LogoBee

LogoBee is a company specializing in custom logo design services, as well as offering web, stationery and graphic design services.

Their head office is located in Montreal, Canada. They also have another office located in Los Angeles. All their staff work in-house, they have no remote, freelance, or overseas staff.

About LogoBee

logobee reviewLogoBee was founded in 2000. They are coming up to 16 years in business, and have grown rapidly in this time. They have accumulated several well respected rewards for logo design, with their crowning achievement being the top honors at the Summit Creative Awards and American Design Awards.

The company was founded and is currently headed up by two professional logo designers with a wealth of experience in the field under their belts – Natalia Stoenko and Pavel Rokhmanko. By their own account, most of LogoBee’s customers are smaller companies and start-ups.

LogoBee ia proud to report they have a very high satisfaction rate among their clients, and tell me that a large portion of their business is from repeat custom or referrals from clients. With recommendations and repeat business being so powerful for a growing business, it’s reassuring to hear this is the case with LogoBee.

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Services

LogoBee’s employees work closely with clients to either achieve the concept put forth by the client, or to help them design a logo that perfectly meets their needs. Having the right logo is incredibly important in today’s market. Being able to have your brand instantly recognisable, as well as representing your business well, can set your business apart from the competition.

They offer a range of free logo templates for clients working to a tight budget. This gives the client an opportunity to chose a professionally designed logo at no cost, with the option to take that design and have LogoBee customize it for as little as $90.

At the other end of the spectrum, LogoBee offer a completely bespoke service working closely with a client and making as many revisions as necessary to get the perfect logo design.

Plans and Pricing

As mentioned in the services, there are some logo templates that are completely free to use. Custom logo design starts at $249, with this package the client gets 6 initial concepts returned in 5 business days, and 6 additional revisions to tweak the design.

logobee pricing

There are larger packages available at $379, $449 and $549. These packages offer 8 initial concepts and unlimited revisions along with some additional services. There are similar 4-tier packages available for their stationery, graphic design and web design services. If you have any specific needs I recommend contacting LogoBee direct to discuss your options.

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LogoBee Alternatives

Two of the largest companies when it comes to logo design are probably 99designs and Deluxe. Deluxe offers a similar scope of logo design services at similar price points, and 99designs follows the crowdsourcing model, where several freelance designers put forward their work for clients to choose from. 

LogoBee has a more ‘traditional’ business model which they feel separates them from the crowdsourcing and freelance models. They told me that having a permanent team of employees specializing in logo design means the client receives a more consistent and higher quality level of work.

Have you worked with LogoBee? If so, please use the comment form below to share a brief review of your experience and help others with their decision.

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7 Things I Outsource While Traveling (and One Thing I Don’t)

Traveling can be stressful and time-consuming, so I wanted to share a list of the stuff I try and offload when I’m on the road.

1. Hotel and Flight Research

In this case, I’m staying at the conference hotel, but I often don’t because it’s sometimes overpriced.

Hey, I don’t blame them — they’ve got a captive audience.

So I’ll have Fancy Hands look into nearby places that might be more affordable within walking distance. I don’t mind walking a couple blocks to save $100 or more over the course of my stay.

When I’m traveling with my wife, we tend to stay in Airbnbs to have a little more space and get more of the “local” experience. A virtual assistant is great to help you narrow down your initial search and to get an idea of what’s available.

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2. Flight Check-In

I find myself flying Southwest a lot because they have a decent hub here in Oakland. But because of their cattle call boarding, it sucks to get stuck with the dreaded “C Pass” and have a middle seat in the back.

I get around this by having Fancy Hands check in for my flight 24 hours in advance. It’s one less thing for me to have to remember to do, and especially useful while I’m at a conference or event and don’t want to be interrupted to check in.

An “A” boarding pass every time 🙂

3. Meetup Location Research and Reservations

Although I don’t think I’ll have time for it on this trip, I try and host informal meetups with readers and people I know in the cities I’m visiting.

So far this year I’ve hosted dinner and drink meetups in Phoenix, Washington DC, Fort Worth, and most recently, Chicago.

I like to have a VA do the initial research and if they find a great spot, make the actual reservation.

For my Chicago trip, I trialed a service called OkayRelax, and my assistant Ainee came up with several options that met my criteria:

  • Downtown location close to public transport.
  • Able to accommodate a group of 10.
  • Outdoor patio seating.
  • Lots of beer on tap.
I’ve also used virtual assistants to scrub my database for subscribers within 45 minutes of a location based on their IP address, so I could send an invite only to those people who lived or worked nearby. This is really cool if you have customers all over the country.

4. Check Local “Rules”

In Chicago, the activity I was most looking forward to was a baseball game at Wrigley Field.

Still, you never know what you’re allowed to bring into stadiums these days in terms of outside food, beverages, and backpacks.

So I texted GoButler (a free SMS assistant) “are you allowed to bring outside food into wrigley field?”

Right away they responded with a detailed outline of what was and was not allowed to bring into the ballpark.

(Yes, our food was allowed, but we made sure to get a Chicago Dog too.)

5. Suggestions of Fun Things to Do

Sure, I could go on TripAdvisor myself, but occasionally this request uncovers some cool lesser known attractions.

Last year in Spain, the Fancy Hands assistant who picked up the task happened to have done a study abroad semester in Madrid and had some fun suggestions for us.

I’m OK “burning” a request on something like this to see what comes back. I know, pretty wild. That’s the extent of my gambling persona 🙂

6. Airport Transportation Options

I always feel more confident if I know exactly where to go and what to do once I land. For that reason, when I’m arriving at an unfamiliar airport, I like to have a virtual assistant research my ground transportation options.

The results vary like crazy. In Fort Worth, my best option turned out to be a Lyft ride across town for $43. When I land in Charlotte tomorrow, an airport express bus will drop me 4 blocks from my destination for $2.20.

Bring exact change, they advised.

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7. Keep the Wheels Spinning While I’m Away

Keeping tabs on the business and being available to help put out fires while I’m gone is probably the most important travel task.

Having that assistant (or assistants) on hand makes the trip much more stress-free, and in some cases, enables the trip in the first place.

What I Don’t Outsource

I still haven’t had a VA complete a plane or hotel reservation on my behalf.

That’s just one thing I really feel better about doing myself, double-checking the dates and times, and just making sure it’s exactly what I want.

I don’t know, maybe that’s being a little controlling and I should relax more, but when it comes to making big and often non-refundable purchases like that that could make or break the trip, I’m OK doing it myself.

What do you think?

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What do you outsource when you travel? Anything I missed?

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6 Metrics to Watch When Redesigning Your Website

There comes a point in any website redesign project where you “push the button” and your changes go live to the world.

(At least you hope that’s what happens and nothing breaks!)

A couple Saturdays ago was that day for the redesign of the VirtualAssistantAssistant.com site. We picked that day because it’s historically the lowest traffic day of the week, so if anything did go wrong, at least fewer people would see it.

And as expected there were a few bugs and errors, but for the most part the transition has been pretty smooth. Yes, the project took a lot longer than I expected it to, but in the end I’m happy with the results.

Here are a few metrics to keep an eye on when you update the look and feel of your online presence.

1. Revenue

Obviously nothing trumps the bottom line, so keep a close watch on your sales numbers before and after the transition.

I don’t have enough data to make a firm conclusion on this yet, but the other metrics look OK so I’m guessing this one should be OK too.

If you see a sharp decrease in sales — even if the old site is ugly — it makes sense to change it back or continue tweaking the new version to make up the difference.

2. Traffic

In your Google Analytics, it will be easy to see if there was a “breaking point” at or shortly after your redesign.

This is always my biggest fear.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

Thankfully the traffic numbers have been holding steady.

traffic after redesign

3. Index Status

In Google Webmaster Tools, there’s a handy report I use to gauge the overall health of a site in Google’s eyes.

If you login, you’ll see it under Google Index > Index Status. It shows you how many of your pages Google has stored and are eligible to turn up in search results.

Over time, you’d expect to see a slowly upward-sloping graph as you add more content to be discovered.

In my case, I saw about a 5% decline in indexed pages following the redesign. This is something I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on in the coming weeks.

index status following redesign

4. Crawl Errors & Broken Links

Over time it seems like certain parts of your website are bound to break, but thankfully there a couple tools you can use to identify the problems.

The first is in Google Webmaster Tools, under Crawl > Crawl Errors. This will help you discover the pages and links on your site that could use some attention.

The other tool I use is a WordPress plugin called Broken Link Checker. After you install it, it will generate a report of all the “broken links” it finds in your site so you can fix or remove them. (The reason this is important is because broken links create a poor user experience and signal to Google that the site is no longer being maintained — which could hurt your rankings.)

5. User Behavior

One thing I like to keep an eye on in Google Analytics are the user behavior metrics like Time on Site, Bounce Rate, and Pages per Visit.

If you see a dramatic shift in any of these coinciding with your redesign, it’s time to take a closer look and what the cause may be.

I had a momentary freak-out when I saw that my bounce rate had more than doubled! (Bounce rate measures the percentage of visitors who come to your website and view only 1 page before leaving.)

bounce rate after redesign

Digging a little deeper, I’m not sure I have any cause for alarm because the other “behavior” metrics didn’t see a similar change. The Average Session Duration and Pages per Session are consistent before and after the redesign, so I’m not really sure what’s causing the Bounce Rate to spike. If those other metrics pointed to trouble as well, I’d be much more worried.

6. Leads

Although this will naturally play into the Revenue number mentioned above, one of the most important functions of your website is to capture leads.

Often, this is in the form of email addresses signing up to hear more from you or requesting some resource. (In my case, the First-Timer’s Guide to Hiring a Virtual Assistant.)

email subscribers after redesign

I am seeing a slight decrease in the number of sign-ups (from roughly 4 a day to roughly 3 a day) and this is something I’ll have to play around with a little more — though it’s not a pure experiment since I changed a couple other variables as well.

Your Turn

If you have a website redesign on the horizon, or have recently completed one, keep these metrics in mind.

Anything else to look out for when making website changes?

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Somebody 2 Hire

Somebody 2 Hire is a virtual assistant company in the Philippines with a large number of virtual assistants ready to handle administrative, customer service, and marketing tasks.

Founded in 2013, they pride themselves on having virtual assistants with a wide range of experience and expertise.

Somebody2Hire are happy to take on small, medium, or large clients, and no task is too small, or too large. Each virtual assistant is managed in house, so clients can rest assured they will not be let down.

About Somebody 2 Hire

somebody 2 hire reviewThe company was founded a little over two years ago by founder Jozsef Kiss, with Mads Sorenson stepping on board as a partner. While this makes them a relatively new company in the virtual assistant landscape, it’s long enough to fill clients with confidence that they are here to stay.

When I asked what set them apart from other virtual assistant companies, Jozsef’s response was, “We have a dedicated support team on site in our office, in the Philippines. What makes us stand out as a leading outsourcing center are the skill sets that we can acquire to put in place for our clients.”

He went on to add that they only hire assistants with excellent English skills and years of experience, which anyone who has used a VA before will know is a huge advantage.

Somebody 2 Hire Intro Video

Services

The company provides a wide range of services, and are happy to discuss any bespoke needs too. However, they wrap most of their expertise into three key areas:

Administrative – Including handling email support, scheduling support and management, data administration, database management, customer support, research, and more.

Customer Service – Inbound and outbound services, online chat support, and email support.

Online Marketing – Handling social media accounts, SEO, SEM, website maintenance, WordPress assistance, graphic design, and more.

As with most virtual assistant providers, you will get most value by providing as much detail as possible when outsourcing and identifying early into the process how well the relationship is working.

With such a wide range of tasks being handled, I asked if there are any areas of specialization clients can use. Their response was that they specialize in ‘grunt work’, which while that may be an unusual choice of words, it paints the picture that they are happy handling any task.

somebody 2 hire pricing

Plans and Pricing

Somebody 2 Hire has a clear and simple pricing plan. You choose a plan by how many hours a day you want the virtual assistant, then you pay a flat rate. All rates are without commitment or contract.

You will see from the pricing below that you get considerably more value when you pay for the full 8 hour day package, which is something worth considering if you have a workload that will conclude once completed as opposed to daily ongoing tasks.

  • 4 hours a day will cost $7.82 per hour / $625 per month.
  • 8 hours a day will cost $6.85 per hour / $1095 per month.

These rates aren’t rock-bottom in the industry, but they’re competitive, especially for having a dedicated office infrastructure. I found Somebody 2 Hire very easy to contact and talk to. I would suggest contacting them if you have any specific requirements and want to discuss pricing.

Somebody 2 Hire Alternatives

There are a lot of virtual assistant providers in the Philippines. If you like the idea of office-based employees, VA Staffer runs a similar model near Manila. If you’re comfortable with home-office-based workers, you might consider Virtual Staff Finder or OnlineJobs.ph, though both of those will specialize in finding full-time VAs.

Have you worked with Somebody 2 Hire? If so, please post some comments about your experience below to help others make an informed decision.

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Writer.ly

UPDATE August 2015: Writer.ly is out of business. 

Writer.ly is a marketplace for writers to find the editors, book designers, and marketers they need to get their books in the hands of as many readers as possible. The Seattle-based company was founded in 2012, and is currently in beta.

I would describe the platform as similar to Elance, but just for writing-related professionals. Writers will post the jobs they need done, and qualified freelancers bid on them to win the work.

The writer / employer chooses the best fit based on price, portfolio, reviews, and experience.

writer.ly reviewWriter.ly Services

I originally thought Writer.ly was a content marketplace like HireWriters, but it’s actually aimed at the content-creators themselves.

After you painstakingly craft The Great American Novel (or a work of non-fiction, or whatever), you can turn to the freelancers at Writer.ly for proofreading, editing, formatting for Kindle and CreateSpace, cover design, and more.

There are even professionals to help get a website set up for your book launch, coordinate your social media and PR efforts, and execute a marketing campaign.

Plans and Pricing

The site is free to join and post your work, and pricing for individual projects is set by the freelancers bidding on the jobs.

Naturally, the rates will vary depending on the job and experience level of the freelancer. From what I could find, the site seems to have attracted a largely North American user base.

Similar to oDesk, Writer.ly takes a 10% cut for facilitating the transaction and providing the platform. When I post jobs on freelance sites, I tend to remove the outlier bids — both high and low and go with the candidate in the middle who impresses me the most.

About Writer.ly

Co-founders Kelsye Nelson and Abigail Carter explain that there is an entire ecosystem that needs to thrive in the publishing world for authors to get their work out there.

It would be almost impossible do write, edit, design, and market a new book all on your own; and that’s where Writer.ly comes in. It’s a virtual support group for authors.

Nelson explained, “Our ‘secret sauce’ is we give writers power and control. Almost 1500 writers have signed up for our beta, demanding for a one-stop resource to find the services they need and still retain control of their books. They want more choice than the bundled services offered by Lulu and Amazon’s CreateSpace. Many are frustrated by new alternative publishers that still control the revenue, the marketing and sometimes even the copyright.”

Writer.ly Alternatives

As an author, you will definitely cast a wider net in terms of finding talent if you go to a larger freelance platform. But along with that wider net may come more irrelevant or unqualified bids, which take time to sort through.

As they put it: It would be easier for Marlin to find Nemo in the aquarium than in the ocean.

Have you worked with Writer.ly? If so, please be sure to leave a quick review of your experience to help others with their decision.

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When You Don’t Like ANY of Your Outsourcing Options

Last Sunday I posted a new job to Elance.

It was actually to transition the VirtualAssistantAssistant.com site to a new theme and migrate the data.

The last design update was in 2012, so it’s overdue for a refresh!

I found a new WordPress theme I liked, crafted my project spec, detailed out the modifications that would be needed, and posted the job.

Waking up on Monday, I was excited to see what proposals awaited me in my Elance inbox.

This is actually one of the most fun parts of delegation for me, and maybe this is a little heartless, but I really like the “process of elimination” part where I go through and disqualify all the candidates I don’t like.

Straight copy and paste response without looking at the job description? See ya!

Zero Elance feedback? Adios!

Quote too high? Or too low? Goodbye!

Ugly profile? No relevant work history? No thanks!

Making it past this first stage is so ridiculously easy, yet 80% of candidates are eliminated here.

Give me ONE reason why you’re worth a second look. Show me you understand the project. Prove you have the experience to get this done.

Write something personal and have someone proofread it for typos. This is your first impression — and in many cases, your only impression.

The problem was, out of the 47 proposals I’ve received so far, no one has stood out as the clear winner.

Not ONE instilled confidence in me they could get this done in a timely and professional manner.

And it’s NOT a big job (the average bid was $300)!

So now I’m kind of at a crossroads. Do I pick someone I’m not 100% confident in just for the sake of moving forward?

After all, there’s not a ton of risk if they screw it up. It’s a very short-term, one-off project. The dollar figures are low and I can make sure everything is backed up.

Or do I hold out for my ideal candidate — who may not even exist?

Am I being too picky? Are my expectations too high?

I’ve spent more time than I’d care to admit toggling back and forth between proposals and profiles over what amounts to a pretty small decision.

In a case like this, where the risks are low, it probably makes sense to just pick the best of the bunch and move ahead. But the paralysis of analysis can be pretty, well, paralyzing.

What would you do?

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Team Delegate

Team Delegate provides US-based virtual assistant services to clients all around the country. The Dallas, Texas-based company was founded in 2001 by CEO Tonya Thomas, and now employs a diverse team of VAs working from home offices throughout the United States.

The distributed team model allows for client coverage in different time zones and doesn’t restrict hiring to one geographic area; instead, Tonya can go out and find the best talent available regardless of location.

team delegate reviewAbout Team Delegate

Team Delegate aims to provide expert help to business owners, sales professionals, entrepreneurs and other busy professionals. Like other VA companies, it’s all about smart outsourcing to help you run your business more efficiently.

Tonya brings over 14 years of experience as a virtual assistant and manager to the operation. Having begun in this industry as a virtual assistant herself, she sought to change the market and offer clients USA-based skills to help them manage administrative tasks and day-to-day operations.

That decade-plus of experience translates into advanced training for each new VA hire, which leads to higher quality and more reliable results for clients.

She explained that her client roster and target customers include “small business owners, busy professionals and even large corporations.” A VA can provide you with “the extra boost that you need to maintain efficiency without a full-time employee,” she added.

Services

Clients look to Team Delegate for services such as data entry, transcription, calendar management, travel management, contact management, organization services and more.

Beyond basic administrative tasks, Tonya explains she has “professional VAs with many different skills and backgrounds so that we can provide customized service based on our clients’ needs.”

When I asked Tonya if there were any areas Team Delegate really specialized in, she mentioned, “In our industry we have an especially strong reputation of providing reliable assistance with calendar management, logistics support, and travel arrangements.”

Plans and Pricing

Team Delegate works primarily on a retainer basis, with a minimum of 10 hours per month to sign-up. The hourly rate is $35 an hour, so you’re looking at a minimum package price of $350 for 10 hours of US-based virtual support.

(These rates are pretty much on-par with what you’ll see from other US-based firms, with the exception of the inexplicably affordable US-branch of 24/7 VA.)

How it works is you start of with a free initial consultation call to identify your delegation needs and opportunities. After you agree on a scope of work proposal, you’ll be assigned a dedicated executive assistant to work with.

Note: Be sure to select Virtual Assistant Assistant in the “How did you hear about us?” field 🙂

Team Delegate Alternatives

Of course there are a number of competing entries in the US-based virtual executive assistant market, all out to debunk the myth that virtual assistants are a third-world industry. Among the highest-rated alternatives at press time are Worldwide 101, eaHELP, and Time Etc. All operate with a similar distributed team model of home-based staff.

If you have a specific skill-set you’re looking for, you might also consider hiring “directly” via a freelance platform like Elance.

Have you worked with Team Delegate? If so, please consider sharing a review of your experience in the comments below to help others with their decision.

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3 Quick Hacks I Added to My Morning Routine

Do you have a morning routine?

They’re all the rage this year, in large part due to the popular book, The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod.

(Haven’t read it yet.)

From my understanding, the premise is to kickstart your day for super-productivity, you’ve got to take some time first thing in the morning for meditation, affirmation, reading, and exercise.

The truth is I really don’t do any of that stuff.

I tried the meditation thing, using a free app called Headspace, but found myself falling back asleep. It was very relaxing, but part of me couldn’t help but thinking I should just get to work!

Still, there are 3 things I have added to my mornings (well, most mornings) that I am excited about and wanted to share.

1. Make the bed.

I’ve been anti-bed-making pretty much my entire life. “Why bother?” I’d ask. “I’m just going to get back in it tonight!”

This is a hack I stole from my buddy Chandler, who explained it like this:

Making the bed forms a physical barrier between night and day, between sleep and awake. It sends the signal that it’s “go-time.”

Super weird, super quick, but oddly enough, it works.

2. Drink a glass of water.

We’re naturally dehydrated in the morning so drinking a glass of water first thing helps rehydrate our bodies and wake us up.

Plus, if it’s cold water, there’s some science that says it may kickstart your metabolism for the day.

3. Turn on some music.

This is my latest addition and is probably my favorite.

Now normally I’d say to listen to a podcast or an audiobook to make otherwise idle or prep time more productive, but the past couple weeks I’ve been doing music in the morning while making breakfast, and it’s been great.

Try something upbeat that gets you going. Since I buy into the small-town romanticism that Nashville is selling, lately that’s been a lot of Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, and Florida Georgia Line.

Your Turn

Give these 3 hacks a shot and let me know how they work for you. I find I’m more energized for the day by adding them to my mornings.​

Do you meditate? Is there like a hump you’ve got to get over and all of a sudden you see the light?

I haven’t fully given up on it, but now just tend to use the breathing exercises to help calm my mind and body at the end of the day to fall asleep like a rock.

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The Airplane Productivity Hack

This year I’ve discovered a “new” productivity hack, and I discovered it 35,000 feet in the air.

On a couple recent flights I found myself knocking out a ton of work during what would otherwise be “wasted” travel time.

I wrote blog posts and emails, did some editing for a client, watched a training video, and listened to podcasts.

Why is the airplane such a productive place?

My theory is that it meets many of the criteria for a successful work block:

  • Limited distractions (no Internet)
  • Confined space
  • A looming “deadline” (landing)

So how can you emulate this without buying a plane ticket?

I think there are a couple ways to get it done.

First, turn off your WiFi.

This is probably the biggest one for me. I’m usually too cheap to splurge for the slow and often-unreliable airplane WiFi, so I’m effectively off the grid for the duration of the flight.

That means no email, no Facebook, no Twitter, no nothing.

And by default, that means more focus on what you CAN do offline.

Second, set a timer.

For years, I saw being trapped in a tiny uncomfortable airplane seat for hours as a necessary evil to get to my destination.

But I’m starting to see it as a blessing in disguise. It means I have uninterrupted time to knock out whatever I need to get done.

You can imitate this feeling on the ground by setting a timer and turning off the WiFi, and not allowing yourself to get up until you “land.”

What do you think? Do you use flying times productively, or do you think this “hack” can help you even in the office?

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When Automation Backfires

I thought I was so smart when I set this up! And then it backfired horribly…

For the last couple years on the Virtual Assistant Assistant site, I’ve had a little survey tool that people could fill out and get personalized recommendations.

Each time someone completes the form, which I set up for free using Google Docs, I get an email.

Then I’d manually email them my recommendations. My process has improved over time, but was still manual.

At first, I manually wrote out the messages individually, until I’d covered each combination of answers.

After that, I’d just search my inbox for a survey response with the same answers, and copy and paste.

But searching the inbox each time was kind of a pain so I created a template file I could refer back to and copy and paste the template response each time.

But pulling up the template file grew tiresome, so I created a series of keyboard shortcuts using the Auto Text Expander plugin for Chrome.

And that’s really how I would do it. People would even give me a hard time (and rightfully so) that I didn’t have a virtual assistant on this low-level task.

A little ironic, right?

Well, a couple weeks ago I tried to get smart and figure out a way to automate and outsource this task.

Since each survey response comes in with the subject line, “New Virtual Assistant Survey Submitted”, I set up an If This Then That “recipe” to send an email to Fancy Hands each time a new message with that matching subject line hit my inbox.

Each Fancy Hands email was a new task request to their virtual assistants.

Inside the IFTTT recipe, I gave instructions for the task. I included a link to the “answer key” file in Google Docs, and asked the virtual assistant service to email the survey respondent on my behalf (cc-ing me), with the appropriate template.

What I forgot was that Fancy Hands sends a confirmation email that they received your task, using the same subject line as what you sent them.

When that confirmation message hit my inbox, because it matched the IFTTT recipe words “New Virtual Assistant Survey Submitted”, it triggered another task request email.

Which triggered another confirmation message.

Which triggered another task request.

Which triggered another confirmation message.

And on and on and on, more than 50 requests in total before I got back to my computer and could figure out what happened.

(Thankfully they refunded all those nonsense tasks.)

My fix was to disable the Fancy Hands auto-confirmation emails, and am working on tightening up my IFTTT recipe to make sure it works as intended.

Turns out, I also could have changed the subject-line in IFTTT.

I have high hopes that this automation/outsourcing combo will ultimately save some time and maybe even start a few conversations.

What do you use If This Then That for?

I know I’m barely scratching the surface of it’s automation power, but I’m eager to dive deeper into it. Definitely open to hear about any cool recipe suggestions you have, or if you like the more business-oriented Zapier more.

Let me know in the comments below!

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