Like many small business owners I would like to grow my bottom line, and it’s time to hire someone to help me with my daily tasks. This time, however, I’m going to do things differently.
Experience has taught me that help is expensive. For example, office staff needs a computer, a work area, and their own phone to take calls and messages. This also means added bookkeeping, paperwork, payroll and taxes. If a bookkeeper is required, suddenly my staff has doubled.
I’m not jumping in with both feet as I did in 1997. At the time, my print design service was booming. By 1999 I had hired one part-time administrative assistant, two freelance graphic designers, plus a bookkeeper.
I spent a lot of time training my assistant in the hopes she could help with some of the design tasks such as making text changes, pre-press and print coordination.
The freelance graphic designers could do these tasks, too, but their fee was nearly equal to my own. Unfortunately the time spent training my AA made it increasingly necessary to contract the freelancers.
I don’t want to repeat past mistakes, so…
How Will It Be Different This Time?
The work environment has changed. My business has changed. WordPress website design has replaced the strong demand for print design services.
I can’t do it all. Furthermore, trying to “do-it-all” takes away from things that I most enjoy doing — working with my customers, design, and planning for growth.
Hiring someone to be in my office is no longer necessary. VAs (virtual assistants) are world wide and do a variety of tasks off-site: including bookkeeping.
Taking The Next Attractive Action
Before attracting the perfect employee the next attractive action will be to:
- Look at my numbers: income and expenses.
- Decide how much to put aside weekly or monthly for my new hire.
- Review my list of tasks and decide what I need to delegate first, second and third
- Ask my associates for a recommendation
In September I began using the Strategic Attraction Plan, so will put that into action before I interview prospective hires. The five steps are:
- Describe the qualities, characteristics, and attributes of my perfect employee
- Identify what makes me and my perfect employee tick
- Specify what I want my perfect employee to expect of me
- Declare what I have to be to attract what I say I want
- Activate my list of goals and my next most attractive action: i.e. take the most attractive action right now to find and hired my perfect assistant: not one hour from now, or one week from now, but now, one step at a time until I reach my goal of hiring the perfect person to help me in my business, so I can grow my business.
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