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I have a confession to make that's pretty embarrassing. Before I hired my Online Business Manager, (also known as an OBM, and is similar to a Virtual Assistant), things were a hot mess around my office – there were deadlines, paperwork was everywhere, and all of my responsibilities, both online and off, were piling up. I needed help! I know my job seems super fun because I get paid to be on social media, and read about the newest networks and latest changes all the time, but it can also be very overwhelming when commitments add up, just like with any other small business.
But I have a secret weapon that helps me combat inefficiency so that I can meet my deadlines, become more organized, and I even spend more time with my family. Sounds like a dream, right?
All I did was hire an Online Business Manager! Hiring someone new, especially if this is your first ever hire in your business, can be really scary. Everyone is afraid to get a dud, and even just going through the resumes looking for someone new can be overwhelming. But, when you find the right person to take a chance on, it is worth it!
What your business can gain from a new hire:
The opportunity to teach a new hire how to be success and mentor them.
A fresh set of eyes may help you see your business in a new light.
Adding a seat at the table for your new hire will help bring your business to a new audience.
You can give your new hire all the small tasks that take a million hours away from the really important aspects of your business and get back to doing what you do best...being a boss.
You can learn how to let go, and over time, you may be able to let go some of the larger tasks too.
You will have more free time with your family, and heck, maybe you'll even be able to go on vacation soon too.
What a new hire can gain from employment:
Money. Money is a great motivating factor for almost anyone.
An opportunity to learn and develop new skills and be mentored by someone that is already successful in their career field.
Experience in their career field, which looks great on the resume.
The ability to network with new people in their career field.
Where to find an Online Business Manager or Virtual Assistant:
A great place to start looking for an Online Business Manager or Virtual Assistant is through your own network. If you know anyone that employs one, reach out to them and ask them for a referral, or even what to look for when you go to hire your own. Online networking groups that are geared towards your chosen field can also be a great place to get a referral for someone to help you. You may also have luck on LinkedIn, which would allow you to see potential hire's resumes and qualifications before you meet them or request their resume.
What to expect with your new Online Business Manager or Virtual Assistant:
Of course, you don't just hire someone and expect for everything to run smoothly right off the bat. Your OBM or VA is human, and it will take time for them to learn the way you do things. If they run their own VA or OBM business, they may also have other clients as well, so in addition to learning your way of doing things, they also may have to remember other people's way of doing things as well. Patience is key with your new hire. But, with a seat at your table, they'll be able to pitch new ideas which may help take your business to the next level.
Meet Strawberry Social's Online Business Manager: Tara Glenn
What did you do before you were hired here at Strawberry Social?
Before Strawberry Social, I was (and still am) a freelance writer and network marketer, and before I started doing that, I served in the United States Navy for five years as an Aviation Ordnanceman, which is a fancy way of saying I was a modern-day “Bomb Girl.” In the Navy I also learned photography, which I carried as a collateral duty at my commands. I also have a degree in Legal Office Administration from Cambria-Rowe Business College in Johnstown, PA.
Describe your dream job.
I would have to say that writing full-time would be living the dream, and in a way, I get to do that here at Strawberry Social. I get to be the voice for many different people and businesses, and to see it all come together and work is just so inspiring.
Why do you love working at Strawberry Social?
I love that my ideas and skills are respected, and that my time as a person is also respected. Erin, the owner of Strawberry Social, doesn't just see me as her Online Business Manager, but also as an equal. I can also do my job from anywhere in the world and since my husband is also in the Navy, I don't have to worry about looking for a new job at every duty station ever again.
Who is your favorite blogger?
I would have to say that Megan McLemore from www.unfathomedgrace.com is my favorite blogger right now. She writes about the trials and tribulations her family has faced and about the things her family has gone through with their sons' Autism diagnoses. I am inspired by the way that she lives her life and shares so much of herself and her heart with others.
What do you do in your free time?
In my free time, I'm spending it with my family, running a hot bath, or working out. I'm also a big fan of frozen mochas in the summertime, as well as reading self-help books.
What does your closet look like?
Ha, my closet! Well, it's full of leggings, yoga pants, and funny tee shirts for when I work out. I also love sundresses because I hate wearing real pants, and they make you look classy in a pinch. If I have to wear jeans, I try to find broken in ones at the thrift store and I like to pair them with dressy tank tops.
What social network do you like the most?
I have a soft spot in my heart for Facebook. All of my family is on there at this point, and it helps me stay in touch with them the easiest, which is great since I live far away from my hometown. I love the memories feature, although it does remind me how much I've grown up and sometimes that can be painful. I'm also a fan of Instagram, but that is a more recent love now that I have a phone that can actually take a half decent photo and I finally figured out how to post the photos I have on my computer with it. I know, I've finally arrived in this century.
How has working with Strawberry Social influenced you so far?
Well, the first thing I was introduced to (and fell in love with) is the dashboard that Strawberry Social uses to post across networks. Even though I'm working more now than ever before, I also have more free time thanks to that handy tool! Erin is also a top-notch professional, and is so eloquent with customer service, so I know I'll be learning a lot when it comes to just talking to people as well.