Virtual Staff Finder is more of headhunting service than a true virtual assistant company. Founded in 2010 by entrepreneur Chris Ducker, the firm promises to match you up with qualified workers in the Philippines.
In my mind, Chris is right up there with Tim Ferriss when it comes to lifestyle design and using virtual assistants to help achieve your goals. He’s been in the outsourcing arena for 10 years and he and his staff know the Philippines very well.
How it Works
Virtual Staff Finder is a simple process which works like this. After you sign up, you complete your Job Description requirements, listing all the skills you’d like your virtual assistant to have and what kind of tasks they may be doing for you. Then, for your viewing pleasure, Chris has put together a series of helpful training videos on how best to select and work with your new VA.
Meanwhile, the team at Virtual Staff Finder is hunting for the best candidates. All their virtual assistants are screened, tested, interviewed, and background checked – all before you’re even involved.
Then, the company presents you with the 3 best candidates, and you can do your own interviews and make your selection from there. If you’ve ever tried to find a VA on Upwork, you’ll appreciate all the screening work Virtual Staff Finder does for you.
Over the years, VSF has helped place over 1000 virtual assistants with new employers so they definitely have their systems down.
Virtual Staff Finder Intro Video
This video is a little dated, but still explains their general process well. Just know that they now only recruit General Virtual Assistants.
Virtual Staff Finder specializes in matching entrepreneurs with general virtual assistants. These are administrative professionals who generally have good English skills, a college education, and some prior experience in working for overseas clients.
You will have the freedom to train your VA on whatever role you need them to fill, but if you’re looking for specialized skillsets in web development, content writing, SEO, or other areas, VSF may not be the best fit. (See below for alternatives.)
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Plans and Pricing
For this, they charge a one-time $495 fee. After that, you and your new virtual assistant agree on a salary and you pay them directly. Because there is no more company overhead, you can expect to pay market rates for your VA, which typically range from $400 a month for full time general administrative help up to $750 a month for more skilled work.
If that price seems steep, consider the average referral bonus given for full-time hires is $1200 (according to Inc. Magazine), and that doesn’t even include the recruiting expenses.
The company offers a 10-day guarantee, which means if you don’t end up hiring any of the 3 candidates they selected for you, or if you did hire one and they didn’t work out without the first 10 days, Virtual Staff Finder will source you another 3 candidates for free.
Virtual Staff Finder Alternatives
Aside from the big freelance marketplaces, you have a couple alternatives to consider when trying to find an awesome VA in the Philippines.
The first is the “DIY method,” which involves posting your job on OnlineJobs.ph, the largest job board for virtual work in the country. Here you’ll cast a wide net but spend more time narrowing down your candidate pool to the few “diamonds in the rough.”
The second option is a competing “matchmaking service” called Zen Virtual Assistants Finder. For a similar price point, they’ll source 3-5 qualified VA candidates for you. They also do free one-on-one consulting calls and an extensive needs assessment before you fork over your cash.
Have you worked with Virtual Staff Finder? We’d love to get your feedback below.