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My OutDesk is a virtual assistant company specializing in service for real estate agents. The company was founded in San Diego in 2008 by a team of real estate industry veterans, and they use a group of trained virtual assistants in the Philippines to fulfill demand from their US client-base.

They work from their home office in the Philippines as a dedicated member of your staff.

Services

my outdesk reviewMy OutDesk VAs are trained in a variety of real estate-specific jobs, including bookkeeping, transaction coordination, managing MLS listings, short sale processing, property forms, broker price opinions, and even posting to craigslist.

With the marketplace being quite crowded, I like how My OutDesk is staking their claim as the experts in the real estate niche. It’s a perfect industry for outsourcing: lots of repetitive predictable tasks and process-driven transactions and forms.


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Plans and Pricing

My OutDesk offers a couple different plans for clients. On an on-demand basis, you can get an “Advanced VA” for $7.60 an hour and a “Managerial Level VA” for $8.60 an hour.

A full-time Executive Assistant option is also available, but the rate is $1536 a month. This is significantly higher than what you would pay with other Filipino virtual assistant companies, and at $9.60 an hour, is noticeably higher than either of My OutDesk’s on-demand plans. Although the other companies may not have the specific real estate expertise you’re looking for, I’m fairly confident you could find an excellent VA for a far less.

They also have a special Craiglist-only plan that includes 400 ads submitted to Craigslist each month for $399. I guess that explains the abundance of repetitive broker ads on the site these days!

I found the MyOutDesk live chat support very responsive, but I tried a few times to reach their management team for additional information and was unable to get a reply from anyone.

My OutDesk Alternatives

I initially found out about My OutDesk from the VA I hired through Virtual Staff Finder. She listed them as her former employer so I was excited to learn about yet another VA company. (To learn more about my experience with her and Virtual Staff Finder, click here.)

Side note: her salary was $500 a month, which gives you an idea of how much markup is in their full-time plan. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that — just something to be aware of.) Plus, My OutDesk VAs work from home so the company shouldn’t have much in the way of infrastructure costs or managerial overhead.

If you’re cool with home-based staff, you might also consider OnlineJobs.ph, the country’s largest jobs board for virtual work.

Have you worked with My Out Desk? If so, please share a quick review of your experience below to help others with their decision.

33 Reviews

  1. I was an ISA Trainee and my Trainer was “Princess Mika” – worst trainer I have ever had in my entire career.

    I can still remember a time during our orientation wherein she self-proclaimed that she was the “princess” of the training team and we can call her that too if we want. from that point on, i got the idea that this will not be a good training but then i still gave it a chance.

    As the days go by in our training it came to point wherein i said to my self that i will no longer continue- here’s why. During our day 7 role play, when she was providing me feedback, she spoke in Filipino and told me “bakit ganun yung roleplay mo? mukhang wala kang natutunan.” (Why was your roleplay like that? it seems you didn’t learn anything) so i told her that i know I’m not really good in role plays but i’m trying my hardest. Then i asked her if she can transfer me to the GVA post since my grades in our quizzes are good and my knowledge check scores are good to. i was surprised to hear when she replied “even if i transfer you to gva, you will still fail” HOW ENCOURAGING WAS THAT HUH?!

    that was so rude that i had to calm myself down and wait for the session to finish then i logged out and never logged in again. the words she told me made me feel like i’m the worthless person in the planet.

    This person thinks she’s the best amongst everyone and she looks down on people. If MOD hires people like her then it shows that they don’t choose quality people to be part of their support team because apparently this person is not worth of her position.

    She has scarred my self-esteem really hard! Don’t know how she even became a trainer with her attitude.

