Guess what I did?
Yup...I did it, I hired an assistant! Cue confetti drop!
And not for nothing, but I already feel 1,000 times more productive and richer because of it.
However, this was not a decision that I came to overnight. Or easily. Or without any trepidation. Like, by any means. HELL YES it was scary, I mean....this was a big step. This was me putting skin in the game. This was me looking fear and anxiety straight in the face and giving it the big ol' middle finger.
But I gotta say, once I told Karen...."You're Hired" like the #badassbosslady I am (and you are too, make no mistake about that 'ish) I immediately I knew that I made the right choice.
So today, I am going to break down exactly what had me come to this decision and help you understand why not hiring an assistant is actually costing you money.
FIRST THINGS FIRST...Let's chat #goals
I can tell you one thing, my lady friend, you are NOT READY to hire, if you don't have a BIG SCARY goal for your business. I don't care if your business is cleaning homes and offices or if you are in the handmade industry or if you are trying to break out into the influencer world. Whatever your business is, if you do not have a big picture, shit your pants, are you freakin' crazy I could never do that, goal... I have news for you friend, you are just spinning your wheels and telling yourself that you can't accomplish what you know you are capable of. #truthbomb
If you don't have an end result or plan for your business, you are essentially just driving a car aimlessly with no final destination in mind.
MY LOVE...let's chat, friend to friend...mmm k?
So, you started a business because it's something you felt compelled to do. Maybe you were bored being home with the kids, (that was me, hey, no judgement) or your little babes were growing up and getting more independent and you needed an outlet for yourself or you knew that you had so much creativity, that the good ol' fashion entrepreneurial spirit inside of you couldn't keep quiet any longer.
Listen....I get it. No matter what that reason is on why you started...here you are, a freakin' business owner. YES, you are a business owner, even if you don't see yourself in that way. If you are reading this blog post and I was in Vegas gambling, I would double down on the odds, that you my dear, are a mother loving business owner.
How does that feel? Fucking amazing I hope.
Now that we've got that established, let's move on....
Ok, so your officially a business owner, now what?
Oh, friend, I'm so glad that you asked this question! Thanks for being so inquisitive, I knew we would get along just peachy!
Listen, at some point, every person who owns a legit B-U-S-I-N-E-S-S will ask themselves, Gahhhh...should I hire my FIRST employee?!!
To be honest, it's a legit paralyzing thought. I mean, at least it was for me, and I'm sure I'm not alone.
What if she doesn't work out?
What if I can't delegate what need's to be done?
What if I can't afford to pay her?
How do I know now is the right time?
I felt every. single. damn. one. of those feelings. No Doubt.
And I am here to tell you that it will never, ever in the history of ever-hood, feel like the right time. Like.....EVER. Ya catch my drift?
You will always and forever have that thought that pops into your mind....
Oh shit, this is scary maybe I should wait.
So, I am here to tell you, as your new biz bestie, that the mere fact that you are even having these thoughts, says that you are #BOSS and ready to take the next step.
Important Note: The thing that separates the girls from the women in the entrepreneurial world is decisiveness.
So, how does a #bosslady like you decide if now is the right time?
Start with asking yourself these 3 simple questions.....
1- Am I hiring out of desperation? Are you wanting to hire out of sheer overwhelm and desperation in this very moment? Like, am I unusually busy right now and it's not normally like this? Is this just a season, or is it a pattern of overwhelm and exhaustion that keeps coming up. A hasty decision like this, is not normally the best one.
2- What could my assistant do for me? If you do not have a list, a set of expectations and tasks for your employee to implement, you will confuse your new hire and this entire process will be ineffective. You must be 100% clear on what your employee needs to do AND what you can be doing INSTEAD, while they are doing these tasks. Let's be clear lover, you hire someone so you can do more things that generate revenue. If you are hiring someone so you can catch up on RHOBH during your kids nap time, then by all means, do so, but don't be surprised if you can't afford her in the following months.
3- Where do I see my business in the next 90 days? I know we chatted big picture goals for your biz already, but now I want you to think about it in this context....90 day increments. What is your 90 goal to generate income? Pick ONE. No more than one. Focus on this goal for the next 90 days. Would having an extra set of hands help you achieve this goal faster? If your answer is yes, keep reading.
90 Goal Example
In the next 90 days, I want to have a monthly membership program launched for mom's who are ready to scale their businesses to the next level. This is already 30 days old, mind you. But we are going to use this as an example for the moment. So, in order for me to get my membership up and running in the next 60 days, I need to find someone to do all of the things that are NOT bringing in the cheddar aka cash money. I physically do not have the man power or time to focus on doing everything and get it done efficiently. So, for me, that looks like having someone run my Etsy businesses (I have 3 Etsy shops... busy AF shops, that I am so grateful for!) packing and shipping ALL items, creating a large portion of the orders for my maker shop, answering questions from customers, creating landing pages, sending emails, post office drops, supply pick up, etc.
All of these things are important and essential to having a successful online business, but those tasks are not DIRECTLY bringing in income.
This is where my assistant will come into play. #thankskaren
Where Should You Start
So, by now you may be thinking, shit yeah, I can think of 1,000 things that I can take off my plate! And that's wonderful, you are already taking the next step, so congratulations babe, help may be on the way! Exciting, right?
I want you to start by logging or journaling EXACTLY what it is that you do every day for one week. Write down where your time is going. All of your tasks, for 7 straight days.
Look back after your week is over and see where you can start to unload. Where are you wasting your time doing things that are not growing your business that you can hire someone to do for you?
You can hire a virtual assistant or an in person assistant. And I'm not saying that you need to hire someone for 20-30 hours a week. Heck no! I'm saying, hire someone for 5-10 hours a week.
Think of it like this, what would your week look like if you had an extra 10 hours to concentrate on how you can increase your revenue? What would you do with that time?
Think about that 90 day income generating goal.
Would could you do with an extra 10 hours a week that will move you towards that 90 goal? If you had someone doing all of the minimal tasks that you do not need to be doing, what could you be doing instead to create revenue?
It's time that you start thinking like the boss of your own business and stop be an employee INSIDE of your business.
Start by reaching out to your community. Look to people that you currently have relationships with that may know someone who can help.
Put a post in your local community Facebook group. Ask if anyone would be interested in making some money on the side to help you with what you need done. Be specific about the tasks you would like your assistant to do.
Hire someone with similar skills that you have.
A similar vision to yours.
Someone who is willing to learn and excited about the prospect of being your go-to person.
Someone with a similar passion and energy as you.
Imagine the amount of money you are wasting, taking precious time out of your day, by doing tasks that anyone can do if they are instructed properly.
Bottom line...don’t be afraid to hire. Even an awful hire is better than no hire. Mistakes are an essential part of growing, improving + expanding. Sure, you might hire the wrong person. Or, maybe you’ve chosen the wrong time.
But at least now you know.
If this is the case, then just try again, and again and again until you find the right person.
If you want your business to grow, you can't do it alone.