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How do you think about bringing someone new on? And what do you do about the fact that you aren’t always sure what tasks will be on that person’s plate? Monica Shah shares some lessons she has learned if you are looking to hire new team members.

Learn how to use a Virtual Assistant to grow your business and work less.

This article provides tips on using a Virtual Assistant for project management in your business.

Learn 4 tips that will help you successfully communicate with your VA to be sure things get done effectively and efficiently.

If you want to continually succeed and keep growing by leaps and bounds, you must take care of your team and hire people who are super talented, who love working with you and who will do anything to stay at the company. Fabienne Fredrickson shares 6 ways to have a team that loves working with you so that they want to stay and tell others about you.

Learn how to create the right team to help you get things off your plate in order to spend more time growing your business, making more money and having time for YOU!

This article discusses the steps to follow once a Virtual Assistant has been hired including creating a delegation plan, communication and reporting.

Building your team really does give you the ability to grow your business much faster than trying to do it on your own. This means that you have to learn to delegate, avoid perfectionism and focus on the parts of the business that make you money (and that only you can do). Michele shares with you WHO you need to add to your team.

This article discusses the various online places to search for Virtual Assistants for hire for your business.

How many hours a week do you work? Is it becoming impossible to keep up that super human pace? You may think there isn’t enough money to pay a VA. But honestly, hiring a VA, can actually help you make more money. How? Well let’s look at it.

This article provides 6 tips you can use to hire the right virtual assistant to help you grow your business and have more time for the tasks only you can do.

Hiring a Virtual Assistant can be scary if you don't understand how it works and what she can do to help you grow your business and your personal life. The information here will help you to make a decision that will make your business grow, give you more time to do the things you want to do, and you'll feel comfortable at the same time.

If you want to grow your business, hands-down, you need an assistant. And by “grow,” I really mean “make more money.”

You can’t build an empire all by yourself. You know that. You know you can’t wear all the hats because you’d drive yourself crazy trying to grow your business. So chances are, you’re hiring employees. Here are 4 things to put on your must-do list when hiring employees.

You have made the decision to hire a bookkeeper. Yay! It’s a great decision because now you will have more time to focus on making more money in your business. So let’s make sure you get your money’s worth! Here are 7 things you should do when you start working with a bookkeeper.

Even though you're delegating tasks to VAs and other contractors, you may find yourself spending more time on managing them and your business than on the business itself. It may be time for an Online Business Manager. This article will tell you how an Online Business Manager can help you get out of business management and back into business building.

If you are like most entrepreneurs, you never really had any management training. In fact you probably resisted bringing anyone on to your team. Then someone told you to hire a virtual assistant (VA) or an in-person assistant and it sounded like a good idea. But here’s the kicker – although this person is supposed to make your life easier, you notice that things seem harder. You seriously wonder what the problem is – is it you or is it her?

This article gives information on how to use a Virtual Assistant to plan trips for business or pleasure.

How many times have you arrived to the end of your week and realized that you didn’t write your newsletter? Or that you are doing it last minute? Or do you ever get to the end of a week and suddenly remember that you didn’t enter all of those business cards? Or do your follow-up? So how do you find a second pair of hands to help out? Learn four steps to helping you hire your first or next assistant no matter what budget you are on.

Finding time when you work with others always works best when you start with good team strategy. This can be a challenge, and it’s especially difficult if you are working with someone who relates to time quite differently than you. What do you do when you find that someone key to your work success defines her or his values around punctuality, planning, and procrastination very differently than you do?

As with any part of business, outsourcing has its good and bad points, however if you are aware of the potential problems before hand, you increase your chances of an enjoyable experience. Here are 5 potential outsourcing mistakes every online business owner should be aware of, in order to avoid making them.

When you are looking to save yourself time and to make sure that your online business is running to the best of its ability, you will find that one of the things that you should look at is outsourcing.

When you are in business for yourself, especially one that is conducted online, you’ll find there are a number of different things for you to learn about that can save you time and make you money. Outsourcing is by far one of the more exciting things to discover and put to use.

This article helps entrepreneurs see what kind of Virtual Assistant they need based on their own way of working in their business and their individual expectation.

Before the start of a game and during a game its team members get together to huddle, to discuss strategy make a plan and determine execution. Business is not different. A successful business has the proper team assembled to carry out a business plan.

Have you been outsourcing projects but spending more money that you expected or going over budget regularly? This can happen for a variety of reasons. Here are three ways to be sure that you are getting the most for your outsourcing budget.

Deciding what to delegate can be tough when you’re used to working alone in your business and doing it all yourself. Here are five ways you can figure out what your first tasks to delegate should be.

When I’m hiring someone for my team one of the key things I consider is: How HUNGRY are they for the opportunity? Here's why.

Whether you are a “team of one” who is just starting out, or a “team of many” with subcontractors and/or employees helping you to operate your business, chances are you will be working virtually with some of your team members. These factors play a major role in our Team success.

Say what? Sounds like a crazy thing to say, me being a proponent of “hiring your virtual team” and such… isn’t delegation a part of that? I actually have a bit of a different perspective on this.

You’re smart, skilled, knowledgeable, passionate, and yet you’re still struggling to make enough money doing what you love. I’ve seen this over and over so you’re certainly not alone.

Is your "to do" list longer than your arm? Are you so busy taking care of the urgent that you never get to the important? Do you consider the thought of getting some help but then think "I can't afford it" or "No one can do it as well as I can"? If you want to grow your business AND maintain your sanity, there are two things you need to accept.

We all know the importance of hiring a team, I know I don't need to go down that old road again with you (we can't do it all on our own, and who would want to, etc...). The thing is, even though most of us know we need a team to support the growth of our businesses, many of us get stuck knowing who the heck we need to hire in the first place!

