As a marketer you want to take on the world. Everything you touch is your baby and letting go of even just the smallest part can feel hard.
But if you truly want to grow your business rapidly, then you need to take advantage of outsourcing and once you are armed with the best virtual assistant tools it's easy to build an awesome virtual team.
That means you can spend less time working in your business and more time working on your business.
So how do you find virtual assistants and manage them efficiently? By using these tools of course...
#1 - Freelancer
Freelancer is one of the giants in the Freelance Outsourcing world. Prices can be a little expensive here, but then – at the risk of upsetting a bunch of people – the quality of the work tends to be of a much higher standard too.
Freelancer tends to be the place that established outsourcers move to once they have found their feet on cheaper platforms like UpWork (which we will look at in more detail below).
So if you are looking for high quality no fuss virtual assistant to work with, this is the place for you.
The downside to the tool is that you kind of have to post a job straight away and can’t take a look around. Although, if you aren’t bound to anything, so it can’t hurt.
But if you do want to check out who is there beforehand, scroll down to this section of the page:
Now you can see who the best of the best are and get a good look at the quality on the site, like these SEO guys:
You can also drill down into their profiles further and look at feedback from previous jobs to get a feel for them.
#2 - Upwork
The interface is simple and, because UpWork is one of the first places that people go to set up to work online, you can often grab yourself a better deal on price, but that also leads to a generally lower quality of worker.
You have a wide range of needs and jobs you can outsource for, too. They have catagories in:
- IT & Networking
- Data Science & Analytics
- Engineering & Architecture (new office anyone?)
- Design & Creative
- Admin Support
So no matter what it is that you need to offload and outsource you can find it here.
The interface is really simple to use. Once you’ve created a free hiring account you can start to browse through freelancers and contact them directly through the search feature:
Or you can go ahead and create a job listing that people can apply for. They even have a guide on how to create a good job posting right here for you to follow, if this is your first time.
Depending on the type of job the amount you’ll pay ranges. But, for a good quality, native English freelancer, you’re going to be paying between $20 and $40 on average.
#3 - Fiverr
The topic about making money on Fiverr has been one of the most popular posts on the blog. And, with good reason, because it’s an awesome platform.
If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know what it is, it’s where you can hire someone to take care of a task – from web design to creating PDF’s and getting someone to dance in a hotdog suit to your favourite song for two minutes – all starting at $5.
Fiverr is different to hiring a Freelancer. You often get similar quality work done for a smaller price. And, they work a little more independently than a Freelancer would. The process is a little like:
- You request a task
- They ask you to confirm it
- They do it
- You review it
- You ask for one or two rounds of revisions (depending)
- You pay them
- It’s all over
Instead of how working with a Freelancer, which can be more consistent and long term and often require more communication (wanted by both sides, sometimes) this is more of a quick-hit, get it done, policy.
You can find yourself saving a lot of money using this platform, too. Ryan Stewart of Site Point uses Fiverr to save over $6,642 per month on Freelancers and other costs.
If you have a super-specific job to be done, like creating a logo or recording a voice over to one of your YouTube videos, this is one of the best virtual assistant tools to spend your money with.
#4 - WPMatic
WPMatic is the go to service to solve any WordPress problem for two reasons.
Firstly for just $59 per month WPMatic will complete an unlimited number of 30 minute custom development jobs for your site. They will debug and fix just about anything, it's like having a full time developer on call.
Secondly they also take care of all of your site maintenance, backups, updates and provide live chat for instant support. No matter what happens, they will be there to catch you when you fall.
#5 - ProBlogger Jobs
Okay, this isn’t really an tool. But, it’s definitely a weapon you need to have in your arsenal and it’s a tool all of its own.
This simple job board is the place to connect with mid-level bloggers who want to write for you. This is paid work for them, however, it’s where you’re going to find some tried-and-true content marketers to write for you.
You can post a job here for $50 for 30 days and you’ll get some top quality writers from here once you sift through all of the emails.
Because, while the best jobs may not be advertised, it doesn’t hurt to look and see what’s going on. Just look at my applications over the last few months:
I’ve found companies and sites like: Ahrefs, MindValley, Nichehacks and Lifehack all posting there (and that’s just off the top of my head), so if it’s good enough for them, the writers must be doing something right.
