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Tina has over 17 years of experience in starting, building and selling companies, she's a speaker, teacher, mama and world traveller.

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  • How to Build Effective Remote Teams ¬†

  • Overcome Challenges in Hiring Virtual Assistants

  • How to¬†Create a Strong Team Culture

  • Manage Virtual Assistants Successfully

  • Impact of Fair Salaries

     

 

 

In this podcast episode we have my good friend and virtual teams expert, Kody Thompson! We spoke about when its time to hire, finding the right candidate, the hiring process, onboarding and growing your business with a virtual assistant (VA).

Kody Thompson is the Co-Founder and CEO of Wrkpod. Wrkpod is an Australian company specialising in helping companies build teams in the Philippines, offering comprehensive services that include talent recruitment, co working spaces and extensive training and support for both clients and Filipino talent.

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Show transcription 

 

Intro 

00:00:00
Hello, you gorgeous human, you. And welcome to episode 238 of the her Her Empire Builder show. On today's show, I have my dear friend Kody Thompson. He is very smart. I'll do his official bio, obviously, because, you know, he's owed that and that's what we do on podcasts.

00:00:23
But I will say he's a very, very smart human. He's a very, very kind and generous human and someone that's so good to be around and is always trying to solve everybody's problems, which is amazing. And he is a specialist in virtual assistants. He's done many different things, which you'll hear today. But the main focus of this episode was I get asked a lot about working with Vas.

00:00:49
Our operations assistant is a VA based out of the Philippines. Chris is incredible and I've worked with a lot of vas over my time as a business owner. And it's something that I do think sometimes people can think is a really easy solution. But with everything that is worthwhile, it does take effort and strategy and getting the right person on your team and the right person in the right seats. It's no different to hiring any other team member.

00:01:21
And so that's what we're going to be talking about today is when is the right time to get a VA into your business? What could you be using them to be able to do to allow you to do more of the higher level things? How much do we pay them? How do we set it up? It's a very practical episode for you today.

00:01:42
So I have a handout to go with today's episode because it's really practical. Whatever is easier, you can either go to herempirebuilder.com two, three, eight for today's episode show notes, which will get you a handout on all of the things that we allocate to our Vas, our job description for our Vas, and an overview on hiring your virtual assistants, as well as links that you can use to hire virtual assistants in there. So you can either go herempirebuilder.com two, three, eight, or if it's easier on social media, you can dm me the word vahelp. If you send Va help to Tina underscore tower or her Her Empire Builder on Instagram, either one will work. Then we can send that straight to you and you can get started.

00:02:34
So a little bit about Kody. He has a track record of success. He's renowned for his achievements as the founder of Lightning Sites, a web development company that he built from a startup into a multimillion dollar enterprise, generating in excess of $5 million profit across eight years. And over that time, Lightning sites was able to build 1500 websites, servicing over 800 clients monthly and generating in excess of half a million leads for his clients. In 2023, Kody was able to transition out of the day to day operations of lightning sites when it was acquired by the US technology company sites at scale.

00:03:14
After successfully building his own remote teams to grow and exit lightning sites, Kody developed a reputation as an expert in building international teams and scaling business and launched the business workpod in 2021 with co founder and my good mate Dale Beaumont. And Workpod is it's very unique. We're going to talk about a bit that a bit more on today's episode, but it's very unique in its structure and the way it's set up. So it specializes in helping companies build teams in the Philippines, offering comprehensive services that include talent recruitment, coworking spaces, extensive training and support for both clients and filipino talent. In two short years, Kody has facilitated the placement of over 650 remote staff for workboard clients and grown, enabling them to achieve greater efficiency, reduce operational costs and strengthen their enterprises.

00:04:06
And what he hasn't said in his bio here is you pay vas directly through his company, which is something that I super, super love rather than everyone kind of taking a cut along the way. So we're going to talk a bit more about that as well. So if you're interested in hiring virtual assistants, whether they're in the Philippines or anywhere in the world, this episode is a super practical one and we'll help you. Dm me the words va help or go to herempirebuilder.com two, three, eight to get all of the handouts associated with today. All right, let's get to it.

