A lot of entrepreneurs start building their business while working a full-time job. It’s a smart choice but it can be exhausting.
What businesses need, more than money, is time. Entrepreneurs need time to do the work to get things started. But what can you do if you don’t have the time AND you don’t have a lot of money to get someone to work on your business full-time.
This is the dilemma that Traci ran into while building her Poshmark and eBay business. How can she free up her time to work on her business without quitting her job?
She found her answer in outsourcing.
In this video, Traci shares:
- What made her decide to start delegating?
- Why she decided to work with Filipino VAs
- How she found the right virtual assistant for her, despite her busy schedule
- How Onlinejobs.ph continues to provide great value, even after you find your VA
To see more of Traci, check out her YouTube channel and tell her that Onlinejobs.ph sent you =)
We see Traci ending up like Dean, who’s living the 4 hour work week lifestyle, or Miles, who now has an online empire. And she’s on the fast track getting there, considering it only took her 2 days to find her VA.
Don’t work yourself to exhaustion. Go find your rockstar virtual assistant now. Sign up for an Onlinejobs.ph employer account now, find your VA, and check out the amazing features you can get with your account.
You can also read the transcription to the entire video below:
Hey! What’s up guys! I’m Tracy and I just wanted to come on here real quick to tell you guys about something that I have been using lately that has really helped me to grow my business. Kind of, as like, my little secret weapon.
If you’re not familiar with me, I am a reseller on Poshmark and eBay, which means that I go out into the community and I find things of value and then I basically flip them online. So, if you have ever tried doing this or if you know someone who does this, the real investment in this business is time. You can get the items in the merchandise for a low price but it takes a lot of time to get them home, clean them up, and list them, and, you know, photograph them. Listen, everything that it takes to sell things online.
So, as a person who works a full-time job, I work in marketing, it was difficult for me to find the time to sell enough products to make a meaningful profit. So, I started looking into basically how can I create more hours in the day. And I know that’s, like, a really super common question for anyone. And I was looking online, looking at videos, just trying to figure out what my answer was that was going to help me to grow my business. And that’s when I found a video about someone talking about their experience using a virtual assistant from the Philippines. And they hired them through the job site Onlinejobs.ph
And I watched the video and it was really interesting. And I looked through their website and then I found out that you had to pay to use their website. And so, that was kind of a drawback for me so I looked at my other options and I ended up trying out another option online. And I looked at their virtual assistants and they were actually pretty expensive but I figured maybe I would find someone that I could afford. So, I posted a job for free and the responses that I got were actually really bad. I’m, I didn’t find anyone. And I was mostly getting applicants from the United States and I wasn’t finding anyone who had the experience that I was looking for to help me with my business.
So after about a week of having that ad up with no success, I decided I would give it a try. And I just took my ad directly from that website and put it on Onlinejobs.ph and I was amazed with how quickly I started receiving responses from candidates.
I know not all of the candidates were what I was looking for but there were a couple that came through, I would say, within the first day. I got probably 20 applications. And out of those there were probably like 5 that I felt that I felt were, um, kind of, what I was looking for. And so I reached out to them and I had them do some sample tasks for me. And I was pretty amazed there were a couple that I thought could actually do the job.
And the cool thing was is that, or the cool thing is, is that in the Philippines, the cost of living is so much lower. And so people can actually make a decent living off of 2, 3, 4, 5 dollars an hour in the Philippines. And that is a huge benefit to businesses here in the United States especially a small business. Like a sole proprietor like me, who I don’t have a ton of disposable income to pay to somebody to help me, kind of, get my business started.
So, it was a great resource for me and I ended up hiring my first virtual assistant within two days of starting on of starting my membership on OnlineJobs.ph. And we started the training process. I made her training videos. And, you know, of course there’s going to be mistakes when someone’s learning something new. But what I noticed about working with her is that she would make a mistake and I would let know what I corrected in the listings that she created for me. And then the next batch of listings there would still be some mistakes but they wouldn’t be the same mistakes repeated as from the last time, so that was really important to me to find someone who is teachable.
And I feel like I’ve found that on Onlinejobs.ph and having a virtual assistant has really helped me to, you know, free up my life. I’m able to focus fully on my day job. And then when I come home I’m not just completely bombarded with everything that I have to do for my business because my virtual assistant has taken care of it for me.
The site, like the user interface at Onlinejobs.ph is actually super easy to use.
I think anytime you try something new it can be a little bit intimidating. And as a business owner that’s, just you know, a mountain that I climb every time, you know, just kind of facing things without fear.
So when I was I, when I started with it, doing the job posting was super easy. It was just a really self-explanatory process. And then the communication with applicants there, um, and I think there’s options to do it different ways. But their applications would come straight to my email. And I think you can also if you’d rather have it all on the website, you can do it that way too. But I loved having the applications come straight to my email. And then when I
would reply to that email it would reply to that person’s personal email. So basically, once they have, once we found each other through the site the communication is between us. And it’s, uh, it’s nice to just be able to hire someone that way.
And then once you do decide to hire someone you go on to the site and you just click that they are hired and whether it’s part-time or full-time. And then I was kind of worried, like, what’s gonna happen now? Like, how, how do I pay this person? How do I know that they’re actually working?
And Onlinejobs.ph has a system called EasyPay and with EasyPay, um, it’s exactly what it sounds like. The first time I paid my virtual assistant I was, like, I hope EasyPayis really easy.
Sorry, there’s an ambulance going by.
But, I hope EasyPay is really easy and it was I was able to I think I just hooked it up to my PayPal. And I was able to just put in the amount that I wanted to pay her and it paid her.
And they also have a system that you can use called TimeProof, which basically, you just invite your assistant, I think, by sending their email address, or, or maybe just clicking through a drop-down. But you just invite your virtual assistant to use TimeProof and it will send you a screen captures during their shifts. So you can see that they’re actually working. So it’s just kind of like that peace of mind, you know, as you’re getting used to working with someone new. Just to have, have that to prove that they’re doing what they say they’re doing.
So, I want to tell you guys that I just really couldn’t recommend Onlienjobs.ph more. If you are looking to expand your business and, like, free up your time, it’s such an easy interface to Use. And, yeah, it’s just really changed my life.
So there is a link in the description box below if you want to check them out. One of the really nice things about Onlinejobs.ph is that if you decide to try it out you pay the subscription fee, and it’s a monthly subscription. And so, if you use their service for a month and you find a virtual assistant then you can just cancel your membership after that. But you can still go on using the services like EasyPay and TimeProof through their website so it’s really cool. And I found my VA in like 2 days so the chances of finding a good VA in a month are really good.
So, thank you guys so much for watching. I hope that you’ve learned something valuable. And I hope that maybe this has opened your mind, looking down different avenues to discover how you can grow your business. so if you enjoyed the video, please give it a thumbs up. And if you plan on trying out a virtual assistant through Onlinejobs.ph, comment down below what the first task is that you’re excited to have them help you out with. I know for me it was the listing because I get so tired of, just the monotonous listing over and over again. And it takes so long to list as many items as I want to list per day.
So thank you so much to my VA for taking care of that for me. But anyway, yes, give me a thumbs up. Give me a comment and subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already. Thanks guys! Bye!
About Julia Jasmine M. Sta Romana
Julia has been working for OnlineJobs.ph since 2012, first as a writer and now as its social media manager and content development specialist. She also founded the Davao Virtual Assistants Association, the biggest VA association in Davao City
She’s a full-time wife and mom and volunteers her time as an internet rights advocate.
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