I haven't figured out if they're lazy or just smart, but have any of you noticed that your VA's who are hourly just don't seem to do much in the time frame they're supposed to be working? Our first VA we had to time ourselves how long it took to do a particular task, because we found he was getting very little done in the 4 hours he was supposed to be working. Now that we know what is possible in 4 hours and brought it up to him, he has magically increased his productivity Same issue now with another VA hired through a 3rd party. They say they can only do X posts in an 8 hour period, but I recorded a camtasia video doing the exact task they are doing and showed basically that you would have to be a quadriplegic typing with your nose to be as slow as they claim. And this is a service they do regularly for tons of customers, so this is apparently what most people accept. So apparently some of these VA companies in 3rd world countries have a nice little racket going on where they say they're working for 8 hours, and it's more like 4, if that. I would almost feel a little guilty about bitching over their productivity since they are paid like $1/hr, but I'd rather pay $2/hr and be told the truth than them try to scam me.