EF Staff

November 13, 2017

We’re hiring again!

We are looking to bring on two vetting specialists to join our team in Medellin, Colombia, on January 8, 2018. You will be joining both our operations manager and sales manager, along with the new business analysts we’re hiring.

Our company has grown significantly in the last year. You only need to look at our public quarterly reports to see the massive growth our company has achieved. We’ve been on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing American companies twice now! Last year, we came in at 161, and this year, we came in at 172.

And we’re just getting started!

So what is a vetting specialist?

A vetting specialist looks at every new business that potential sellers submit to us. The majority of these businesses are not approved, as they do not meet our high-quality standards. It will be your mission to verify the business’s revenue, traffic, and that it’s a legitimate business before it goes live on our marketplace, plus give an accurate valuation of what that business is worth.

You will spend the first few months in Medellin training with our team. In April, we will be throwing our quarterly Empire Flippers Meetup in the Philippines, where you will meet the rest of our team as we spend a month together on the beach having fun and working hard.

This position has the potential to become location-independent once your training is done. You will be in a probationary period for the first six months, and afterwards we’ll have you up and running as a vetting specialist.

What’s Our Story?

Empire Flippers started in 2011. Back then, we were known as the AdSense Flippers, and we were all about building our own niche sites. We would monetize those sites via Google AdSense. Once the sites were making a little money, we would sell them on Flippa for 20x their net monthly profit.

We recorded our entire journey by blogging all about it.

It was a nice little business and soon we built quite a following of people who loved what we were up to. It got to the point where people asked us if we would use our Flippa account to sell their sites. They told us it would sell easier since we had the audience, and they would pay us a percentage of the sale.

So… we said yes.

It wasn’t long before we were selling way more of other people’s sites than our own.

We realized there was something here. Something big.

In 2012, we rebranded to Empire Flippers and became an online business brokerage in our own right. We launched our marketplace and became the “go-to” solution for people wanting to sell their online businesses.

Fast forward to today, we now have the largest brokerage team in the industry. We have staff that is siloed for each part of the selling and buying process — everyone from marketing and sales team members, to vetting and migration experts.

Now, we’re inviting you to become part of our story.

What’s the Opportunity?

Becoming a vetting specialist makes you a critical part of Empire Flippers. You will learn skills that will last you a lifetime in the online business world. We will teach you all of our methods for verifying a legitimate online business, how to spot fakery, and how to deal with manipulation.

You will represent our brand and be the face of Empire Flippers to someone selling their online business.

Once a seller submits their site for sale, they will deal with you. You will get on the phone with them, chatting with brilliant entrepreneurs and seeing hundreds of profitable online businesses.

In addition, we will train you on exactly how to value an online business. We have years of proven sales data to help you gauge what a business is really worth. At the end of the day, you will get to help change people’s lives in a dramatic way.

After all, when a business is sold, a seller can receive a truly life-changing sum of cash for their business. In some cases, we’ve even paid out a million+ dollars to a seller.

What’s the Position Like?

The vetting specialist role is vital to the success of our company.

Since this role allows new businesses to appear on our marketplace, it can be a bit stressful here and there. You will need to work weird hours sometimes to make sure you can get on the phone with sellers in different time zones. You will also need to be extremely detail-oriented to make sure everything lines up.

Often, sellers will create incorrect profit and loss statements (P&Ls); you will need to catch that and call the sellers to walk them through exactly how to fill out their P&Ls. Or they might submit the wrong screenshots for the wrong dates.

You will be part of the team that identifies any/all potential problems.

You will drive all of our sellers through a multi-step vetting process. We are constantly refining this process to allow only top-notch businesses on our marketplace. As you become more seasoned, you will be tasked with improving this vetting process.

We will train you on how to price online businesses using our valuation tool and other internal systems. Unlike some brokers, we always try to price as competitively as possible with what the market is actually paying for businesses. To come up with this price, we use a combination of our valuation tool, past sales data, pricing windows, and looking at year-over-year growth or decline each business has.

Since every business is unique, you will develop your own sense of how pricing works over your six-month probation period. Our sales team will give you valuable feedback based on real-world negotiations and deal making to help you develop this sense.

Ultimately, it will be up to you to make it clear to the seller what to expect during the vetting process so they feel comfortable selling their business with us.

What Skills Do I Need?

We believe in hiring people that are a good fit for us culturally. A good fit is actually more important to us than the skill sets, since we will teach you everything you need to know.

While no previous work experience is required, having a background in customer service is helpful. Plus, there are some qualities that will go a long way in helping you succeed in this position, such as:

You need to be detail-oriented. Vetting is a meticulous job. You will be pouring through traffic analytics and revenue data, day in and day out. It is up to you to spot errors, inconsistencies, or when something just doesn’t feel “right.” In many ways, you are investigating these businesses to make sure everything adds up before allowing them to go live on our marketplace.

You need to be a team player. Vetting and sales often work closely together to help set our prices in the market. The sales team will provide you with useful real-world feedback to help fuel your valuation strategies. This process means you need to be okay with working in a collaborative environment, but you should also be capable of defending your points. After all, you will become an expert at vetting.

You’re good at defusing problems. Selling a business is an intimate process. There will almost always be obstacles and challenges for you to help a seller overcome. Some sellers will have an emotional attachment to their business and demand more than what the business is worth. Other sellers will be unresponsive during the vetting process. It will be up to you to solve these issues in an amicable way that makes sellers absolutely love our process.

You’re not afraid of getting on the phone. The vetting position will require you to get on the phone a lot with sellers. Your phone communication needs to be spot-on and you have to be comfortable making those calls to get all the information we need from the seller.

What’s the Lifestyle Like?

Our company is built on a culture of remote work, travel, and living life on your terms.

We aren’t going to chain you to a cubicle. While we’re an Inc. 5000 company, we’re not a Fortune 500 company. You won’t be some badge number in the corporate machine. We will want your input and insight. As you gain more experience, we are going to rely on you to make our process better and smoother for our sellers while also helping to increase the amount of high-quality businesses that go live on our marketplace.

When you first start off, you will be joining us in Medellin in January. You will need to purchase your own plane ticket, but we’ll take care of the housing arrangements for you. In April, we will cover the costs to fly you out to the Philippines to join us for our quarterly meetup, and we will cover your living costs there as well.

You won’t start off making much money.

For the first six months, you will be paid $2,000 USD per month during the probation period. While not a lot, it is enough to have an enjoyable time in Medellin and certainly in Southeast Asia. After six months, you will be gradually introduced to our compensation plan. Within 12 months, you will likely be location-independent, can expect to earn $40,000-$50,000 USD per year, and have international healthcare coverage.

That amount is more than enough to live a very nice lifestyle in Asia or almost anywhere in the world (within reason).

Love It. What’s the Catch?

While our lifestyle is pretty great, this isn’t a gap year experience to go travel the world.

We are looking for career-minded people that can make a positive impact on our business. Sure, sometimes we really do work by the pool, but we also work hard.

There will be days when you clock in 12 hours. There will also be days when you are up at all sorts of strange hours dealing with our sellers who live anywhere from the U.S. and U.K. to Eastern Europe and Asia.

While you might take a long break during the middle of the day, you might also find yourself burning the midnight oil as you hop onto a call to get a seller through the last hump of the vetting process.

A lot of people love the idea of finding a job that allows them to travel the world and get a different job later back home. That is not this job.

We want you for the long-haul. We want you to grow with us and turn this position into a prosperous career.

Details to Keep in Mind

Remember, we’re not going to throw you into the fire from day one.

When you first come on board, you’re going to learn about our company. We will do a deep dive into how our processes and systems work, set you up in the backend, and teach you about each department within the business.

We’ll start you off with low-level tasks. As you get better acquainted with our business, we will gradually build up your workload, get you comfortable with routine vettings, and then start having you take on more ambitious projects.

Joe and Justin will review every application that comes their way. If we believe you’re a good fit for us, we will reach out to set up an interview. Typically, there are two rounds of interviews before we make a decision.

If you believe you’re a good fit, you have until December 15, 2017 to apply.

How Do I Apply?

Here is the sequence of events we use when hiring our new vetting specialists:

  • You record a YouTube video* explaining who you are and why you’re a good fit for the position, fill out an application by clicking the link below, and submit it ASAP.
  • We review submissions and schedule first interviews.
  • Once second interviews are done, a final decision is made.
  • The chosen specialists will be announced in late December.
  • The chosen specialists will arrive in Medellin, Colombia, on January 8, 2018.

