Get Friday

Get Friday is an outsourcing company that is based in Bangalore, India. They are best-known as the virtual assistant division of Your Man in India (YMII), the famous personal concierge company. Get Friday caters to the needs of individuals who have hectic schedules, by offering virtual assistants who can deliver high quality work on administrative tasks.

About Get Friday

get friday reviewIf you’re curious, the name “Get Friday” is inspired by Daniel Dafoe’s classic Robinson Crusoe. In the novel, the title character has an assistant he calls Friday, who becomes his right-hand man and is critical to his survival.

Get Friday has been around since 2005, and now employs 200 energetic and professional virtual assistants who help clients around the world conquer the challenges of business and everyday life.

As one of the longest running VA companies, they’ve served more than 11,000 clients in over 40 countries.

Services

Some examples of the kind of tasks Get Friday does best would be setting appointments, making travel arrangements, and moderating websites.

Beyond that, their virtual assistants have even helped find a customer’s lost dog and plan a wedding! Where else are you going to find a wedding planner for this cheap?

Get Friday Intro Video

Plans and Pricing

Get Friday offers an array of virtual assistant service plans that start from Pay-As-You-Go at a rate of $15 an hour, all the way up to Full Time (160 hours a month) at a rate of $1120 a month or just $7 an hour.

All the plans over 40 hours a month include “rollover” time, so unused hours can be applied to next month’s service. There are no long-term contracts; you can cancel, upgrade, or downgrade your plan at any time with 30 days notice. Get Friday also will quote prices for one-time projects if you send them a description of what needs to be done.

Hiring a virtual assistant is a big decision, and Get Friday offers a 7 day free trial period to ease some of that anxiety. If you’re not happy with the service, just cancel without any obligation.

One thing I noticed when opening my Get Friday account is the sign-up process is kind of a pain. They make you do a phone verification, which is automated but something normally reserved for banks. Then you have to print, sign, and fax (or email) back a copy of the contract. I haven’t seen those kinds of sign-up requirements from any other VA company.

Your Get Friday virtual assistant is available 5 days a week, during the hours you choose. This is valuable because of the time zone difference between the US and India. Weekend and overtime hours are charged out at 1.5 times your normal hourly rate.

Get Friday Ace

In the summer of 2014, Get Friday introduced Get Friday Ace, a VA service specifically aimed at the small business market.

I think it’s a smart move since they already have the staff and infrastructure in place, and businesses are used to spending money on support services. Get Friday Ace lists web design and development, bookkeeping, marketing and SEO, and other business process tasks among their new menu of services.

Get Friday Alternatives

Check out some of the other top-rated virtual assistant companies in India, including My Tasker, the one I’ve been using for the last several months.

If you’ve had any experience with Get Friday – positive or negative – please share it below.

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Delegated (formerly Red Butler)

Delegated (formerly known as Red Butler) is a US-based virtual assistant company. They offer a range of virtual assistant services and pair clients with college-educated assistants based in the U.S.

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About Delegated

delegated reviewThe company is headed up by the founders of companies like SuperFat, Grasshopper, and Chargify

Red Butler was a long-running executive assistant and concierge service, actually dating back to 2003. So why the rebrand? 

Here’s the official line:

“In the past three years, Red Butler has grown from buying concert tickets and making reservations to reviewing business proposals, handling expense reports, and more. With Delegated, you can now delegate even more of your to-do list — so you can get back to the things that matter most.”

Delegated still serves both busy individual and family clients, along with business customers, but it sounds like they outgrew the “butler” tag and now handle a much wider range of tasks.

Looking through their list of services, whatever industry you’re in or the types of tasks you want to outsource, they want to hear from you.

Why Delegated?

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All Delegated assistants:

  • are U.S. based
  • have real-world verified experience
  • go through an “intense” screening process

Another point of differentiation is every VA is an employee of Delegated, not a contractor. They argue this move increases quality, ensures availability during business hours, and improves accountability and information security.

On top of that, Delegated also provides proprietary training and on-going education.

How Delegated Works

To get started with Delegated, the first step is to select one of their pricing plans. (see below)

After filling out your details, a member of their team will contact you to arrange a call. On the call, they’ll ask some questions about your business so they can select the best-suited, dedicated assistant for you.

They’ll then introduce you to your assistant, your backup assistant, and assign you a member of their support team if you have any questions along the way.

You’ll then be given access to their workflow systems. Here you can track your tasks, see where your assistant is spending their time, and upload files and communicate with our VA directly.

Your assistant will be available from 8am-5pm your time. (Delegated also has some 24/7 team members available to handle emergency tasks.)

Services

Delegated’s virtual assistants will take on just about any business tasks that can be completed remotely.

