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When should I hire a Virtual Assistant?

A Virtual Assistant can help you serve more clients, have more time to work on your business and work towards your big mission, and give you more free time to enjoy life outside of your business as well.  A great VA can help you do all of this by doing the things in your business that you should not be doing.   However, you need to be ready to bring on a team member.  Here are 3 tips for knowing when the time is right. When you can afford help First and foremost you need to be able to afford to commit to a team member long-term. Your business should be generating enough money where you can save for taxes, generate a profit, pay yourself, and pay for your expenses and someone to support you.  A good VA will charge anywhere between $30-$65+ / hour (rates will vary greatly depending on experience).  You can work with a VA for a few as 10-15 hours a month.  And, if you find the right person who is excited to grow with you, you can increase the number of hours as your business grows.   TIP: If you are implementing Profit First in your business, your team expense should be no more than 50% of your operating costs.   When you are (pretty) clear there are things that you should not be doing It’s not necessary to be 100% clear about everything you want to delegate.  In fact, if you wait to make sure you are 100% clear, you might be procrastinating! Have a good starting point and at least an idea of the things you can get off your plate.  Keep a running list on your desk and write down the things you do that you know you could delegate to someone else. A great VA will jump in and take these things on AND help you see other things that you can hand off. TIP: You do not need to know HOW you are going to delegate these things.  You just need to know what you want to delegate.  Your VA will figure out the HOW! When you are ready to commit to a long-term partnership with your Virtual Assistant The magic in working with a VA really happens when you are working with someone long-term. If you are looking for someone to just handle a few tasks for you on an off and you aren’t really looking for a long term commitment,...

3 things to look for when hiring a Virtual Assistant or Online Business Manager (#3 is where the magic happens!)

Finding a great Virtual Assistant or Online Business Manager can feel really overwhelming.  They are out there but if you don’t know what to look for, you might end up making a poor hiring decision.  In fact, I hear from so many Transformational Coaches and Leaders that they have been putting off finding the support they need (and deserve!) because it’s just too overwhelming or they just don’t know where to start. The truth is, there are people out there who want to support you on your mission and free you up to do what you do best - coach and serve your clients!  You just need to know what you are looking for. When finding the perfect fit for your team you are looking for someone who meets the mark in 3 key areas. 1. Skill Set:  The knowledge and learned skills to do the work! This may seem like a no-brainer but I want to emphasize two things here around skill set. First, you really do need someone who has experience in working in a virtual environment.  It’s not the same as working in an in-person setting.  He/She needs to know how to ‘show up’ and make you feel like they are there to support you even when they are in a time zone (or more!) away. Second, you don’t need someone who can do everything.  In fact, you just aren’t going to find this unicorn and you are going to limit your search.  You do need someone who is resourceful enough to find people who can do the things that he/she can’t do. 2. Strengths:  The striving instincts and strengths to do the work This is different from skill set.  Skills and knowledge can be learned and acquired over time.  Your striving instincts are ingrained at a very young age and don’t change over time. These are the natural strengths you need to work within in order to really do your best work and thrive in any role.   For example, if you need someone on your team to create air-tight systems and processes and see every little step to get your team from point A to point B you need someone who has these natural strengths.  Someone who does not have these natural strengths will always struggle to do this kind of work, or they might get by doing this work but they will not enjoy it. I recommend the Kolbe Indexes as a tool to help...