*YouTube Video Requirements:

We will only accept submissions that include a YouTube URL. Please leave the video “unlisted” in preferences and share the link with us. The quality of the video doesn’t matter, and there are no bonus points for editing. We just want (up to) three minutes of you explaining and answering the following questions (based on your previous experience):

  • Why is this vetting position an excellent fit for you and for us?
  • Why do you think you’re a good fit to work with our prospective customers and sellers?

If you’re thinking about applying, but are worried you might not have enough (insert excuse here) — don’t worry. If you want to build something more than just a 9-to-5 job, then click the “apply” button below.

Click here to apply. (CLOSED)

We look forward to working with you soon!

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Have any questions or comments about the position? Let us know in the comments section.


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  1. Tejinder virk says:

    Is this position filled?

  2. Jesse says:

    Hello Greg,

    Will you be hiring for more positions in January? I read in the newsletter 7 people would be hired. I know 5 of those positions are taken.

    Thanks!

    • Greg Elfrink says:

      Hey Jesse!

      We actually will be hiring a content marketing specialist (title might change). That post will be going live mid January, so keep your eyes peeled!

  3. Steven says:

    Hey there Empire Flippers Team!

    I’m stupendously excited to be applying for the vetting specialist position!

    My video application exceeds the 3 min. mark by 14 seconds. Would that be acceptable or should I really try my best and trim it down to the 3?

    I can imagine there must be quite the influx of applications so I don’t want to hurt my chances in any way, shape or form but hopefully the extra 14 second is acceptable as i’m not great at video editing and I don’t want to compromise the quality of the video application because of horrid editing lol :P The extra 14 seconds would actually make it a better viewing experience overall, in my opinion.

    Hope to hearing from you guys shortly!

    • Greg Elfrink says:

      Hey Steven :-)

      My video exceeded the mark by 2 minutes. I think you’ll be fine haha.

      No need to be great at video editing. Mine was just done on my imac webcam. I did do a couple of takes. I was so nervous I even had a piece of paper where I outlined everything I was going to say and even referred back to it on the video :P

      Look forward to seeing the application!

      • Steven says:

        Thanks Greg!

        I got quite the bit of hope now hahaha :P
        I had successfully trimmed down the time to 3 minutes and handed it in on the 8th!

        I’m thankful for this opportunity to be a member of the Empire Flippers team and thank you guys kindly for the opportunity to apply!!!

        Hopefully I make the cut and I hopefully hear from you guys soon :D

  4. Janis says:

    Hi,

    The application is submitted. I am very much looking forward to hear from you soon.

    Kind regards

  5. David Suen says:

    Hi Greg,

    Will the vetting specialist also get exposure to the Investor program as well?

    And will the role eventually lead to flexibility in terms of where the specialist lives?

    Thanks

    • Greg Elfrink says:

      Hey David!

      The investor program is sadly not going to continue. It is just not the opportunity for us at this moment. I think others will do a great job at it, and it is an exciting model to keep looking into for sure. As for us, we’re just focusing on our brokerage from here on out.

      And yes! The vetting specialist if they pass our training program most likely will be location independent around the 6 month mark with us :-)

      • David Suen says:

        Hi Greg,

        Thank you for the answer.

        The firm has an extremely good business model.

        I love it.

        I hope to hear from you guys shortly,

        David Suen

  6. George says:

    Good afternoon,

    I applied for this position early last week and was just wondering if there is any timeline for when interviewees are chosen? I see this as a fantastic opportunity and would not make any other travel/business commitments if chosen, currently in CNX.

    Thanks a lot,
    George

  7. Sherif says:

    Do you have to be a native speaker? I speak 4 languages but I’m not a native English speaker. Though I speak English fluently

    • Greg Elfrink says:

      I would suggest applying :-)

      We do a lot of phone and email work, so having a strong grasp of English is definitely required. But that doesn’t mean you need to be a native speaker to have that level of fluency.

  8. Erica says:

    Hi,
    I was just wondering why for the other job you were hiring for everyone is meeting up in Czech republic but for this one everyone is in Columbia? I’m interested in applying but this seemed a bit odd so I just wanted to ask first.

    Thanks,
    Erica

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