Time to kick back and relax! You've hired your product sourcing Virtual Assistant, just wait for those sweet sweet deals to arrive in your mailbox every day.
You know where I'm going with this already don't you? Well the fun has just got started. Hopefully you've got your management and training processes in place, but if you haven't, I've put together a series of short video guides below on how we manage our Virtual Assistants.
The methods we use have developed over and work very well. You don't have to follow the same ones, but I'm confident that if you do you will stand a very good chance of your VA succeeding.
Communication & Day To Day Management
For some reason when I speak it's quite quiet on this video, so you'll need to turn the volume up after the intro.
Here are the links to the tools I demonstrated in the above video
- Meister Task - really easy to use, nice workflow options, and free! Update - since recording the video I have discovered that Basecamp has upped it's minimum subscription to $99 per month. I'm not saying it isn't worth it, but I think you can achieve what you want to achieve for free or a lot cheaper. I will recommend another service below.
- Basecamp - this is what we use, and feel we couldn't manage our VA's effectively without it. There is a cost of $29 per month. Update - since recording the video I have discovered that Basecamp has upped it's minimum subscription to $99 per month. I'm not saying it isn't worth it, but I think you can achieve what you want to achieve for free or a lot cheaper. I will recommend another service below.
- Asana - I have used Asana on occasion, and it has the chat and document storage facility within projects that you need to make the VA management work. The free version should be more than sufficient for your needs.
I hope that you could see from the video that having an organised sourcing schedule helps your Virtual Assistant know exactly what they should be doing and when. I also hope it shows you that by using sourcing software your VA will be able to be incredibly productive in finding profitable products for you to sell.
Don't worry, you don't need BOTH Wizard and TA. We have one VA running one and another running the other, but that's just us. Either or would be very effective also.
So you can see that Time Tracking is a really useful way to keep your Virtual Assistants focused and give you the confidence that they are working to improve your business.
- HubStaff - the clear favourite for me, which will mean that you are not tied to a particular recruitment site. Very affordable and comprehensive.
- OnlineJobs - a nice, easy to use tool. Use it to start off with when you have just hired your VA as it's part of your $49 per month package, then move over to Hubstaff when you cancel the subscription before the second month charge kicks in.
- Upwork - good looking and effective (like myself), but means you have to have recruited your VA via Upwork
Contracts & Non Disclosure Agreements
I haven't made a video on contracts and NDAs for two reasons:
- Looking at legal documents doesn't make for very exciting viewing
- I have no legal qualifications so I'm not comfortable recommending anything in those areas
That said, we do have both a contract and a NDA with our Virtual Assistants, based on free templates from a legal website which we adapted the wording on.
I don't expect to be able to enforce anything in either of these documents, but I like the VA's to feel as though they are part of a real business, and also that I take things seriously.
How Are You Going To Train Your Virtual Assistant
Training is THE most important part of the whole product sourcing VA process. Get this wrong, and all the work you've done so far will have been in vain. Get this right, and you are set to accelerate the growth of your Amazon business. Luckily I've got the perfect, tried and tested product sourcing training system all ready to go. You can find our more about this by clicking below: