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Business Made Simple - Best Practices for Hiring and Using a Virtual Assistant

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“As a business leader, you know what it's like to constantly juggle multiple responsibilities and face the demands of a fast-paced work environment. 

“Your days are filled with meetings, calls, and strategic decisions that require your undivided attention. Time is of the essence, and it feels like you never have enough of it. 

“In this competitive landscape, staying on top of your game requires strategic delegation and effective time management.” Donald Miller, Business Made Simple

And one of the mental roadblocks that holds business owners back from hiring help is the daunting task of onboarding a new employee. When you’re carrying the mental load of running your own business, it feels like it’ll take months to get someone up to speed. 

But with a BELAY Virtual Assistant, onboarding is easier than you think.

The First Step: Recognizing You Have A Problem

Here are some of the signs that you need help.

  • You're working too many hours.
  • Business growth is stalling.
  • You're feeling burnt out.
  • You feel guilty about taking time off.
  • You lack control over how your day is spent.
  • You're dropping the ball too often.

If you can relate, it's time to tap in a seasoned pro; It's time to hire a Virtual Assistant.

The Second Step: Dream Big (seriously)

BELAY makes hiring a Virtual Assistant easy, but to make onboarding that new hire even easier, try these two things. 

First, make a list of everything you’d want your Virtual Assistant to take off your plate over the next 24 to 48 hours. Just keep a note open in your phone or a notepad next to you, and let that list grow throughout the day. You’ll be amazed at how many tasks you take on that someone else could handle. 

Next, imagine your perfect week. Do you need Monday mornings free for creative brainstorming? Do you want to draw a hard line for family time at 5 p.m.? Just take a blank piece of paper, write Monday through Friday, and jot down what you want your work life to look like. This is the schedule your Virtual Assistant will be hired to defend. 

The two to 10 hours of setting expectations, going over your perfect week wishlist, and sharing passwords with your new assistant will have a compounding effect on the amount of time you save in a week moving forward. This time next week, you could wake up to an organized calendar and the relief of knowing not a single ball will be dropped.

The Third Step: Call In The Professionals

In this episode of the Business Made Simple podcast, Don Miller sits down with our CEO, Tricia Sciortino, to talk about simplifying the process of hiring a Virtual Assistant, the three most popular things business owners offload, and some of the secrets to getting started. 

To dive into more manageable, actionable things you can do to affect change in your business, check out the One Next Step podcast. Or get started with your own Virtual Assistant today.