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Business Made Simple: How to Maximize Productivity With a Virtual Assistant

In a recent Business Made Simple webinar, our CEO Tricia Sciortino joined Donald Miller to discuss how hiring a Virtual Assistant is an important and foundational business decision that allows you to free up your time and be able to do what you do best. 

And now, we’re sharing it with you.

Think of growing a business like building an airplane.

Your leadership is your cockpit, your right engine is marketing, your left engine is sales, the wings are your products, the body is your overhead, and the fuel tanks are cash flow. 

And if you can master the six parts of running a business, you are destined to fly far and fast.

Today, we’re focusing on the body of your airplane — overhead and operations. If you want to maximize productivity by hiring and working with a Virtual Assistant, you’re going to love this webinar.


What are some of the signs that point toward someone needing to hire a VA?

At BELAY, here are some of the key pain points we see in our clients coming to us.

  • Are you missing things inside of your business?
  • Are you dropping balls or are things falling between cracks?
  • Are you becoming less effective at doing everything, and you recognize that it's time that somebody else has to come in and support that?
  • Are you worried about your clients having a bad experience because you're having a hard time keeping up with the work?
  • Is there an overwhelm?
  • Are you working too much?
  • Is your work creeping into your life or limiting your time with family, friends, and loved ones?
  • Are you focused on the things that are just not the revenue-generating things as the business owner?
  • Are you spending endless hours a day in email and scheduling things when you should be thinking of where you're getting your next client from?

We believe you should proactively get the support you need before you hit the wall of overwhelm or before you start working 12 hours a day, doing yourself — and your business — a great service.

If there’s no margin, there’s no mission.


How do you build a healthy relationship with a VA?

This is a relationship in which you should invest to be most effective. 

In order to invest, you make time upfront to create the relationship, be open and honest with great feedback, and extend trust. If you've decided to use a Virtual Assistant, they will be most effective if they are in your inbox. Some people are reluctant to do that, but the best thing to do is to extend trust. 

Give them access to all parts of you so they can truly understand how they can help you. If you want them to be proactive, you have to set them up to see what a day in your life looks like, and that means giving them access to you. 

Also remember, feedback and lots of appreciation and gratitude go a long way.


How long will it take for someone to start feeling the positive effects of having a VA?

This can range from day one to a couple of weeks depending on what you're handing off and how quickly you're handing off. 

We have had clients who were prepared, we kicked off and started, and, within 48 hours, they're already feeling relief. Their VA is already in their email, they’re already unsubscribed to things and cleaning out their inbox and scheduling their next meeting.

If you are intentional about your training, in a couple of weeks, you will start to feel like you have hours back in your day.


If you manage, run or own a company and can make more sales calls, create more content or get together with more people that turns into more revenue, you're going to see an exponential return on your investment in a Virtual Assistant.

Hiring a Virtual Assistant is one of the fastest ways to free up your time and grow your business. Business Made Simple has partnered with BELAY to provide the perfect assistant for you.

Meet your assistant today.