Hire and Manage a Virtual Assistant Using oDesk
I’ve had a lot of success hiring and managing virtual assistants using oDesk. In this post I’ll show you exactly the steps I go through to effectively find and hire the right person every time.
I really like oDesk the best. I have tried all the major oursourcing sites, such as Elance.com and Guru.com, but I feel that oDesk has the greatest number of highest-qualified contractors for my needs.
In our local tech startup group here in San Diego, we’ve been talking a lot about hiring assistance for tasks that are perfect for a virtual assistant, such as:
- Researching and finding similar blogs/websites to a particular keyword or keyword phrase
- Finding contacts at a list of companies and dropping them into a spreadsheet
- Coordinating actions among a group of contractors
- Pinning, liking, tweeting
For more examples, look at this article that gives lots of great ideas that you can get help with for a few dollars per hour:
If you’ve been thinking about hiring a virtual assistant, but thought the process could be challenging, I have made this video to help demystify the process and take you from signup to hire in a few minutes. I hope it really helps you.
In this video, I’ll cover:
– How to sign up and immediately start browsing candidates
– How to quickly choose the right candidates based on your needs from the thousands of options
– How to write and post a very effective job requisition that targets only the contractors you are looking to attract
– How to submit your job to the best contractors for their consideration.
In the next two videos, I’ll cover how to:
– Pick the best applicant once you have received a lot of interest and
– How to effectively manage your remote team with very little effort using free online tools
I’ll even interview a VA who was hired on oDesk and ask her what she’s looking for in a client – contractor relationship and what the best forms of communication are to minimize misunderstandings and maximize job task clarity.
Thanks for watching. If there’s something you’d like to see, please let me know in the comments.
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