If you have been thinking about your What’s Next, a virtual assistant may be on your radar. Hiring a VA is a great way to help you grow your business. Making this decision is a great first step!
Now that you’ve made the decision, what do you plan to do with your VA once you hire them? Do you have a plan?
Melissa Smith is the Founder & CEO of the Association of Virtual Assistants and The PVA, a firm that matches clients with the right virtual assistants. She is here today to discuss how to maximize your time with your VA.
You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in…
- Melissa’s story [1:22]
- What you should do once you hire a VA [10:00]
- Determine what to get done [15:46]
- Checking in with your VA [20:52]
- Communicate often [23:15]
- Setting boundaries opening up communication [26:49]
- The money questions [30:41]
Freedom and flexibility were too good to resist
Melissa Smith never wanted to own her own business since all of the business owners she knew were married to their companies. Melissa valued her time too much to fall into that trap.
Melissa worked for 15 years as an in-person executive assistant before she started working virtually. Working from home gave Melissa a taste of the freedom and flexibility that online work provides. She promptly realized that if she struck out on her own she would have even more freedom and flexibility.
After starting her own firm, Melissa quickly realized that her zone of genius was in connecting clients to VAs, so she based her business on this area of expertise. She now runs the PVA and matches solopreneurs like you to the perfect VA.
Have a goal in mind
When you hire a VA you should have a goal in mind. What is it that you want them to accomplish? Working backward from your goal and taking the time to set comprehensive expectations will help you ensure that you don’t get distracted by the many things a VA can do for you. After starting with a goal, you can begin to set up the processes needed for the VA to successfully work toward that goal.
Hire before you need a VA
Next, you’ll want to determine what needs to get done. Remember your new VA won’t know exactly what you need and how you want it done. You’ll need to make sure that you clearly and frequently communicate with your VA so that they don’t miss out on the details that you are looking for.
Give time for the onboarding process to work; your VA can’t work miracles overnight. The best time to hire a VA is before you need one since onboarding takes some time.
Set clear expectations and communication to achieve your goals
Check in with your time and budget after a few weeks. Was your original estimate correct? Did you budget for the ideal number of hours? Did you achieve your goal?
You may need to tweak the hours and types of tasks, but with clear expectations and frequent communication, a VA can help you take your business to the next level. Listen in to hear how Melissa Smith can help you find the perfect assistant to achieve your goals.
Connect with Melissa Smith
- Association of Virtual Assistants
- Check out this FREE PVA Hiring Workbook
- Melissa’s podcast
- Melissa Smith on LinkedIn
Connect With Gabe Nelson
- BOOK – The Solopreneur’s Money Manifesto by Gabe Nelson
- FREE Downloadable Resources at https://www.gabenelsonfinancial.com/resources/
- EMAIL: Gabe (at) GabeNelsonFinancial.com
- Follow Gabe on LinkedIn
- Follow Gabe on Twitter: @GabeNelsonCFP
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- Follow Gabe on Instagram: @GabeNelsonCFP
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