The term VA or Virtual Assistant has bugged me for a long time.
You’re not hiring an “assistant”.
They’re not a nebulous “do anything but don’t be particularly good at anything” person.
Yes, I’ve hired a couple of those over the years.
Actually, the first person I ever hired was like that. He knew nothing.
But that was because there was no other way to hire someone back then except through an agency. And…agencies aren’t particularly good at finding great people. They’re just good at bringing in a warm body and marking up their salary.
It worked out for me…but it was frustrating at the same time.
Today, it’s so easy to zero in on the exact talent you need, and, for the most part, I don’t want an “assistant”…
…and neither do you.
You want a specialist.
From the Philippines.
Who works online.
An Online Filipino Specialist. OFS.
Someone who is good at something.
You want a graphic designer,
or a social media marketer,
or a PHP programmer,
or a content writer,
or someone experienced in lead generation,
or an ecommerce specialist,
or an amazon FBA specialist,
Or a dedicated sales agent,
Or a bookkeeper,
Or a data entry specialist,
Or a FB ads specialist
I could go on and on with this.
TIP: try using quotes around your search term on OnlineJobs.ph. like “Ecommerce specialist”
The point is, yes, you can hire a “virtual assistant”, and that person can be really good for you.
But you can also hire a specialist. An Online Filipino Specialist.
Someone who will be loyal and honest and hard working and have great English and help your business grow.
That’s who I hire.
Joven – Data security specialist
Julia – Content specialist
Raymund – PHP programmer
Avery – UI designer
Junelo – Backend admin specialist
Sydney – Data entry specialist
Ben – Social Media specialist
Hazel – HR expert
Peter, Jocelyn, Bing – Customer support specialists
Jessica – Process management expert
… and about 25 more people, all who are really good at what they do (sorry for not mentioning each of you by name!).
I’ve had too many people tell me “I’m just not sure if they’re capable of doing good work” because they’ve heard the words “virtual assistant”.
The Philippines culture is all about making people happy.
All about doing good work.
All about delivering results to the customer.
Hire an OFS. Not a VA.