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HireMyVA Podcast 15 – I’m afraid they’ll take my money and disappear

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Dave Braun
00:00:00
Well, good day, everybody. Welcome to theHireMyVA Team and Business Building Podcast, where we help you to reclaim your freedom through hiring and thriving with virtual assistants without breaking the most important bank, which is yours. And I’m Dave Braun. I’m here with my partner and great friend. Larry Broughton.

Larry Broughton
00:00:18
Hello David, thank you for being my friend.

Dave Braun
00:00:23
You’re welcome. And vice versa.

Larry Broughton
00:00:29
If people really saw how we were behind the scenes, geeze lousie a reality show in the making right there.

Dave Braun
00:00:36
I think so. Not one that I would watch though. All right. Okay. So we’ve had this question from somebody and they’ve said, you know, they’re concerned. It’s about, you know, taking my money and disappear. You know, I give them money to work and then all of a sudden they’re like, they’re off and they’re gone. So that’s the thing is they’re worried about, they’re afraid that somebody will take their money and just disappear.

Larry Broughton
00:01:02
It’s a legitimate concern Dave. I mean, we both know people where this has happened to, but here here’s the funny thing. There’s two sides to every coin is that there are service providers and VAs out there who have the same concern. I’m going to do all this work for somebody and they’re not going to pay me. Right. Well, I think one of the great things about, well, there’s a lot of great things about this program, but we walk everyone through on how to make sure and avoid that from happening, right? Whether it’s small projects, first test the waters, build trust, but really most of them, most the VA’s that we work with and lead you to and recommend they’re all professionals. And so they understand that I provide work and then there’s gonna be a specific payday.

Larry Broughton
00:01:48
And we walk you through how to set that whole thing up. Right. I would not encourage you because you’ve got experiences with, I think somebody on the team now where they did a bunch of work and didn’t get paid, they got ripped off by the, by the quote unquote employer or the person that was hiring them. That’s no good either, right? No, but let’s, let’s go through let’s let’s just remember the karmic wheel spins for everybody on this, but Dave, why don’t you give a couple of examples or why don’t you share your thoughts on, on this?

Dave Braun
00:02:19
Well, yeah, one of the guys who did some work for us before, you know, I asked him how, how it was going with your pay with other folks and what his experience was. And he had worked for a month, for somebody a whole month without getting paid, there was the promise at the end of that. Now he leave and you’re naive. And we were naive everybody at one point and you know, we, and we tried. So it, it, like Larry said, there’s two sides to the coin. It works both ways. So one of the things that we do, we’ll give you a little tip that we have in the program. You get this for free is that if you really want to establish a good level of trust, you don’t have them work a month for you, or even two weeks after a week, they work, you pay them for the week.

Dave Braun
00:03:04
Then that starts building the bond of trust because that bond of trust between the two of you is so, so important. So, so important. So you got it, you got to do that. He got to establish the trust. And you just got to remember that, you know, there are some times, you know, you as an employer can get somebody who may think about screwing you, but then they get screwed also. There’s a more likely scenario here though. I think Larry that’ll happen is that you hire somebody and they will potentially do two jobs. They may be double-dipping. So while you’re paying them 40 hours a week, somebody else is paying them 40 hours a week. And then they only work for the person who screams the loudest. Yeah. Right. Yeah. But that’s more of a likely scenario about them taking your money, right?

Larry Broughton
00:03:54
Yeah. Yeah. You know, one of the tips that we give in the program and it’s going to give it away is that when you’re first getting into this, if you’re, you’re on the fence about hiring a specific VA is to do a project with them first, before you hire them full time. And if it’s more than just a few hours of work, then actually set up a progress pay plan that they do a little bit of work. You pay them to do a little bit of work, you pay him. But, in the agreement you say at these benchmarks along the way, you’re going to get paid so that it helps build that trust that you were talking about earlier. Yeah, yeah,

Dave Braun
00:04:31
Yeah, absolutely.

Larry Broughton
00:04:33
But, you know, it’s like any relationship you go into, if you go into it with a high level of distrust or mistrust, you’re going to find what you’re looking for. Yeah. In any relationship. Right. So if you go into it, looking for that, you’re going to find that if you go into an expecting great things, you’re more often to buy that as well.

Dave Braun
00:04:52
Yeah. Now another likely scenario would be that somebody on your team would ask you for an advance to the next,

Larry Broughton
00:04:59
That happens after a while, right. Because you are building a relationship. Yes.

Dave Braun
00:05:04
So that’s happened to us. We’ve given advances and things have happened where we haven’t gotten it back. And so we’ve got some pretty steep guidelines to mitigate that or to, to minimize the chance of that occurring because you know, you want to be a great boss and you understand their, their, the scenario in their life, the circumstances in their life. And you want to help out and you’ve established trust with them, but there’s still some caution that you have to, you have to exercise.