They have a list of specific roles to give you a better idea of the areas they serve, some of which are:

Like most VA companies, they don’t limit themselves to any set tasks or roles.

In fact, they’ve also started hiring for specific industries. For example, Delegated now has Dedicated Assistants experienced in specialty industries such as finance, technology, medical, and legal.

According to my contact, “These hiring changes have provided us with a team that can not only cancel your dentist appointment but also handle legal & medical intake forms, expense reports, e-commerce administration, market research, and more.”

Whatever your requirements are, they’re likely to have an assistant with the relevant skills and experience.

Plans and Pricing

Delegated currently has four pricing plans:

  • Personal 12 – $420 per month for 12 hours ($35 per hour)
  • Family 24 – $800 per month for 24 hours ($33 per hour)
  • Executive 24 – $1,080 per month for 24 hours ($45 per hour)
  • Business 40 – $1,800 per month for 40 hours ($45 per hour)

delegated pricing

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The interesting thing about their pricing plans is that their hourly rate actually goes up for the larger plans — typically VA companies offer discounts for larger hourly plans.

This is because their Executive and Business plans include higher skilled and additional services, such as:

  • Scheduling and email support
  • Integrated travel and international support
  • Executive tasks
  • Proactive assistance
  • Slack integration

All of their plans come with a money-back guarantee. If you’re not satisfied for any reason you can cut ties and get your money back.

Delegated Alternatives

Alternative US-based virtual assistant companies with comparable rates and services to check out are Time Etc and Belay.

If your budget is holding you back, Time Etc offers more competitive rates for US-based assistants and has a good deal of positive feedback.

Boldly Time Etc BELAY ClearDesk
Customer Rating
Established 2009 2007 2010 2017
Hourly Rate $37-43 $24-27 $38-45 $16-18
Minimum Package $430 for 10 hours $270 for 10 hours 10 hours a week $500 for 30 hours
Dedicated Assistant
Minimum VA Experience 7 years 5 years 5 years 3 years
Team Access *
Rollover Hours
Free Trial
Learn More Learn More Learn More Learn More

*Specialist services are available for an additional charge.

Your Turn

Have you worked with Delegated? If so, please leave a review below to help others with their decision.

(And keep in mind that any of the reviews prior to June 2020 refer to Red Butler. Delegated is under entirely new management and structure.)

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TaskBullet

TaskBullet was founded in 2013 and has quickly become a leader in the virtual assistant industry. The company is owned and operated in the United States with the staff based in the Philippines.

TaskBullet uses a unique “Bucket System” of buying hours, which means no monthly bills, contracts, or fees.

About TaskBullet

task bullet reviewVirtual assistants either work from their home offices or from TaskBullet’s central PCI compliant facility, which is ideal for assistants to handle inbound and outbound calls.

TaskBullet project managers are also located in the Philippines and there is a U.S. based customer support staff, if ever there is a problem.

TaskBullet virtual assistants go through a rigorous hiring process. In particular, they company seeks out VAs who are quick learners and who have advanced English skills.

On top of that, they invest in training their team and treating everyone with value. After all, happy virtual assistants are more likely to stick around and make for happy clients!

How it Works

The Bucket System

TaskBullet doesn’t have monthly bills, contracts, or fees.

TaskBullet uses buckets of hours that the VA pulls from while they are actively working on your tasks. When your bucket is empty, simply purchase another bucket of hours and continue on.

You can upgrade, downgrade, or take a break, it’s up to you.

Every TaskBullet Bucket of Hours comes with a project manager to oversee your tasks. You can delegate your tasks to your project manager for quick assignment to an available and skilled VA. If you have the same reoccurring tasks you can have a dedicated VA to delegate tasks to directly.

Your project manager and your VA will be available during your business hours. They’re there when you need them.

Assigning tasks

TaskBullet uses Basecamp, a very simple and effective task management system to upload and monitor your tasks. When you sign up you will get an email from them inviting you to set up your free TaskBullet Basecamp project.

All your tasks, files and communication can take place in one convenient location.

Getting Started

Getting started with TaskBullet is very quick and easy. They can usually have you submitting tasks the same day you sign up.

They offer a Welcome Call to all new sign ups, where they show you around Basecamp and help you upload your first task. They will send you an email asking you to pick a time for one of their on-boarding specialists to call you.

Task Bullet Founder Interview

Services

The company is able to provide dedicated virtual assistants, while still being able to tap into a team with a broad range of skills.

Many TaskBullet VAs have several years of experience in their fields. You can get an assistant who’ll handle:

  • website management
  • mail marketing
  • social media accounts
  • customer service
  • research
  • and more

Since they’re your dedicated VA, you also can train them to meet your specific needs and requirements.