    1. I’ve been working with MyOutdesk for almost 6 months now and proud to say that what I have provided for my family was far better than what I was providing during the time I was working with any other company. I get to spend more time with them and I have seen the milestones of my 11 month baby who was 5 months when I started working with MyOutdesk. I am very thankful for the chance they gave me. I was trained and became an ISA. During the training, I was one of those trainees having difficulties grasping the topics since it’s a whole bunch of information. We were given ample time to review. Yes, it was challenging and we really needed online presence. Focus is something that my trainer taught me. There was a time when I failed almost all of the exams but I was given a chance. My trainer told me exactly where I am at the grading system. She was honest and inspiring. She understood that I badly needed the job for my kids and she challenged me to pass the roleplay, that way I can provide for my kids and be with them.
      I am typically not the type of person who would post a comment or so…but when I have read this comment I felt that it is unjust and unfair.
      I was one of those trainees from Miss Mika’s trainings and I can testify how effectively she trains agents. I do not aim to give malice to this statement or judge the sincerity of this person but I think these are all false statements.
      I understand how it feels like to fail, it is hurtful and discouraging. But I think it takes a failure to get back on your feet and try again. I know that Miss Mika will never say discouraging words on purpose. I assure you that she just wanted to help you. As soon as you are ready again, MyOutdesk will be a great company to work for.

  2. I had the worst experience ever with this Company! I was an ISA and the trainer assigned to be has the highest level of inferiority. On the first day of training she keeps on mentioning “my manager is actually here in our house”, “we just finished a box of pizza” – so unprofessional. Why do you have to tell us that you just ate a box pizza or that your manager is at your house? it’s not even related to what he was discussing. And out of nowhere, she would just burst and say things like these. And the way she gives feedback is very rude. I can understand that she’s giving criticisms to help me improve but the way she delivers her comments is more on attacking you as a person. as if like if she doesn’t like you then she will burn you with her unruly comments. During our role play I forgot to mention one line item and I admit that, but when she corrected me she said “You don’t forget these things, Do you want to pass?” then she goes “ano ipapakain mo sa mga anak mo? (what will your children eat if you lose this job)” these are the words that stuck on my mind that made me fell that i am not worthy to become an ISA. And honest enough, this lady made me feel small. Even my batch mates felt degraded because of the way she speaks and gives her comments.

    Definitely the worst trainer EVER! She doesn’t even have good communications skills if i may add. Such a DIVA!

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    Unfortunately, all the comments here are based on truth. The company has a good business concept but is owned and operated with individuals that lack integrity and professionalism.

    They try to cover it all up but talking it up and giving false praise to your face while jabbing you and the clients in the back.

    Go with another business that has a similar business concept and your will find that you are way better off than being a client or employee of MyOutDesk.

    If you do go with MOD, consider yourself warned by many.

  3. I was phoned by one of the recruitment officer. Then they promised to call you back. They call you back after two weeks for an interview. Same recruitment staff was able to interview me. She promised me that one of their technical staff will email me but then I did have any email received. then when I texted the lady recruitment staff, she said ” who is this please” atleast there’s a please. but in general they have poor quality in recruitment.

  4. I applied as one of their GVAs and I was not very much happy with how trainers conduct their training. There’s also no guarantee that you’d be given a client right after training. A whole lot of incentives will be introduced to you so you will be enticed but not very many are lucky enough to get them. I did not push through after one day of training so I am not aware about all other stuff you discussed here. Hopefully they will be able to resolve any issue brought up by their previous members.

  5. Oreo is the only guy I know who wanted trainees to call him SIR. What a loser. I mean what kind of power trip is that? They would ask trainees to work for almost 12hours a day for 2 weeks and in the whole span they would just ask you to read pdf files. No one would ever teach you stuff. And yet this guy would ask to be called sir. He’s really awesome.

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    I don’t typically post company reviews but I feel this one is absolutely necessary so other people’s careers are not damaged by this company. This company has some very shady business practices. Also, they say that they standby the “family table” value but that is not true.

