A Startup’s Guide to Hiring a Virtual Assistant

Why every startup should hire a virtual assistant (VA), answers to your questions, and how to hire and manage your VA.

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  • Lectures 5
  • Video 1 Hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Course Description

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?

  1. What is a VA and why would a startup founder want to hire one?

  2. What kind of tasks can they help with?

  3. Isn’t it faster to do things yourself (and be sure they get done correctly)?

Part 2: All Your Questions Answered

  1. Can you hire a VA part-time?

  2. Should you hire part-time or full-time?

  3. Are they paid hourly or do you have to buy a block of hours?

  4. Are there long-term commitments?

  5. What are the pros and cons of hiring someone domestic vs. international?

  6. Should you hire a firm or an individual?

  7. How do you keep a VA from making off with sensitive data, code, passwords, etc...?

Part 3: Hiring Your VA

  1. Where do you find good VAs?

  2. What does your 4-step hiring process look like?

    1. Job listing

    2. Profile filter

    3. Q&A filter

    4. Task filter

Part 4: Working with Your VA

  1. How can you ensure you aren’t being over-billed?

  2. How do you send passwords and other sensitive data to your VAs?

  3. What are the best types of jobs to delegate to a VA?

  4. 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

What are the requirements?

  • You should be a founder or aspiring founder of a software company

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 5 lectures and 1 hour of content!
  • To answer every question you have about hiring a virtual assistant for your software company/startup

What is the target audience?

  • Founders and aspiring founders of software startups

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: A Startup’s Guide to Hiring a Virtual Assistant
A short introduction to what we'll be covering in this course on hiring a VA for your startup.
An in-depth discussion about why you should hire a VA.
A detailed look at the most common questions that arise when hiring a VA.
An in-depth look at the 4-step hiring process.
How to ensure you're not being overbilled, how to send passwords and other sensitive data to your VA, ideal tasks to send them first, and much more...

Instructor Biography

Rob Walling, Founder. Advisor. Author.

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 .

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    • Michael

    Good, not great

    Lots of great information packed neatly into an hour of excellent video.

    PRO: Hit most high points of the topic at the right depth. Instructor is very competent. Good value for the (discounted) price.

    CON: Instructor's voice goes loud and soft. Both guys need more personality. Heavy emphasis on oDesk to the exclusion of other platforms. And the udemy platform is not easy to navigate (took me 10 mins to find the downloadable resources.)

    • Experience Designer/Entrepreneur Dan Kelly

    Too basic... that's an understatement.

    It was so basic, I think it made me forget some of what I already knew about hiring a VA. Seriously... If you've never heard of a Virtual Assistant or you can't spell "VA", maybe this course is for you. Otherwise, pass.

    • Kip Ferguson

    Good Information

    I have worked with VAs in the past with mixed success. This course gives a nice overview of the process and provides detail where it is most helpful. The interview style was a nice way to present the information. I picked up some great tips for the next time I hire a VA.

    • Doug Yuen

    Specific, actionable advice - especially even if you've read other advice about hiring a VA.

    Rob gives a very realistic explanation of what to expect, unlike many people who tout the idea of hiring a VA to do everything under the sun for just a few bucks an hour. He goes into specific details about how and when to hire, and crucially, how to manage your VA effectively.

    I've recently hired someone as an apprentice, and although the position is different from hiring a VA, I found this content to be highly relevant. What I found particularly useful were the specific details, such as the discussions about sending passwords securely and screencasting tools and techniques.

    There's a wealth of information here, and I highly recommend it.

    • Martijn Reintjes

    Great insights in how to hire and work with VA's

    Although this is not a real course, but more a Q&A interview it gives great value and insights in hiring and working with VA's. Rob also gives some nice actionables and steps to follow.
    But the main thing is, just hire your first VA and get some experience with it!

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