You have 3 points of contact:

  1. your VA
  2. your dedicated VA project manager
  3. your US-based team lead

For advanced skills or roles your dedicated VA isn’t the best fit to handle, you can apply your pre-paid time to others on their team to get your work done without having to source a new company or freelancer.

It’s a service by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. As such, they have a strong understanding of what you need – affordable quality help, and what you don’t – stress, overhead, headaches.

Task Bullet service comes with no start-up fees and a 60-day money back guarantee. If you’re unhappy with your VA, the company will set up with a new one immediately. In addition, new customers receive a free consultation on how to most effectively work with their VA.

Plans and Pricing

I appreciated how they were upfront with their pricing – with none of the “contact us for a quote” stuff you see on some other sites.

The rates start $6.50/hour when you buy a 240 hour block, enough for the equivalent of 6 weeks of full-time support.

task bullet pricing

Many TaskBullet clients begin with the “Starter Bucket”, which offers 20 hours of support for $220 ($11/hr).

In the middle, the “Light” plan is $9 an hour for a bucket of 60 hours.

Customers aren’t billed on a recurring monthly basis, but rather can renew their hours, upgrade, or downgrade at any time.

That structure makes sense if you don’t have a consistent workload each week, but are confident you’ll use the time eventually. And if you do have routine tasks to assign, you’ve got an affordable flexible VA service.

task bullet discount

Highlights:

  • You have 90 days to use the hours in your bucket.
  • There are no contracts and no monthly fees.
  • This is a one-time purchase for hours that you can use any time over the next 3 months.
  • You do not purchase additional hours until your current bucket runs out.
  • You can use as many or as little hours as you want per day/week/month.

TaskBullet Alternatives

While there are certainly other virtual assistant companies in the Philippines, TaskBullet is the only one I’m aware of that operates without monthly subscription fees.

OnlineJobs.ph ClearDesk FreeUp Remote CoWorker
Customer Rating
Established 2009 2017 2015 2013
Hourly Rate $3-8 $16-18 $5-20 $5.99-8.00
Minimum Package $69 to post a job $500 for 30 hours Free to post a job $139 for 20 hours
Dedicated Assistant *
Best For Full-time hires Full-time hires | Small Businesses Quick pre-vetted hires in e-commerce and marketing Full-time hires
Team Access
Rollover Hours
Free Trial
Learn More Learn More Learn More Learn More

*Dedicated option available.

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Have you worked with TaskBullet? If so, please share your experience below and help others with their search.

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FreeUp

FreeUp is a marketplace connecting pre-vetted virtual assistants, freelancers, and agencies in Amazon, eCommerce, and marketing. While their core customer base is within eCommerce and marketing, they work with many businesses outside of those spaces as well.

Since launching in 2015, they’ve gained quite a bit of traction against some of the longer-established players in this space.

The company is based in Orlando, Florida, and operates 100% remote with internal team members all over the country and world. The virtual assistants, freelancers, and agencies on the platform are located all over the world–with a concentration in the Philippines and the US.

They offer a wide range of prices and skill sets, so there is a good chance you’ll find a virtual assistant to meet your budget and outsourcing requirements. Virtual assistants set their own prices on the marketplace and it’s free to sign up with no minimums or obligations.

About FreeUp (Formerly FreeeUp)

freeup reviewIn late 2019, FreeeUp (as it was formerly known, with 3 e’s) was acquired by The Hoth. The digital marketing agency was a frequent customer on the platform and saw the potential for its continued growth.

Previously, the company was run by CEO, Nathan Hirsch, and co-founder, Connor Gillivan, who filled the role of Chief Marketing Officer. They both have an extensive background in eCommerce business having sold over $25 million on Amazon and started the company to primarily help other eCommerce business owners looking to outsource tasks.

What Makes FreeUp Different?

The marketplace puts each applicant through a rigorous interview process to assess their skills, attitude, and communication before allowing only the top 1% of applicants into the marketplace.

FreeUp’s support team is well-known for their 24/7 support.

The site is unique compared with other freelance hiring sites in that there is no browsing virtual assistants on the platform.

Instead, you submit a request and get introduced to 1 qualified candidate, usually within 1 business day. (While the default is one option, you can simply tell them how many options you want to meet and they will make sure you get enough to make the best decision.)

On the backend, the company protects its clients against turnover. In the rare case that a VA has to stop working with you, FreeUp replaces them immediately and covers replacement costs.

FreeUp Intro Video

Services

FreeUp has an easy process when connecting with new clients:

  1. Meet with someone from FreeUp to learn more about the marketplace (optional)
  2. Submit a virtual assistant request inside your account
  3. Meet and interview the virtual assistant you are introduced to
  4. Hire, pass, negotiate rate, agree to fixed price or request more option.
  5. Start onboarding the virtual assistant once you click hire
  6. A representative checks in after a few days to see how the relationship is working out between you and the VA.

