My first session at BlogWorld Expo in LA was from my friend Chris Ducker of Virtual Business Lifestyle. Chris did a great presentation on how to work with virtual assistants to help build, grow and monetize your blog. Chris is a good person on speak on the topic. He runs a company in the Philippine that offers virtual assistants.
Chris went over the advantage and disadvantages of using a VA, why you should use one and, most important, how to work with me to extract maximum return on investment.
One of the best advice Chris offered in working with a VA is to use video and chat to train them. From experience, Chris finds that most VA don’t like written instructions. They much rather sit with on a Skype or screencast session to receive your instructions. Chris also recommend you don’t micro manage your VA. The reason for a VA is to reduce the amount of time you spend on a project so you can live the Dot Com Lifestyle. You can’t do that if you’re always checking up on her.
Before Chris started his session, I cornered him and asked a question that every American would want to know from someone who’s offshoring jobs that could be done in the USA. His answer was typical Chris Ducker.