The Horkey HandBook Virtual Assistant Finder is a VA recruiting service by Gina Horkey. A professional VA and freelancer writer herself, she began training others to become virtual assistants as well.
The VA Finder tool came about as a way for her to connect her “graduates” with clients in need of their services.
About Virtual Assistant Finder
Gina launched the Virtual Assistant Finder in late 2016 and has already helped place dozens of qualified VAs with clients around the world (though predominantly in North America).
Because the service, like Gina’s VA training in general, is relatively new, you might find candidates don’t have years of experience under their belt just yet. Though I imagine that will change as time goes by and her business grows.
How it Works
How it works is you fill in a form describing your business and the role you envision for your assistant. When I tested the service for a recent hire, it asked if I’d ever worked with a VA before, how many hours a week I projected this role to be, my expected budget, and the skills and qualities I was looking for in an ideal candidate.
Once you submit your payment (a one-time fee) and your information, Gina shares the opportunity with her network of vetted VAs and they’ll pitch you directly.
I ended up getting 4 or 5 responses, interviewed 2 candidates, and hired one. From what I could tell, the candidates included mostly work from home moms.
Gina’s VA grads are primarily based in the US and Canada, and are trained in social media, administrative tasks, and generally what it’s like to work with clients remotely. She has dedicated classes on becoming a freelance writer and on becoming a Pinterest VA, which is actually the role I was hiring for.
One advantage that I see is that each person in Gina’s talent pool has made a proactive investment in their business.
If you’re looking for someone with that kind of specialist training, I think it’s a pretty compelling value proposition, especially at the current price point.
Plans and Pricing
After you make your hiring decision, you’ll pay your VA directly. (Mine invoiced me through PayPal.)
The interesting thing — and I liked this — was neither candidate I interviewed quoted me in terms of an hourly rate. Instead they offered package pricing based on what I was looking for.
That made it an easier decision because in this case I was trying to buy a result, not someone’s time. I don’t care how long it takes for them to get it done!
The Virtual Assistant Finder service comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, and actually my VA offered that as well if I wasn’t satisfied with her work.
I don’t think I’ll have to invoke it — so far she’s delivering great results!
Horkey HandBook Virtual Assistant Finder Alternatives
At the end of the day, you’re still getting a freelancer, and you’ll certainly be able to cast a wider net on a global platform like Upwork.
What I think sets VA Finder apart is it’s just a more selective candidate pool to draw from. You know each person who sees your job posting has gone through a specific training and made an investment in their education.
Have you tried Gina’s Virtual Assistant Finder? If so, please leave a review below to help others with their decision.