Virtual assistants and freelancers offering their services on the FreeUp Marketplace specialize in over 100 skills sets and range from $5-100 per hour.

(You can use the marketplace for fixed price projects too.)

Here are the 4 main areas they support:

  1. Business Operations
  2. Ecommerce
  3. Digital Marketing
  4. Web Development

The 3 Levels of Freelancers on the FreeUp Marketplace

Basic

Basic level freelancers have years of experience, but they are followers. They are there to follow your systems and processes.

Onboarding is recommended for basic level freelancers.

These are almost always non-US freelancers and virtual assistants from $5.00 to $10.00 per hour.

Mid-Level

Mid-level freelancers are more specialized than the basic level of freelancers.

This group has significant experience in their skill set. For example, graphic designers, bookkeepers, writers, product listers, etc.

When you hire a mid-level freelancer, you’re not teaching them how to do the work, but they can tweak their skills to fit the needs and specifications of your business. However, they’re not consultants; they are doers.

They typically range from $10.00 to $30.00 per hour and can be located in or outside of the US.

Experts and Agencies

Expert freelancers and agencies bring their own experience and advice to the table.

They are consultants, experts, and boutique agencies on the platform that use their own systems and processes for handling the work you need completed.

Experts on the platform may spend time in the beginning performing their due diligence, researching, and coming up with a game plan that makes sense for your business and the goals you’re looking to achieve. They can project manage, handle large budgets, and give advice on the direction of your business as needed.

These expert level freelancers range from $25.00 to $75.00+ per hour.

FreeeUp Founder Interview

I had the chance to sit down with Nathan to get the inside scoop on what FreeeUp is all about and how it works.

Plans and Pricing

You can expect to pay between $5-$100 per hour depending on the level of skills and experience you require in your virtual assistant.

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Employers create an account and can post jobs for free in 100+ different skill sets.

The infographic below details some of the different roles you can hire for, and the prices you’ll typically see for overseas and US/UK/Canada-based support. You can click on it to see a larger version.

freeeup skills and prices

If you’re curious how FreeUp makes money, it works similarly to other big freelance platforms. They take a percentage of every hour or job booked through the site — though less than sites like Fiverr or Upwork.

How FreeUp Works

FreeUp is about speed and quality. Where they really stand out against other hiring platforms is in pre-screening candidates and proactively matching them to your listings.

That means you’re not spending time sorting through 50+ different applications and trying to decide how to move forward. I appreciate that they’ve done a lot of the upfront legwork for you, and save you that overwhelm … and the indecision that often follows!

Nathan sent me this infographic (made by a FreeeUp worker) to help explain the company and its processes.

FreeUp Alternatives

FreeUp specializes in ecommerce and marketing, which separates them from other general virtual assistant companies.

On the lower end of the price scale, companies like eLuminous Technologies profess to have ecommerce expertise, and can be very effective if you already have some standard operating procedures to plug a VA into.

On the home front, you might consider Longer Days for quality US-based help with ecommerce experience, or even posting a specialist role on Upwork.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is FreeUp?

FreeUp is a freelance marketplace with pre-vetted remote professionals. As an employer, you can quickly find qualified virtual staff. As an employee, you can connect with flexible work from home jobs opportunities.

How does FreeUp work?

When you post a job on FreeUp, the staff will introduce you to 1-2 qualified candidates, usually within 24 hours. From there you can conduct an interview, proceed with a trial project, or move forward with the hire. Payments are processed through the FreeUp platform.

How much do virtual assistants on FreeUp cost?

Rates on FreeUp vary based on the remote worker’s location and experience level. At the low end, expect to pay $5-10 an hour for basic administrative type support. For higher level skills or workers from the US or other more developed countries, you’ll see rates in the $20-100 an hour range.

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Have you worked with FreeUp? If so please leave a review below to help others with their decision.

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Remote

Remote is a global HR solutions company that provides a range of solutions to help businesses find and employ global talent.

The company is headquartered in San Francisco, CA but consists of a full remotely-distributed global team. Unlike any other company, Remote establishes subsidiaries in countries around the world so that companies can employ workers with full legal compliance in each of those countries. You can see the growing list of country availability here.

About Remote.com

The company was founded in 2019 by co-founders Job van der Voort and Marcelo Lebre. Job and Marcelo started Remote to “simplify how companies employ global talent”.

Remote offers complete HR solutions to help businesses of all sizes find and employ global talent legally, and easily.

If you’re hiring someone working remotely from a different country to where you’re based, there are a number of legal terms and conditions to comply with. You’re not expected to know what these are, and that’s where Remote.com comes in.

