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Something that is going to change the face of WordPress.

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How to Plan for Growth – with a Virtual Assistant

Hiring a virtual assistant is a major step in growing your company. With a VA taking over certain tasks and aspects of your business, you can do more. They give you more time to plan and strategize, and more room to scale. The key to hiring and working with a VA successfully is to plan well.


What Tasks Can You Outsource?

Start by thinking about what tasks you want to outsource. Consider tasks you’d like to outsource today, as well as those you might find helpful as your business grows. For example, you may have some routine daily activities you can get rid of now, but also plan to turn over your social media and blog writing to someone in the future.

You need to clarify which tasks you’ll outsource so you can find a qualified person to handle them. This will determine the skills and experience you’re looking for.


Training and Onboarding Your VA

When you first hire a virtual assistant, you’ll need to onboard them. This is the process of kicking off your relationship and getting them started. It includes:

  • Teaching them the important core values and vision of your business so that they’re on the same page
  • Getting to know them personally so your relationship gets started on the right foot
  • Training them, which includes providing training materials and protocols for accomplishing tasks you’ll delegate
  • Following up with your VA to make sure they don’t have any issues and to giving them constructive feedback.

This process is important at the beginning of your relationship with your VA, but you won’t need to continue after the first few months or so (though it never hurts to give feedback). What’s important here is to have everything planned and in place before you hire them.


Create a Communication and Workflow Plan

Before hiring a virtual assistant, you’ll need to set up a plan for working together. This includes any tools you’ll use, such as a project management software program or special platform for communicating.

Since you’re working together virtually, you’ll have to choose a method and frequency for communicating with your VA. Even if they know what to do and the work is going smoothly, it’s good to touch base regularly and see if they’re having any issues. There may also be changes you need to tell them about.


The Growth Mindset

Finally, there’s a certain mindset you have to cultivate in order to hire a virtual assistant. There are risks involved and you’ll be handing over some aspects of your business to someone else. During the process of hiring and working with a VA, keep in mind the benefits of this working relationship and the future growth it will enable.

We’ve only scratched the surface here and I have much more I can tell you about hiring and working with a VA.

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Hiring a Virtual Assistant: Mindset

How to Hire a Virtual AssistantHiring a virtual assistant is a huge step for any entrepreneur. It means giving up some control over your business. But it’s also your first move towards scaling up your business so that it can grow beyond its current limitations.

If you’re thinking about taking this crucial first step, there’s a certain mindset you need to cultivate first.

Learning to Let Go

When you hire a VA, you’re not giving away the keys to the kingdom. But you are letting go of some part of your business operations, even if it’s just a handful of tasks.

Your business is your baby. Up until now, you’ve done everything yourself. It’s easy to understand why outsourcing tasks is scary. The way to overcome this fear is to focus on the positive. Think about the immediate benefits you’ll receive from outsourcing some aspects of your business.

You can also mitigate this fear by being careful about what you hand over. Hire a VA you can trust and only share with them what they need to get the job done.

Outsourcing Costs Money


Systems: Gotta Have Them

Ever wonder how successful entrepreneurs manage to get so much done? Are they superheroes who don’t sleep? Do they work through lunch and dinner and even the kids’ games? Have they somehow figured out how to clone themselves?

While I can’t say for sure that there are no lunch-hour workaholics out there, what I do know is this: The secret to greater productivity– no matter what your business –is having systems. Period.

In fact, I’d wager a bet that you can save hours of time every single day, just by putting a few simple systems in place.

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10 Ways to Make Your Avatar Sell

A gravatar is a globally recognized avatar, an image that follows
you from site to site and appears beside your name when you
participate. It’s a powerful tool because your smiling face might
be the first thing that catches a reader’s attention.

Create your own gravatar in a few minutes.

gravatarNOTE: Interestingly enough, This entry was originally posted on Thursday, February 19th, 2009. I still believe these tips are as powerful today as they were 9 years ago!

If you include social media marketing as part of your online marketing strategy, give a little thought to your avatar. Actually, give a lot of thought. Overlooked as they are, they can be crucial to your branding strategy.

Avatars are those little images that go beside each post you author at websites like Digg, Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace and even beside comments in this blog. In some places, they are called profile pictures or something like that. (more…)