How to Hire a VA

The 4-hour work week makes hiring a VA look easy. I don't think it's that easy. Here's my process.

How to Hire a VA

The 4-hour work week makes hiring a VA look easy.  I don't think it's that easy.  There's too many options.  I've had a few friends ask me how I went about this:

  1. I paid for English is widely spoken in the Philipines and the people looking at VA roles are pretty tech savvy. OnlineJobs goes into great detail about how amazing hiring a virtual worker from the Philipines is.
  2. I placed an ad and specified:
    • Who I am and my background
    • That I needed a personal assistant and what tasks thy might do
    • How much I would pay
    • What hours I would need someone (9-12 in my timezone, because that's when I needed the most help)
    • Some questions that I had for any interested parties.
  3. I got 500 responses in a few days, so I stopped the ad almost immediately.
  4. I came up with a sample research task, something that I thought should only take 30 minutes or so.
  5. I replied to people with a high English score (because I needed some filter) and asked them:
    • to complete the task
    • and give me screenshots of their internet speed (via or Google)
  6. I scheduled Zoom calls with anybody who replied to me with a satisfactory test.
  7. I made a quick heuristic and just hired the person with the highest score after I talked to at least 3 or 4 candidates.

This process isn't perfect.  It's actually a bit frustrating, since OnlineJobs' messaging system is difficult to use as an Applicant Tracking System.   I really wish I had enough work for two assistants because I definitely felt a gap when my previous assistant had to leave - and I'd rather have an assistant that knows me, help me hire a second assistant.

Hit me up if you need help hiring an assistant