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November 2018 - DELEG8TE
  • Review of Month 1
    Business,  Outsourcing,  Virtual Assistant

    Review of Month 1

    Now that the blog’s been live for roughly a month, it’s time to do a review of everything that’s led up to this point. While it’s only the first month, we have plenty to go over. For example: How have the virtual assistants been helping? What behind the scenes issues have there been? Let’s review what’s worked. First, the negatives There was an issue between me and the other assistant, Mae. A major communication issue. I noticed that my writing was edited and reworked for the final publication. From my perspective, I take pride in every single word I type onto a document. I format my content in a certain…

  • Why Delegate 100% Of The Business?
    Blog,  Business,  Outsourcing,  Virtual Assistant

    Why Delegate 100% Of The Business?

    You’ve probably had a business meeting with someone who came at you with ideas that seemed off the wall. They’re either so creative that you can’t wrap your mind around it or they’re looking at something through a perspective that you can’t see. Sometimes, that’s how it feels as I write this blog. Here is a client who wanted his virtual assistants to be the thought leaders and faces behind his budding business. He’ll eventually step into the roles himself, but for now, he wanted the spotlight to be on his assistants. I haven’t met many entrepreneurs who didn’t want to head their own business. This is new to me.…

  • Learning to Trust Virtual Assistants from Day 1
    Blog,  Business,  Leadership,  Outsourcing,  Virtual Assistant

    Learning to Trust Virtual Assistants from Day 1

    You might feel a rush, through the hiring process. When you start to delegate and outsource, there’s a validating feeling of being a real business owner. It’s exciting, flipping through applications, interviewing potential virtual assistants, and finding the right people to level-up your business. What happens after you hire your first virtual assistants? The first few weeks should be the most difficult. You’re signing contracts, setting up payment plans, delegating your primary tasks, and trying to create a rhythm with your virtual assistant. You learn what to expect from your virtual assistant. You evolve not only as a business owner but also as a leader, as you determine the best…

  • 3 Mandatory Safety Precautions Before Hiring a Virtual Assistant
    Blog,  Business,  Outsourcing,  Virtual Assistant

    3 Mandatory Safety Precautions Before Hiring A Virtual Assistant

    You’re ready to hire a virtual assistant, but you’re not sure how you can trust a total stranger with your business. You don’t know whether the virtual assistant you pick will be honest, reliable and trustworthy. These terrifying questions are running through your head: What if my virtual assistant steals my strategies or business secrets and sells them? What if my virtual assistant steals money from my accounts? Is my virtual assistant charging me for hours when they’re not working? What if my virtual assistant becomes my future competitor? What if my virtual assistant is trying to poach my clients or using my client list for themselves? You can bet…

  • How Much Should You Pay a Virtual Assistant?
    Blog,  Business,  Outsourcing,  Virtual Assistant

    How Much Should You Pay A Virtual Assistant?

    Think about the last time you went out to eat or bought a latte from Starbucks. Now imagine that you skipped that meal or coffee and redirected those funds back to investing in your business. That’s the cost of a reliable virtual assistant for your business. A virtual assistant is an investment. You have to decide for yourself whether it’s worth your time to spend 8 hours YouTubing how to edit that webinar masterclass you just presented or whether you should shell out $30 (the price of a dinner, plus tip and taxes) to hire a virtual assistant to make the video professional for you. Then you can take that…

  • Why Start With Content Before Anything Else?
    Blog,  Business,  Marketing,  Virtual Assistant

    Why Start With Content Before Anything Else?

    We’re starting this blog a little backward. We’re not selling anything. There’s barely a website. No logo. No service or product. Also, the idea of a blog might seem somewhat outdated. Why am I doing this again? This was the first question I was going to ask him on our next call. “Why are we creating blog content before we do anything else?” There’s no logo. The website is barely touched. No social media accounts. What’s the point of starting this blog? He credits this wild idea to a podcast called Mixergy. Mixergy is the podcast that taught him golden tidbits about being an entrepreneur. It also opened him up…

  • Blog,  Business,  Outsourcing,  Virtual Assistant

    The Process of Hiring Virtual Assistants

    The person behind this website found me on a freelancer platform called Upwork. You either love or hate Upwork, but I’ve had nothing but good luck on this website. However, Upwork is not the only way to find someone to delegate to. I was curious what led him to Upwork to hire his first team member, rather than other places. We hopped on our second Zoom call. It was straight to business, and I asked him how he ended up choosing Upwork. “Well, I was going to use my own assistant, honestly,” he said. He goes on to explain to me that he had previously used a website called 1,2,3…

  • Blog,  Business,  Outsourcing,  Virtual Assistant

    He Hired A Virtual Assistant Before Even Starting The Business

    I plugged my headset in and waited for the Zoom meeting to start. This was our first official meeting, to talk about the first post that we should put on Deleg8te, and I was excited to hear my client’s story. Within a few seconds, he picked up the other end of the call. Despite being the morning of a Friday, he had a pep to his voice like he had just run a marathon but was ready for ten more miles. The meeting begins. He explains to me that his new venture is based around virtual assistants, though I’m not quite sure what the driving force behind this idea is.…