00:04:42
Hello and welcome to her Her Empire Builder show. I'm your business strategist and host, Tina. Tower, and I am so happy you are here. My goal with this show is to. Bring you the inspirational and informative conversations.

00:04:56
With interesting humans, as well as the. Tools, tips and resources to help you build your online business. Since I started my first business at 20, I have built and sold four times. And in 2018, while I was traveling. Around the world with my family for a year, I tripped and fell into.

00:05:14
This wonderful world of online courses and. I instantly fell in love. I'm a million dollar course creator, a world traveler, bestselling author, a mummer of. Two man children, and a lucky wife. There's no playing small here.

00:05:28
It's your turn to grow to run a highly profitable business that makes you wildly wealthy while you positively impact your. Clients and the world around you and. Of course, have that dream life that's perfectly aligned with you. Let's get it. Hello, Kody Thompson, and welcome to her Her Empire Builder show.

 

 

Main episode 

 00:05:51

Thanks, Tina. Great to be here. Yay. Okay, so I have lots of questions that I want to ask you all about Vas because so many course creators want to have Vas. Have Vas.

00:06:03
Have a lot of experience with Vas. Some have positive, some have negative, but most people want to nail it. And I find it's few and far in between the success stories. So I really want to get that from you because you've been so good at it. But before we get into that, you started with graphic design.

00:06:22
Then you grew, like your big kahuna company, Lightning sites, which has just recently sold. Congratulations. How did that all morph and then come into your VA company, which is workpod, which has also had very many iterations from what it started, right? Yeah. So I started as a freelance graphic designer, as you said.

00:06:45
I did it so that I could take on a volunteer position. I was actually working full time as a pastor before that, running youth programs in high schools and things like that. And I took on a volunteer role and I needed to make some money, so I started using my skill set. I had a degree in graphic design, and I actually started by photoshopping eyebrows off my friends. So I got good at Photoshop by doing silly things like that, and it turned into me.

00:07:10
Still run pretty hot on fiver, I think. Yeah. Do you reckon I could be my. I reckon you could go back and moonlight at removing. So I started doing that, and then that turned into a web development company.

00:07:23
And the reason it kind of turned into that was that I found it was much easier to teach people how to build websites than it was to teach my staff how to be good designers. So I was able to scale that business. We started selling websites on a subscription about eight years ago. So we built lightning sites up. A big part of that was hiring staff overseas, so we ended up creating our own office over there.

00:07:49
When we sold it, we had 80 staff with lightning sites, so we got good at, I guess, building offshore teams. We had five people here in Australia and 80 people in the Philippines. And then lightning sites was a successful company. And so a lot of our clients who saw what we were doing, a lot of my friends from business circles started to ask me for help. Like, hey, how did you hire the staff overseas?

00:08:15
Like you said, a lot of them hadn't had a lot of success. It's kind of like a bit hit and miss with hiring staff overseas. And so it was really born out of that. I had space in my office. I just built a new office for my own team, and I had like 50 spare desks.

00:08:29
So I just started helping my friends to hire staff. And then within three months, we filled those 50 desks and I realized that lots more people needed help with this service. And so that's how workpod was born. Yeah. And so when you started doing that, was it always the intention to build your team offshore, or was it you just kind of started and then it went well, and by accident, you grew that team.

00:08:54
Yeah. I heard people talk about vas very early on in my journey, like when it was just me, I heard people talking about this idea of having staff overseas, $5 an hour, help you with your admin. That sounds great. So I did, I guess, what most people would do. I went to freelancer.com.

00:09:13
I went to upwork. I used fiver. You joke about fiver, those types of tools. I went through a stage where I was using fiver, like every week to do the most random things. There's some pretty amazingly funny stuff on there that you can do.

00:09:25
On my 40th birthday recently, Clint, our mutual friend for everybody, sent me this thing that was like a guy saying, Tina Tower, welcome to the Senior citizens Association. This is what the Internet is great for. You could get people to send lumpy mail and all kinds of funny stuff. Record songs for you, record raps. So anyway, I tried all of those types of tools.

