Originally published: February 9, 2012 (https://empireflippers.com/afp-9-ultimate-guide-to-outsourcing/)
In Episode 9 of the AFP, we get into the nitty-gritty of minimizing your workload by outsourcing to Virtual Assistants in the Philippines. In owning and a running an outsourcing company right here in Davao City, we thought we’d bring a unique perspective on how to find, manage, and work with your VA’s that seems to be lacking with some of the people that often talk about offshoring.
Ultimate Guide to Outsourcing
Everyone hears about how cheap and great outsourcing to the Philippines can be, but should you REALLY hire a VA right now? Where do you go to find a great VA? What are the actual costs of an agent in the Philippines? How do you make sure they’re going to be successful? What do you do if it’s not working out? These questions and more are covered in this slightly longer episode. We give personal examples from our experience in running a company here since 2007 and our living here for over two years that will allow you take action as you expand your team through offshore outsourcing.
Topics Discussed Include:
-When you need to hire a VA…and why the Philippines is a great option
-The best places and sources for quality VA’s in the Philippines
-Breaking through cultural barriers with Filipino VA’s
-Limitations on work – What your agent can and can’t do
-How to resolve problems with your VA and how to let them go
-The difference between a VA and an outsourcing company and when to use each
-The BEST way to track your agent’s work and send money to your Virtual Assistant
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-OnlineJobs.ph (http://www.onlinejobs.ph/index.php), Craiglist for the Philippines (http://manila.craigslist.com.ph), Sulit.com.ph (http://www.sulit.com.ph), Jobstreet.com.ph (http://www.jobstreet.com.ph/) – Some of the best job boards for hiring in the Philippines.
-Virtual Staff Finder – Saves a bunch of time. Don’t have to dig through resumes and job applications, they find the hires for you.
-Grammar Test (https://secure.vec.bc.ca/vec/online-test.cfm) – We use this to weed out job applicants. If they can’t take the test and send us results or score less than a 75% (Over 80% is great!) we won’t bother reviewing or interviewing.
-13th Month Pay (http://www.gopinoy.com/advice/employee-benefits/how-to-compute-the-13th-month-pay-in-the-philippines.html) – I know, I know…where’s OUR 13th month pay?!?! It’s a nice benefit for employees here in the Philippines.
-Example Employee Report with Roll-Ups – Just an example spreadsheet showing you how we track hours for employees with fake stats.
-HiveDesk – Fantastic option for monitoring your VA’s work with random screenshots. Very affordable.
-RemitHome – Great way to transfer money to the Philippines for cheap and with less $$ lost on currency conversion.
-Join.Me (https://join.me) – Screenshare software that doesn’t require any downloads…and free!
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