If you’ve ever reached out to us, there’s no doubt you would have spoken to one of my Assistants at some stage. I have an amazing group of people that make up my team but the one that holds us all together is my Assistant, Bench. He is our superstar. Bench is based in the Philippines and is an absolute machine when it comes to administration, research, scheduling clients and really…anything. There is nothing I’ve thrown at him that he hasn’t been able to tackle.
But believe me it hasn’t always been a bed of roses! I’ve been outsourcing for the last 4 years and I’ve had my string of disasters; asking for one thing and getting another, losing some money, un-responsive contractors and so many other fun things along the way.
Outsourcing should be a part of any businesses recruitment strategy. It’s cost effective, which means as a business owner you don’t get stuck working on low value tasks (admin, invoicing, scheduling, research, etc.). Instead, you can work on bringing more business into the business, which equates to more sales!
In my experience I have witnessed many, many business owners continually make the mistake of doing it all themselves. They work off the premise that they are saving money. What’s really happening is they are running themselves into the ground, complaining that they’re working 60 hour weeks and not making any money. Sure, you’re working hard but I would argue that what you’re actually working on is not income generating activities – They are low value tasks that have to be done but they don’t have to be done by YOU.
So where do you start? My first suggestion to all my clients is that they hire a Virtual Assistant (VA) for a minimum of 5-10 hours per week. Generally, you’d be paying a VA based in the Philippines anywhere from $5-$10 per hour. Imagine if you could have back 10 hours a week to work on marketing! I would guess that your bank balance would grow that month and for the $50-$100 you would spend on your VA it’s a great investment!
Below I’ve given you the 8 things I had my VA start working on when I first bought them on board:
1. Set up and send out your newsletter
2. Load and schedule your blog
3. Manage your diary
4. Create and send out invoices
5. Chase outstanding payments
6. Online research
7. Scheduling content across social media
8. Basic image editing
I’d also like to say that I’m extremely systemised in my business. There is a step by step process for everything along with training videos that we have created to smooth out the flow and the process. You certainly can’t throw them in the deep end without any support, right?
So folks, there you have it. What are you waiting for? If you don’t have a VA then today is the day. Outsourcing plans are a part of my private mentoring programs so if you’re keen to hear more, click here and we can connect to talk further.
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