A Startup’s Guide to Hiring a Virtual Assistant
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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.
4.2 (40 ratings)
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1,820 students enrolled
Created by Rob Walling
Last updated 11/2014
English
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • To answer every question you have about hiring a virtual assistant for your software company/startup
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Requirements
  • You should be a founder or aspiring founder of a software company
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
Who is the target audience?
  • Founders and aspiring founders of software startups
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Curriculum For This Course
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A Startup’s Guide to Hiring a Virtual Assistant
5 Lectures 50:29
A short introduction to what we'll be covering in this course on hiring a VA for your startup.
Preview 01:53

An in-depth discussion about why you should hire a VA.
Preview 10:00

A detailed look at the most common questions that arise when hiring a VA.
The Part Where We Answer All of Your Questions
10:30

An in-depth look at the 4-step hiring process.
The 4-Step Hiring Process
12:50

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...
Secrets to Working With Your VA
15:16
About the Instructor
Rob Walling
4.2 Average rating
40 Reviews
1,820 Students
1 Course
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 .