00:09:52
And then I guess you tend to find people who have a freelancer mindset, like they're not looking for permanent jobs most of the time. And so I spend a lot of time hiring people and testing them out. And sometimes you have a win and you find someone who's great. Most of the time you don't. And then the ones that you find that are great, they tend to get busy because they're good.

00:10:17
Other people like using them as well, and so they tend to get too busy to work for you full time. And so it's just not like a very good option for building a long term team. So I discovered that fairly early on, probably in my first twelve months of experimenting with Vas. And I was like, if I really want to be serious about this, I just need to go to the Philippines and see what I can figure out. And so I had a really good ea that I had worked with.

00:10:46
And at this stage, I had about four freelancers that were regularly working for me. And I went to the Philippines and just started exploring what options there were, and there really wasn't any very good options. The only model that I could find over there was like an agency model where they hire the staff on your behalf and then they triple the price and sell them to you. And to me it was like borderline slave labor. I'm like, hang on a minute, they're getting paid $500 and you're charging me like 1500 or $2,000.

00:11:18
What am I getting for this margin? And so that was when I was like, I don't think this is going to work. I'm going to have to just do it myself. And so I met with a lawyer over there. I figured out how to start my own company, because you need to have a company to rent a building.

00:11:36
So then I started a company, then I rented a building, and then I. Put, which is a big leap from being a graphic designer, freelancer, a website developer, to going into an international country, establishing a company, renting a building, that seems like a big leap. Yeah, I don't really know how. I don't really know why I don't. I guess my personality is sort of like, what's the worst that could happen?

00:12:04
And so I tend to think about things like that, and it's sort of like, well, the worst that could happen is I lose some money and then, you know, try something.

00:12:16
So I want to touch on what you just said before, because one of the reasons why I discovered you as workpod, I mean, we've known each other for years and years, but I hadn't ever used workpod until a few years ago. And one of those reasons was the VA agency that I was using was they started off at $7 an hour, and I think our vas were getting about four or $5 an hour. And then it went up to $10 an hour and $12 an hour. And I asked the vas and they hadn't got a pay rise, and I was disgusted by that in going, okay, there's something about this that does not feel right and does not feel fair. And so you've set workpot up in a really different way.

00:12:57
Can you talk about that structure and how you've done it? Yeah. So what I've tried to do is set it up. Basically what I wish I had when I started my team, which is I need someone who has the infrastructure, I-E-A building, Internet connection. I needed someone who had the ability to help me find and recruit talent that was looking for long term careers.

00:13:17
And then I wanted them to let me hire them and then have them work from their office in a productive environment. And so that's what we've produced. So the way we're different is we recruit for our clients and then we negotiate the salaries. We help them negotiate the contracts, help them to understand, I guess, the intricacies of working with someone in the Philippines around their health care contributions, how much they should be paid, 13th month pay all these things that if people haven't worked with staff in the Philippines, they won't have experience with that. So we kind of help them negotiate, help them sort of navigate all of that.

00:13:53
And then once they get hired, our clients pay them directly so they're in control of how much they're paid. They have them as an asset in their business. So if they want to sell their business one day, like, for example, with the business that I recently sold, one of the most valuable things to the company that bought my business was my team. Now imagine if that team was leased to the company. It would have been the difference between 500, even up to a million dollars of my sale price was based on, probably based on my team.

00:14:24
So when we hire for our clients, the team is theirs, they hire them directly, and then they pay us a fee for our service. So everything's very transparent. You know, what you're paying workpod for, you know how much your staff is being paid. You get to build a direct relationship with your team so you can create your own culture, your own team, your asset. That's how we're different, I guess, to the models that I found when I went there.

00:14:50
Yeah. And what have you found? Because there's quite a few common misconceptions about hiring virtual assistants, I think. What do you think are the most common ones that people come to you with? And they're like, this has happened.

00:15:02
And you're like, of course this has happened. What things should people be aware of if they either haven't hired a VA before or they've had a negative experience and they're ready to try again. Yeah. I mean, to be honest, when anything happens in my business, that's sort of a negative experience. I always try to look at myself and see where I could do things differently.

