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To those of you working with VAs...

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by dj2ball, May 5, 2015.

  1. dj2ball

    dj2ball Newbie

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    Do you use any software/applications/websites to do things like manage the tasks you allocate to them, track completion, viewing results/outcomes, analyzing productivity, storing central materials (FAQs, instructions etc, branding guidelines if you work with multiple VA's etc...)?

    If yes - what do you use? Could it be improved upon in any way?

    If not, is it because:

    a) You would like to / see a value but haven't found the right tool to support what you want to do
    b) Have found something but the price is not worthwhile
    c) See no value in something that does this
    d) Other - please comment

    Interested to hear thoughts as I'm toying with some SaaS product ideas at the moment and thought this might have some potential.

    Please feel free to discuss - don't hold back and feel free to stray from my specific topics, they're just a guide!
    Cheers
     
  2. dj2ball

    dj2ball Newbie

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    Anyone willing to share any thoughts or insights?
     
  3. lightningblitz

    lightningblitz Elite Member

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    How I use VAs are:

    - Outsource Time Consuming Tasks
    - Outsource Time Consuming Tasks
    - Outsource Time Consuming Tasks

    They will do what you tell them. You can't expect to tell a VA "Rank my site" and expect it to happen.

    I buy my VAs a Pre - Loaded VPN which I can log into if needed. I build or buy my tier one. I ask my VAs to build tier two links using specific instructions I provide.

    I have them do work such as make SEO maps, keeping track of rankings, Account Creation, and so on. Any routine task which I do not have time for.

    Somethings VA's typically will struggle to do:

    1. Things which require perfect English (Blogger Outreach for Links)
    2. Something you can't give clear instructions to.

    Unless you hire a person, you will often work with a Manager to provide your instructions for quality control. Keep this in mind.

    The best way to time manage is to assume you need a couple weeks to test how well they work. I always give my VAs too much work to do. I know they cannot complete it all. I also prioritize tasks that I need done STAT. I then see how well they work under pressure and how much they can get done.

    Be as specific as possible in your instructions and be willing to work back and forth with them. They are employees and people just like you. Keep your mind in that perspective and be willing to train them very well. Specific step by step instructions and you should be fine.