Apparently, a lot of folks must read Tim Ferriss, as there were two requests in the “List of the Week” suggesting a rollup of Virtual Assistants. Given our focus at Smartsheet on tapping the virtual workforce, this made sense to us. I’d like to make a big deal about how hard this was to pull together, but frankly, I have to admit it was cake.
I simply Published a Sheet, and asked a virtual worker to put in as many VA business names as he/she could find ($5). Once that seed list was in place, I ran a couple of rounds of self generation (a combination of Smartform and Publish-ViewOnly in Smartsourcing). For another $6 I arrived at just over 580 unique Virtual Assistants and Virtual Assistant Firms. After a round of modest cleanup and a quick run to get some demographic information (what services they provide, the principal’s names and email addresses) I ended up with this list (emails suppressed):
We’ll likely reach out to these small businesses to inquire as to their interest in Smartsourcing for their client base. There’s an amazing opportunity for them to provide some pretty nifty services to their clients that should dramatically increase their earning potential. Maria has a nice post on that here.
For those VAs that were missed in this run, it was entirely unintentional. This was simply what the virtual workers provided in its raw form. Please add your business to the list with this form, and I’ll make sure it gets sorted alphabetically into the list. You’ll see it appear live when you refresh your browser.
We’re a huge fan of VAs here, and highly recommend that you look at what isn’t getting done well in your business and consider getting help from one of these professionals.