00:15:26
And I think there's a tendency with all business owners, probably with human beings in general, we'd rather the problem be somebody else's problem. But I found, as my companies have grown, generally the reason why when it comes to building teams, things are not working. It usually comes back to me as the leader of the business. And so you have to put your big boy or big girl pants on and look at yourself in the mirror and figure out what ways could I manage my team differently? For example, if you've got poor behaviors that are constantly happening, people are arriving late to work, they're not following instructions, then I would look at something like that and be like, do I have the right systems?

00:16:09
Have I given them the right training? Am I being too lenient with my policies around my expectations of when they come to work? My first, I guess, response is not to be like, this person stinks. It's to look at myself and be like, what have I not set up to build a culture where how come my culture has made this person feel like this is acceptable behavior? Because if my company has a culture where everybody feels united around our vision, everyone's going to work, they're working hard for their colleagues, then you don't have those problems because they are engaged in the vision of the business.

00:16:49
So typically, I'll be looking back at myself and being like, where have I not been able to build that? So I guess that's fairly broad, but I think that's generally when you're having. Issues, look at it. But then it leads me into another question. In going so remote teams, I think one of the hardest things, and I've seen a lot of reports lately about people going back to offices with traditional jobs and local jobs because of the disconnect that happens when people are working remotely.

00:17:15
You've built beautiful, successful teams on remote work. How do you create that culture so people feel part of something when they are siloed, especially if it's not. I understand how it could be easier when you've got ten people there and they can all have that together. But if you've just got your single va, which is what most course creators will have, one or two vas, how do you create that culture and that getting them invested and engaged when they're on the other side of the world in a totally different culture? Yeah, that's a really great question, and it's a big challenge.

00:17:48
I think particularly, like you said, for people that have smaller teams, you have to do daily huddles or regular huddles, like, you have to spend time with each other, whether that be just 1015 minutes each day. When I had a small team, we would do a huddle in the morning, which is just like one piece of good news. What are your three tasks for the day? And then we would do something called warm fuzzies, which is like, basically, what are you grateful for? For anyone else on the team.

00:18:12
So we just do like a little culture. Yeah, a little culture thing. And then. So it would be 15 minutes meeting. We'd do that every day.

00:18:19
So if you can't get over there, then that's the start. But that's really not going to cut it like long term. If you want to build a long term team now, if you just need a va to do basic admin tasks, and maybe you don't mind if they only stay for two years, but for me personally, I was trying to build a long term team. And so that's one of the benefits of workpod, is that even if you've got a small team, we've hired 600 people in the last twelve months. So our offices are full of vas working for course creators and other entrepreneurs.

00:18:53
So they still get that, some sense of that community where they have other friends in the office, even if they don't work in the same company. And then we have large private offices. So as our clients grow their teams, they're able to take on private spaces in our facilities where they can brand it, they can have their nice. Yeah. And I think that's where if people are trying to build serious, I guess, companies, then that's where trying to get away from just having one and having a minimum of, say, three, it gives you a lot more consistency, because the challenge is if you've got one and they get pregnant or they have a health concern or their parents are sick or whatever, from no fault of your own, you can be put in a position where you lose your best team player and you're back to square one.

00:19:41
Whereas once you get to, say three, they can help train each other, they can help connect with each other, they can help keep each other accountable. So you've got less hands on time that you have to spend when you're training new staff and things like that. So I do try to encourage people to try to get to that micro team size because they do have much more consistency once they get to that size. Yeah, good tip. And in terms of what to actually outsource to a VA, because I get this question, quite a lot of which I'll put our job description that we use for vas in the show notes as well.

00:20:18
Or you can just dm me on Instagram at her Her Empire Builder or Tina Underscore tower, VA help, and then you'll get that sent straight away. And any resources that Kody will give us, I'll put in there as well. So you can find workpod and do all of that. So just dm me VA help and you can get all of those links. But one of the questions that I get frequently, which is why I've set that up, is what do I actually get them to do?

00:20:44
And is a VA the same as like a PA that you would hire locally? How do you discern the difference? Yeah, so Va. I mean, we use the term VA to describe them only because in the Philippines, that's actually how they describe themselves. But in actual fact, we hire staff for all different types of companies.

