AB #446 | Outsourcing Essentials for Affiliates; The Secrets to Hiring a Virtual Assistant on a Shoe String Budget

Welcome to another edition of The Affiliate Buzz, where affiliate marketers have been coming to be inspired, informed and motivated to succeed since way back in 2003. If you’re a long-time listener of the show, or even a recent member of the audience, you’ve probably noticed that James and Arlene seem to get an awful lot done. Affiliate marketing, podcasts, classes - how do they do it? Especially with all those adorable grandkids there to distract them?

Well today, James and Arlene will share their secret, their simple method for doing it all and having it all – two words. Hire help. They tap into a huge selection of talented professionals who are available on demand and deliver top quality work and will share the secrets to hiring a virtual assistant online.

Break the Bad Habit - The Secrets to Hiring a Virtual Assistant

If you were a carpenter, would you build your own house? Maybe, but you’d probably hire a plumber to put in your water system and an electrician to do your wiring. As an affiliate marketer you probably have lots of skills, but are you an expert business administrator, writer, graphic designer, editor and techie? Is it worth all the time you put in trying to do those tasks? Could someone else do it better?

James and Arlene know that a lot of marketers have a lot of resistance to outsourcing. They even had to get over some of those silly ideas themselves. Today they’ll share strategies for helping you get over the bad habit (yes, it is a bad habit) of trying to do everything yourself.

An Endless Source of Talent

Imagine being able to instantly hire any kind of professional you want on a very affordable budget. Upwork (formed from the merger of Elance and oDesk) allows you to do just that. James and Arlene describe their process for soliciting bids, selecting the right freelancer and keeping a job on track. At this point, they’re so comfortable with the system that if James finds he’s taking more than 15 minutes on something, he’ll spend the next 15 minutes posting a job for it on Upwork.

Once you’re comfortable working with freelancers, you’ll eventually assemble a virtual team. Every team needs a coach. Who’s going to manage all these people? Not you! Instead, you can hire a virtual assistance who will keep all of the balls in the air and even manage you. (James confesses that it would be a disaster if he had to manage himself.) Best of all, these multi-talented, wizards of office work can be hired for around $6 per hour. Why wouldn’t you hire a virtual assistant?

Here’s What You’ll Hear

Listen now as expert outsourcers James and Arlene describe:

  • The one thing all successful affiliate marketers have in common
  • Common reasons affiliate marketers resist outsourcing
  • The many kinds of tasks that can be outsourced
  • How much (or rather how little) you should expect to pay
  • What to include (and what not to include) in your project descriptions when posting a job
  • How to create a shortlist of candidates and select the right one
  • How to set up your payments
  • The advantage of having team members on the other side of the world
  • The joys of having and hiring a virtual assistant


You can watch for James’ upcoming class on outsourcing. Or, of you’re ready to get started, check out these resources:

Upwork - http://www.upwork.com
BaseCamp – https://basecamp.com


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