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Do You Want To Multiply Your Income? Clone Yourself!

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by BassTrackerBoats, Oct 13, 2015.

  1. BassTrackerBoats

    BassTrackerBoats Super Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    With the advancements in science it is possible to clone sheep, dogs, horses and a variety of other animals.

    What we have not seen is science cloning a human (as far as mainstream science has shared anyway) but there is actually a way to clone parts of you to increase your revenue and actually make your life easier.

    How you ask?

    Virtual Assistants.

    Anyone that knows me well in the IM industry knows I use VAs a lot and they are an integral part of how I am able to juggle not only my online activities but also free me up to handle a bunch of offline things in which I am involved. The proper use of VAs can increase your revenue at a low cost and make your life tons easier if you operate correctly.

    Here are a few tips on how you can clone bits and pieces of yourself and make more money, free up more time and give you opportunity to expand in your IM revenue streams.

    1) Treat your VA as a legitimate brick and mortar employee that you have to look in the eye. Your perspective may change in how you approach them, talk with them and consider how they fit in your life. Remember, they are people and not machines and you want to treat them as such.

    2) Train, Train, Train. This is probably where most go wrong when hiring a VA; they simply do not train enough. Make videos, write tutorials, and do the work they are going to be doing for you from their perspective so you can see what they see. If you are going to have them log into a computer you own using Team Viewer, do that yourself and see what they see. If they are going to be using one of your VPSs, log in and work their process for a little while so you can see if the VPS is fast enough. And... record your videos from the perspective they will be working so they are seamless in their training.

    3) Understand they are not you and do not know what you know or even why you are doing what you are doing. They also don't care 99% of the time, they just want to go to work and get paid. They are not you and will never be so do not have that expectation. Do have the expectation that they will perform certain tasks you thoroughly train them on.

    4) Build a relationship with them so you can learn from what they actually may see from their perspective. I never treat anyone that works for me like some kind of third party entity but rather as a person so I know what their life is a little about. You may find that getting to know them will give them cause to offer some advice on how they can do a better job for you if they deviate from your explicit instructions.

    5) Don't be steadfast in how you want something done. If the VA has an idea to make his work easier, see if that will work. When I was raising children and one wanted to do something, I did not look to see why they could not but how we could accomplish that and it be best for them. Do the same here.

    6) Stuff happens... there will be times when they can't come to work... that is the same in EVERY business in the world and some outside of the world too. Factor that in when you are calculating returns on the costs of a VA.

    7) Expect them to make mistakes; EVERYONE MAKES MISTAKES. Usually it is best to see why the mistake was made and see how you can implement something so it does not get repeated. Usually it is a training issue too, so it is on you as the trainer most of the time.

    8) Overpay your people. One surefire way to get the best out of someone is to overdeliver and in this instance it means over pay. If your deal is for X amount of dollars per hour, pay them X.3 per hour. They can't get a gift bonus usually (like a watch, gift certificate, etc) but they can get a cash bonus. Come payday step up to the plate and hook them up if they are taking care of you.

    9) Limitations should be understood by you and in a sense cater to your VA. You want the most from them understand what they can offer and run with that. Remember this person is not you but rather a "part of you" and you need to be comfortable with that. Find what aspect of "you" they can be and you'll be dancing in the streets.

    10) Communicate so they understand you when you are sharing something. Odds are the VA does not use your native tongue as their mother tongue so you need to be sure that what you are saying is being heard as you want it heard. It is real easy to talk to them and miss out that what you are saying is Latin to them so when you explain something, make sure they understand and make sure they know it is OK if they do not so you can share it another way.

    If you want to launch your boat in deep waters, you will need some help and you can get that with a properly trained qualified Virtual Assistant. I personally could not do 1/5 of what I do without the VAs I use and I'm not only blessed by being able to accomplish more but I've built relationships with some real quality people in the process.
     
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  2. Entourage556

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    What do you think of AskSunday's VA's?
     
  3. mickyfu

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    If I cloned myself, I would just end up with another lazy fucker telling me to come to the pub and we can do our work later.
     
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  4. BassTrackerBoats

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    You make that sound like a bad thing.
     
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    Who provides the best VAs? PM me if you know of good VA designers.
     
  6. BassTrackerBoats

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    I personally am not going to share who I think is good, bad or ugly as I think you can get good VAs from almost any service offered if you take control and train them properly. Sure, there will be some that will never be able to learn as people have limitations, but in general, it is on the buyer/boss/trainer to make things work.

