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Michelle Shaeffer said in June 10th, 2010 at 11:56 am

So true. It can be scary to turn things over and not be in total control of them anymore. But you’re right – we hit a point where we just can’t grow anymore because there aren’t enough hours in a day. And a virtual assistant can be a lifesaver. :)

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Sheila Atwood said in June 10th, 2010 at 12:31 pm

I have had a hard time narrowing down what I would have a VA do. Yet there is no doubt I am beyond that point.

I decided to start with someone my house..hope it works out.

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Nancy Boyd said in June 10th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Before I hired my first VA all I could think about was the fact that it was a new expense. In no time at all my VA became my profit center because of how much I could leverage my time.

She freed me up to create new services and products — which is my real love and talent. And I get to delegate all the stuff where I have neither interest nor skill.

I like what you said about thinking carefully how to use your VA’s time, though — that is really key to the success of the partnership.

Nancy

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Inspiring Speaker Kevin Thompson said in June 10th, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Hiring a VA is the best kept secret on the internet. The biggest thing is to find someone that you gel with.

The problem I believe is that we are so visually oriented when speaking to someone that we do not have the chance to observe with a VA. Once you establish trust the rest is easy.

All the best,
Kevin

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admin said in June 10th, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Michelle – when you are working your business from the time you get up in the money until you go to bed, you’re working too much. A VA can give you the time needed to do other things that are important.

Sheila – deciding on the things your VA will do can be tough. You need to remember you can’t do everything or you won’t grow and reach new levels of success. Using someone in your home is a good way to start. It will make things easier for you because you’ll know how they work and they’ll know how you work.

Nancy – it’s great that your VA is making you grow and that you don’t see it as an expense anymore. Sounds like you made the right choice when you hired your VA. Congrats!

Kevin – trust is huge when it comes to hiring a VA. That’s a barrier that a lot of people have a hard time getting through.

Thanks for all the comments. I appreciate the conversation and how you’ve all helped me to continue with posts that will help you. Please let me know if there is anything else I can help with or questions I can answer. :)

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