00:21:04
So, for example, we have a financial planning firm, and we hire para mortgage brokers that work with their, you know, work with their local staff to put together mortgage packages and paperwork. We have teams that we've hired lawyers for, law firms that work as paralegals writing contracts. We have video editors working for media companies. We have podcast editors. We have all different types, CAD drawers, graphic designers.

00:21:36
So we can find all different types of talent. And so the key thing is to figure out what you need in your business. And so one of the resources, Tina, I'll give you, we have a checklist. It's like 156 things you can outsource. So I'll give you that.

00:21:50
You can make that available to any of your listeners. So the first thing I would do would be look at that checklist and tick all the things you're like, man. Things that you're doing yourself that you could take off your plate or things that you would like to do in the future. And you can tick all those things. And then we can come up with a job description based off of the needs that you have in the business right now.

00:22:14
I do a time audit every 90 days, which is one of the most annoying things that I do in my entire life, but it's been one of the most valuable. So every 90 days for two weeks, I have an alarm go off every 15 minutes, and I write down what I'm doing because I think that a lot of people, you get to the end of the day and you're like, I've been super busy, but what did I actually do? And you don't realize everything that you did and everything that you're doing that you don't have to be doing. So I do that and then figure out, like, Tim Ferriss's thing, what do I need to eliminate, automate and delegate. So I go through all of that, and every time I do it, I then look at who in our team exists already that can do it.

00:22:52
And if I don't have someone, who can we hire and how can we systemize it? And I have been amazed. When we first started working with virtual assistants, it was harder to communicate. Whereas now, like, loom. Yeah, I do like 50 million loom.

00:23:08
Isn't that the coolest tool? I remember when it came out and I was like, oh, this is clever. I had no idea how much I would use it. What a simple little. You can just explain anything.

00:23:21
Yeah. So I will go, okay, well, I did that thing, so I'll just record myself next time I do it and talk through why. And then we've got a system there. And then what our va. It's just exceptional with what they can do and just copy what we do.

00:23:34
And I think so often we hang on to, I don't know if it's ego based or the feeling of importance in going, only I can do this. No one else can do this. But it's amazing how good it feels when you've got team, like, pumping and doing all these things and you get to have your big ideas and your space and your creativity. I think it's totally underutilized. Yeah.

00:23:53
You touched on basically the ego that we have as business owners. I think a lot of business owners would say that they want staff to do all of this stuff for them, but it's actually the ego, like you said, that stops us. Like, I'm the only one who can do this. It's pretty egotistical when you think about it. And we've all had feelings like that before.

00:24:15
I sometimes call it superhero syndrome, where you enjoy being the superhero in your own business, but the best business operators actually create superheroes of the people around them. You know what I mean? And that's the real goal, is if you can empower other people around you to become superheroes, that's when you really get leverage in your business. Yeah. And so I want to talk about long term relationships because I think that sometimes relationships with can be set up in a bit of a transactional sort of a way.

00:24:48
And I know, know even with Chris, who is our whole operational assistant, he does all of the back end of our business and is absolutely exceptional at it. But we had chats in the early days because sometimes people would email him in a very different tone to what they would email me. And with the way that people would just naturally treat offshore teams. And I think that one of the things that he liked the most when he started was how defensive mama bear I was about that.

00:25:25
I can imagine that I've just picked. Up on this, but what would be your tips for people that want to have long lasting teams and have them part of their core teams in that combination and not have it on the periphery and more transactional. How do you create that long lasting relationship with a va? Do you set it up from the beginning and saying, I want this to be long term. Do you think it's necessary to go and visit or to bring them out to either?

00:25:54
Most of our clients and listeners are in Australia and the US. Would you bring them out or what's your. I mean, so you touched on a great one, which is just actually listening to them and talking to them about their challenges. Treat them like an employee that you would have locally. They are human beings and they have things going on in their life.

00:26:15
So being there for them and chatting to them about like, hey, what's working for you? What's not, I guess having that attitude that you had, that they're one of your team. They're not some robot on the end of a voice message or a slack message. They're a real person.

