Work Update – Content 2.0 and General Administration Support

Work Period: Aug 10, 2015
Hours Worked: 5:50 @$3.50/hour
Money Paid to Me (Virtual Assistant): $18.38*
                          (*Exclusive of $2.04 charged by oDesk)
Overall Difficulty of Tasks: Medium

Content 2.0 Administration Support:

  • Received a short submission on the party games site. Since it was too short to be published alone, so I posted it as a comment under Funniest Dares List.

  • Received some spam comments on Ideal-Helper so I have deleted and banned all such comments.

Feedback about Hiring a New Virtual Assistant:

  • Listened to a High priority audio, where you have discussed and asked my feedback about hiring another virtual assistant at $1/hour and will this be ethical from cost of living point of view.

    Your first question was to hire someone from UpWork on a fixed price contract and also ask them to log hours via Team app, and also if it will get your account in trouble. I don’t think that doing this will get your account banned because UpWork still allows (for those contractors who were hired before the $3 policy update) to work below $3, so this is clearly not against their terms of service.

    But I am not sure whether it is ethical or not because contractors know that the minimum wage is $3/hour so I don’t think that this will work for a longer period of time. Newbies will apply for these kinds of jobs just to get some initial feedback, but would not prefer to work for a long time.

    Besides that, I personally think that Philippines has much cheaper cost of living as compare to Pakistan. Over the years cost of living has been increased drastically here. After listening to this audio, I got some feedback from actual potential workers (I usually get some requests from different people who are willing to work online as a freelancer) and most of them are not willing to work at this rate. Minimum they’ve asked for $2/hour.

    My advice is to hire someone from the Philippines at $1 using or some similar service and ask them to log time via Hubstaff (or another similar free software). If it’s a short-term one time project, then it’s fine to hire someone from UpWork. But as I mentioned earlier that UpWork’s minimum wage policy is $3/hr and if we will hire someone at $1 (and ask him/her to also log their working hours via Team app), he will ask for salary raise or will quit after some time.  

Other Administrative Support:

  • Watched all pending work update feedback videos and published all reviewed work updates.
  • Watched another high priority audio where you asked my consent about managing your personal tasks (Non-website related), as always I have no reservations doing them and I am 100% okay and willing to do this as well 🙂
  • Since I ran out of high priority videos and tasks, so I have now implementing proofread changes to the Eric interview pages and already have worked through the following pages:
  1. Virtual assistant communication
  2. Administrative virtual assistant
  3. Virtual assistant work revisions
  4. Virtual assistant feedback
  5. Video screen recording
  6. Getting started with a virtual assistant
  7. VA Communication Tips
  8. Virtual assistant concerns
  9. How to share large files
  10. Communication with virtual assistants

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