Design a Plan to Successfully Work with a VA
Do you want to successfully work with a VA or virtual assistant? Design your plan today!
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince
de Saint-Exupéry, was a French writer, poet, aristocrat, journalist, and aviator in the early 1900s. He certainly nailed this life lesson. How often do we get discouraged, aggravated, and downright ugly because we have not reached a goal?
Do you have a goal of hiring the ideal virtual assistant? Someone who has the skills and expertise to make your business grow and thrive? Well, let’s work on a plan of action today.
Here are three thoughts to provoke you, two things to inspire you, and one thing to act on!
Three Thoughts to Provoke
Budget. Look at your budget for your virtual assistant. Can you only afford a starter VA, or can you hire the C-Suite executive assistant? It is okay if you can only start small, but make sure your expectations align with your budget.
Listen to my podcast, Should’ve Hired a VA Syndrome, for background, and how to attract the ideal virtual assistant (VA).
Blueprint. Look at what you want to achieve. If you just need someone to get you coffee figuratively, make copies and order supplies? Those are fantastic tasks, but you don’t need a high-end executive assistant to do those tasks. If you need an excel expert, make sure you include it in the job description. If you need someone to be your right hand, handle operations, and get you on tasks, then you need to hire accordingly.
Build. I wrote a post, 5-Step Plan for a Successful Working Relationship with a Virtual Assistant (VA). I encourage you to read this and look at the plan and see how you can smooth the way to building a trusting, ally for your business.
Align goals, budget, and needs. We are pushing towards a goal of finding your ideal assistant, but there will be work involved in making it happen. Make sure you have alignment with your VA and set realistic expectations.
Two Things to Inspire
“Look at our society. Everyone wants to be thin, but nobody wants to diet. Everyone wants to live long, but few will exercise. Everybody wants money, yet seldom will anyone budget or control their spending.” – John C. Maxwell
I have worked with clients for 25+ years. I can tell you it hurts when a fabulous client hires you, and then a month or two later, they discover they can’t afford you. Take the time to look at the budget and make sure you are hiring the right person for the opportunity.
Another powerful quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
One Action Item
Draw up a blueprint of what you want in a Virtual Assistant. Are you willing to start with Step 1 and train through Step 5? Do you need to start at Step 3?
Review your list of items you want OFF your plate. Design a plan to make your ideal virtual assistant your dream assistant.
Do you have any comments or questions? Please comment below.
My goal is to keep you on the path to success.
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