Unlike any other company, Remote establishes subsidiaries in countries around the world so that companies can employ workers with full legal compliance in each of those countries. They will help you comply with all the legal, compliance, and insurance requirements when hiring; all incredibly important legal matters if you want to make lawful hires! You can see the growing list of country availability here.

They have their own trusted network of local payroll experts, attorneys, and HR specialists. Enabling you to leverage their talent at a price and convenience to beat what you’d be able to achieve yourself.

How Remote Works

Due to the personalized and individual nature of hiring global talent, the process starts by scheduling a call with a member of the Remote team.

On the call, you will be able to explain exactly what you’re looking for. With an understanding of your hiring requirements, you will be given a login for the Remote platform.

You can then onboard your employees onto the platform as you hire them. This enables Remote to handle all of your employee’s HR, payroll, and so on, wherever they are based in the world.

Remote Services

Remote can handle every aspect of finding and employing remote workers anywhere in the world.

The most common services are:

  • Handling payroll and benefits
  • Legal compliance
  • Visas and immigration
  • Payments to third parties
  • Customized administration and management benefits

If you need help with any aspect of hiring remote employees that you don’t see on their site, I recommend reaching out to Remote. There are a number of hurdles that can come up depending on the country you’re hiring from and your individual circumstances.

Remote Plans and Pricing

Remote currently has four pricing plans as follows:

  1. Contractors – Free – You can manage global contractors using their platform for free.*
  2. Payroll and Benefits – Quote only – If you want Remote to manage your employee’s payroll and benefits you’ll have to contact them for a quote.
  3. Global Employment – $349/mo per employee – For this fee, Remote will handle the entire employment process from start to finish.
  4. Global Employment Plus – Quote only – For this service Remote will add a number of additional services for globally distributed enterprises.

*You will have to pay for processing fees.

Remote is currently offering some incentives for startups. If you’re operating a startup you can get 50% off, plus 2 months free.

Remote Alternatives

If finding and hiring remote staff is what you need help with, check out Virtual Staff Finder. This company specializes in finding workers in the Philippines with the skill sets you’re after.

For alternative companies that handle all of the administrative and ongoing employee tasks, I recommend checking out Safeguard Global. They are also based in the U.S. and offer a similar range of services.

Your Turn

Have you worked with Remote? If so, please leave a review below to help others with their decision.

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How can Fiverr assist you in your path to success?

How can Fiverr assist you in your path to success?

Whether you are looking hire a freelancer for a one-off task, to scale your business, or looking for online training – Fiverr has a program for you! Schedule a free consultation call with me to find which is best for you!

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Fiverr Services

Fiverr works a little differently than other freelancing sites. Instead of creating a job posting and waiting for workers to bid on your job, on Fiverr the workers state what they can do for you, and in what budget and timeframe.

You’ll find just about every virtual service imaginable, but it’s more of an a la carte menu system than a request for proposal system. (Though if you can’t find exactly what you like, you can submit a custom request too.)

Get help with:

Check out Virtual Assistant Assistant’s page here and see other user reviews!

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Fiverr Business

Fiverr launched a platform called “Fiverr Business”, which is designed to make scaling and execution seamless for teams.

The B2B platform provides teams with access to a vetted marketplace of on-demand freelance talent, collaboration and project management tools, one centralized payment method, 24/7 live chat support, and their own Business Success Manager that can help match their business with the best talent for them.

The annual membership is priced at $149 per year. Fiverr Business is waiving that fee for the first year. That means you can sign up and start using the platform today for free.

You’ll find freelancers to carry out just about any tasks that can be completed remotely. This includes:

Check out Virtual Assistant Assistant’s page here and see other user reviews!

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Fiverr Learn Services

Fiverr Learn is an e-learning platform providing online training. Where Fiverr Learn differs from other learning platforms is that the instructors have been handpicked to create content for the platform.

The courses offered cover the following categories:

Individual courses range from $23-$94. But also offer bundled prices if you were interested in multiple courses.

Check out Virtual Assistant Assistant’s page here and see other user reviews!

Interested in the above or looking for other Virtual Assistant/outsourcing services?

Schedule a free consultation call with me – let’s find what you need to be successful!

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Copywriter Today

Copywriter Today is a content creation service based in Cleveland, Ohio. The company was founded in 2014 by Gabe Arnold and aims to provide small businesses and bloggers with top-quality written content on an ongoing basis.

VAA Tested_smallerThe team has grown to over 60 people and continues to grow rapidly year over year. They provide native English writers based in the US. 

Their “claim to fame” is their “unlimited” writing service. 

Business owners who want to beat their competitors and rank higher in search engines use Copywriter Today to take the pain out of content creation. They write content that aligns with your brand’s voice and style with our streamlined, customizable process.

