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Zen Virtual Assistants Finder, or ZVAF as they are known, is a self-titled ‘professional matchmaking service.’ Which is another way of saying they supply virtual assistant services to entrepreneurs and business owners.

The company was formed in January 2013. Founder Joel Nelson decided to form the company after being frustrated by his own experiences with finding virtual assistant services. Putting his own experience to task, Joel decided there had to be a better way to match virtual assistants with clients.

They only use virtual assistants in the Philippines as Joel believes they offer the best value when it comes to VA work.

How it Works

zvaf reviewWhen you first make contact with ZVAF you’re offered a free 30-minute consultation with one of their experienced virtual assistants. This gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you have and assess if the company’s services are going to match with your requirements.

If you decided to go ahead, you fill out a detailed VA requirement form to be be matched with their experienced VA’s best suited to your needs. ZVAF then set up video conference calls with three VA’s, where you can ask any questions you like to select the most suited VA.

You will communicate directly with your VA, and a manager will then check in after a couple of weeks to ensure things are running smoothly.

Zen Virtual Assistants Intro Video


The company has access to a large pool of virtual assistants and will match you with one or more assistants depending on the volume of work you anticipate. They arrange one-on-one client consultations to help clients strategize with a clear line of communication.

When I spoke with Joel, he explained their target customer is any busy and stressed entrepreneur, business owner, or even stay at home parent that needs a custom and professionally vetted VA or team of VAs to handle a project.

He emphasized that there are no limits to the type and services their clients are looking for. The company specializes in finding the ideal VAs to handle any client requirements.

With a commitment to helping clients hire the right VA the first time to save them time and money, they carry out background checks, confirm references, and personally interview all virtual assistants on their books.

And as students of the “content marketing” trends, Joel and his team host live webinars and even have a podcast. (I was a guest on episode 7!)

ZVAF Founder Interview

I had the chance to sit down with Joel for an extended chat about his company. If you’re on the fence about using their service (or another recruiting service, or posting a job yourself), this conversation will clear up a lot of your questions.

Joel shares how he first got into outsourcing and how that turned into a business. Then he walks us through Zen Virtual Assistants Finder’s 5-step process to match clients with a “rockstar VA” and set them up for long-term success.

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Plans and Pricing

ZVAF offers its totally custom VA finder service for a flat fee of $497.

This is preceded by their 30 minute free consultation, so you can make an informed decision before parting with any money.

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Zen Virtual Assistants Finder Alternatives

ZVAF’s primary alternative is Chris Ducker’s Virtual Staff Finder. They are both virtual assistant ‘matchmaking services’ that are strictly Philippines based. There are a few differences however.

ZVAF offer a free consultation before committing to spending and money. They also feel they offer a more bespoke service when it comes to matching clients with VA’s on particular skillsets. (VSF has scaled back their service to ONLY recruit general VAs.)

The other alternative we mention in the video is the “DIY method” at OnlineJobs.ph. I’ve found some good people there, but it does take some time and effort. Zen aims to remove the time-consuming screening / vetting process from the equation.

Your Turn

Have you used ZVAF’s matchmaking services? If so please leave a review below to help others make an informed decision of their own.

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    I used ZVAF and I highly recomend Joel and his team to anyone. The amount of time and effort they have put into servicing my needs is way above and beyond. And despite the fact that they continue to help me find new assitants with varied skill sets, they have never asked for another penney. Outstanding service.

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    Awesome work. Efficient. Very timely, the website was done in just over a week. Easy transactions and communication. Overall, very well built website and fraction of the cost of any other developers that I’ve talked with.

    Very Happy.

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