My 4 Best Tips for Finding a Great VA – Practical Advice

You don’t have to be a bodybuilder or a professional athlete to reap the benefits of weight training. When done the right way, it helps you lose fat, increases your strength and muscle tone. But if done incorrectly, weight training may lead to injury.

Nope, this isn’t a health tip! This is still part of a series of tips about outsourcing, particularly to the Philippines.

Just like weight training, anyone can do it. You don’t need to be an HR person or a recruiter to hire your own OFS. Outsourcing should also be done properly to get the best out of it. Done wrong, it could be a waste of time, effort, and of course, money.

My weight trainer recently shared his 4 best workout tips with me. Today, I’m giving you my 4 top recruitment tips to help you find the best OFS for your business. 

  1. First, skip Skype interviews. Email interviews are the way to go. When you’re working, you don’t really talk to your OFSs face to face all the time. Most of your communication will be through email and chat. What makes the interview any different?
  2. Second, avoid shortlisting people. Casting a wider net means there’s a chance you’ll get a bigger fish.
  3. Third, hire directly through Most of what you’re paying with an agency is their overhead, not the VA’s salary.  And nobody knows your business better than you. You’re the best person to find an OFS that’s a good fit for your business.
  4. Lastly, hire something you know how to do. This way, you get to teach how you want things done and you get things off your plate quickly.

I’m more than happy to show you my entire recruitment process so you can find an awesome Online Filipino Specialist. Head on to for a lot more tips and plenty of practical advice on outsourcing to the Philippines.

I also have a new book that I’m giving away for free, The Outsourcing Lever. It’s about how I have done outsourcing over the years. Get more information here.

You can also check out how to get started on hiring Rockstar Virtual Assistants.

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About John Jonas

John Jonas is a long-time outsourcing expert and the creator of

Since 2005, John has taught hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs how to profitably delegate to VAs in the Philippines (and get their lives back in the process).

With help from his own VAs based in the Philippines, John has created an outsourcing empire that allows him to work 17 hours/week and to spend most of his time with his wife and 5 kids.

Find John at and Facebook.

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  1. Jing Ojeda says

    You nailed it, John! And if I may add, please give us newbies a chance to prove ourselves giving value to your business.

  2. Jeffrey says

    I am Jeffrey Ligson Pineda 33yr old
    Father in two children one boy and
    One girl.
    Im hard working ,honest,trus worthy
    Man.i need this job to change my
    Family life

  3. Irish Hinay says

    It’s been my desire to become an online freelancer. I am hoping that thru this platform, I can have many clients as I can. Thank you.

  4. Melrose Mallare says


    I am a newbie on VA and Appointment setter. Hope I found a Non-voice Appointment setter WFH set-up. This is a big opportunity for me and my family ?

    Thank you.

  5. Angelo Emberso Tripoli says

    I’m a newbie in freelancing world, I’m an on call Appointment setter, I am looking forward someone can hire me in particular job. Your help is a big change ever in my life.

  6. Niel Patrick Colina Brillantes says


    I am a newbie on VA and no experience. Hope I found a Non-voice Appointment setter WFH set-up. This is a big opportunity for me and my family ?

    Thank you.

  7. liz colanse says

    I just signed up because many influencers on tiktok make a video on how to become a VA and onlinejob. ph is there recommended site to apply.I am a vlogger for almost 5 years, I have experience in creating digital content such as product reviews (beauty products reviews, clothing hauls, home appliance and even invited to feature Business openings in malls such as Macau Imperial Tea, Avocadoria and more mall events. Through this different experiences I have attract readers, viewers and consumers online, I found out that through my content, it help my viewers in their decision making regarding the products before making a purchase online.
    I have the experience in
    01.Content Creating
    03.Video Editing ( FilmoraGo,Villo,Imovie)
    04.Editing Photos (Canva,Lightroom)

    Although I do not have VA experience but with good instruction from my employer i can really do a VA job, as part time.

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