Hiring help to work with you in your business may be a scary thought. It takes money and time to invest in help and get them up to speed to do what you really need them to do. You may shy away from the idea initially, which is entirely natural. But today’s guest is not only going to tell you why hiring help from another country could be the shot in the arm your business needs, he’s going to show you how you can do it in a way that won’t break the bank. You’ve got to hear this great episode.
Grow your business by adding things that you can’t do.
There are certain things each of us is good at. On the other side of the same coin, there are certain things we should never touch because we STINK at them. Those are the areas where you can amplify the impact of your business by hiring people to do the things you’re not good at or don’t enjoy - but that are NEEDED for your business. On this episode, Scott is talking with John Jonas, a guy who has figured out how to find the best workers from the Philippines and train them to do the tasks that are taking up your time and don’t fit inside your skill set. You can change your business and your effectiveness for the better through this approach, so find out how on this episode.
Outsourcing is not as scary as it sounds. Find out how on this episode.
Many entrepreneurs (most entrepreneurs, really) don’t like the idea of handing off responsibilities within the business to others, especially people they don’t know. But it’s one of the things that has to be done if you are going to scale your business and realize more profits. Outsourcing is one of the ways you can do that and on this episode, Scott and his guest John Jonas talk about how to outsource the smart way without breaking the bank. You are going to get a ton of value from this episode.
Dealing with a VA from another culture is a skill anyone can learn.
One of the things John Jonas has discovered as he’s worked with VAs from the Philippines, in particular, is that every culture has its own norms. For example, workers from the Philippines are very loyal and eager to please. But they tend to need a very clear set of instructions and a boss who will continue check in with them to ensure they understand their tasks - until those tasks are being performed flawlessly. If you can learn how to patiently train the person who works for you, you’ll be able to find a long-term VA or assistant who will provide tons of value to your company. Find out more on this episode.
What are the small things that are consuming your time? Pass them to someone else for greater effectiveness.
Is social media eating up your time? Are emails and product research gobbling up hours that you could be working on more important things? You’re not alone. Many eCommerce sellers find themselves bogged down in the details - but there IS hope. You can find a very competent, foreign worker who can take the load off of you by taking on your low-value tasks that have to be done - so that you don’t have to do them. Find out how it works and how you can make it happen on this episode of The Amazing Seller.
OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER
- [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast about getting help!
- [1:39] My introduction of John Jonas, my expert guest on this subject.
- [4:29] John’s story of getting into outsourcing and finding help.
- [9:11] How John learned the best way to train his help (using Amazon Private Label).
- [19:32] The obstacles and hurdles John says you should watch out for.
- [25:10] Communicating well with Philippine workers you hire.
- [26:15] How to handle insurance, taxes. etc. with foreign workers.
- [28:40] Paying foreign workers with the right systems.
- [30:00] How to find the right VA for your situation (how John created his service).
- [37:38] Determining if you need or want part time or full time help.
- [42:48] Assessing your own needs and moving forward to find the help you need.
- [44:45] Last word on tips and strategies to head down the outsourcing road.
- [47:15] How John checks in with his virtual team regularly.
- [52:18] Scott’s summary of the episode and ideas of how you could use these ideas.