I posted a job on odesk but I am concerned over safety. Also agent must work in my gmail account so as to add the enquirer to a certain g+ circle.
Also account is connected to Youtube, which means another risk.
I use an awesome young internet marketer. I would be happy to connect you with him. He has had access to all of my personal info for over 4 years and I trust him completely.
Any reputable person on Odesk, or in the real world should be able to provide multiple strong references.
WHY ARE YOU OUTSOURCING YOUR MOST IMPORTANT BUSINESS TASK?
I don't understand why you want to have someone else respond to people who want to do business with you. Why wouldn't you want to do that yourself?
Seems like their is a lot that you could gain by talking with prospects and buyers yourself. What am I missing?
If you are trying to filter out prospects from real leads, then create a new email address for those and when they are real opportunities, that is when you get engaged. Also get off Gmail and to at least some type of hosted exchange. This way you can create shared mailboxes.
If what you're trying to do is add a filter between yourself and the inbound emails to better manage your time... Great job! You're taking a big step forward into making yourself a more efficient part of your business.
That said, it's important to remember that all of the people writing you are important not just the ones that can turn into business today. They all have friends, family, and social networks who can all turn into business some day and if they took the time to email you, you should make sure they feel like you're taking the time to write them back.
I've had amazing experiences working with virtual assistants in both full and part time capacities for this purpose. They're more than just a filter, they understand you, they understand your business and they can give non-prospects a valuable and worthwhile answer that will leave them satisfied without you having to invest your valuable time in it.
You can outsource the role for as little as a few hundred dollars a month and it can be a huge asset to your growing business