Why You Shouldn’t Hire Your Virtual Assistant on Guru.com

Tips From T. Marie

Places like Craigslist , Guru.com and Elance. Sites like Guru and Elance are bidding wars, plain and simple. And seriously, getting the job done right the first time, quickly and painlessly will end up costing a lot less than having a $2 assistant do the project incorrectly, make corrections or possibly make a mistake that costs you your reputation. I recently read an article by Ryan Lee called “ The REALITY of Outsourcing and Virtual Assistants ”.

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Coworking in India

Small Business Labs

Coworking in India is growing quite rapidly, with more than 100 spaces across the country and new spaces popping up on a regular basis. India is the second largest player in freelancing after the US, according to Elance, an online service that connects freelancers to projects, with average earnings of about $15 per hour and rising. I'm just back from a trip to India where I had the opportunity to visit several coworking spaces.

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Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2013

Small Business Labs

  The Solo Support Industry Grows Up : 2013 will see the continued growth of products and services designed to make it easier for solopreneurs and the self-employed to start and operate their businesses.   We expect this form of “mobile commerce” will take off in 2013 as personal service firms, retailers of all kinds and even industrial firms take advantage of the lower costs, increased flexibility and high levels of customer satisfaction that mobile business provides. 

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How to Avoid Being Named in a Fancy Hands Type Lawsuit

Tips From T. Marie

Which begs the question, how ethical is it to take advantage of a situation like the one at Fancy Hands, Fiverr, Guru, Elance and other services that so many have turned to for extremely low cost virtual services? Two separate judges might as well have said “Oh no you didn’t” and determined it would be up to a jury to decide whether the drivers fit the independent contractor definition.

2015 123

How to Find (and Utilize) the Best Virtual Assistant For Your Solo Business

The Solopreneur Life

Amy Wright: Oh, it runs the gamut from basic calendar management, customer service and scheduling all the way up to super techie things like adding a shopping cart to a webpage or setting up applications like Infusionsoft and everything in between. Larry: How much do virtual assistants cost? Obviously it’s completely up to the VA since she is a business owner herself. Anyone can throw up a website and call themselves whatever they want.

2012 181

Set Yourself Apart from the Competition » Make or Break Moments

Make or Break Moments

I’m familiar with Elance but a colleague who had a similar project told me that she’d had great success with oDesk - so that’s where I started. It was simple to set up the account and post the job and before long I had 40 people apply for the job. I thought I would prefer someone from the United States and Canada but I soon learned that they were the highest cost and not all had experience.

2010 100

Six Ways to Get More Juice from Your Freelancer | Men With Pens

Men With Pens

It might cost a bit more but it tells freelancers you believe in their great work and you believe in them. Everyone wins, and it’s a simple, zero-cost, low-effort gesture that makes all involved feel good. beating freelancers up says volumes about the client and their own feelings of business self-worth. Do use sites like Elance. Show up on sites and blogs and forums where your ideal target market hangs out.

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