    A few things that you will have to deal with if you work for this company are:
    • Dishonesty
    • Explosive and insulting outburst by upper management
    • Inexperienced upper management who admit that things are wrong but won’t discuss them with owners and hide the issues
    • Harassment and insults towards tending your family needs
    • Wonky pay – beware that your taxes and social security may not get paid into
    • Poor benefits
    • The owners suing each other – Never seeing eye to eye
    • No investment in your career growth
    • Lack of structure, processes and achievable goals

    I just ask to give it a second thought before you accept a job from this company. The higher pay may be tempting due to the poor economic environment in Sacramento, California but you will get screwed on the back end. If you are in the Philippines, there are better companies that will invest in you and your will get further in the long run going elsewhere. This company is not what it tries to sell its self as.

    If I could give this company less than one star rating I would. I would give a negative rating.

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    This company really sucks!

    RECRUITMENT: OK. (since this is the first step)

    Training and Trainers: Poor Quality. Oreo was very demanding and always wanted to tell stories about himself. I’m sometimes wondering if his stories about his life is part of the training since we are wasting roughly 4hrs of our shift listening to his stories. (I can answer a lot of questions regarding Oreo’s life compare to the questions that we had during the final exam)

    MANAGERS: They are all assholes! They will come up with a decision without following the due process.

    SALARY: You will receive your training allowance once you have a client. HMO Card is for regular employees only.

    “IF YOU WANTED TO APPLY. THINK TWICE. YOU MIGHT END UP WASTING YOUR MONEY, TIME AND EFFORT. I WON’T RECOMMEND THIS COMPANY TO ANY OF MY FRIENDS.”

    1. I just received a cll from the company, are what i’ve read in the comment section true?

      I am a fresh graduate who is currently employed but still looks for a online part time job.

      Please help. for maybe i’m just wasting time and opportunity

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    I have been working at MyOutDesk USA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros
    Semi-flexible hours. Tiered sales team bonus. Casual dress days. Food and outings paid for by Owners. Good parking. Friendly co-workers when the Owners are not around. Lap top for use. Co-workers worldwide (virtual).

    Cons
    Poor benefits – Covered up with an offset of higher pay. Funnels benefits through their other Real Estate business. Job expectations do not meet job descriptions or pay scale. Owners are not on the same page and don’t work well together. Owner/CEO D. Ramsey is volatile and makes many unethical business decisions – Not to be trusted. Legally questionable business practices – Especially when it comes to HR and financial issues.

    Advice to Management
    Re-evaluate C-Suite. Hire experienced HR, Legal, Compliance, Financial Specialist and Sales Leaders. Be honest to employees, potential hires, clients and business partners. Seek Leadership Training and Professional Coaching for all Executives.

    Advice to Current Employees and Job Seekers
    Run! There is much better employment elsewhere.

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      I was going state some of the same. I still will for the fact that it needs to be posted and needs to be seen. This company is horrible, more than anything else, Daniel Ramsey is terrible.
      Who sues their own brother? Psycho!
      Not to mention Daniel’s buddy in the entire sham – his COO (if you can call him that) Jeff McCaffrey is a joke.
      He literally went crazy, and I mean crazy in a meeting trying to get the team to take sides with him and Daniel against the other owner. Honestly, more than one person was worried about their safety as Jeff acted like he needed to be restrained.

      RUUUUUUNNNN as far and as fast as possible.

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    My career as a virtual assistant from MyOutDesk has brought me into greater heights. My job with them for the past 2 years has been very fulfilling. Yes, it is challenging yet very rewarding. The company and its management has been very supportive and treated everyone with respect. MOD has exceeded my expectation in terms of its culture, work and ethical values, salary, health care benefits, performance bonuses and management. MOD has an outstanding training and development program which created a workforce of highly skilled and competitive virtual assistants. I am proud to be working with such a great team. Not to forget that MOD has the best Virtual assistants! 🙂

    The 5 to 7-day training was crucial yet I learned on how to be more self-reliant and efficient. I can say that those long hours spent on training are worth it. I am blessed with a rewarding career at MOD. As a single parent, I get to work flexibly at home, monitor my kids and at the same time spend more time and provide a better future to my whole family. I’ve been with different VA company before but MOD was the best for me.

