If I had a nickel for every so-called “marketing expert” who shout the same phrases over and over again – “you must outsource everything and hire a virtual assistant”, I’d have a hell of a lot of nickels.
It sounds great in theory, but here’s the reality.
Most of these experts (and I use that term very loosely) never actually hired a virtual assistant when THEY got started.
You think I’m lying? Just ask them.
When I got started building my online business – I was working full-time in a Children’s hospital making 26k per year. I didn’t have the resources to hire anyone to “run” my business – so what did I do?
I DID IT ALL MYSELF.
Before I started making any significant income, I did everything. And I mean everything.
I created my site in Frontpage 98 (old school, baby!), handled customer service, billing questions, refunds, product creation, and fulfillment.
Yes, I marched my butt over to staples every week to buy blank CDs, and Neato CD labels – then spent hours stamping those annoying labels onto CDs. I even had my wife and parents helping out when the orders starting coming in faster than I could handle (nothing beats free labor!).
It was about 3 years later that I finally had the balls to “hire” my first virtual assistant. I was scared out of my mind. I had always been an employee but never an employer. Big difference.
I found her on Elance and she started with transcriptions. Her name is Demetria and she’s still with me over a decade later. I trust her 100% and she’s now family.
Even now, millions of dollars in revenue later – I keep things lean and mean with just a few virtual assistants, Demetria, Jennifer and Kim. They know my business and my products inside and out. But most importantly, they are incredibly caring people who support my mission.
The bottom line is if you’re just starting out, conserve your cash as much as possible.
That might mean working harder at first (I know, I know – what a crazy concept!), but it will payoff.
What gets me crazy is seeing someone hire an employee before they are ready for it. And they start losing money quickly.
Do you really need to pay someone $10 an hour to “help you with email”, when you get about 7 emails a day?
SET A GOAL – THEN HIRE
If you are just getting started, give yourself a specific financial goal before you start to hire an assistant.
Maybe it’s $3k per month or $5k per month. Just have a number in mind before you can afford to hire.
You can always hire people on a project-by-project basis.
When you are ready, there are dozens of places to hire virtual assistants.
Here are just a few…
Be careful when you start taking advice online.
If an “expert”, in their $7 ebook, tells you to start building a large team of assistants from day one – run away as fast as possible.
It’s a dead giveaway they never actually built their own business from scratch and they’re just regurgitating theories they read about.
Grow smartly. Be frugal. And you’ll stick around for a long, long time.
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