Being able to delegate tasks to others is a great feeling, and it’s not as hard as you may think. Having a team around you is a great benefit not only to your business but also your health and state of mind.
Having now been in business for nearly 3 years, it’s only in the last 18 months that I have outsourced some of my own work to freelancers and I feel much better for it. I struggled for so long trying to do everything myself when in fact I should have been taking my own advice as a virtual assistant, and outsourcing some of my work.
A few weeks ago I had a great conversation with someone (who is now one of my clients) on Skype about what can I offer to people that is unique. The conclusion was that I not only provide services to clients that I can complete myself, but I also offer a team of freelancers who can go above and beyond what I can offer. It got me thinking, and after that Skype call I wrote down a list of the freelancers I use and have done in the past, and I realised I have a great team.
Many of the freelancers I work with I have found via PeoplePerHour.com, it’s my preference over any of the other freelance sites because I feel that people earn what they are worth on there compared to some of the lower paid jobs elsewhere. I always ensure that the rates I pay are at least the minimum wage here in France.
I want to introduce you to some of my freelancers, as I think they are all fabulous.
My Virtual Assistant – Sammie
I have been working with Sammie for quite some time now, we have an ad-hoc arrangement. That means I send her tasks as and when I need them completed, sometimes it could be a few hours a week, and other times it could be as little as 30 mins a week. Sammie does a great job at looking after my Twitter account, as well as a client account thanking followers for retweeting and also retweeting tweets for me. That means I have the time to have conversations with my followers, I can interact with them, reply to mentions rather than spend all my time thanking people.
Sammie has a Facebook page RJS Mayne Services Ltd.
My Graphic Designer – Ryan
Ryan and I have been working together for a while now, in fact I am having trouble remembering how we first got together. I don’t think it was through PPH. Anyway Ryan works mainly with book covers, and for my eBook formatting service this works really well. I often recommend Ryan to my author clients, and many of them use Ryan to design their covers. Other things I have used Ryan for are my social media cover images, as you can see all my cover images are the same across my networks now, and Ryan did a great job at designing these for me. He has also designed cover images for my biggest client, which they were really pleased with.
Ryan has a Facebook page Love Your Covers.
My Writers – Sarah & James
Both Sarah and James are new additions to my team, as the writer I had been working for went AWOL. I have known Sarah for quite some time as a virtual assistant in France, just like me. She is now branching out into copywriting, and her tasks for me involve writing articles for one of my biggest clients. I discovered James on PPH, and he is my everyday writer whom I send small client tasks to, he also helps me with my own articles. Both Sarah and James take away all my stress around writing, without them I would be a very stressed virtual assistant!
My Formatter – Yvonne
Yvonne and I have been working together for a couple of years now, and like Ryan I can’t remember how we got in touch with each other, but she has been nothing but helpful in my book formatting business. I often use Yvonne for formatting if I am particularly busy, and she also does lots of little tasks for me, in particular converting PDF files to Microsoft Word. We have worked on a number of projects together as a team, Yvonne would format the print version of a book while I would tackle the Amazon Kindle version, our clients have no complaints.
Yvonne is on LinkedIn.
My Mum – Kathy
Ok, so she’s my mum, but from day 1 of my business she has supported me in everything I have done. She even reinstated her Twitter account so she could retweet my tweets, and her bio on Twitter had always mentioned my business website (until recently). Mum often helps me with tasks I don’t have time for, she is in charge of checking my Buffer account for Twitter to ensure there are no articles which are irrelevant to my audience, she has also done some web research for me in the past for clients. Having supported me for so long and being a member of my team, I feel that she deserves something back which is why I am including her here. She has recently become a Neal’s Yard Remedies consultant, and is working extremely hard on social media to market the products, and she says that a lot of the knowledge she has learnt from me, but I can’t take all the credit.
That’s my team, feel free to get in touch with any of them if you feel they might benefit your own businesses, I am sure they would love to be of assistance.