Seriously how on earth do you clone yourself?
Beats me, all I know is that I have to because I’ve reached a point in my business where I need some help and this means growing my team of just me.
It’s an overwhelming prospect and I actually don’t have the head space to think about putting a job description together. I mean I need someone like me right?
In the past I’ve wondered if a virtual assistant might be the solution. Publishing the post, What is a virtual assistant and do I need one, proved a hot topic judging by the amount of comments left.
But employing someone seems like a big headache and to be honest I don’t know where to look for a VA.
Clare Greig from Breath Online, suggested that a good first step is to ask around in your business community… so that’s kind of what I did a few days ago.
I wasn’t ready to look for a VA yet because my head was still spinning about exactly what I needed, so instead I reached out to one of the women’s business communities I belong to and posted,
“Do you have any advice on working with people/managing people/growing your team when you’re a solopreneur?”
Well, the pearls of wisdom I received!
This is where I tell you that four days later I think I may have solved my problem, and I could be less than 24 hours to hiring my dream “clone”.
So what happened?
Enter Trudy Simmons, Business Strategist, Rottweiler with lipstick and official Virtual Organiser. Trudy, who is a member of the women’s business group I mentioned, had noticed I was getting busy. She thought she could help and had been trying to pin me down for a meeting for several weeks. Ironically I had been too busy to meet.
However after Trudy saw my question on Facebook, she contacted me and insisted that we meet tomorrow. She told me she would help me work out the criteria for the person/s that are needed to help my businesses grow.
We met on Saturday and I have three interviews set up for Wednesday.
The whole process only took an hour. First we defined my products and services and my traits. Out of this fell the type of person I needed, and WHAT I needed.
I worked out that I’m not looking for a clone, quite the opposite – I’m after someone who compliments me and has a slightly different skill set to me. It’s also important for me to have someone I can meet with weekly (while working virtually).
The benefit of going through a process with “a Trudy”, is that I was taken through a series of questions which empowered me to be able to articulate what I needed. Trudy then helped me achieve it. What I mean to say is that building the job description was easy, and not the massive chore that I thought it would be.
As it’s looking like I’ll soon have help, I’m keen to understand more about how to work with people effectively.
There are of course in the cloud solutions which can help you manage staff. One good example is PayGlobal. Founded in Christchurch, New Zealand, PayGlobal is a company that provides human resource management software to companies. Whether you have a small business or large company, PayGlobal’s tools can help you make the best decisions for your staff and workplace.
Despite using people management software and holding senior manager roles when I was in corporate, managing people isn’t something I’ve had too much experience with.
Trudy is known for being excellent at working with people at any level so I found it interesting when Trudy told me that the key to effectively manage people, is the same process she used with me: facilitating other people’s success by empowering and engaging them to achieve their goals.
What do you think? What are your top tips for working with people effectively?
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