Virtual Staff Finder is more of headhunting service than a true virtual assistant company. Founded in 2010 by entrepreneur Chris Ducker, the firm promises to match you up with qualified workers in the Philippines.
In my mind, Chris is right up there with Tim Ferriss when it comes to lifestyle design and using virtual assistants to help achieve your goals. He’s been in the outsourcing arena for 10 years and he and his staff know the Philippines very well.
Virtual Staff Finder is a simple process which works like this. After you sign up, you complete your Job Description requirements, listing all the skills you’d like your virtual assistant to have and what kind of tasks they may be doing for you. Then, for your viewing pleasure, Chris has put together a series of helpful training videos on how best to select and work with your new VA.
Meanwhile, the team at Virtual Staff Finder is hunting for the best candidates. All their virtual assistants are screened, tested, interviewed, and background checked – all before you’re even involved.
Then, the company presents you with the 3 best candidates, and you can do your own interviews and make your selection from there. If you’ve ever tried to find a VA on Elance or oDesk, you’ll appreciate all the screening work Virtual Staff Finder does for you.
Over the years, VSF has helped place over 1000 virtual assistants with new employers so they definitely have their systems down.
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For this, they charge a one-time $495 fee. After that, you and your new virtual assistant agree on a salary and you pay them directly. Because there is no more company overhead, you can expect to pay market rates for your VA, which typically range from $400 a month for full time general administrative help up to $750 a month for more skilled work.
If that price seems steep, consider the average referral bonus given for full-time hires is $1200 (according to Inc. Magazine), and that doesn’t even include the recruiting expenses.
Virtual Staff Finder specializes in matching entrepreneurs with four distinct types of virtual assistants: general admin support staff, web developers, content writers, and SEO specialists. If you’re looking for other skills, you might consider OnlineJobs.ph, a popular jobs board in the Philippines.
UPDATE: VSF has stopped recruiting web developers, content writers, and SEO specialists to instead focus on the “General VA” or GVA fulfillment. It’s possible your GVA will have some SEO or content-creation background if you specify that in your requirements, but it’s no longer the company’s plan to help with recruiting specifically for those roles.
The company offers a 10-day guarantee, which means if you don’t end up hiring any of the 3 candidates they selected for you, or if you did hire one and they didn’t work out without the first 10 days, Virtual Staff Finder will source you another 3 candidates for free.
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