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32 minutes | 2 days ago
Take a Human-First Approach to Virtual Assistant Work with Kimberly Voorhis
Kimberly Voorhis had always worked in a traditional office setting, so when she first heard about virtual work she thought it was crazy. But outside of work, Kimberly is also a loving foster mom, and when she and her husband opened their homes and hearts to three children, Kimberly was suddenly struggling to manage the commute and 9 to 5 life she was accustomed to. That's when she decided to give virtual assistant life a try, and she hasn't looked back since. Being a virtual assistant empowers her to be present in all aspects of her life--work and personal. Kimberly shares more about what keeps her motivated and why she loves having a flexible job that allows her to pursue the life she loves. Key Takeaways Find the right virtual assistant for your working style. Do you need someone to be on-call throughout the day, or are you looking for someone to do in-depth research that can happen outside of office hours? No matter what you need, there’s a VA for that! We’re all human, and we’re all striving toward the same goal: to do fulfilling work that allows us to live a great life. Going into the working relationship with that fundamental understanding and a respect for where others are coming from sets you up for success. Give your VA the backstory. Providing them with the full context on any task empowers them to do the work efficiently and effectively. Resources From This Episode Follow Kimberly on Instagram And learn more about Don't Panic Management's Panic-Proof Blueprint here.
38 minutes | 9 days ago
Get Into the Right Mindset To Ask for Help with Amy Landino
Like many ambitious entrepreneurs, Amy Landino (author, speaker, and founder of AmyTV and Aftermarq) started her business all by herself, armed with nothing more than her grit and determination. As time went on, she took on more and more responsibility and found herself struggling to delegate. After finally reaching a breaking point, Amy decided to hire outside help, and she hasn't looked back! She sits down with Jess Tyson to talk about the moment she realized she needed a hand, how she's learned to delegate, and what advice she has for overworked entrepreneurs. Key Takeaways Ambition and grit are great qualities when starting a business, but when it comes to scaling, you need to shift your mindset from wanting to do everything to knowing what to delegate. Start small. If you’re nervous about working with a VA, it’s okay to delegate a little bit at a time. As you get to know your VA better, you’ll feel more comfortable handing off even more tasks. Understand your employees’ motivations. (Hint: It’s not always about money.) When you can give each team member what they want, you boost their commitment to the work and the brand. Resources From This Episode Visit Amy's website Vist the AmyTV YouTube channel Follow Amy on Twitter Follow Amy on Instagram And learn more about Don't Panic Management's Panic-Proof Blueprint here.
40 minutes | 19 days ago
Hire A VA To Work In Your Business So You Can Work On It with Jay Baer
Jay Baer founded his second company, Convince & Convert, out of his bedroom. He knew he needed some assistance running operations, but given his office setup, he preferred to keep it virtual. A Twitter job posting led Jay to connect with Jess Tyson, and the rest is history. They sit down today to discuss their shared journey into the world of virtual assisting, and how having help frees Jay up to focus on what he's uniquely qualified to do. Key Takeaways Delegation is hard, especially if you’re used to working alone. You need to make a conscious plan to relinquish more and more control over time. There’s a difference between working in your business and working on it. Hiring a VA allows you to focus on the high-level things, like growth and strategy, that you are uniquely qualified to do. What you choose to delegate is up to you. Jay maintains control of his calendaring, which might be the first thing you would want to hand off! It’s up to you to decide how and when to delegate. Resources From This Episode Visit Jay’s website Vist Convince & Convert’s website Follow Jay on Twitter Follow Jay on Instagram And learn more about Don’t Panic Management’s Panic-Proof Blueprint here.
43 minutes | 19 days ago
Let Go of Control To Gain Freedom in Your Business with Ann Handley
Ann Handley has built a massive following for herself in the world of marketing by building an approachable personal brand. So the thought of asking someone to help her with behind-the-scenes tasks was terrifying. Did this mean she wouldn't be approachable Ann anymore? Fortunately, Ann took the plunge and hasn't looked back. She visits the show to share what it was like learning to relinquish control and what's she's learned is possible when running a business with a trusted assistant by your side. Key Takeaways A great VA is like a spouse (or perhaps a skilled therapist). They provide support that goes well beyond logistics and can act as a supportive but non-partisan sounding board for business decisions. The “virtual” piece of a virtual assistant opens entrepreneurs up to finding the right talent beyond the bounds of their hometown. Even if you run a seasonal business, it’s important to have support year-round. In fact, Ann finds that when she’s in the “off-season” for her speaking work, having a VA allows her to take on special projects that lay the groundwork for long-term growth. Resources From This Episode Visit Ann’s website Visit the MarketingProfs website Follow Ann on Twitter Connect with Ann on Instagram And learn more about Don’t Panic Management’s Panic-Proof Blueprint here.
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