Tips on Outsourcing
- Interview questions. If they spend the time to answer your questions
- References. Ask for references. Some sites will not allow it
- Read ratings and comments.
- See if there are repeats. This shows that they can
- See the # of reviews
- Reviews can also be deceiving -some programmers will do wahtever it takes to get a positive review
- Read the ratings to find what type of clients they have worked with. Find the ratings for the clients.
- Response time: Look at how quickly they respond back to you. This is the courting stage so they should have a quick response rate.
- Ask if they will be working on other projects while working on this one? Better to have a full time dedication a lot faster than bits and pieces. How to read into it, if someone is overly static that means they are happy. If the rating is 10/10 but the comment is normal that means they didn’t do a great job. Look for “He did as the requirement specs”, this means they were not very happy with the programmer.
- Make sure they have experience working on same scale sites. If they do $20-$50 projects, do not hire them to do $800 projects.
- Sites to hire virtual assistants:
- http://onlinejobs.ph ($49/mo $109/3mo $299/year)
- http://bestjobs.ph (Free to post $5,000 peso to be featured and resume search for 3 months)
- Full time prices range from $200 USD-$300 USD average, you can hire some for as low as $100 and some pay their employees $750 to keep them because they are doing such a great job.
- Here’s a list of tasks you can get your virtual assistant to take care of for you
- Once you have hired the VA you can get them to learn new skills with training courses designed for VA’s.
- VAClassroom $17/mo
- ReplaceMyself $97/mo $997/lifetime
- Lynda.com $25/mo This is targeted to more advance skills and skills on certain topics. Worth considering depending on the level of your VA
Here’s a more in depth guide to finding a virtual Assistant.