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People With VA's What are you using for time tracking?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Vladamir, May 22, 2017.

  1. Vladamir

    Vladamir Power Member

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    I have had my VA on trello plus which lets them enter in their times but it doesent take screenshots. I have heard some people suggesting a software that takes screens seems a little overkill might offend the VA I dont trust her at all.

    Anyone have a software they can recommend?
     
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    Try HubStaff - it takes screenshots every 3, 5 or 10 minutes depending on your choice in all monitors they have. It also tracks their activity level, however that's easy to fake and doesn't necessarily mean your VA isn't working depending on the work he/she is doing. Last but not least, set up specific milestones/assignments for them with realistic deadlines - if you do this, you don't even need to track them at all. I mean, you couldn't care less what they are doing as long as they do their job well in the specified amount of time right?
     
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    I don't track him. As long as he's doing the work in an acceptable time frame.
     
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    We run all of our employees through UpWork, but I think that is the best solution out there. Certainly not the cheapest.
     
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    We have used TimeDoctor and it's pretty sweet, it's not very expensive too like $10 a month or so.
     
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    Time tracking always seemed awful to me. Like @THUNDERELVI and @Lunaaa said, as long as they are getting the job done......

    This horrible idea was first introduced by Rent-A-Coder.com/Vworker (Later acquired by Freelancer.com, proud owner of WarriorForum.com) if I recall correctly. It seemed horrible to me when I was a freelance coder myself, it still seems horrible to me when I am hiring coders now.
     
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    I don't track time. I give my VA a list of tasks I want completed by the end of the month, and she does it. The end. Every week she sends me a progress report. Less stress for me. Less stress for her. You've gotta put some trust and freedom in your assistants.
     
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    Like others said, you've got to trust the person, unless you're working with an advance payment option, or pay by the hour. Even then not all online workers are scammers. Same applies for clients too. ☺

    That being said, you can do the following if you don't want to pay extra bucks for a screenshot/timetracking apps

    1. Create a detailed checklist. Daily, weekly and monthly
    2. Ask for status reports daily.
    3. Meet the person online at the end of the week. You don't have to ask what is being done. Just be friendly, intention is enough. ☺
    4. Ask for weekly progress reports. Set up KPI and add an incentive when the work is being completed before time. ☺ We are all human, so give appreciation where it is due, and you'd get that back, (if the person is legit).
    5. Screen before hiring. If you have hired someone with an interview, have faith in your skills at least. ☺
    That being said, if you still want to spend some additional bucks for a screenshot/time monitoring app, try any of the following.

    1. Hubstaff
    2. Timedoctor
    3. WorkSnaps
    4. Hivedesk
    5. ScreenMeter
    6. TimeCamp
    7. DeskTime
    8. Tahoemeter

    You also have a free app, toptal timetracker. Just Google it.

    Also, frankly speaking, all of these can be faked. So, if you don't have trust in the person you hired, just look for a new person.

    Trust, although fragile in the internet world, is required, and is the basis of all communication. You won't be able to grow your business without that. ☺
     
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    How do you know what amount of work is accomplishable?
     
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    You need to have an idea of what to do and how to do. ☺ If you don't have that, you cannot guesstimate.
     
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    Ok looks like from some of the suggestions here I should stay with my current process not to stress my VA out. I do remember when I worked a 9-5 as a marketing manager I used to go insane at end of day filling out timesheets was the most hated part of my day, try filling out timesheets for marketing and calls throughout day made no sense like telling an air traffic controller to do timesheets millions of microtasks.