I’ve been following the adventures of a guy named Jed who has embarked on full implementation of the principles listed in the Four Hour Work Week. His blog, The Newly Rich, has some great examples of what did and didn’t work during his experiments outsourcing to a virtual assistant.
He originally took the same path as a LOT of people who just finished reading the 4HWW and started out with GetFriday and a few alternatives. He ended up with a stateside college student and has been having good success. I’m especially excited that Jed started a new post series called Outsourced Wednesdays where he’ll post a weekly sample of a project he’s outsourced along with the responses from his virtual assistant.
Honestly, I wish more “buyers” would blog about their outsourcing experiences. It is fun and educational to read detailed examples of correspondence between buyers and providers.
Jed has even started up a new company called Having Things Done. He’s even listed out some of the philosophies behind Having Things Done where he addresses many of the hurtles and problems people have been experiencing with other VA services.