  6. I have the longest list of stuff to post merely because the inside details of the company operations is so dirty to say the least.

    While the company is attempting to split and one brother (Daniel) is trying to buyout the other (Jason), but can’t come up with the money…

    Then when the other comes back to work (obviously since he isn’t being bought out) and is sued by his brother (Daniel) the next day, this company is a train wreck.

    Not to mention, they decided to raise prices by almost $400 a month, without reason (other than making more money without increasing the quality). Oh…and they are going to pay the VAs less than before.

    The quality is declining, the reputation of the company is garbage and the owner only cares about profit. Clients are nothing, many many times he’s mentioned – do anything to make the sale.

    The US office is shrinking, everyone hates their job and the VAs are at risk of losing their job as the company numbers continue to decline.

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    Funny that somebody mentioned about that guy named after a cookie REQUIRING you to call him with a title: His majesty, “SIR COOKIE.” Hahaha. Almost all of the trainers are actually begging to be put on a pedestal like genuine PGs (Patay Gutom). When the rule of addressing them with a ‘SIR’ was given to us, I had to make sure I was on mute then I laughed and cussed at the same time. I thought I was the only one who find that rule ridiculous. Their superiority complex which is a common disease among pseudo bosses by the way is appalling.

    For future VAs, this company is not for you if you value self-respect.

  7. in my opinion, myoutdesk is something that people should consider. i know most people have their own opinion and experiences with MOD but for me, from what i have experienced, it all boils down to how they handle their va’s.

    I myself have undergone training for the general admin post and i must say it’s not easy. i admit, i failed the training but nonetheless, i learned a lot from myoutdesk.

    Their recruitment process up to the endorsement to training was seemless. I didn’t experience any problem with how they handled my application and my transistion. at first I applied as an ISA then I decided to transfer to the become a general admin because I was too tired of taking in calls, an they listened. That lady from HR who conducted our orientation listened and she mentioned that I can send an email to the training team to have my request processed. I did that and after a while a lady with the name of a cookie ( i think her name was Hansel?? I completely forgot but it turned out that she was a guy) replied and invited me for an interview. then after that he considered me for the post.

    training itself was hard and yes it’s for 10hours however, if you are really willing to work from home, 10 hours of training while at home is not so bad, i mean, you’re just at home. their training is super hard and something that is not like the regular bpo. however, i learned a lot from it. the one assigned to me was the same person who interviewed me for the general admin post and i learned a lot from him. their training is more of teaching you with the proper way on how to become a va and of course the basics of real estate. i may have failed yet, i am willing to try again to apply.

    i guess you just have to be really prepared when you want to work from home as this job is not somthing that is easy. i know we have our own opinion but i guess, if you are willing to get something, you will really workhard for it regardless of the situations presented to you. i mean, if you’re looking for a job you have to really follow and adapt to the companies rules and regulations.

    some people think (like my batchmates) that working fro hoem is just working from home. but it actually is not, they thought that they can sleep during training or do whatever they want, but its not that kind of setup.

    my experience in training was incredible. it was hard yet i learned from the experience even though i failed.

    i dn’t blame anyone and i am willing to re-apply in the future as this is something that i really do want.

  8. I have heard a lot about MOD and honestly, I think that they are a good company. I was a former trainee for the GVA post and I would say that the training in MOD is hard. Toughest one yet, however, I learned a lot from it.

    The training does teach you on how to be independent and resourceful. The management is also very professional. they know how to handle their employees. My friend works for MOD and she’s been with MOD for almost 3 years and this has greatly saved her family and their livelihood.

    Those people who interviewed me are very professional and they know how to screen people. I believe it was a girl named Dixie who called me on the mobile phone and she is very professional.

