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How to avoid being fooled by remote VAs

Discussion in 'Hire a Freelancer' started by luck888, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. luck888

    luck888 Newbie

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    Hi everyone,

    I just wanted to give some tips when it comes to outsourcing and hiring virtual assistants. As you may know, some might have bad experiences with regards to hiring online virtual assistants and to avoid having the same kind of problems, which I encountered myself. Here are some tips on how to avoid being fooled or ripped off by remote VA's or ant staff you may have.

    If you are hiring from online job sites, make sure that the site you are visiting is legit and have positive feedback. There are some sites which are not strict in the number of applicants listed. You may be surprised that some are ghost applicants. Meaning, they may have the different job profiles, but they are only one person. If you fall into this trap, and keep hiring on the same job site, you may be in shock to find out that VA1 is the same as VA2. An online job site which has strict regulations for applicants is a much more reputable site.

    When interviewing, do a voice call, or even better, a video call.

    Have them take a test on the spot (during online interviews), may it be written or oral, depending on the task involved.

    Ask them to submit any valid government ID. It's much better to know whom you are employing.

    Do a trial test of one week and/or pay them weekly, it's much easier than hiring them for the long run. You get to know the VA and her work ethics. There wouldn't be any expectations if it's like this. If you feel that within a month, the VA met your expectations, you can do a fortnight pay.

    Have them run a speed test. This is important because if you need your VA to do massive linkbuilding for you and if her connection is too slow, then probably you will only get half the day's work done.

    Make sure it's their OWN paypal account. If it's the PAYPAL of their friend or whomever it is, I don't trust it, because it means that they don't have any credentials or valid ID's to even open an account. Why so, right?

    Most of all, try to avoid giving advanced wages if you have a newly hired VA. Excuses like, my family member is sick, or it's an emergency does not oblige you to pay a week or worse, a month's advance!



    Care to share any stories of how you handled your VA's remotely?
     
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    aartisarkar Registered Member

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    Thanks for the tips. these would be really helpful for everyone around
     
  3. luck888

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    You're welcome.
     
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    I appreciate the tips, but this really doesn't belong in this section obviously.
     
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    Valid suggestions - I didn't think about the PayPal account thing, it's very telling when it goes to an address not remotely connected with the person:)
     
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    Thanks for the feedback! There is no fixed rules when it comes to hiring VA's. You can apply this for VA's from the Philippines, India, China, etc. But my experience are VA's from the Philippines. Since working online is a remote based job, we need to find a way to make sure that we don't hire the wrong staff and go through the process of re-hiring all the time. Saves a lot of time and effort in knowing which ones are the good candidates.
     
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    And if anyone here wants to determine the English Literacy of foreign home based workers, you can let them have a free test at ilac website. It works well especially if you want to gauge the percentage of their written English. Saves time for me to determine if some of the writers are what they say or not.
     
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    Yeah, I had the experience of hiring a ghost employee. She was using her friend's account, and when I asked her why she couldn't open one herself, she said she lacked a valid ID (lame excuse). Eventually I found out she was applying in a online job site with multiple names/profiles!