How Hiring a Virtual Assistant Saved My Business

The Challenge: Solving my control freak problem.

At one point I was creating and hosting shows; writing articles and editing; marketing and promoting; and cleaning the bathroom among other tasks. The big problem was I needed help, but did not want to manage employees or need a "real" office space.

The Solution: Focusing on virtual contractors and partners. I hired two, specifically skilled, self-starting virtual assistants (as contractors) who work from their homes and save me tons of hours per week handling details that were bogging me down including scheduling, website management and more. Plus, I brought in partners willing to help sell sponsorships for commission.

The Aftermath: The virtual assistants have worked out amazingly well. Not only do we have a great work-flow going with more of my time freed up, but they are also fun to work with (and hey fun is a good thing, right?).

The partnership had mixed results. On the positive, I did not have to worry about sponsorships and revenue drastically increased. On the negative side, some of the sponsors were not great fits for us.

The Lesson: Expanding in any shape or form can be scary when the business is your baby. The key is not just finding the right partners, but finding partners who you mesh with and understand your business, style and philosophy. And before you know it, you will be freeing up hours like a bird flying on steroids.

About David Siteman Garland

Entrepreneur, mediapreneur, speaker and author David Siteman Garland is the Founder of The Rise To The Top, The #1 Non-Boring Resource For Building Your Business Smarter, Faster, Cheaper.

4 Responses to How Hiring a Virtual Assistant Saved My Business

  1. Enjoyed your article David. It's always nice to hear about someone having a positive experience when working with a virtual assistant. Your statements are so true - not every client and virtual assistant are a great fit. It can be a challenge to find the right one but when you do amazing results can be achieved - from the free time you have to focus on other areas of your business and working directly with clients to having the ability to increase your business opportunities while knowing things are being taken care of in the way you want them to be - working with a virtual assistant can be a great thing for growth of any company. Thanks again for the positive recommendation of virtual assistants!

  2. Interesting article David. For businesses that require flexible temporary labor, hiring a virtual assistant makes a lot of sense.

  3. Lyndon Gales says:

    I appreciate your post David. Entrepreneurs would save much money of getting the services of VA than hiring an employee. Training cost and fixed cost incurred is much lower or none at all! Constant communication with VA is the most important thing to achieve great results.

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