Meet Nick Loper: Fancy Hands subscriber since 2012, head of the #1 virtual assistant company directory and review platform, and published author.
Nick’s new book, Work Smarter: 350+ Online Resources Today’s Top Entrepreneurs Use to Increase Productivity and Achieve Their Goals is now an Amazon Bestseller, and we’re proud to say Fancy Hands helped. We asked Nick to weigh in on how he used Fancy Hands to help him write his newest book.
In his own words:
“How Fancy Hands built an Amazon Bestseller, 15 minutes at a time.
Recently I undertook a big project to find out what online tools and resources today’s top entrepreneurs are using to run their businesses.
My original idea was that it would make a viral blog post, but as the post grew past 10,000 words (10x the length of a typical blog post), I knew I had something bigger on my hands.
The final project became a book called Work Smarter: 350+ Online Resources Today’s Top Entrepreneurs Use to Increase Productivity and Achieve Their Goals.
In total, over 500 entrepreneurs contributed their favorite tools – which included Fancy Hands.
The book went on to reach the top of the Amazon charts during launch week, generating more than 20,000 downloads and earning dozens of positive reviews and a position as the #1 free business book that week.
As you can imagine, there was a lot of research and preparation that went into this project, and I actually relied heavily on Fancy Hands to build the foundation of the book.
For this book project, Fancy Hands:
**Built a spreadsheet of all the contributors and resources named.
**Categorized the resources.
**Found/wrote descriptions for the tools I hadn't heard of, which was a lot!
**Found links and pricing information.
**Transferred the spreadsheet data into sentence format.
**Found contact information for the contributors and the companies named.
**Submitted the book to free kindle promotion sites.
**Found relevant questions on Quora related to the book’s content.
Most of the work was done in shared Google Docs spreadsheets and document files. We could collaborate and have multiple people working on one file at the same time.
All said and done, I used 79 requests over the course of 6 weeks to research, build, and support the launch of Work Smarter. (I had to upgrade to Super-Premium after running out of tasks!)
At 15-minutes a pop, Fancy Hands contributed nearly 20 hours of work to the project, and proved that a non-dedicated VA service can still be an asset for larger projects.”
You can check out Nick’s new book, as well as his other books, here.
In the meantime, we'll be awaiting Nick's tasks for his next book!