I LOVE what it promotes! Being the founder of a Virtual Professional Services company myself it’s great to see others talking about the great benefits of hiring VAs! Thanks for all your articles and efforts on the matter. Cheers! :-)

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Chris C. Ducker October 26, 2012 at 10:34

And thanks for dropping by, Sandra.

I appreciate the kudos for an industry peer. Cheers!

C

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Nicki October 28, 2012 at 13:36

I can see how these could work well – a bit like those cheesey pictures of dogs and cats with phrases that everyone loves to share on FB lol

Something about sharing a graphic rather than text

Im going to try one – but yeah $500 is steep. I will Research the text/bullet points and then get our VA to design and see how it goes

The good thing is you can design a set amount and use them over and over :)

Nicki

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Chris C. Ducker October 28, 2012 at 16:48

Hey Nicki

Love it! Go for it and then let me know when it’s live – would love to check it out.

C

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Steve A October 31, 2012 at 08:03

Great post Chris,

Someone mentioned above that they didn’t like the infographic because it was essentially a bullet point list – but even so, i think it’s a much nicer way to digest the information you’ve given than just plain text would have been.

P.S I read this post partly in preparation for some interviews i have in a few hours with three candidates VSF sourced me for a full time writer. It’s my first time so thanks for everything so far, from the finding service to all the helpful info you’ve posted and podcasted on the topic :)

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Chris C. Ducker October 31, 2012 at 11:29

That’s great, Steve.

Glad we’ve been able to play a part in getting you ‘virtual’. Good luck with the interviews.

Glad to help out in anyway and I’m stoked that you’ve enjoyed the Virtual Staff Finder experience and appreciate the content, etc. It makes it all worthwhile!

All the best,

C

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Charlie November 2, 2012 at 08:38

Nicely done. I use info graphics (home made) in my business presentations and always get positive comments. The content is more important than the design-although design highlights the content. Brand colors are great.

We live in an attention-deficit world-info graphics are the killer app for this.

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Chris C. Ducker November 5, 2012 at 16:49

I totally agree, Charlie. All out.

And also agree with the content being way more important than the design – saying that – making the design cool, too, is a great move for share-ability, obviously!

Thanks for commenting.

C

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Sean Davis November 18, 2012 at 06:18

This is a little off-topic but I just wanted to say that you’re doing some amazing stuff with this brand, Chris. It’s so impressive to watch.

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Moe November 19, 2012 at 05:51

Yah, i have been thinking about jumping on the info-graphic bandwagon. I think your post just convinced me to do it now. I am willing to bet you could find some people that could create very nice info-graphics for under $50 at places like oDesk or Elance.

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Chris C. Ducker November 19, 2012 at 12:12

Possibly, Moe.

What the quality would be like, I don’t know. In this article the price I quoted is for high-end, super sexy infographics. I don’t claim that my one here is to that level – but, even so, I still think most graphic designers would charge more than $50 to do something like mine.

Give it a whirl, though – I’m curious to see what you find out!
:-)

C

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Francis November 13, 2013 at 20:09

Chris, there is no need for me to tell this explicitly but I love your info graphics. Here’s what I’ll do. I’ll take a Top 10 and I’ll give my opinion on each of the ten items.
Cool?

Okay, here we go.

1. First things first, realize the unrealistically great potential in outsourcing.

Although it’s not a quick fix to your problems, you probably underestimate how much outsourcing can do to your online business.

2. Leverage your time by either duplicating yourself or gaining quality free time.

If you delegate your work make sure that you don’t redo the work all the time on your own. Trust your assistant. He’ll do a great job with some good instructions. And then, either spend time with your family or work even harder to double your efficiency.

3. Be open to hire around the world.

There are many different types of virtual assistants and only trying a different country might really open up to new perspectives. Secret tip: I’ve made a great experience with outsources from the Philippines.

4. The clearest way to communicate is video recordings. That’s all. Enough said.

5. Training your assistant is not an additional cost; it’s an investment into future revenue.

The more training materials and time you give your assistant, the better he can adapt to your needs and the more he will amaze you with his work.

6. Leave it to your assistant to do the work in time.

A good assistant will be probably working faster than you anticipate. So don’t bother with setting up deadlines after you have set up some trust. If you have the right sort of assistant, he will meet your deadlines anyways.

7. This advice should probably be number 1. The longer you work with the virtual assistant, the more chances you have to build trust and even some sort of friendship bond with him.

While staying professional, there’s nothing holding you back with being nice to your assistant. That never helps. You’ll see.

8. Combine every criticism you might have with some good that your assistant does.

Don’t scare your assistant away by nagging all the time about his/her work. If you have something which you don’t like, be sure to emphasize what you like first then tell what you don’t like in a soft way and end on a high note. This is probably a good tip when criticizing anyone.

9. Nothing to add there. Punctual payment is the whole point from the point of view of the assistant.

10. I hope the way I wrote this comment made it clear how much fun I have with my assistants. Now go get some, too.

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