Larry Broughton
00:05:34
Oh, just say that if you are, if you start working with a VA and within the first month, they’re asking you for advances, that’s probably a

Dave Braun
00:05:42
flag. red a is That Problem.

Larry Broughton
00:05:44
But if they’ve been with you for a year and they’ve been a high performer, and let’s say that there’s a medical condition that comes up, they’ve got to put their grandmother into a home or something like that. And it’s like, it’s like any relationship, test the waters first start small and build the trust. You know, if we’ve got somebody who’s working for us and a year into it, they ask for, Hey, can I get $50,000 advance? Like my next year, all in advance that ain’t going to happen. That’s not going to happen. But then also make sure that you’re really clear about what’s the repayment of that. Yes. Right. But again, the good thing is we’ve got all of us in the program. We have templates, we have guidelines and all this stuff. Yeah, yeah. Really what we’ve done in this, we’ve taken everything that’s in our brain, all of the mistakes that we’ve made, all the successes we’ve made and we’ve just downloaded it.

Dave Braun
00:06:37
Yeah. And, and if you’re in and if you’re in the community, assuming you are, you just asked us a question, Hey, my VA wants an advance. Well then guess what we do. We start asking you questions to see what the real circumstance is, what the scenario is. And, and to, you know, you’ll ultimately, it’ll be your responsibility to decide, but we’ll give you a bunch of questions to ask so that you have the best chance of making the proper decision for that particular situation. That’s right. That’s right.

Larry Broughton
00:07:04
Yeah.

Dave Braun
00:07:05
That’s good. Any other thoughts, sir?

Larry Broughton
00:07:07
Well, I just hope this was helpful and I keep, I keep harping on this, but I think one of the most powerful elements of this program is the community. So if you do have questions, as you just said, Dave, go to the community, ask that, ask them. And if you’ve got questions or comments about this topic, please leave them in the comment section of wherever you found this podcast. And, and if you have questions that you’d like us to address, then bounce that off of us, any, either in the community or if you’re one of the email addresses or wherever you can. And we’d be glad to, to, to address it. And if we’ve already addressed it, then we’ll point you in the right direction or I’ll expand on it. If we’ve not hit, if we’ve not answered your question. Good enough, you! for here are we Hey,

Dave Braun
00:07:46
I just thought of something, you know what the great thing is about our community. One of the greatest things. Wow. Maybe I shouldn’t tell you. Maybe I should wait until the next episode. No, one of the great things is, is our VA’s are in it as well. So you can ask them questions because they understand the culture more than we do of, you know, the Philippine culture. They’ll understand a lot more about what it is to work as a VA. When, you know, if people are asking this kind of question, can I get in advance? For example, there’ll be like, okay, well, here’s where I’ve asked for one before. And here’s what happened. And I’ve heard that I got some other friends who this happened to them. So I mean, they can bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to help guide your decisions on those kinds of things. Yep.

Larry Broughton
00:08:32
That’s good.

Dave Braun
00:08:34
All right. Well thank you folks for joining us for

Larry Broughton
00:08:36
Let me throw this out there, let me, let me throw this out there. The last thing, although we refer to the Philippines a lot and we refer to international, VA’s a lot through the program. The point of this program was developed so you can use this for anywhere. If you want to hire somebody from Ukraine or Russia or some other, you know, frontier country, you can or even here in the U S. This applies there as well. The reason that we refer to the Philippines is that’s where we’ve had the most success. There’s some cultural commonalities. The language obviously translates really well. And we just, we just love, love our team. And had a lot of success there. So that’s why, but don’t, don’t fear. This will work anywhere.

Dave Braun
00:09:17
It will. It will. All right. Is that it?

Larry Broughton
00:09:21
Okay. Yeah. Dave.

Dave Braun
00:09:22
Okay. All right, folks. Thanks for being with us. You know, remember building a team is the way to reclaim your freedom, right? We are here to help you, as we talked about, we’re here to help you. Our VA’s are here to help you determine what you need to do in certain circumstances. So three things right now, we’d love for you to do for us. Number one. And of course, we’re going to really appreciate this, Number one is to subscribe to this podcast. Just subscribe, hit the subscribe button on your phone number two give us a rating, preferably five star, but be honest. And then number three, go to hiremyva.com for more info on our course and community. Here, we can help you without experience without you having experienced some of the stuff we just talked about. You’ll learn how to prepare for hire and thrive with virtual assistants. Larry and I have helped a lot of people. We’re helping them now. We’re excited about it and we want to help you to get on board with us. So just go to hiremyva.com for more info. Thank you for being with us. Have a great day.

Larry Broughton
01:10:21
Yeah. In folks, if you are a practitioner, if you’re a leader, if you are a business owner or you’re a high achiever, we know that you’re the ones who are making things happen in this world. You’re the world changers and do yourself a favor. Do the world a favor, do your community favor, go do something significant today. All right, folks, go get ’em!

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