    Others may chime in and say you can get good VAs from here or there, and that is fine by me, but I won't be offering any particular service in this thread as that is not really my purpose in creating it.
     
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    A very good post, thanks ! In my opinion human relations (interaction) is the most important skill one can have. If you understand another person you can build rapport, be a helping shoulder in times of need or boost their ego or wallet when you see they are putting extra effort in. Also it helps greatly in seeing the other persons view and it can really open up some doors.
    Pure gold
     
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    One of the hardest things to get right when you run your own business and finally try to make it bigger than yourself : delegating tasks and outsourcing. Great post BassTrackerBoats, thanks for sharing!
     
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    Perhaps - something every employer needs to go through to keep things uplift....Great sum-up of how business works online (Y)
     
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    Ive been mulling over getting myself a VA for weeks now, just cant bring myself to do it. And im not sure why - i think maybe its because i like to know things are being done right and couldn't live with the OCD checking constantly that the VA is doing everything right.

    Informative read as always, cheers BTB
     
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  11. BassTrackerBoats

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    I have a good friend that had the same issue, Hawkster. I finally got him talked into hiring someone for some of his work and he is a new man with increased revenue as he now has time to build other things that have been sitting on the back burner for ages.

    You're a good guy and I would like to see you even more successful; I'll make the same offer to you that I did to him.

    Hire a VA, train them properly and if what they do does not make a significant impact in your ability to expand what you are doing or make it so you can do additional things to generate revenue, I'll pay for them for a month.
     
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    Great tips, now tell us how to get non-flaky passive aggressive coders. I've had nothing but cringe-worthy experiences there.
     
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    Great Post ...... :)
     
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  14. BassTrackerBoats

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    The coders I work with are all partnered up with me and people I know in real life. I think that is really the best way to go for a project that requires coding as things are so dang fluid in our industry and you will always need to change/adjust things down the road.
     
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    Thanks for another great reminder BTB.
    Your shares are always awesome! Now I'm thinking to hire some VAs.
    How much do you pay them? for starting price
     
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    I was looking to hire a VA soon in order to save some time on choosing and doing minor editing on images for one of my sites, so this guide should come in handy.

    Thanks!
     
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    I'm hyper paranoid about VAs, mostly because I don't want to trust anyone I don't know with any part of my business.

    That being said, I am currently training my sister to help me with certain parts of my business. She has years of managerial experience, so when I finish training her I'm going to let her go out and hire VAs. That way she can handle that headache.

    Oh, and one other thing: I 100% agree about overpaying your employees. Even if all they demand is $5 an hour, if you give them $6, they will work their asses off for you. There are so many bosses who treat their employees like crap and pay them next to nothing. Please value your employees. Even if they wind up being terrible you should still treat them like human beings. You don't know what kind of impact you can have on someone if you just give them the dignity they deserve.

    Remember that you need them just as much as they need you. A little bit of respect goes a long way.
     
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    Some work providers will give work, praise you sky high, then at pay time, they will take the work and dump the worker forever as if it's their birthright. OP's words will be like water drops on hot plate to them... Unfortunately, those types are in majority, especially online.
     
  19. BassTrackerBoats

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    Outsourcing your outsourcers... taking VA management to the concourse!

    And the truth of the matter is, those guys are the real losers as a decent VA that you have trained well will produce revenue somewhere between 5 and 7 times your cost usually.
     
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    Yes, BTB, they lose, and heavily too. It takes some time, but lose they will. I have seen the way they lose, on and of line. Over the last 30+ years, I have seen them lose heavily because they chose to become axxholes towards their employees. Due to the nature of my work, I've been working with the top people who were some of the biggest people in their fields, but except one or two really good business persons, I can hardly remember anyone who were good even to their most efficient employees. They'd have their sidekicks and the managers, but the best employees would only get shit treatment. I always wondered why they do that, AND then suffer heavily! Fate, destiny, karma?

    Why can't those mofos chose to do what you've written? Isn't that common sense? But no, most will chose to scam those who are really the best for them! Then some force destroys their own lives... Literally! I have seen this phenomenon happen to so many of those guys... Just the other day I met one such guy who chose to be inhuman to the one who helped that person... I'm sort of expecting to see him get paid back in kkind. Why can't the business world, major part if it, act the way you've written?:)
     
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