Filipinos make the BEST virtual assistants. Entrepreneur Matt Hollie shares why.

What would you do with the gift of more time? If you’ve never thought about it or wished for more time, you’re probably not human.

Would you play more board games with your family?

Would you take up golfing or learn to play the ukulele like Warren Buffett?

Would you set up a smoothie shack on the beach or find other ways to make more money?

Just imagine what you could accomplish with 40 more hours in your work week…

About ten years ago, Matt Hollie, creator of, learned how to add 40 hours to his work week–without clocking extra hours OR sacrificing his downtime.

Matt’s success as an internet marketer was fueled by his humble beginnings. In his own words,

As a kid, I was broke. My parents were unemployed. We lived on a council estate (the British equivalent of US project housing). We had nothing in the way of material things…I don’t tell you this for sympathy. I’m proud of my upbringing. And my mum and dad brought me up with buckets of love.

But after watching the kids he grew up with follow a slow path to seeming self-destruction, Matt determined to be different. He worked his tail off as an internet marketer and became a self-made millionaire by age thirty.


About six years into his career as a full-time internet marketer, an associate introduced Matt to the secret of creating more time: outsourcing.

He learned he could outsource much of the work he was doing and free up his time for other things. By hiring an affordable full-time virtual assistant, Matt was able to outsource 40 hours worth of work, every week (at about $2.50/hr). Outsourcing doubled his time, manpower and productivity. His business continued to thrive.

Soon he was hiring and maintaining 8 virtual assistants. They shouldered the workload of his business, including building websites from a-z, writing content, driving traffic, creating information products like ebooks, writing sales copy and more.

With all of his outsourcing experience, Matt has some wisdom to share:

First and foremost, the Philippines is the BEST place to hire VAs.

In the past, Matt has hired virtual assistants from the Philippines, India, Pakistan and Europe. He’s had to fire bad eggs and he’s dealt with language barriers. He’s worked with the good, the bad and the ugly, and he maintains that Filipino virtual workers are the best.preview-full-relax

“Anything you can do, they can do!” Matt Hollie explains. He also goes into detail as to why Filipino culture churns out ideal VAs:

  • On the whole, [Filipinos] read and write English as well as an American (sometimes better)
  • They have degrees and higher education
  • They’re friendly
  • They’re hardworking  
  • They’re loyal
  • They’re reliable
  • They’re trustworthy
  • …and they’re just good people, “on the whole.”

In his YouTube video, Matt goes into further detail about some of the difficulties he’s encountered working with VAs (like the regular power outages in the Philippines) and how to deal with them. He also shares some wisdom on how to manage VAs, including the following:

  • Don’t forget the 13th month paycheck (similar to a Christmas bonus)
  • Use written conversation for communication and interviews
  • Require daily reports from your workers
  • Use Skype to communicate
  • Be mindful of the time difference

Matt’s greatest resource in hiring his Filipino virtual workers over the years has been He describes it as a “great value for your money” and the best place he’s used to recruit and hire Filipino workers.

Can you imagine what you could do with 40 extra hours a week? Find, recruit and hire outstanding Filipino workers on, grow your business, and learn to enjoy your newly-found freedom.

You can learn more about creating your own internet marketing empire from Matt on his website,

Get started like Matt did!

If you liked this post, you’ll love reading the success stories of James, Dennis, and Catherine.

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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. John Doe says

    Yeah, right. Matt’s exploited Filipinos thinking we’re some cheap fuck he can have use for his cheap business. Paying VAs for $2.50!!! WTF!

  2. Rovert lang says

    Yes i agree that filipinos are good enough compared to other nationalities when it comes to work technically and practically based on my observations, am saying that not because i am filipino.

  3. Danny Welsh says

    I watched the video entirely because it said “In his YouTube video, Matt goes into further detail about some of the difficulties he’s encountered working with VAs (like the regular power outages in the Philippines) and how to deal with them– because I’m seeking that information about what is the best solution dduring and after typohhones. Is it a gasoline generator for power plus some sort of extra stable, wired or wireless backup internet or what? I didn;t find the power reference in the 25 minutes of video, though. 🙁 Can someone direct me to where these disaster-related powar+internet questions may hve already been answered in full? I’d like to implement that across our team as a new benefit.

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