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Kevin Mallen

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Member Since June 2013

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I help small to medium sized businesses save time and money by connecting them with experienced and qualified staff in the Philippines. My company, Virtual Coworker, connects full-time and part-time virtual assistants and web developers with Australian Entrepreneurs and companies.

Team Management

How to build strong and successful relationships with your employees

Whether you employ full-time, part-time, or virtual assistants, it is always important to establish good relationships with them. Studies have shown that building good relationships with the members of your team can improve overall business productivity, efficiency and help you generate greater revenues. Here's how you can build a strong and successful relationship with your employees. Don’t ...

Sales and Marketing

How to use linkedIn like a boss

You always hear people talking about Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, but as a business development resource for B2B service providers, LinkedIn can be one of the more powerful social media tools around. For amateurs and experts alike, the following tips will help you master LinkedIn: Become a Thought Leader In order to build your personal brand, and trust amongst your network, it’s im...

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Nick Chernih
Nick Chernih, Founder at LinkBuildSEO

Asked this question - Virtual Assistance

How much does an australian virtual assistant (VA) cost?

Hey mate,



There is not an issue with the lack of quality staff overseas, the issue is FINDING the quality staff.



We have plenty of staff members at Virtual Coworker who are as good or better than Australian VAs. That's not meant to bash Aussie VAs at all, it's to acknowledge that there are extremely smart and capable people in the Philippines.



If you pay a little bit more, say 8-10 dollars per hour, and use a recruitment agency you will find that the staff you interview and hire will typically be miles ahead of the freelancers you find on oDesk and Elance.



Cheers and good luck,



Kevin


Team Management

How to monitor the performance of virtual staff

A virtual assistant (VA) can greatly improve your productivity and, at the same time, give you more opportunities to focus on business and personal activities you enjoy the most. But how can you tell that a VA is indeed working for you? Unlike regular employees, you cannot exactly tell your VA to "step into your office" so you can have a quick chat with him and check up on what he's doing. Utili...

Virtual Assistance

7 Things You Need to Know About Working with Virtual Assistants

Hiring a virtual assistant (VA) can be one of the most effective and inexpensive solutions to manage aspects of your business. VA's can be a huge help and unlike hiring a full-time employee, you don't have to spend a large amount of money to enlist their services. Like any boss-employee relationship, however, it is very important that you mesh well with your virtual assistant to ensure the su...

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Cameron Marsden

Asked this question - Recruitment

Has anyone ever found a recruiter that is worth it?

What kind of role are you recruiting for Cameron?


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Fleur Leong

Asked this question - Outsourcing

What are your experiences with outsourcing the development of your digital platform offshore?

Hi Fleur, 



Running an outsourcing company out of the Philippines, I've seen what works well and what tends to fail. With anything IT, it all really depends on the specifics of what you're trying to accomplish.



Do you have a CTO that is capable of hiring and managing offshore staff? Or are you looking for an offshore company to build the platform for you without you having to project manage?



Regards,



Kevin Mallen 



 



 



 



 


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Fleur Leong

Asked this question - Outsourcing

What are your experiences with outsourcing the development of your digital platform offshore?

Hi Fleur, 



Running an outsourcing company out of the Philippines, I've seen what works well and what tends to fail. With anything IT, it all really depends on the specifics of what you're trying to accomplish.



Do you have a CTO that is capable of hiring and managing offshore staff? Or are you looking for an offshore company to build the platform for you without you having to project manage?



Regards,



Kevin Mallen 



 



 



 



 


Team Management

How to build strong and successful relationships with your employees

Whether you employ full-time, part-time, or virtual assistants, it is always important to establish good relationships with them. Studies have shown that building good relationships with the members of your team can improve overall business productivity, efficiency and help you generate greater revenues. Here's how you can build a strong and successful relationship with your employees. Don’t ...

Sales and Marketing

How to use linkedIn like a boss

You always hear people talking about Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, but as a business development resource for B2B service providers, LinkedIn can be one of the more powerful social media tools around. For amateurs and experts alike, the following tips will help you master LinkedIn: Become a Thought Leader In order to build your personal brand, and trust amongst your network, it’s im...