    I know I did not pass training yet the trainer who handled me is professional and fun and gay at the same time. He is strict yes – very strict, yet I was able to learn a lot form him not just knowledge wise but also skills wise.

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    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MOD AS AN APPLICANT:

    Training : 10 Hours a day (THEY’LL SAY IT’S PAID ONLY IF YOU’LL GET TO HAVE A CLIENT) $12/DAY. ( Imagine 10hr training a day)

    Trainer : ALWAYS AFK / NOT MOTIVATING / DOESN’T CARE IF YOU PASS OR FAIL / MOST OF ALL, NOT TEACHING ONLY READING. (WITHIN YOUR WHOLE SHIFT YOUR TOTAL INTERACTION WITH THEM IS ONLY 1.5 HRS YOU WILL JUST BE ASKED TO READ FOR THE REMAINING 7.5 HRS. )

    EXECUTIVE MASTER TRAINER : (OREO) This guy has an INFERIORITY COMPLEX IMAGINE GIVING YOURSELF A TITLE Senior Executive Training Program Master. Always threatening about training, requirements etc. AND MOST OF ALL HE’S REQUIRING YOU TO CALL HIM SIR as addressing him by his first name or responding Okay is unprofessional for him. You always have to say NOTED SIR whatever he say. Imagine working for this guy. ( I Can’t, that’s why i quit provided that my grade is still Passing).

    Exams : 40% of the Questions in your exams are not even mention in your module or discussion. Making Simple things complicated.

    Requirements: A LOT.(NBI/TOR/ETC)

    Management: Always threatening about everything.

    Recruitment: GOOD. ( ONLY THING THAT IS GOOD ABOUT MOD)

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    The 2 recruiters had conflicting instructions which when I corrected them I was told I’m being tested to follow instructions which I’m not sure who I should follow. Also when they called me, the line is garbled up much to my irritation and I was told it does not matter. Upon interview there was someone cleaning on her background which is very distracting and matched with her emotionless approach. Her Initials were C.P

  9. Working from home sounds great. But look at it this way, MyOutDesk (MOD) will require that VA would shoulder the DSL connection, have a super quiet room in their home, 2 computers, 3 internet connections (2mbs connection is too slow for them) and 3 back-up power supplies. They also require that I disclose my Facebook (fb) account for their ‘background checking’ process? And add them to my fb account, what for popularity and recruitment process? MOD also require 1gb worth of programs that needs to be downloaded and installed – and MOD have full access to my computer. No moon-lighting? It’s a worker’s God-given right to have more than one job. MOD did advertise via http://www.myoutdesk.com.ph/ that their offering is USD700 to USD1,000 monthly then all of a sudden its USD700/mth for the first 6 months and probably an increase to USB800/mth based on the client’s approval. And from http://www.myoutdesk.com, the going rate for VA is USD1,376/mth at USD8.60/hr at 40hr/wk. definitely fishy when it comes to Philippine MOD – looks like they are making a 75% profit from a desparate filipino/filipina who is struggling to support a family. MOD Philippines = virtual sweat shop.

  10. I’ve been with MOD for 6 months now. I’ve been enjoying the perks of working from home and spending more time with my family. There’s no better home based job like MOD. HMO health card for you and for your dependent! Very competitive salary and they will treat you like their own family 🙂

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    I applied to this company because I want to work home based and avoid traffic. They have a lot of requirements, screening process was strict, it’s not only the verbal communication skills but more on comprehension skills. Don’t underestimate them! My friend works for them and I saw him grow and save for his family. He’s been with them for over 2 years already. Yes, it works! I hope I’ll be part of their company. I’m still completing my requirements and soon I’ll undergo training.

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    I applied for a VA post at MOD a few months back. All I can say is the quality of their recruitment staff is very poor. For a company that requires their applicants to have excellent speaking skills, it’s ironic that they don’t require the same of their own staff.

