(October 11, 2012)
If you get started using oDesk, in order to hire VAs or other providers, you’ll soon be tempted to hire more than one person. It’s a smart business move:
You can find out who is the best fit for your business and you can get much more work done.
However, don’t forget that managing multiple people takes time too and a considerable amount of time, if you do it well.
Here is how I work around it in times of time pressure:
I have my one main virtual assistant. He is responsible for many different tasks and I have heavily trained him. I discussed with him if he would be up for managing other virtual assistants for me.
I gave him instructions about how to handle my other team members and enabled his account to get the rights as a Hiring Manager.
This is possible on oDesk. You can, if you trust your long time virtual assistant enough, give him the rights to hire, fire, employ and manage other people.
This is outsourcing on steroids.
Here is where the real power kicks in. My virtual assistant not only closely manages and stays in contact with two additional VAs.
He also gives me feedback about their work and evenly distributes the workload to both of those co-workers. This way, I can get a lot of stuff done in extremely short amount of time.
Especially if you’re pressed for results right now, this is a good tactic to use.
And if you first have to screen through several co-workers one by one, you might not get all the work done that you need to.
My main advice, my main take home message from this whole website is:
Get yourself one trustworthy main virtual assistant.
Train him in the way you have been trained so that in the case of need, he can “replace you” accordingly.
How much trust do you need to build with your main virtual assistant before you can trust him with your account and with the privileges of hiring people?
In essence, how long does it take before you trust your virtual assistant with your credit card?
Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments.