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Bottleneck Distant Assistants sources executive and administrative assistants who work remotely in the Philippines.

Jaime Jay, the founder, started sourcing Virtual Assistants in the Philippines in 2006 — before it was cool!

After helping peers and clients find talented VAs on an informal or private basis, one of Jaime’s business peers suggested he start his own business offering the services. Jaime decided to open Bottleneck Virtual Assistants with a very unique service offering to a broader audience.

About Bottleneck Distant Assistants

Bottleneck’s target customers are entrepreneurs that are experiencing growth in their existing company and are finding it more and more difficult to manage their tasks on a daily basis.

The majority of customers are based in the US, the UK, and Canada, while assistants work from their home offices in the Philippines.

“We are noticing a large amount of call center workers leaving that line of work for virtual assistant work,” Jaime explained. “While these people don’t have the same type of experience, they are eager to learn and they work hard.”

The Bottleneck Distant VA Sourcing Process

One of the biggest challenges facing the business leaders is finding great people to work with. Bottleneck understands this.

That’s why they promise to do all the hard leg work for you.

“We vet your executive assistant and make sure they are capable of completing the administrative tasks you need finished on a daily basis,” Jaime said. “We specialize in sourcing highly-skilled virtual assistants who are dedicated to your vision, mission and core values.”

Each candidate completes a 4-step hiring application that involves problem solving and gives them a chance to shine by highlighting three key areas:

  1. English Comprehension
  2. Technology Check
  3. Soft Skills

English Comprehension

Reading, writing and speaking the English language is a MUST. All client and internal communication is in English.

Bottleneck Distant VA’s have college degrees and/or equivalents because 100% of the universities or higher education in the Philippines are taught in English. The road signs are in English and even the government documentation is written in English. 

Tech Check

Every Bottleneck Distant candidate not only provides the details of their current technology, but they document what their back up process is in case their computer breaks or the Internet goes down.

Soft Skills

Every candidate completes a DiSC® Assessment. DiSC® is a personal assessment tool used to improve work productivity, teamwork, leadership, sales, and communication.

DiSC profiles describe human behavior in various situations. For example, how you respond to challenges, how you influence others, your preferred pace and how you respond to rules and procedures.

Bottleneck Distant Assistant Services

The following items are different areas that your Executive or Personal administrative assistant will work on to serve you and your organization so you are able to focus on the high level activity needed to scale your business:

  • Email management
  • Schedule management
  • Social media planning
  • Project management
  • Travel arrangements
  • Event planning
  • Graphic design
  • Website management services
  • Audio/Video editing services
  • Research
  • CRM management
  • Sales development support
  • Phone answering/support
  • Customer service

How it Works

Each potential client completes a simple 9-question form to schedule a free consultation. These consultations are scheduled for 30 minutes.

During the consultation, a representative from Bottleneck Distant will answer questions and provide the details for next steps.

The next step is to complete a VA-Intake form, and after that, Bottleneck’s Distant recruitment manager begins the sourcing process. 

Bottleneck Distant will identify a candidate they feel is best suited for the position.

Next, a Bottleneck Distant representative will schedule a time to introduce the candidate to the client. If the client is not happy with the candidate, they’ll choose another candidate from their database and set up another video conference on Zoom. 

The company focuses on and specializes in fulfillment for full-time roles. “Our virtual assistants, for the most part, are seeking full-time pay,” Jaime explained. (Aren’t we all!) “If a position is only part-time, Bottleneck Distant will help them find another position.”

Once the candidate has been accepted by the client, they can begin work straight away.

The Integrated Services Program

Bottleneck Distant Assistants is a full-service program. Naturally, one person can’t do everything, so Bottleneck Distant created the Integrated Services Program™ (ISP). 

The idea here is to give clients access to multiple levels of expertise. Bottleneck Distant Assistants provides you with a point person that you’ll be able to build a relationship with that specializes in a certain area.

Through your personal assistant, you’ll have access to four different areas of expertise through a single point of contact.

These areas of expertise are as follows:

  • Website Management (WordPress)
  • Social Media Management
  • Graphic Design
  • Audio/Video Editing

Clients using the Bottleneck Distant services on a part-time basis (up to 20 hours per week) will have access to 3 hours per week of the ISP. For those clients using the service on a full-time basis (up to 40 hours per week), they will have access to six hours per week of the ISP.

Other virtual assistant companies call this “team access,” and it’s a great selling point. It means you can tap into specialized skills as needed, without going out and making a new hire or posting a one-off freelance project.

It is important to know that if clients do not use the total hours for that week, they lose those hours. The hours do not roll over from week to week.

Bottleneck Distant Assistant Plans and Pricing

Bottleneck Distant Assistant has a few different pricing tiers based on the scope of work you might need.

Recurring, Automatic Billing – Minimum of 12 Weeks

Up to 20 Hours Per Week:

  • One week of service: $300 
  • Two weeks of service: $590
  • Four weeks of service: $1,160

Up to 40 Hours Per Week:

  • One week of service: $580
  • Two weeks of service: $1,140
  • Four weeks of service: $2,240

Project, Single Invoice – No Minimum

Up to 20 Hours Per Week: 

  • One week of service: $442
  • Two weeks of service: $871
  • Four weeks of service: $1,716 

Up to 40 Hours Per Week:

  • One week of service: $858
  • Two weeks of service: $1,690
  • Four weeks of service: $3,328

(You choose what package and how often you want to get billed. All packages are pre-paid.)

Bottleneck Distant Assistants Alternatives

When I asked Jaime what sets Bottleneck Distant Assistant apart from the competition, he mentioned their vetting process is designed to minimize risks for both clients and VAs.

“There are stories of VAs not getting paid and stories of clients not getting the work done that was promised and their assistant seemed to just disappear. While we can’t guarantee that will ever happen on either end, we do have a great system in place,” Jaime explained.

Another resource to look into is OnlineJobs.ph, especially if you’re comfortable doing the job posting and candidate screening yourself. The service costs $69 a month but you should have no problem finding the right person for the job within a month or two.

Once hired you’ll just pay your VA directly each pay period. You’ll find full-time candidates at a fraction of the cost of Bottleneck Distant Assistant, but have to forego the other benefits like team access.

Your Turn

Have you worked with Bottleneck Distant Assistants? If so, please be sure to leave a review of your experience below to help others with their decision.

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    Yesterday at 12:57PM PST, I called Jaime Jay at Bottleneck Distant Assistants.

    “I wonder if you can help me. My cofacilitator for a workshop starting at 5:30AM tomorrow cannot make it. I’m looking for someone with extensive Zoom experience who can handle all the logistics of a complex remote workshop.”

    I continued, “In 2 minutes, I’ve got to be on with another client for a different workshop that’ll last until 3:30 or 4PM, and I’d love to orient the person helping me from then until 6pm, so they’re ready to hit the ground running first thing in the morning.”

    Jaime said, “You’ll have an email waiting for you before you’re done with today’s client.”

    And I did. So my cofacilitator and I hopped on a call with Efren and walked him through the plan and his complex responsibilities.

    Efren had already done his homework and researched the Zoom functions I’d told Jaime we’d need.

    Efren was awesome. Jaime is awesome. His whole team is awesome. I’m so grateful.

    Talk about someone having your back.

    For any small training company like mine, that’s the nightmare — the small team you lean on having an emergency.

    Thanks to the Bottleneck Distant Assistants crew, I went from nightmare to total calm.

    All this, before I’ve ever paid them a dime, and as I’m being onboarded as a client for a dedicated DA. That process has been so valuable.

    Thank you.

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    I’ve been working with Jaime Jay for years and have had my Bottleneck VA on our team for 6 months now. I can’t believe I didn’t make the hire sooner! She is an integral part of our team and increases our productivity so much. Whether you’re a small or large operation, I can’t recommend Bottleneck VA’s highly enough!

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    Jaime is truly awesome. He has helped me find the perfect employer for me. 101% recommendation!

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    Bottleneck connected me with my virtual assistant in a just 5 days from start to finish. I have been working with my full time VA for 6 months now and I could not be happier. Bottleneck took the time to take my data and understand my needs and then rapidly matched me with a VA, gave me more information on her, scheduled our interview call and advised me on how to get started with her in a way that would maximize our chances of success. Let’s face it – working with someone half a world away is very intimidating and challenging and Bottleneck showed me how!

  1. Bottleneck goes BEYOND just finding a VA, they walk you step by step through how create a job role and accountability for your Virtual Assistant to ensure the best fit! Working with a VA can help liberate you!

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    Worked with Jaime a number of times. He is awesome and been a big help to my business. 100% recommendation!

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    I’m working with a Bottleneck VA. The hand holding through the process of interviewing already vetted VAs made a big difference. I’ve always struggled with various issues when hiring a VA on my own but Jamie at Bottleneck has solved this challenging job. Much more efficient to hire Jamie to find the perfect VA for you versus doing it alone.

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