    My initial interview lasted for a good 20 minutes. During that whole time, I felt like my interviewer was just listlessly picking questions at random from a list, she didn’t even make an effort to ask any follow up questions. She also sounded very surly and stiff. It was the worst job interview I’ve had so far.

    I didn’t go ahead with my application even though I passed. I think the kind of staff a company has says a lot about them.

    But that’s just my experience and my two cents. 🙂

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    From my perspective the business owner I interacted with isn’t very professional and doesn’t seem to be interested in the opinions of his staff members. The interactions seemed one sided as though his objective and opinion was the only thing that mattered.

    1. I think I know who you’re referring to. This guy also interviewed me and his opinion is only what matters to him.

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      So true!!.. the guy who interviewed me said ” wait I’ll need to check my list- what to asked you ”
      And a friend of mine also applied but instead of calling her, the interviewer just paste like 8 question and asked my friend to paste her answer on Skype.. 🙁

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    Don’t even go there – Non-professional Owners and shady business practices. The Owners only think about their own gain and not any other employees or clients in the company – unless they have future gain from that person. Run!

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      This is really TRUE! The company doesn’t care about their employees. To top it off, the management team is as poor! As a VA you are very busy tending to your clients demands without you noticing that they have made changes on the Policies. When you ask for your benefits. Just says “No, it was changed”. To think you are doing what you can to keep the client, they care less about you as an employee. To them VA’s are dispensable. How do I know this? All based on experience!!!!

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    Here’s my experience:

    A person named Kristeen called me for an interview, her accent and grammar sucks. I can’t even understand her.

    Then the next day, she mailed me saying that I didn’t passed the criteria. And I’m like, “Hey! No one said what would be the criteria!” She even had the gut to tell me that I could refer my friends to apply to get 1,200PHP. Poor company. Poor staff.

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    I worked with MyOutDesk for a few months. Here’s what I experienced:

    Training:
    Their training is a grueling 8 hours a day of reading modules for 2 weeks. There is very little interaction from the trainer. The training was an overload of information about real estate but I only really used about 10% of that information on the actual job. They focus too much on your accent and grammar but this makes you wonder because a lot of their support staff have very bad communication skills.

    Actual Job:
    You are assigned two coaches in a team, one who interacts with clients and one who takes care of employee issues. Both of my coaches were of no help. They wouldn’t even greet you good morning. Every time I sent a PM to my coach I would receive a response after 2-3 hours.

    As an ISA, you will be expected to do outbound calls the whole day. You’re lucky if you get a generous client, but unlucky if you get one who’ll give you a very difficult quota.

    I quickly realized that my sold purpose as an ISA was to make my client rich by giving them more houses to sell. I grew tired of the job and found myself getting sick all the time.

    I resigned after 3 short months.

    Resignation Process:
    I sent my resignation letter to my coach. I was sent an email where I had to fill-out an exit form. I was informed that I had to talk to one of their operations managers. A coach set a schedule for the OM to call me at 12mn. The OM messaged me at 1am that she would call after 2 mins. At 2am she hasn’t called me yet so I sent her a message that it was getting late already. She responded that she forgot about our meeting (really?). When we were finally able to speak she asked why I resigned and explained when I should expect my back pay. She referred me back to the coach. I spoke with the coach and explained that I had a few days unpaid. I gave him all my details. After 1 week I didn’t receive any update. I sent another PM to the coach and he asked if I already signed this waiver document. I answered that I havent and asked that he resend it to my personal email address. It’s been 3 days and I didn’t receive any document. I sent a follow-up PM two days ago but have not received any response until now.

    So, if you are thinking about applying at MyOutDesk, think about what you are giving up and prepare yourself for all of this. They may not be a new company but their management sure has a LOT to work on to keep their existing employees.

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    [Editor’s Note: This review is from the VA’s perspective.]

