John Miles – Virtually Assisting VA’s in Economic Crisis – How Optimate and iWorker Aid Talent in Distress (AoL 170)


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With the coronavirus outbreak, working remotely is starting to become a normal trend. In fact, I'd say it's moved the timeline up by 5 years or more until we see a lot more remote workers. However, not all virtual workers are from first world countries where being able to work remotely is considered a perk. Instead, they reside in countries where they might be in the middle of long term economic crisis. They have learned how to become virtual assistants or VA's so that they can bring in money than they'd get paid in their home country.To help those folks, today's guest, John Miles, and his partners at iWorker and Optimate, have built a network of VA's around the globe. These aren't just any VA's, though. They are VA's who actually are usually more than capable to handle what us solopreneurs would throw at them. In fact, a lot of them have degrees in the work that they do.In this interview with John, we find out why he and his partners felt they needed to start down this path and who might benefit from hiring from those in the network.Enjoy! SPECIFICALLY, YOU’LL FIND OUT MORE ABOUT: What's John's history in business and as an entrepreneur before starting iWorker and Optimate? 9:48What are some questions people need to consider before they bring on a VA or hire locally? 23:22Due to what his various brands do as social enterprises, has John considering making them B-Corp's? 31:19Which countries are iWorker and Optimate targeting in finding VAs to work with? 35:44How can people support what John and his co-founders are up to without hiring a VA? 38:09Is there anything exciting for John coming up in 2020? 43:30Who are three influencers he follows regularly? 44:48Who would be someone John would get starstruck by interviewing? 47:19What new habit has recently improved his life? 47:40What costs less than $100 that has changed John's life? 48:39Is there something he believed when he was 18 but doesn't today? 49:14What's a tip for traveling John has? 50:01How can someone be a difference maker in their community? 50:40 ITEMS and PEOPLE MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: John Online: Optimate, iWorker, LinkedInCohost: Veronica KirinAoL Interview with local virtual assistant, Emily KellyWilmer Valderrama on Lewis HowesAoL Interview Chris Schwab Tim Ferris - 4 Hour Work WeekCharles Duhigg - The Power of HabitNeil PatelRamit SethiRichard Dawkins Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. SHOW NOTE EXTRAS: Chris Ducker on Hiring a VA Chris on Why VAs aren't a Magic Pill John on the High-Octane Mechanics Show John's interviewed by Yaro Starak Thanks for Listening! Thanks so much for joining us again this week. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post. Also, please leave an honest review for The AoL Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and we read each and every one of them. If you have any questions feel free to email them over via the email mentioned in the show or by our contact form. And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on Castbox, iTunes, Stitcher, PodBean, and/or Google Play Music. It's absolutely free to do so. A huge thank-you to you guys for joining us! Cheers!

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