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. Last week, James talked with Daddy Blogger - Digital Nomad Ricky Shetty about how to create a life travelling the world with sponsored travel.  This week, James and Arlene will share their secret and 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.JAmes and Arlene Martell Photo of Affiliate Buzz The Secrets to Hiring a Virtual Assistant

If you’re a long-time listener, 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? Even with all the adorable grand kids there to distract them? What's their secret. The secrets to hiring a virtual assistant,  that's it right there they hire virtual assistants.

 

Break the Bad Habit The Secrets to Hiring a Virtual Assistant

If you were a carpenter, would you build your own house? And a plumber to put in your water system right.  An electrician to do your wiring. As an affiliate marketer you probably have lots of skills.  I'm certain you are not  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. If something is taking over the 15 minute limit James employs.  He’ll spend the next 5 minutes posting a job for it on Upwork.

Some people never realize how liberating it is hiring a virtual team of freelancers. Every team needs a coach. Who’s going to manage all these people? Not you! It might sound crazy. Hire a virtual assistance to manage everything for you. 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 James and Arlene describe:

  • The one thing all successful affiliate marketers have in common
  • Common reasons affiliate marketers resist outsourcing
  • The kinds of tasks that you can outsource
  • How much you should expect to pay
  • What to include (and what not to include) in your project descriptions
  • 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

Resources

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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