There’s the Wrong VA and the Right VA—and a world of difference in between

I know this is a bit off the topic of info-products, but I’ve found that if you want to be successful with your info-products and the whole Internet marketing business, you absolutely cannot do it all by yourself! I know; I’ve been at it for more years than I’d like to reveal. And it’s not that I didn’t want any support, but I’m so efficient myself (as a ghostwriter and copyeditor I’m very meticulous!) that it’s difficult to find someone up to my standards.

So a few years ago I set out to get some support in the form of a college intern. I thought I’d find someone I didn’t have to pay and would love to learn my business. Well, think again. I did have to pay, though not very much. I hired an English major at a local college and had her write my articles, blogs, and some of my clients’ articles and blogs. They were fairly decent, though I had to clean up most of them. But when I needed her to do research and other stuff online, she was not very experienced at that. Plus her boyfriend needed her, and she had homework….

My next attempt was to hire a Virtual Assistant (VA) who was just getting started. I met her at a networking event and she seemed eager to build her practice. The first week on the job, I got an email from her husband the day a bunch of stuff was due, saying that she broke her thumb. I never heard from her again. I had to hustle to complete the work that was on deadline.

Next, I hired another new VA (hadn’t I learned my lesson yet) who I met at yet another networking event, who was also eager to build her client base. I gave her, with complete trust, ALL the business cards I’d collected over the years that I’d never gotten into a database, but always said I would. I put each into different envelopes with the different categories. A month later, way past my desired timeline, she returned my cards and an Excel spreadsheet with about half the names in the wrong categories and about one quarter of the email addresses (and other data) misspelled. I learned that tragic fact after emails started bouncing back. I kid you not, it took me a year of late nights to get that whole thing cleaned up!

Well, it was a long time before I decided to try again. This time I met a “seasoned” VA at an Internet marketing boot camp. She came highly recommended, so I put her to work right away with a list of chores and timelines. I don’t know if it’s me, but the work never came in on time and was never completed to my satisfaction. She eventually faded away, never responding to my last emails wondering where we were in terms of time left on our contract.

Just as well! I was about finished with the idea of finding someone who could help me and do it right! About a week after I misplaced my last VA, I got an email from the owner of an autoresponder service I’d been considering signing up for that she had trained several VAs in her software. I trusted this woman and liked her program, so I contacted the three VAs and that’s how I found Staci. I’m here to attest to the power of patience, perseverance and sticking to your values. I wanted someone as attentive to details as I am, and I found her in Staci Jansma (

I’m over my typical limit on the size of my blog post, so to be continued…

Happy info-products,

Andrea Susan Glass


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