Copywriter Today Services

CopywriterToday.net offers unlimited content writing services, editing and proofreading on a monthly subscription basis.

Along those lines, the actual deliverables are often blog posts ranging from 400 to 3,000 words, lead magnets, sales letters, emails, copy for brochures, or content for press releases.

I’ve found that Google seems to value recency quite a bit in their algorithm, meaning that with all else equal, the more recently published article will be ranked higher. Where Copywriter Today comes in is by supplying you with a steady stream of content to keep your site up-to-date.

I know the publish date is something I definitely pay attention to when I arrive on a new site, and when nothing has been updated in a couple years, it throws up a red flag — like, “Is this company even still in business?”

Copywriter Today VAA Exclusive Offer!

VAA Exclusive: Use the partner code VAA50 to receive over $100 discount on your Copywriter Today BME Content Blueprint!

(and receive a free sample 800 word article as part of the content blueprint!)

Copywriter Today – How it Works

With a Copywriter Today you begin the process by creating a 3-12 month Copywriter Today BME Content Blueprint. This blueprint maps out your entire content marketing strategy.

Once the strategy is completed, the Copywriter Today team will help you select how many words per month you need to reach your goals. They offer packages between 2,000 and 10,000 words per month (and they also have custom packages available for those that need between 10,000 & 250,000 words per month).

After completing the Copywriter Today BME Content Blueprint process, and selecting your word count package, the monthly content process is as follows:

  1. Your Copywriter Today project manager will place your orders for the content you need for the month. 
  2. Then their team of writers create the content. 
  3. Each piece of content is fully edited by a professional US-based editor. 
  4. The content is then delivered to you inside your account dashboard and also via email and is attached as a Microsoft Word document. 
  5. You can also optionally upgrade your account and have the Copywriter Today team post the content to your blog with a custom designed image. If they do this for you, they’ll ensure all on page SEO best practices are followed as well.
  6. Your Copywriter Today project manager will ensure that you meet your word count goals and content goals for each month. 

There are no limitations on the use of the work, in terms of the number of websites or destinations you can publish it on, and you own the rights to the content at the end of the day.

If for some reason you don’t need monthly content, Copywriter Today can also provide project based content.

Related: My Outsourced Content Writing Process: A Step-by-Step Guide

Copywriter Today – Getting Started is Simple

You’ll receive a full content strategy AND your first 800 word sample piece for free when you claim your Copywriter Today BME Content Blueprint!

Once you sign up for the content blueprint one of the Copywriter Today experts will meet with you to define your goals and will help you create your strategy.

VAA Exclusive: Use the partner code VAA50 to receive over $100 discount on your Copywriter Today BME Content Blueprint!

(and receive a free sample 800 word article as part of the content blueprint!)

Copywriter Today can cover your content marketing needs:

 

Copywriter Today Alternatives

I haven’t yet seen any other “unlimited” outsourced content writing services, though the alternative would be to write the content yourself or find writers on an article-by-article basis.

Copywriter Today Fiverr HireWriters Textbroker
Customer Rating not yet rated
Established 2014 2010 2012 2005
Minimum Cost (500 words) $265 per month $5 $5 $7.50
Type of Service Subscription A la carte articles Pre-screened writers; varying quality Pre-screened writers; varying quality
Best for Agencies, ongoing content needs One off, quick work Inexpensive filler content Connecting with reliable writers
Notes First article free Check Fiverr Pro for better quality 25% bonus on first deposit Pricing is per-word
Learn more Learn More Learn More Learn More Learn More

Another all-American writing service that comes to mind is Scripted, though they’re noticeably pricier per-article.

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Can you outsource your dating life? Yes – here is how!

How to Outsource Your Dating Life

Are you too busy?

Do you find searching through profiles and people and selecting a prospective match to be a task? 

Surprise! You can outsource your dating life!

There is a job profile out there for managing other people’s dating profiles on apps and sites. The advancement in technology has brought many dating options online, giving you a wide variety of options to choose from, filter, and connect with compatible matches effortlessly. The outsourcing of online dating helps people to brush up their profiles and make better matches.

It is not always possible for entrepreneurs to give time to the dating pool. This is where a Virtual Assistant managing their dating profile could take care of sorting through hundreds of profiles, connecting, and determining some of the ideal matches. 

The Convenience of Online Dating 

Online dating has become quite popular with an increasing number of people taking recourse to it. The biggest advantage of dating online is there’s no pressure involved. Here are some of the most common advantages of online dating: 

  • Getting to meet a vast range of people outside of the known social network, which would otherwise be impossible
  • Meeting different people more frequently, based on your preference 
  • Connecting with people with similar core values, interests, and priorities 
  • The most convenient way to easily meet a new person with the same mindset  
  • Easier to reach out and connect as it does not involve face-to-face / in-person interaction that can be a bit daunting  
  • Exchanging messages and pictures helps in knowing whether the sender and recipient are on the same wavelength 

Check out our reviews of Virtual Assistant Companies to see how they can help you filter through dating profiles and find your next match!

