A Startup’s Guide to Hiring a Virtual Assistant
What you'll learn
- To answer every question you have about hiring a virtual assistant for your software company/startup
- You should be a founder or aspiring founder of a software company
This course is a deep-dive into hiring a VA (virtual assistant) for your startup/software company. It answers every question I've been asked about hiring a VA. I've hired more than 20 remote workers over the past 6 years.
The course is broken up into 4 parts:
Part 1: Why a VA?
What is a VA and why would a startup founder want to hire one?
What kind of tasks can they help with?
Isn’t it faster to do things yourself (and be sure they get done correctly)?
Part 2: All Your Questions Answered
Can you hire a VA part-time?
Should you hire part-time or full-time?
Are they paid hourly or do you have to buy a block of hours?
Are there long-term commitments?
What are the pros and cons of hiring someone domestic vs. international?
Should you hire a firm or an individual?
How do you keep a VA from making off with sensitive data, code, passwords, etc...?
Part 3: Hiring Your VA
Where do you find good VAs?
What does your 4-step hiring process look like?
Part 4: Working with Your VA
How can you ensure you aren’t being over-billed?
How do you send passwords and other sensitive data to your VAs?
What are the best types of jobs to delegate to a VA?
- What’s the best way to train a VA on a new task?
The course consists of:
- 4 video discussions
- Audio versions of each
- Course notes/outline for each
- A full transcript of each
- A VA job posting I've used to hire several VAs
- A sample VA training screencast & process document
Who this course is for:
- Founders and aspiring founders of software startups
Rob Walling has been starting companies for most of his life. He runs the SEO keyword tool HitTail and email marketing tool Drip, among other profitable web applications.
He blogs to 30,000 readers at SoftwareByRob, runs one of the most popular startup podcasts, Startups for the Rest Of Us, and wrote the book on starting small startups: Start Small, Stay Small: A Developer's Guide to Launching a Startup .