00:26:35
They're not a robot that just does tasks and sends them back to us. They're a person on the end of the line. So having that attitude is really important. I would say how you set the contracts up initially can really help. So that's one of the things that we do at workpod, is that the contracts that we set up between our clients and the vas, although it's not a legal employment contract, because our clients don't have legal companies in the Philippines, we try to make that contract feel real, like a real long term, long lasting job.

00:27:06
So there's information about their leave, there's information about what benefits are included in their pay, how many days off they get for sick, paternity, maternity leave, how long their probation period is, nondisclosure agreements, things like that, all that's in the contract. So when they sign it, that feels like they're signing an employment agreement for any other company that they would work for. So right from the outset, we're trying to create that sense of long term, secure job. So they're not just working for some random person on upwork, they're working as part of the team. And then it's just about trying to find ways that you can make them feel a part of the team.

00:27:47
So even on their first day, like have a polo shirt, a mug, a hat with your branding on it, have that sitting on their desk when they arrive on the first day, get them involved in not just doing the systems, but providing feedback on the systems that they're running in the business, I always say to my staff, in our systems, this is the system, but I always finish by saying, unless you know a better know. So if there's a better way to do this, I want to know about it and we can improve it. So try to make them feel like they're part of the team, part of the process of growing the business. I try to involve them. Yeah, try to involve them in the stuff that we're doing locally here in Australia.

00:28:30
And then if you can get to the Philippines or bring them is a. It's very hard to build all of the culture through. Know there is a digital disconnect. When you actually get to the Philippines and you meet their family, you get to spend time with them outside of work, their relationship will be much stronger. Yeah.

00:28:54
I did look at bringing our VA out to Australia for our conference, and it was not a simple process. The visa process can be. Yeah, yeah. So I was like, ok, we'll have to look at that next year because I was know we can book you a ticket and you can come on out. No, just let us know, Tina.

00:29:15
We'll show you the little tricks, but you just need to know how to submit the application to the government in the Philippines to make sure their visa gets approved. Yeah. Okay. I'll talk to you about that. Definitely.

00:29:29
Okay. So my last question is, what does success look like for you? Do you have an end game for workpod? Because you've got very interesting growth plans going on at the moment, and you recently sold lightning sites. Is this to grow and sell?

00:29:47
Is this your legacy business? What about you personally? Yeah, I don't know. I've never sort of been a person who plans everything out. Like, even you asked the question before.

00:29:58
Even you asked the question before about getting the office in the Philippines. For me, it's always just like, I know this is the right next then. And then I guess adaptability, I guess, would be probably one of my strengths, I think. I figure out what I feel like the next thing to do is, and I do that and then I work things out as I go along. But certainly for workpod, we have a goal to grow the business.

00:30:20
We want to create 10,000 jobs in the next five years. So, so far, we've created about 800 jobs. Wow, that's a big goal. Yes. So in the Philippines, the government says that one full time employee at the salary range that our clients hire these vas at basically cares for about 20 Filipinos.

00:30:40
So if we can help create. If we can create 10,000 jobs, then we would be basically helping to care for 200,000. And then once we get to that goal in the next five years, we'll see how we go. But then the next milestone would be to try to create, like, 50,000 jobs, and then that would be a million Filipinos that we would have created opportunities to support. So I know what I'm doing for the next five years.

00:31:05
What the end game looks like, I'm not quite sure. One of the challenges of this business model is building infrastructure. So we've spent two and a half million already on buildings in the Philippines. So one of the challenges will be, if we grow that rapidly, funding those facilities might get challenging for me personally with my personal cash in my bank account. So we might have to look at how we fund things.

00:31:35
So I'll kind of play things a little bit by ear. But certainly in terms of the personal goal, there's something very fulfilling about helping people land a great job. It really changes their life. Unless you've been to the Philippines and met these people, it's really hard to explain. We do have a few videos on our website of stories of stuff, but, yeah, every time I go there, I end up just weeping in boardrooms half the time.

00:32:02
I'm there because I interview a lot of staff that have got jobs with us, and their stories are just insane. Like what? Getting a job with. Getting a job with you or like another one of our clients. What it means to them is insane.