Worldwide Reputed Online Dating Sites 

  • eHarmonyThis site is committed to helping people find love and improving their romantic lives. eHarmony takes matchmaking very seriously and has spent 35 years compiling a relationship questionnaire. eHarmony takes pride in matching users who are actually compatible with each other. This app delivers compatible dates directly to users’ inboxes for an outstanding experience.
  • match.com –  match.com is the most widely used online dating platform in the world with 9.8 billion users. It follows the most traditional form of social networking. Users need to create a profile, find matches, strike meaningful conversations with matches, and ask them out on conventional dates to meet in person. match.com app has multiple filters and is known to provide online dating advice as well. I personally know many success stories from match.com!
  • Tinder Tinder is an online geo social dating app that enables users to swipe anonymously left and right on the options provided based on users’ preferences. People can exchange messages only when two users match.
  • BumbleBumble is a location-based social platform that enables interaction between two interested users. Only female users can send the first messages to persons of their choice on this dating app.

Statistics On Success Rate 

The success rate of online dating sites can be determined by the following facts and statistics that have been collected over the years: 

  • Studies show that on an average, up to 52.4% men use online dating sites and apps compared to 47.6% women.  
  • About 40% of Americans are known to use online dating apps. Recent studies show record increases of 27% users among young adults and 6% users in the age group of 55–64 years within a span of 2 years. 
  • There are approximately 20 billion registered users on dating sites worldwide. 50% of UK users use dating apps multiple times a week while 56% of US users do the same thing. 
  • Around 21% of LGB adults in the US have successfully married or got into relationships with people they met through online dating. 
  • 39% of dating app users admit to have gone on dates with someone they met on such apps.  
  • 1 out of 6 marriages is the result of online dating. 
  • 71% of online daters admit to finding easy and attractive matches. 

Paid Membership vs Free Membership 

It goes without saying in multiple industries that you get what you pay for – outsourcing your dating isn’t any different.  Free apps are readily available and have proven successes but, paid membership eliminates a lot of risk. There are a lot of fake profiles on free membership dating sites as compared to paid platforms. Also, using a free online dating profile can make you an easy target for obscene messages, inappropriate file-sharing, and other inconveniences. In contrast, paid membership apps are highly stringent with their policies and user profiles. The lack of serious goals on free dating apps and absence of proper audience policing can have a negative impact on online daters. 

Paid platforms do not negate the possibility of scamming altogether but narrow the chances. Since the users are spending precious bucks on connecting with and dating like-minded people, it generally involves earnest individuals and not “catfish’s”.   match.com, and eHarmony are paid platforms that can charge users USD$10-40 a month, based on the services they choose. 

Some of the apps like Tinder, Bumble, and OKCupid advertise a cost-free experience but require service charges or subscription fees for exercising more accessibility. 

Ready to find your next date?

Regardless of whether you use a free dating app or a paid one, outsourcing your dating life can help save your time and effort in finding that perfect match. Experts who have the time and skill can help you to successfully outsource your online dating life for good – putting in all effort while you reap the best results. 

Your Virtual Assistant can even order the flowers, cards, make the reservation and shop online for a new outfit – making you look like gold!

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Fiverr Learn

Fiverr Learn is an e-learning platform from the team behind Fiverr, one of the world’s largest freelance marketplaces.

Not anyone can post a course on Fiverr Learn, however. The platform consists only of a select group of experts in their respective industries.

About Fiverr Learn

Fiver Learn started operations in 2018. Unlike the freelance marketplace, Fiverr, their Learn platform is restricted to a group of curated experts in their fields.

This means you are guaranteed to get only the highest quality of training.

Fiverr is pushing these courses pretty hard. If you browse for courses over on Fiverr, you’ll find yourself being redirected to Fiverr Learn.

When you complete a training course on Fiverr Learn, you get a badge added to your Fiverr profile. If you’re a seller, this demonstrates to customers that you’ve taken a course.

The idea is that this will help you stand out from the other sellers. Which, on such a competitive platform as Fiverr is a great idea.

How Fiverr Learn Works

The user interface for Fiverr Learn is very similar to Fiverr. You can browse courses by category, then you’ll see all the courses under that category.

Most of the courses are in the 1-2 hours range. They’re broken down into smaller videos, typically just a few minutes each. You can view a small sample and read the course syllabus before making a decision.

When you’ve found a course you want to buy, click the ‘Buy Course’ button to unlock the content. You can then work through the course material at your own pace.