Running a business requires wearing many different hats, so it’s easy to lose focus or get overwhelmed. That’s why it’s so important to keep your priorities straight and eliminate extraneous tasks that don’t contribute to your bottom line. It may sound complicated, but it’s actually very simple: delegate, automate, or delete anything that doesn’t require your personal attention.

Have you ever gotten to know someone who later turned out to be a friend, client and vendor? Now while this sounds great and all, what happens when your friend doesn't provide the experience you were expecting (or stops providing it)?

I'm generally not a big reader of business books, as I quite honestly find many of them boring (shh, don't tell!). But for some reason I felt drawn to read Dan Pink's latest book Drive - the book is about motivation and what drives us to do our best work. After reading Dan's book I get it... he has cracked the code of what really motivates us to do our best work. In a nutshell, here is what he says.

Working with a virtual assistant or other professional to help you with some of the routine tasks in your business is a great decision and can free up your time to focus on your income generating activities. But delegate wisely! Don't delegate what you can automate.

How do virtual support professionals - Online Business Managers, Virtual Assistants and the like - prove that we are actually great at what we do and worth hiring? Here are a few ideas.

While many business-owners have difficulty delegating work, at a certain point it becomes necessary to move the business forward. Hiring an assistant can help you run things more efficiently, letting you focus on the big picture as your assistant takes care of administrative tasks. Some companies hire admins to work on-site, but many others are using virtual assistants to take care of tasks like scheduling or invoicing remotely. Here are five signs that you need an assistant.

Here are the top 5 ways a Master Mind can pay off for you. Plus, the #1 “no-no” you must never do when joining a Master Mind.

When I’m asked what was the one thing I did to leap my business from frustrating five figures to over a million dollars in just three short years, my answer is always, “I joined a Master Mind!” To reap the benefits of being in a master mind — and avoid common mistakes — here are five insider’s secrets that will help you choose the RIGHT master mind, even if you’re on a budget.

What makes someone a great Online Business Manager? That’s a bit of a loaded question, and of course a big discussion all on it’s own as there are a myriad of things to consider. However one thing I know to be true is this. A good Online Business Manager will present you with solutions and not just options.

Is your "to do" list longer than your arm? Are you so busy taking care of the urgent that you never get to the important? Do you consider the thought of getting some help but then think "I can't afford it" or "No one can do it as well as I can"? If you want to grow your business AND maintain your sanity, there are two things you need to accept.

Tina bets you started your business to create more freedom in your life yes? Freedom of time, money and choice. Let me ask you - as your business grows are you actually working more or less time?

Have you heard the saying, "You are as successful as the 5 people closest to you?" Many business owners wonder why they aren't more financially successful or are having a tough time keeping a positive mindset when it comes to growing their business. Ask yourself, Do you have the right "Support Tribe" to champion you and your vision? If not, it's no wonder you are frustrated or feeling alone with your dreams and business vision.

I was talking to a colleague of mine yesterday who was sharing that she loves her Virtual Assistant, but in her words: “the one thing that she won’t do is nag me to get stuff done… I need someone to nag me like my mom does!” Now this may make you chuckle, but it really is a very common complaint that I hear from business owners…

In a previous article, I discussed how hiring the wrong bookkeeper could destroy your business. In this final installment of a 3 part series, I would like to switch gears and tell you how a good bookkeeper can actually help save your hard-earned money. (Part 3 of 3)

How do you know if your bookkeeper is heading your company towards danger? Or worse, if he is helping himself to your hard earned cash? Here are ten warning signs. (Part 2 of 3)

I cringe every time I hear one of those stories. You've probably seen some version of it on the news: a trusted employee (usually dressed in a suit) is hauled away in handcuffs, finally caught after stealing from his company. (Part 1 of a 3 part series)

Lately I've been hearing from clients and colleagues about bad experiences they've had when working with a virtual assistant. Here are five tips for ensuring you find a great virtual assistant to partner with, and making it the rewarding experience it should be.

I've noticed a trend with my clients: they're either struggling to make low 6 figures (say up to $200,000) or they're at the million dollar mark and beyond. Why the marked difference in revenue?

Communication is essential to the success of any team, but when you're working with that team virtually then communication becomes even more important. Read on as I share with you my tips for creating successful communication with your virtual assistant.

Hiring a virtual assistant (a "VA") is all the rage these days. But hiring a VA is not as simple as it sounds. This is another personality that you're bringing into your business, at a highly intimate level. If this sounds a lot like being married, then you're right! Which is why I knew I had to share three of my personal tips on how to create a successful relationship with your VA, including how to know if it's time to call it quits.

Do you find yourself falling into the trap of focusing on what seems important, only to feel like you're missing out on creating the wealth, grace and ease you truly want from your business? Happily, the solution to this very common business problem is pretty simple. And, the good news is, it doesn't involve any complicated time management systems. So let's look at 4 simple tips that I personally use that will help you put the soul back into your day and more dollars into your bank account.

Are you spending all your time on the little stuff? Solo entrepreneurs sometimes find that their businesses aren't growing because they're simply not making enough time to do it! Learn how to make more time.

As a solo service professional you'll eventually reach a point in your business where you either need to bring some team members on board, or go without sleep! Follow my top three tips for creating a successful virtual team so that you can grow your business and still manage to have a good nights' sleep!

Setting up and building a team of virtual assistants can be vital to your home based business success. Learn how to make your virtual support team work for you.

Learn how to affordably outsource tasks you don’t like to do and where to find outsourced help.

Alexandria K Brown, the Ezine Queen spills the beans on the 8 things you must know before hiring a copywriter.

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