Hiring A VA

Please welcome my guest blogger, Elizabeth Tobin, JD, C.R.R.P. of LizTobin.com Elizabeth shares her story of what led us to working together and speaks about how using virtual support has helped her to grow her business and the positive effect our working relationship has had. Thanks Elizabeth!

I have a big vision for my company as a pioneer in using Resonance Repatterning® remote distance healing proxy groups to facilitate personal and global transformation. I always knew that I’d have to hire help if I wanted to manifest my vision, but I was reluctant to take that next step. When I went to a seminar and the presenter said, “If you want to play a bigger game, you have to have a bigger team,” I knew it was time to take a leap of faith and hire help.

I have to admit that taking on a virtual assistant was a big leap of faith for me. My first assistant was a college kid whom I paid $12 an hour. He was so eager during the interview and he knew all about marketing and web 2.0. But I soon discovered that he didn’t have the attention to detail that my business requires. Any savings I thought I was realizing due to his low hourly rate were quickly expended on the high number of hours it took him to correctly complete a task. Needless to say I was relieved when a couple of months later he emailed me saying that he no longer had time to work for me.

After that experience, I spent months researching outsourcing companies and sites like Elance. I realized that I was getting stuck in analysis paralysis, so I repatterned my fears and limiting beliefs, and got clear on what I wanted. I decided that I didn’t want to always be putting out bids and interviewing people. I wanted to build an ongoing relationship with a competent and trustworthy professional who would get to know me, my business, my systems, and the tasks involved. I may be paying a higher hourly rate, but the continuity of relationship that I have with my VA is worth it to me. Now that we’ve been working together for a while I don’t need to spend much time explaining to her what I need done.

In addition to the expense, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to lead and delegate effectively. In order to make the most of my VA I have to give her tasks in advance to allow enough lead time so she can plan her work week. It took me a while to get over my resistance to this because I was used to flying by the seat of my pants. But as a result I’ve had to get more organized, do advance planning and manage my time better. I now have more time to devote to the things that I am the expert at in my business. I’m doing a lot more writing — articles, e-books, blog posts, social media, etc. I used to dread writing because I was always under pressure to get it done. Now I actually enjoy writing because I have the time, and the more I write the easier it flows. Since hiring my VA I’m averaging about 2 radio interviews a month, developing new joint ventures, using social media more, and I now have an active affiliate program.

I’ve developed new skills that I wouldn’t of have had the opportunity to develop had I stayed going it alone. Rather than feeling bogged down by administrative details, I am able to do the creative tasks that I love and this keeps me energized. In short, I would say that building your team is a way to not only grow your business, but to grow yourself.


Elizabeth TobinAbout the Author:

Elizabeth Tobin, JD; Certified Resonance Repatterning® Practitioner, calls herself a multi-dimensional cosmic closet cleaner. Internationally respected as a caring and gifted healer, her clients experience successful outcomes with physical conditions, trauma, abuse, weight loss, increasing abundance and overall health & well-being. Download a Free audio on how Money Archetypes are affecting your level of abundance at http://LizTobin.com

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