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How Cheap Outsourcing Can Cost You More

After a couple months of trying to solve a productivity problem in one part of my team I have come to the realization that my “cheap” nature has cost me a lot of money recently!

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The problem was with my domain finding team. The idea with my team set up is that I was to use lower cost labour(Philippines, Bangladesh VA’s with weaker English) to do the main leg work finding domain while my more expensive team member(18$/hr) would complete the final QC checks.

This strategy seemed to work well for awhile however the set up ran into two limitations…

  1. Number of domain they were able to find capped out at 200/month
  2. For “difficult” niches the turnaround time was longer than promised for customers.

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3 Most Common Reasons Why Hiring a VA Failed for Me or You

Have you tried to hire and work with a VA in the past only to have it fail? I have many times! Here are the main reasons that working with a virtual team member fails, at least from my experience.

Based on talking with other people I believe others have struggled with similar problems.

Many of my emails for my contest post had similar themes about why the VA didn’t work out. Here is the contest post (if you applied don’t worry the contest has not been awarded yet)

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Win 1 Week of One of My Best Virtual Assistants Time for Free


Want to have one of my best VA’s work for you for 40hrs for Free? Contest details are at the bottom.

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One of my key goals for this year as I outline in my monthly income posts is to publish one article every week on this site.Continue reading

#1 Way to Improve Your Virtual Teams Effectiveness

If you are in the process of building a virtual team and are looking to improve the performance of your key team members I have a great tip for you today.

But first let me make sure one thing is clear – This strategy can take a great team member and make them even better but, it can-not fix poorly performing team members.

For poorly performing team members there is only one solution I have found – ending their contract (except in rare occasions when there is a valid reason).

If you are interested in more of my posts on building out my virtual team here are 2 key posts…

  1. How to Hire a VA
  2. How to Manage a VA

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How to Outsource Tasks – 3 Different Free Systems I Use

Outsourcing tasks to VA is one of the simplest jobs but often when not done well it can end in confusion, extra costs and the desired end result not being achieved.

This post is going to talk about the progression I have gone through assigning tasks to my VA and what I have learned along the way.Continue reading