Team Management

How to monitor the performance of virtual staff

A virtual assistant (VA) can greatly improve your productivity and, at the same time, give you more opportunities to focus on business and personal activities you enjoy the most. But how can you tell that a VA is indeed working for you? Unlike regular employees, you cannot exactly tell your VA to "step into your office" so you can have a quick chat with him and check up on what he's doing. Utili...

Virtual Assistance

7 Things You Need to Know About Working with Virtual Assistants

Hiring a virtual assistant (VA) can be one of the most effective and inexpensive solutions to manage aspects of your business. VA's can be a huge help and unlike hiring a full-time employee, you don't have to spend a large amount of money to enlist their services. Like any boss-employee relationship, however, it is very important that you mesh well with your virtual assistant to ensure the su...

Virtual Assistance

Five Ways a Filipino Virtual Assistant Can Help Make Sales Professionals More Money

As a marketing and sales professional, I know the feeling of having a list of tasks stack up in front of me. Whether it’s entering client details into Mailchimp, updating my CRM or prospecting for new leads, hours of my day are filled with essential, but not high value tasks. Unloading some of the lower value steps of the sales process will free up your day to focus on higher value tasks. This m...

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Nick Chernih
Nick Chernih, Founder at LinkBuildSEO

Asked this question - Virtual Assistance

How much does an australian virtual assistant (VA) cost?

Hey mate,



There is not an issue with the lack of quality staff overseas, the issue is FINDING the quality staff.



We have plenty of staff members at Virtual Coworker who are as good or better than Australian VAs. That's not meant to bash Aussie VAs at all, it's to acknowledge that there are extremely smart and capable people in the Philippines.



If you pay a little bit more, say 8-10 dollars per hour, and use a recruitment agency you will find that the staff you interview and hire will typically be miles ahead of the freelancers you find on oDesk and Elance.



Cheers and good luck,



Kevin


Kevin Mallen answered this question

Cameron Marsden

Asked this question - Recruitment

Has anyone ever found a recruiter that is worth it?

What kind of role are you recruiting for Cameron?


Kevin Mallen answered this question

Fleur Leong

Asked this question - Outsourcing

What are your experiences with outsourcing the development of your digital platform offshore?

Hi Fleur, 



Running an outsourcing company out of the Philippines, I've seen what works well and what tends to fail. With anything IT, it all really depends on the specifics of what you're trying to accomplish.



Do you have a CTO that is capable of hiring and managing offshore staff? Or are you looking for an offshore company to build the platform for you without you having to project manage?



Regards,



Kevin Mallen 



 



 



 



 


Kevin Mallen answered this question

Fleur Leong

Asked this question - Outsourcing

What are your experiences with outsourcing the development of your digital platform offshore?

Hi Fleur, 



Running an outsourcing company out of the Philippines, I've seen what works well and what tends to fail. With anything IT, it all really depends on the specifics of what you're trying to accomplish.



Do you have a CTO that is capable of hiring and managing offshore staff? Or are you looking for an offshore company to build the platform for you without you having to project manage?



Regards,



Kevin Mallen 



 



 



 



 


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John Belchamber
John Belchamber, Owner & Senior Consultant at Invoke Results

Asked this question - Sales and Marketing

What behaviours limit sales success in your business?

#1)  emailing instead of calling! Leads are gold and when one comes in you need to get on the phone and give them a call! Only email if they don't pick up the phone. Calling shows initiative and it developers more of a personal relationship than email can establish. 


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Ananda Raj Pandey
Ananda Raj Pandey, Developer at

Asked this question - Outsourcing

Are there better alternatives to oDesk?

Hi Ananda, 



It really depends on what you're looking for. If you're after an ongoing employee to work at least 20 hours/week, then there are better options such as Virtual Coworker. If you're just after getting a small project done, then Odesk isn't a bad bet.



 



Regards,



Kevin Mallen


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