SYS 071: 2 Million Virtual Assistants!? Meet John Jonas, founder of

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How do you hire the best Virtual Assistants? Meet John Jonas, the founder of, and hire the best Filipino Virtual Assistant!

Steve interviews John Jonas, founder of, a Philippines-based job board providing virtual assistants to businesses internationally. It is a simple recruitment process that enables the user to source suitable and skilled workers and job seekers from the Philippines to find the right online employment.

He also teaches how to hire Virtual Assistants and make the system work well for your outsourcing.


💡 The culture of the Philippines is honesty, loyalty, sound technology and internet access, low salaries, and good English language skills. They also appreciate the good working conditions offered by working at home and are glad to work for foreign bosses.

💡 To get the right assistant for you, John recommends checking out It is a comprehensive guide to getting the right VA for you.

💡 Define correctly the role that you want to hire for.

💡 Hire someone for a job you already know how to do that you can teach someone else. Search for the skill, determine how much you have to pay and if the skills exist to fulfil your role.

💡 When you get your applicants, you will find that you will get hundreds of applicants if you have advertised for a general position, like a VA. If you don’t, feel free to contact possible recruits.

💡 Use email to get an initial interview going. In this way, you can also bypass the initial shyness common amongst the people of the Philippines.

💡 The amount and the quality of training and feedback are essential. It’s also part of the culture to expect on-the-job training. They see it as their boss investing in them. Also, they require regular feedback on their work.

💡 Software like Snagit can help you provide feedback easily. It records your screen and video of you. That way, you can communicate not only training but also notes, corrections, and congratulations on your VA’s work.

💡 Building trust is essential with your VAs to recognise and communicate with them about what is occurring in their lives, so you understand any potential problems.

How to Hire Virtual Assistants? Meet John Jonas, founder of


💬We also advocate the Philippines as a great place, but I want to hear it from you. What is it about the Philippines particularly that you think makes it a great place for people in The States or the U.K or Europe or whatever actually to hire people from?’ – Steve

💬 ‘In the Philippines, they look up to foreign bosses as opposed to other cultures where like “oh, my stupid American boss”, you know?’ – John

💬 ‘Hopefully, you’re going to work with this person for the next 15 years. I didn’t say this already, but the first person I ever hired in the Philippines in 2005 still works for me today.’ – John

💬 ‘If I send them an email today and they respond in 4 or 6 or 10 hours, that’s great. If it takes them 2 or 3 days to respond, well, the chances of them taking 2 or 3 days to respond after I’ve hired them, it’s high, and that doesn’t work for me.’ – John

💬 ‘I hate meetings. I despise meetings. So in this, they get to hear my voice, and sometimes they get to see me because I’ll include myself in the corner of it, which is super easy. And that builds trust, just them hearing my voice and getting to know my personality.’ – John

💬 ‘If you don’t do that if you don’t build that trust that we were talking about before and give people a platform and understand that this is a human being like you’re saying, they have just the same problems that we have.’ – Steve


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John has helped thousands of entrepreneurs succeed in their business by doing outsourcing differently. He created and ran, the largest website for finding Filipino virtual workers, with almost 2,000,000 Filipino resumes and over 300,000 employers worldwide using it. He works about 17 hours per week, choosing to spend his time with his family rather than working.


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Steve used to be a slave to his business, but when he moved to Sweden in 2015, he was forced to change the way he worked. He switched to running his businesses remotely, and after totally nailing this concept, he decided to spend his time helping other small business owners do the same. Steve’s been investing in property since 2002, has a degree in Computing, and worked as a doctor in the NHS before quitting to focus full-time on sharing his systems and outsourcing Methodology with the world. He now lives in Sweden and runs his UK-based businesses remotely with the help of his team of Filipino and UK-based Virtual Assistants.

Most business owners are overwhelmed because they don’t know how to create systems or get the right help.

Our systems and outsourcing Courses and coaching programme will also help you automate your business and work effectively with affordable virtual assistants. That way, you will stop feeling overwhelmed and start making more money.

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Recruitment, VA management, Virtual Assistant

Steve Day

About the Author

Since 2016, Steve has helped hundreds of business owners to systemise their businesses and outsource their work. In doing so, he has helped them regain control of their lives and create the businesses they set out to build.

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