5 Tips for Hiring Your First Virtual Assistant
Seriously, I totally get it....
You launched your business with an open heart and the best outlook. You hustled, you did #allthethings, and it was amazing… for a while. After a year or 2 you’ve either started to feel really comfortable where you are, OR, chaos is permeating through and you have no time for anything anymore. Either way, your business is probably stalled and you know that offering more services, taking more trainings, launching new products or courses is not necessarily the answer.
You’re realizing you need help but you can’t wrap your head around how to go about hiring someone. Since you’re a solo entrepreneur, you hardly have enough time to figure out what the best things to delegate to them would be, how you’re going to bring them on board, and how to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth. After all, it's been you and you alone all this time, and you’re not exactly sure how a VA will fit into the picture.
Hiring a virtual assistant can be an amazing way for you to get back to doing those things that you love and that you’re passionate about. It can infuse your business with a catalyst for growth, so you can take your business to the next level.
Here are my 5 tips for hiring your first Virtual Assistant. Oh! And don’t forget to grab your FREE Get VA Ready Worksheet!
Tip #1: Figure out what your goals are
A good plan always starts at the end. Meaning, you cannot create an effective plan if you don’t know what outcome you want to get. For many entrepreneurs, it’s usually taming the chaos and gaining more freedom. Boss mamas may also want to have more dedicated time for self-care or to spend with their families. Inspiring bosses want to connect with more people and have a bigger impact. Creative entrepreneurs may want to be free to explore their art form in whatever way they feel called to. And who doesn’t want to meet their financial goals! Think of WHERE you want to be in life and your business and HOW you want to be.
Tip #2: Zero in on your genius zone
Your genius zone is where your passion and your innate talent intersect. My passion is supporting inspiring humans and my innate talent is rolling up my sleeves and getting s#!t done. My business is built upon my genius zone because this is a way for me to make a living doing what I love in a way that is effortless to me.
Every day showing up to work is a treat for me, and this is how owning your own business should feel.
Tip #3: Identify your challenges
Let’s get real and a bit vulnerable here. It’s ok. Having your own business means having so much clarity on some things and what adds up to swimming in murky waters on others. Right?! It’s part of the solo entrepreneur life! But the truth is you aren’t good at all the things. And if you are (seriously?), you definitely shouldn’t waste time doing all of them! It’s not only a matter of what you don’t know, but also about how you don’t feel. If you aren’t feeling head-over-heals in love with your business, and don’t have motivation to move forward, then those things are challenges too. Time management, repetitive tasks, accounting, design, customer service, inbox taming, etc can all be blocking your bright shiny light, those bastards!
Tip #4: Make a plan
Start with your goal, that’s the endgame. Then build a list of all the things that you love doing and that you are good at, these are the things you should be pouring your energy into. Next, list all the things that are challenging for you or the processes that you do over and over, this is what you should be delegating.
Tip #5: Take the next steps
A good plan is no good unless it’s put into action. Get recommendations for Virtual Assistants from fellow biz owners, or do some research online (start here! lol). Stalk them online a little bit to get an idea of their work/personality and reach out if you feel like it’s a good fit. Ask them questions about their work ethic, get an idea of what to expect, and talk to them about the things you’d like to delegate to them. A good VA, who’s also a good fit for you, will be excited and help guide you with a solid on boarding process where they’ll basically tell you how they’ll work, how they’ll stay organized, how they’ll keep your information safe, and how you both can communicate.
There you have it! Please don’t forget to grab my free Get VA Ready Worksheet! If you’re not a worksheet kind of person, get your FREE personalized VA Plan made for you here!