Fiverr Learn Services

Fiverr Learn is an e-learning platform providing online training. Where Fiverr Learn differs from other learning platforms is that the instructors have been handpicked to create content for the platform.

At the time of publishing, the platform had around 47 tutors listed. Some of the more notable instructors include:

Jon Youshaei – Writer for Time Magazine and listed by Forbes as one of the world’s top marketers.

Kelly Murphy – SEO, author, and digital marketer with 10+ years of experience working with Big Four holding and Fortune 500 companies.

Ian Cleary – Listed as Onalytica as one of the top 50 content marketers globally.

Michael Hunt – Freelance graphic designer who has worked with Oakley, Nike, Fender, and other leading brands.

Maya Yizhaky – A mindfulness coach running a 7-figure media empire.

The courses offered cover the following categories:

As you can see, the instructors invited to work with Fiverr Learn are highly successful industry experts. This means you’re getting high-quality training from experts with a good deal of industry experience.

Fiverr Learn Plans and Pricing

Individual courses range from $23-$94.

Fiverr Learn also offers what they call ‘programs’, which is essentially a bundle of courses at a discounted price.

At the time of publishing, Fiverr Learn was offering discounted prices, their programs ranged from $60-$150 for up to 10 courses bundled up.

Fiverr Learn Alternatives

Fiverr Learn has positioned itself differently in the market by using a smaller pool of specialist instructors.

This does mean they cannot cover as many topics as other platforms though. If you cannot find the course topic you’re looking for on Fiverr Learn, or if you just want to browse an alternative platform, check out Outsource School or Lead Academy.

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Have you taken any courses with Fiverr Learn? If so, please share a quick review of your experience below to help others with their decision.

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Lead Academy

Lead Academy is a UK-based online course provider. They are one of the leading providers of online training materials and professional accreditations in the UK.

The company is headquartered in London, UK. All of their courses are hosted through an e-learning platform, making them accessible on any device, at any time.

About Lead Academy

Lead Academy is an e-learning platform that provides a wide range of online training materials. Their target customers are anyone wanting to further their education or learn new skills online.

Browsing through their list of courses, I can see that Lead Academy has hundreds of available courses. There’s everything from dog training, first aid, and advanced math, to child care, and everything in between.

Each of their courses has a detailed summary page, curriculum, and reviews. So, you can get a clear understanding of exactly what is in the course before taking it.

The best part about learning online is that you get to do it at your own pace. Once you’ve bought a course, all the video content is unlocked. You can then start working through the content, which is typically broken down into short videos, at your leisure.

Once you’ve completed a course, you can order a certificate of achievement. This can be obtained as a PDF, or you can order a hard copy through the post.

It’s worth keeping in mind that this isn’t just a great platform for you to learn more skills. You can also provide training to team members. There are numerous courses that will help develop work-based skills, such as data analysis, marketing, sales, and so on.

How Lead Academy Works

To use Lead Academy you first need to register an account. Once logged in, you can browse the courses they have available by subject.

Then, all you have to do is click through into a subject you’re interested in and you’ll see all the available courses.

Most subjects have 10+ courses covering various topics in more detail. If you look at ‘Digital Marketing’ for example, Lead Academy has around 30 courses on the subject. They cover everything from landing page design, to how to run Google Ads and build email marketing campaigns.

When you see a course you want to take, simply click on ‘Take This Course’ to purchase and unlock the course content.

Lead Academy Services

Being an e-learning platform, the core of Lead Academy’s services is hosting courses. Their service extends a little further than this though. The main features of the platform are:

  • Wide range of courses – There are literally hundreds of courses listed and more are being added regularly.
  • Expert tutors – The courses are created by real tutors with industry experience. This means that not only are the courses comprehensive, they’re also well planned out and easy to follow.
  • Tutor support – When you enroll in a course you also get access to tutor support if you have any questions.
  • Qualifications – You can earn verifiable certifications for each course you complete. This adds experience and depth to your resume while enhancing your skills.

Lead Academy Courses for Virtual Assistants or Entrepreneurs

Are you not sure what skills you can learn to better your business? Or, are you wanting to learn a skill to take online? See this list of courses available:

Lead Academy Plans and Pricing

Lead Academy price all of their courses individually. Browsing their listings at the time of publishing this most courses were in the £25 (approx. $35) range.

Although, they were running some discounts at the time I checked.

Some courses are a lot more expensive, it depends on how detailed the course is. They also offer some discounted bundles if you were to buy several courses on the same subject.

Lead Academy Alternatives

For an alternative e-learning platform, I recommend checking out Fiverr Learn. It’s a similar e-learning platform, although it’s more tutor-focused and features some well-known industry experts.

Your Turn

Have you taken any courses with Lead Academy? If so, please share a quick review of your experience below to help others with their decision.

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