Outsourcing poses a dilemma for mumpreneurs. On one hand, you know that you need extra hands to get all your tasks done. There’s a blog post waiting to be proofed and formatted but you can’t get it to it because you’re busy connecting with potential clients on Facebook. Meanwhile, there are dozens of emails sitting in your inbox and a stack of bills that have to be recorded and filed. To have a virtual assistant helping with all these tasks would be lovely.
On the other hand, you’re not sure if you have the budget to hire extra help. That money could go to a new website which you’ve been saving up for a while now, and you might not even be paying yourself much (if anything) yet so it’s hard to justify paying someone else. And then there’s your concern about letting someone else into the business. You’ve heard too many horror stories about outsourcing and you’d rather not deal with the stress. Can she or he take care of your customers like you do? What if they make a mistake or disappear on you?
If you can relate to these thoughts, you’re not alone! The push pull about outsourcing is a strong one.
We faced this dilemma in our early business days and we knew we needed to outsource long before we were finally able to take the plunge – and we never looked back! Now, we have a team of virtual assistants supporting us in different aspects of our business, allowing us to work 25 hours a week combined.
It’s such a relief to know that you’ve got capable people working on your business while you’re taking care of the parts of the business that you love and generating more income, or spending some quality time with your kids.
We want you to experience the same bliss so we have invited our good friend, Justine Parsons of Your Virtual Assistant, to walk us through the key steps to getting started with outsourcing. Justine has been in the business of providing virtual support for the last 18 years and is one of our most trusted partners. She started out as a solo practitioner (and struggled to outsource herself!) but now she has a whole team of VA’s supporting her numerous clients. She’s the perfect person to help you break through any barriers you might have stopping you from outsourcing and walk you through the process of hiring your very first virtual assistant. And if you’ve been burned by a virtual assistant before, Justine will help you figure out where you went wrong so you’ll be able to hire the right person the next time around.
Are you ready to get the help that you need? Watch or listen now!
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Here’s what Jo and Justine cover in this podcast:
- How Justine scaled her VA business from a single VA practice to a multi-VA company
- How to get over the barriers that hold you back from outsourcing
- Different kinds of virtual assistants that you can hire
- Pros and cons of using New Zealand / Australian vs offshore virtual assistants
- How to identify tasks that you can outsource
- Setting up an outsourcing budget
- Tips for hiring and keeping the right virtual assistant
Resources we talked about:
- Fiverr – outsource for as little as $5; it’s what we use to get our video introduction and banners done.
- Upwork – Site for hiring freelancers
- Guru – Site for finding and hiring freelancers
- Clarity Session – If you’re still unsure about outsourcing or want clarity on how YOU could best implement outsourcing in your business, book a session
- Free 6-step action plan – Download your free guide to getting started with outsourcing
Ready to take action?
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Top tip for a 20 hour a week (or less!) business:
It goes without saying that the key takeaway in this episode is to outsource. You don’t have to start big and hire a full-time VA right away. Dip your toes first and start outsourcing small, one-off projects like getting your Facebook cover image done. Once you get the hang of it, then you can think about hiring someone part-time for a few hours a week. The important thing is to start and we guarantee that once you do, you’ll ask yourself why you didn’t start it sooner.
Join the Conversation:
We mumpreneurs like to DIY many tasks in our business especially if we’re just starting out. Assuming that money is not an issue, what are the top 3 things that you would outsource to a virtual assistant right now? Share your answers in the comment section below!
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