This past weekend, my Virtual Assistant, Skye + I spoke at SNAP Conference about how to hire a Virtual Assistant. We discussed how to know when you’ve hit your tipping point, how to figure out the areas you need to hire help in and what to look for in a Virtual Assistant. It was such an honor + a great experience. Even more exciting – it was a packed house! What?! So awesome! I know Skye plans to share more on her blog about what she spoke about, so I’m going to share a little of what I talked about. We’ve made our presentation downloadable, so be sure to grab the link at the end of the post.
KNOW Where You’re at
- Are you overwhelmed?
- Feeling like you spend more time on your blog or business than with your family?
- You’re loosing you’re creative juices?
“You can either go deep with your blog or biz, or you can go wide, but you can’t do both alone + do it successfully”
“When you hit a point where you can’t find time to create great content, it’s time to hire help!”
KNOW How to get Started
- Need a plan?
- Check out the pdf presentation for an example of the exercise I walked everyone through
- Read Life Rearranged’s book Hire Blog Help! (discount code below)
- Bite the bullet
- You can’t scale your blog + biz when you’re doing it all alone!
“Figure out what things you want to do for your blog and biz + hire help for the rest”
KNOW What You Need Help With
- Now that you’ve made your list
- Prioritize – what are the things you love to do, what could someone else accomplish for you?
- My suggestion – begin with administrative tasks such as general email inquiries, sponsors, giveaway posts, scheduled promotional tweets and expand from there.
“You can’t see your bigger picture if you’re stuck in the day to day grind.”
KNOW What to Look For
- Someone who is trustworthy
- Are they a quick learner?
- Do they understand Social Media?
- Is a blogger who is not trying to grow their own blog/reads blogs or has an understanding of the blogging world?
- Can think on their feet
- Understands and shares your passion for our blog and business and can communicate as your voice.
- Has experience in time management
KNOW How to Hire
- Ask friends who have a Virtual Assistant
- Don’t be afraid to interview multiple people – you need to find someone who is the best fit for YOU.
- Be upfront about your expectations
- Hire someone who can handle constructive criticism
- Don’t hire someone you can’t be direct with
- Try not to hire you friends
- Don’t be in a hurry! You want to find the right person to work with. I had two Virtual Assistants before I worked with Skye.
KNOW What You Can Afford
- Have a budget in mind
- If you find someone you want to work with + they have a preset hourly rate, find creative ways for you to achieve your goals and them to meet their hourly rate.
- Most importantly remember it takes money to make money.
“Your business can’t grow if you’re doing it all, but it can grow with the right person on your team to help”
If you want to see more about hiring a Virtual Assistant you can check out this post I wrote last year, it also has a list of VA’s to use as a reference. Please know that I am in no way endorsing this list, I had created a link up with the post as a way to keep the conversation going, although you may find some great people to work with from the list.
In case you missed our session, we opened with a rap! Hello, who doesn’t love to watch 2 white girls attempt to rap?
Purchase the book Hire Blog Help using the discount code SNAP13 to receive 30% off your purchase. That’s $7 for the book y’all, you’re crazy not to go buy it NOW. Seriously go! You’re welcome!
Download the full copy of our SNAP Conference presentation HERE.
If you have questions, please leave them in the comments section + feel free to tweet your questions + favorite quotes using the hashtag #hireava and we’ll do a round up post to answer them all for you. Also, be sure to check out Skye’s recap from our session.