SHARON TEWKSBURY-BLOOM managed
volunteers for 10 years. Now, as an organizational
development consultant, she works
with public servants who want to
improve employee relationships
and have more productive
meetings. Reach her at connect@
with a great reference, do your due diligence by
reviewing their website, asking for other references,
and observing your first interactions with them for
any red flags.
Some VAs will have guidance for you on how to
determine what tasks would be appropriate to delegate
to them. This is a sign of a VA who is organized and
clear about their own capabilities and limitations. I
recommend using a video platform to host your first
meeting. Doing so can help you connect with your VA
and establish rapport through face-to-face communication. (See “First Things First” on page 33 for a list
of what to cover during the initial consultation.) After
you hire, set regular check-ins to evaluate the progress
with the person(s) you hire. Then set a check-in with
yourself. Are you doing more revenue-generating
activities or are you spending more time on Facebook?
VIRTUAL ASSISTANT, REAL GROWTH
Since hiring a VA, my business has grown and I am
getting more clarity and focus. I am on track to reach
six figures in revenue in my third year of business and
will more easily be able to develop my new podcast
season and a new keynote and deliver better customer
service to my clients thanks to my virtual team.
What will success look like for you?
You must be able to define a vision of success for
your company so that the people you hire can help you
achieve it. Hiring an assistant is like adding a motor
to the back wheel of your bicycle. If you are pointed
toward a cliff, they will just get you there faster.
Recognize the value that you can bring when you
stand in your strength and get to do what you do best.
Keep this in mind when you hire. Hire people to do
what they do best. By setting them up for success,
you’ll be setting yourself up for success.
By hiring a VA, you can share your gifts with the
world and make it a better place. ■
HIRING AN ASSISTANT IS LIKE ADDING A
MOTOR TO THE BACK WHEEL OF YOUR BICYCLE.
IF YOU ARE POINTED TOWARD A CLIFF,
THEY WILL JUST GET YOU THERE FASTER.
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