This article explains how I hire my VA’s using an online platform called “onlinejobs.ph”. It took me a bit of time to put this article together, so if you decide to try it out and found my article helpful please consider using my affiliate link to sign up:
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In the past, I tried hiring content writers on platforms such as writersaccess, Upwork, Fiverr, and also directly from Facebook groups. However, I was never really happy with the results. Most of the time they were not reliable (didn’t respect deadlines) and the content was written rather poorly.
That was until I found Onlinejobs.ph. Over the past 6 months, I hired 7 VA’s through their platform (5 of them are content writers), and it’s going great.
I pay my content writers $9/2500 words for basic content which doesn’t need too much research and $14/2500 words for content that requires in-depth research. (This content is handwritten by them, they’re not working with conversion yet, hence the payment per words)
Last week I hired another writer, I had him go through the academy and gave him a basic introduction to conversion.ai. He’s only written 2 articles so far but I can already tell that the content he writes is of good quality and with the help of Jarvis he’s able to produce content much quicker compared to my other writers. He works full time for me (40 hours/week), I pay him $450/month.
I’m on the “OG” unlimited pro plan, meaning that 2 extra seats are included in my plan at no extra cost. This makes it a no-brainer for me, for $450 I have a skilled writer who writes high-quality content in American English with the help of Jarvis at a total monthly cost of $450. Come on? If that’s not value for money what is????
– they don’t take a cut of the worker’s salary
– you don’t have to communicate with your workers through their platform
– you can pay your workers outside of the platform
You might ask yourself now, what’s the catch? How do they make money? The answer is simple, you have to pay to post a job. It’s a subscription model that starts at $69/month, it allows you to post three jobs and communicate with applicants. While $69/month sounds like a lot at first it’s really not. First of all, you don’t have to keep the subscription, you can pay once, and then cancel right after. It allows you to post 3 jobs to their job board and you can hire as many workers from those posts as you’d like. Now, the great thing is that you don’t have to stay subscribed once you hired someone, you can keep communicating through their platform, use their easypay integration to pay the workers (you can also pay outside of the platform if you wish to do so), and use their time-tracking system for free even after canceling your subscription.
If you’re unhappy with the platform they offer a 100% refund policy but I’m almost certain that you’ll find someone for your job.
What’s also great about Onlinejobs.ph is that all workers are Filipinos. I worked with VA’s from a few different countries over the past 2 years and the Filipinos I hired on Onlinejobs.ph I found to be the most loyal and motivated. They also write in American English which is great. On top of that, there’s an oversupply of workers on the platform, so you’ll likely always find multiple job candidates from one job post.
Once you signed up you can post a job, it asks for some basic information on the job, the wage, and the skills. I put a line in the middle of the job description saying: use “top 10 writer” as the subject of your application, all other applications will be ignored. This way you can make sure they read the job description and can follow simple orders. I always get a few applications on my job posts that don’t use this subject line, this is a good option to filter out some of the applicants right away.
In the job description, I also asked them to link their portfolio. Most of them have some sample content written out and send you a link to a google doc.
Once you received a good amount of applications (I received around 15 after 2 days) you’ll have to filter for the best ones. First check for their subject line, if it’s not the given one you can delete the application right away. I then skim over what they wrote and have a brief look at their sample content. You’ll be able to tell how good their writing is pretty quickly, I’d try to find the 3-5 best ones.
Reply to those applicants and ask about their rate. It’s important to know that’s totally normal to negotiate with them and you shouldn’t feel bad about it.
Also, ask them if they would be available to write a “test” article for you. While most of them would probably do that for free it’s important to pay them for that. The applicants obviously don’t know you or your company so it’s important to show them from the beginning that they can trust you and you value their work. Once they agree to write a “test” article for you I ask them for their PayPal email and pay them for the article in advance, before they deliver the article. By paying them in advance you’ll gain their trust and if you decide to hire them and negotiate their rates they’ll likely lower their rates as you have already gained their trust.
Over the next month I’ll try to put together a training for my VA’s on how to use conversion.ai best (a guide in Notion), let me know if you’d like me to share that too.
This is only supposed to be a quick run-down, if you have any questions feel free to comment in the Conversion.ai Facebook group or shoot me a dm.