    I have told the person who will interview me to contact me on a specific time and did not call me. What she did, she called during the most inconvenient for me, when I was in the public market.
    There is something to be done with the process. If it set for an appointment, it should be followed. And they did say that they notify you within 48 hours..guess what it was more than was said, and ofcourse you will not pass because you did meet the requirements of having a “silent place”. Well, it is upto you

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    I have used both My OutDesk and oDesk and I prefer oDesk and here is why.

    Tracking vs. No Tracking

    My OutDesk has no tracking system in place that the Realtor can access to see what hours are worked and what the VA is working on.

    oDesk has what I consider a fantastic tracking system in place that guarantees an hour worked is an hour paid. You can use oDesk to see the hours worked, what they are currently working on or have worked on, random screen shots of their activity, and a lot more.

    I and others have found a big improvement in productivity when a tracking system is in place. If you want to improve something, you have to be able to track it.

    Hopefully My OutDesk will have some type of tracking system in place that Realtors can use in the future. They did mention to me they are working on one and they also mentioned they have some internal system in place, but at this time Realtors do not have access to it.

    No Contracts vs. Minimum Hours Worked Contracts

    My OutDesk will look to put the VA into a contract with you, for example my VAs were on a full time contract. As long as you have enough work all the time this works out, but if the VA does not have 40 hours of work you would be paying for those 40 hours anyway.

    At oDesk you pay for hours worked, period. If one week it is 40 and the next week it is 20, then that is what you pay for.

    How much of what you pay actually goes to your VA?

    oDesk takes 10% of your pay to your VA as their fee. My OutDesk took around 50% of the VAs pay in my case. They might have different plans for different clients, so you would need to check with them on this.

    The 50% makes a big difference. For example, if you are paying $8 per hour the VA is receiving about $4 per hour from My OutDesk. At oDesk if you are paying $4.44 per hour, your VA receives $4 per hour. If the VA works 40 hours per week, that is about a $7,404 price difference between oDesk and My OutDesk per year, with the VA making the same amount.

    In my case I had two VAs so was I paying about $14,808 per year more. Assuming I am going to be using VAs for the next 10 years that is $148,000 more spent and the main thing My OutDesk did for me was present me two VAs to choose from.

    oDesk has hundreds of great VAs to choose from, and once you have a good VA in place paying all the extra money to My OutDesk gets old fast.

    Keep in mind with the numbers above it assume the VAs work the same amount of hours, but as I mentioned, if you have 30 hours of work to do oDesk bills you for 30, but My OutDesk will still bill you for 40 to meet their minimum contract, so the savings will actually be much higher.

    My OutDesk is High Pressure, oDesk is No Pressure

    MOD has high pressure recruiting of Realtors. For example, an agent commented about MOD on the Facebook Realtors Group “I hate being aggressively solicited, especially when I don’t return your calls and Emails”.

    oDesk has a no pressure approach and will never call and might send a few Emails reminding you of the advantages of their services, but all oDesk Emails can be unsubscribed from.

    When I interviewed my VA at MOD, I was told I need to make a decision by the next day or the VA would be hired by another agent. This is high pressure compared to oDesk which has a traditional interview process where you interview one or more VAs and have as much time as you want to make your decision.

    When my VA was pregnant I was told by MOD that I have a full time contract and as the VA needs to cut back her hours for health reasons, I can hire another part time VA to make up the hours. I found this to be high pressure vs. the no set hours at oDesk. At oDesk, you can have your VA work as little or as much as needed, typically only when there is work to be done.

    I highly recommend using a VA

    I have found you can get quality VAs from both My OutDesk and oDesk. You have to invest time to train them either way as training and communication are key.

    I can’t recommend enough the idea of hiring a VA. They work hard, are dedicated, accurate, and they really appreciate being part of your team.

    It is my opinion now after using both services for over 1 year that I prefer working with oDesk for the reasons mentioned above.

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