New blog series! I get a lot of questions in my inbox each week from entrepreneurs asking specific questions that may help others. Here is an excerpt one from last week:
I am just starting my business as a life & business coach, and I was just wondering if it’s too early to hire a Virtual Assistant to help me with things like research, getting my website finished, marketing and finding clients. Do you think it’s too early, and I should wait for money to start coming in first?
In a nutshell, if you can afford it, you should hire a Virtual Assistant to help you as soon as you need the help.
But is it always the best choice? That’s a little more complicated because it depends on who you hire. It depends on if you’re making a conscious, intentional decision, or just hiring anyone who is willing to help you.
If you need to build a website, make sure that the Virtual Assistant you are hiring is adept at web design. If you want someone to do some simple research for you though, you can probably save some money by being very, very clear in what you are looking for and hiring a college student.
Personally, I love working with start-ups because there is so much passion and vision involved in the start up phase and it’s contagious! I’m working on a website for a fabulous new business in Temecula, CA called From A Barrel where the owner gets old wine barrels from the local wineries, and then up-cycles them into amazing patio furniture, signs, coat racks and other beautiful pieces of furniture.
If you’re just starting your business, or you want it to take a dramatic turn, I would suggest first and foremost that you hire a mentor or a coach.
I believe everyone who works for themselves can benefit from working with the right Virtual Assistant, but I think in the very beginning it’s even more important to work with the right person who can help you create a road map to get you from where you are now, to where you want to be. Once you have the what, then you can hire someone to work on the how.
My other company, ENTRE|LEVERAGE has a New Business Group Coaching Program that is starting on February 18th. If you want to get your new business or vision off the ground fast, then this course is for you. It’s called “Build Your Business Crazy Fast a Create the Life You Love”. 😉 You can get more info here.
Tell me how I can help you build a better business!
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