00:32:16
Yeah, you mentioned. I did say that was the last question, but you did mention something, and I'm like, I really want to ask you about that salary range because we kind of touched on that at the beginning. That was something that both got us at the start in going, okay, this is not an equitable split in going, is there a salary range that you recommend? How do people define what their salary is that they're going to offer for the job? That is very fair and generous for what they are getting.

00:32:46
I know when I have chats about VA salaries with our members, there's people that I feel bad paying that amount. Is this enough? What is your view and what is your guidance on that for people? Yeah, there's a little checklist. I'm going to give it to you again for your listeners, a pricing matrix that I can send you.

00:33:06
However, it's only helpful as a guide because you can imagine if we're hiring an executive assistant, for example, for a client, we'll put the ad out. We might get someone straight out of university who's just done a business administration degree. In the same application, we might get someone who's had ten years experience as an executive assistant for a manager. So they're not the same person in terms of what they would get paid. So the matrix will give you, like, junior, mid, and senior, but even then, it still doesn't really tell the story.

00:33:40
So I guess part of where I feel like workpod is very helpful is that we know the market locally where we're hiring, because it's even different from city to city. If you hire someone in Manila, they're going to earn more than if they're hired in Dumagetti, where our offices are. Because Manila is more highly competitive, the cost of living there is insane from a.

00:34:02
So I think that's something that it's great to have expert help with that. Our little guide will give people a bit of an understanding, but depending on the person's experience and potential, then it's something that you have to kind of play a little bit by ear when you're going through the recruitment process. Amazing. And I do have one final one. I'm like, I'm not finished yet, Kody.

00:34:27
I'm not done. I finished with the questions I had written down, but I'm still not done. So when someone's like, I want to get started with the VA, which we'll link to all of the information in there, and they want to go through you. For someone that's never been through the process before, what is the process? The timeline?

00:34:44
How do they train them from woe to go? What does that look like? So you can book a call with our team on our website so we can have a chat to you. Make sure workpod is, like, a good fit for what you're looking for. So that'll be the first step.

00:34:57
And then if you decide to go ahead with us and our service is the fit for your business, then there's an order that's placed on our website. There's templates for job descriptions you get access to. So you can edit those templates or create a job description template from scratch. Then our recruitment manager meets with you. They'll go through that with you.

00:35:14
They'll ask about some of the values of the business so that we're not just looking at a job list. We're also understanding the type of business that you have and the type of people that will fit into your team. And then from there, we place ads online. It takes us about three weeks to send you candidates because we go through, basically, we might get 100 applicants for the job. We phone every single applicant, we check their references.

00:35:39
They have to get a police check, and then we get them into film video interviews. So we interview them, kind of like Tina's interviewing me now. We ask them questions, we record that, and then we send you the best candidates from those video recordings. So that saves you huge amounts of time. I did not that when I went through it.

00:35:58
And I could just watch the interviews on, like, two times speed. Exactly. Get all the information that I needed. Yeah, it was great. Exactly.

00:36:06
Yeah. And then once you choose the person from the video interviews, we hook up an in person meeting on Zoom with our clients. And then once you're ready to hire, we help with all the contracts. So once they get hired, we have a training center called Skill Builder, which is my business partner, Dale Beaumont has, like, a business coaching program. So we've taken a lot of his content and turned them into online courses.

00:36:33
So all of the staff that get hired have access to skill builder, and that helps to supplement any training that our clients would be doing on their side. They can use skill builder. We've got courses in social media management. We've got courses in AI, in copywriting, whole bunch of different stuff that can help upskill the vas depending on the tasks that our clients have them doing in their business. Amazing.

00:37:00
Kody, I love your work. I love what you do. It's so good. I can't wait to see you. We can have a party to celebrate 10,000 employed people in the Philippines in how long?

00:37:11
Eight years? Five years. Five years. Okay. Five years.

00:37:16
That's the goal. We've got a lot of work to do. We're doing about 50 hires a month at the moment. But our next goal is to get to 100 hires a month. So I've got to double our capacity, and then I probably need to double it again, I'd say, to get it to a point where we can hit our target.

00:37:36
So there's lots of things that need to be worked through to make that happen. Well, you're fantastic, and I'm sure there's a lot of people listening that could benefit. It's such a win win, which is what I love so much. Thanks. Bye.

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