Put a job up and you’ll find yourself with an abundance of good quality writers to choose from.
#6 - CoSchedule
Whether you are outsourcing content, promotion or social media management then CoSchedule will be a life saver.
It makes it easy to create tasks and templates that you can assign to anyone in your virtual team - whether you want someone to setup your social queue or contact everyone featured in the post.
It comes with a handy WordPress plugin and calendar overview that all syncs together to provide a comprehensive task list based on when your posts go out.
This makes it really easy to work with guest posters and automatically assign them tasks like responding to comments or submit the post to Reddit etc
Not only does this cut down on the amount of time to manage everything, it also means everyone is on the same page.
And all of this can be managed directly through WordPress-
So if you are trying to manage a blog along with a team of virtual assistants, you can't go wrong with CoSchedule. It really is one of the best virtual assistant tools on the planet for bloggers.
#7 - LinkedIn Students
Students want to gain experience and you don’t want to pay top dollar to outsource. So, why not look for students on LinkedIn who you can hire for less money and still get the good quality?
Head over to LinkedIn (if you don’t have an account you will find why you need one in the next section), and go to the search bar at the top. Then create a search for what you need with + student after it, like this:
From there you’ll be given a set of results that show you somewhere in the region of what you’re looking for, like these three people here:
Now, once you see someone you like, like Lettie Broom, you can go ahead and click the green similar button underneath.
And, hey presto, you have more people of the same category to choose from:
Just go ahead and drop them a message and see if you can work out a deal with them.
#8 - SuperTasker
SuperTasker runs a little like Fiverr in the way that it’s focused on super-specific tasks.
They focus on getting jobs turned around by their professionals in as little as one hour. Meaning that you can be sure your work is done even on a tight schedule.
All you have to do is enter the broad term for your task – like the below search for Graphics – and it’ll show you all the possible jobs that are available and at what price and time frame.
The prices are higher but for the tight time frame you’re always going to pay a premium.
And, their customer service seems to be on the ball, which is a bonus.
#9 - Basecamp
Once you’ve outsourced your work you’ll need a way to communicate and manage what’s going on. Which is where Basecamp comes in.
You won’t need this if you’re just outsourcing a Logo design, but if you’ve taken on a bigger project – like bringing in a Virtual Assistant or creating a sales team – you’ll need a place that keeps everything, and the ins and out of the project, all in one neat place.
I’m a big fan of Basecamp – especially having used it on both sides of the coin – and if you can swing the $29 a month for it it’s definitely worth it.
They’ve also put a brand new video out on the latest update, Basecamp 3, so you can see it in action for yourself too:
The Best Virtual Assistant Tools.
Outsourcing is a personal process. But for the best experience – especially if it’s your first time – I’d suggest working with these virtual assistant tools …
Choice #1: Freelancer
If you want work done to a high standard, then Freelancer is the place to get that. Sure you can find cheaper virtual assistants - but with outsourcing you tend to get what you pay for.
Jobs are easy to post and you’ll no doubt be inundated with responses. Making it easier for you to feel more comfortable in the person you choose.
There are absolute gems of workers on here, so if you take your time and be thorough, you can get a great deal.
Choice #2: ProBlogger Jobs
If you need a writer – despite being a writer that started his career there – I’d suggest not using UpWork and go straight to ProBlogger.
You will pay more here, but as I said above, if you take some time to sift through and find the quality, you can find yourself a top quality blogger. Usually with a good level of experience.
Choice #3: CoSchedule
If you are working on a blog and need to co-ordinate content production, promotion & social media then CoSchedule will take all of the hard work out of it for you.
It makes it easy to manage all aspects of content production from drafting ideas to making sure all of the graphic are ready when you need them.
Plus it's super affordable and they are always adding new features to make your life easier.
Choice #4: Basecamp
If you are working on a larger project with your virtual assistant then you will want to co-ordinate everything with Basecamp.
It’s so easy to set up and use. Trust me when I say it will save you huge amounts of time & head aches in the long run as you work to achieve your goal.
Plus, your first Basecamp is free. Trial it and see how it works for you. You’ve got nothing to lose.