Hiring Newbie Workers – Practical Advice

Is one of the reasons you’re not outsourcing because you’re worried you won’t find anyone experienced and highly skilled? Why not take a chance on newbies? I get why experienced workers are always the first choice – it’s because we think that “experienced” means “skilled”. Let me tell you, that is only sometimes the case. […]

Why You Can’t Find Someone Good in the Philippines – Practical Advice

Once in a while, we receive comments and emails from business owners complaining that outsourcing isn’t working for them. Either they can’t find great people or people are leaving them.  On the other hand, we receive countless emails of thanks because business owners found the perfect OFS for them.  So which is it? Can you […]

What Does OFS Mean? – Practical Advice

OFS stands for Online Filipino Specialist. An OFS is a Filipino virtual assistant. People believe that Virtual Assistants can only do mundane tasks; they aren’t really skilled and need step-by-step instructions for specific tasks. This is not true for Virtual Filipino workers; they are so much more than that. Filipino workers are in a league of their […]

How Can I Do A Background Check On My VA? – Practical Advice

You don’t. You don’t because you can’t. We are so used to background checks here in the U.S. We have background checks for everything! For employment, for loans, for renting, for a bank account, even for volunteering! We have a system for this. So asking for background checks is easy. The Philippines doesn’t have this. They […]

Hiring A Writer? Ask Them These Questions – Practical Advice

Content still remains king and finding a writer could definitely help you and your business. But finding someone to write for you can be tricky. I find that there is a little science to it, though. If you’re looking to hire a writer, start by asking questions. Do you like to read? What are you reading? What […]

My First Outsourcing Mistakes – Practical Advice

I knew nothing about outsourcing when I started, so hiring through an agency is the way to go.  That’s one mistake right there — hiring through an agency. That’s right. I once used an agency to outsource people. To tell you the truth, the first and the second hire didn’t end up well. I didn’t […]

How to Build Your Business Differently With An OFS – Practical Advice

The pandemic has been on us for two years now. It’s been hard for everyone, but I’m still thankful despite that. Do you know what I’m thankful for during the past two years? It’s shown remote working is doable for any industry. Because of this, many business owners have realized that outsourcing can do so […]

Can you recommend someone for me? – Practical Advice

The short, simple answer is no. Why? Because once we find a great OFS, we keep them. We hire someone good and train this person for our businesses. We didn’t go through all that work to recommend that OFS to someone else.  Do you know who gives recommends people to us? Our OFSs. Yes. When […]

Hiring an OFS without making mistakes – Practical Advice

The question isn’t if you should outsource; it’s how to do it. When I first started outsourcing, I outsourced through an agency. The agency provided the VA. They have a pool of people that they have vetted ready to work. After a week, the first VA they provided quit, saying that he didn’t know how […]

Letting Go of a Difficult Task – Practical Advice

When you started your business, it was all on you. Every task, every little detail depended on you. When your business starts growing, you will need help. Whether you hire someone locally or outsource, you will have to let go of the tasks you are so used to doing. In life, letting go is never […]