Nice to meet you, I am the person behind this website! My main goal is to teach you to outsource your work to others – so that you can enjoy your new free time like this…
How did I get started with outsourcing?
From the year 2008 on, I discovered the world of website creation, online work and outsourcing. I was a grad student then, and didn’t have much funds to speak of.
Still, it was enough to hire virtual assistants on project-based contracts. It was fascinating to me that you could spend a few $ and literally buy hours of time of a hardworking asian person (I started out with outsourcing to India).
The best part of it was, that I created win-win situations: another person had a job that was better paying than a local job; I got more time to spend otherwise.
After a few years, I had already hired over 30 VAs from different countries, and have gained lots of outsourcing experience along the way.
Why I think you can learn from me
You should enjoy the advantages of outsourcing to VAs – mainly free time and more stuff done.
But it makes absolutely no sense that you make the same mistakes I did along the way. I learned the process of working with a VA on my own, mainly.
There was some inspiration from great books, like the 4 Hour Work Week from Tim Ferris, but that didn’t teach me any details about outsourcing.
And the details are what will cost you your time, if you have to learn everything from scratch.
That’s why I am sharing my experiences with VAs freely. The good as well as the bad. There are a lot of tools and tricks you can use to optimize any aspect of cooperating with VAs:
- Finding them
- Interviewing them
- Training them to work effectively with you
- Not overspending on outsourcing tasks
- Minimizing the time needed to supervise/manage your VAs
And many other lessons.
There is something more valuable than money: and that is time. Virtual assistants are the only effective solution to “buy time”. And that makes them invaluable.
What do my VAs do for me?
Except for working on my websites (easily a few full time jobs), there are many tasks I used my VAs for.
- Planing vacation trips (to Amsterdam and the Philippines)
- Coaching me online (a chemistry teacher from the Philippines gave me refresher-lessons during my time as a student)
- Tedious research and manual data analysis (stuff that no computer can calculate yet because it took manual measurements, summarizing information for easy understanding for me)
- Putting my words down on paper (Transcription) – easily one of the most money/time effective tasks to outsource for anyone
And many more (sometimes tedious and time consuming) tasks.
But doesn’t this cost lots of money?
Of course, I had to invest money for having so many VAs work for me. Some of them worked for me for several years, up to 30 hours a week.
Up to now, I estimate that I have outsourced 8000 hours.
- That’s 1000 work days (à 8 hours)
- That’s 5 years of work (200 work days per work year)
Sure, I spent way over 10 000$ (it’s scary to write that down) along the way.
But how much would you give for 5 years of time…?
I had an idea of naming this site “others-work-you-sleep”. Most of the time, my virtual assistants are much more productive than myself 🙂
Save yourself a LOT of money by learning what works and what doesn’t
I am a normal person working a day job (for now ;)) that you could meet everywhere. But managing so many outsourcing projects does teach you lots of lessons.
In my opinion, there are 3 choices for you to make:
- Don’t outsource and do all the work yourself (saves money but costs your time)
- Start outsourcing but do it on your own (saves time, but you spend way more money than you need to – you waste money)
- Start learning the ins and outs of working with Virtual Assistants, but keep peeking over my shoulders (my website) to save money and save time
Doesn’t sound like a hard choice, does it…? 🙂
That was it about me. Do you have any questions? I would love to get to know you – be it to discuss things with you or for business partnerships.
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