I've been there too...
You want help in your business - you have a list of to-dos a mile long that you would LOVE to give to someone else to take care of. Not to mention the things that you know need to be done but have NO idea how to do yourself (nor do you have the time or desire to figure out how!)
But where do you start? How do you go about hiring the help you need?
If you are like many of the business owners I talk to you may find yourself stuck and frustrated:
- You are not hiring at all because you have no idea who you need to hire, let alone where to find them and what to give to them (and so you suffer through, working long hours trying to do everything on your own)
- You have tried hiring someone but found that it wasn't a match (and it actually ended up creating more work for you in the end!)
- You hired someone and it's going OK... but something feels off and you wonder what you are missing (and are starting to question if it's even worth it?)
The bottom line is this - if you truly want to make a difference with your business you can't do everything on your own (nor do you want to right?) So as frustrating as it may feel, hiring is a priority and you deserve to get the best help possible for you and your business!
Hiring can actually be surprisingly simple (even enjoyable) when you know how
I've been working online since 1999, and in that time I’ve been:
The virtual support professional, having worked as an Online Business Manager for various 6 and 7-figure businesses from 1999 to 2009.
The business owner, after shifting my business model in 2010 I had to learn (quickly!) how to hire a team to support my fast growing 6-figure business
The matchmaker, having helped hundreds of business owners to find and hire the virtual support they need.
Put simply, I've "been around the block" when it comes to hiring. My experience has given me the unique perspective of being able to see both sides of the coin and I can tell you unequivocally that...
It IS possible to hire an amazing team!
There are some amazingly dedicated, talented and enthusiastic virtual support professionals out there who are chomping at the bit to work with someone like you.
I know the virtual support industry very well. Not only have I worked side-by-side with an array of support professionals over the years, I’ve also been training them since 2005 in various programs, including our Certified Online Business Manager training.
There are great people out there, but you need to know how to find, hire and work with the *right* ones for you and your business.
Crossing your fingers and hoping that the right person will show up is not enough (I've tried it and it doesn't work 😉 )
You Need a Reliable Hiring System that Ensures You Hire the Right Person Every Time!
Unfortunately you don’t have an HR department to take care of this stuff for you, so the responsibility falls on your plate. And if you aren't sure how to find the help you need you may default to throwing spaghetti at the wall and hoping that someone - and some process - will stick!
When you are so afraid of hiring – afraid of not finding the right person, afraid of hiring the wrong person, afraid of wasting a bunch of money and then having to hire all over again – you may jump at the first person that pops up and say, “Thank goodness! I’ll just hire this person then I don’t have to deal with this anymore.”
When you hire from a place of wanting relief, being afraid of making a wrong decision and feeling uncertain about what you really need, it’s inevitable that things will fall apart.
When you have an effective hiring process in place - a system designed to support your long-term goals as a business owner - you can easily:
- Find and hire the right virtual support professionals for your team (and put down the spaghetti).
- Create strong, healthy working relationships that add to - not take away from - your entrepreneurial energy!
This is why I created the Best Team Ever Intensive
Instead of reinventing the wheel or stressing yourself out every time you need new help, you can use this proven system for hiring to support YOUR success. (And stop having to hire - and fire - so often too!).
The Best Team Ever System is Easy to Use and Will Work Again and Again Anytime You Need to Hire.
There are 3 Stages to building the Best Team Ever
Creating your Custom Org Chart
Many hiring mistakes happen when you aren't clear on who you need to hire! Successful hiring starts with knowing EXACTLY who you need on your team and what the role they are going to play in support of a growing business. In this step I'm going to share with you what you need at each of the 3 stages of business growth and work with you to create your customized org chart. You are also going to determine the right team budget for your needs and the measures of success for each person.
Attracting the Right People
Once you are clear on who you need and what they will be doing, the next step is to find the right person for the role! We start with crafting a posting that will attract the right people and have them excited to apply. I will then teach you my unique 'interviewing' process that gives you the tools & questions to successfully navigate the conversation and determine the best fit.
Getting Started on the Right Foot
Once you find the right person you want to make sure you have a smooth & successful start to your working relationship! I am going to teach you my proven intake process so that you can powerfully lead your team right from the start, and empower them to do their best work.
Of course, knowing HOW to hire isn't the only issue. You also want to know WHERE to find people, right?
I totally get it, and it's been a pet peeve of mine for years now. I’ve had to point clients and colleagues in ten different directions to find the people they need.
So, when you register for the Best Team Ever Intensive you also get access to…
The Virtual Biz Connect Directory
A "One Stop" Resource for Finding and Connecting With
All Kinds of Quality, Virtual Support Professionals
From virtual assistants to graphic designers, copywriters to bookkeepers, online business managers to social media experts - everyone is under one virtual roof.
With over 400 virtual support professionals already on board (and growing every day), you will get a 'back door pass' to search through the database for what you need based on skills, experience and expertise.
PLUS we will send your job posting to our support community, so that the right candidates can come to you (vs. you having to search for them.) <-- This is something we only offer to people in this program.
This workshop was exactly what I needed! I had made several hiring mistakes recently, and felt demoralized, indecisive, and unable to move forward with hiring – I didn't even know what role I needed to hire. Tina gave me perfect pointers on how to gauge my true needs, and who to hire first. She even told me the "secret" question to ask so that I could discern who would be a good fit. Now I feel much more confident in hiring, and I have a solid plan. I highly recommend Tina's guidance.Elma Mayer, NowHealing.com
Before doing the Intensive I was thinking about hiring an assistant, my first major hire as a solopreneur. I was overburdened with all the administrative details of running my business, and also worried about a big launch that I have coming up. In the past I'd always managed the launches by myself, but this time around I didn't have the energy to do that! Plus -- my family scheduled a big 3-week vacation to Thailand right before the launch (argh!), and so I was desperate to hire someone who I'd trust to run the biz AND do the marketing necessary for the launch, while I'm gone.Gretchen Wegner, M.Ed., Anti-BoringApproach to Powerful Studying™
After the Intensive I felt more confident about the kind of person I needed to hire, the budget I have available, and how to be a better manager of this person. Because the Intensive is set up as a working virtual retreat, I was able to get a lot of the work done during the two days I was with Tina! This was a game changer, because it allowed me to hit the ground running with my hiring process.
I wrote a kick ass job description that attracted over 40 applicants, and I'm now two weeks into working with my new hire. So far I LOVE this new assistant/biz manager. Thanks to the personality profiling that Tina suggest I do, I know that she and I are a good personality match -- plus she's got such a complementary set of skills. Already I've been blown away by how GREAT it feels to have a solid, trustworthy, knowledgeable, proactive team member by my side, and I can't wait to get revved up for the launch.
If you know you need to hire someone in your biz, but you're not sure how to do it (or even if you THINK you know how to hire, but you've been procrastinating doing it), run (don't walk) to Tina's course. You'll be so glad you did.
Tina is a gift to any leader, business owner or team ---- a true master at helping you ease into next level thinking without you even realizing all the hard work you just plowed through until it's already done. The Best Team Ever Intensive was no exception!Marilyn & Jess, The Bottom Line CPA
After two focused days, we walked away with clarity on the team we needed today and THREE years from today. The only thing we had to do next? Find our next hire. And, oh yeah, had the outline for that plan too! Tina is our team's not-so-secret weapon.... if we have our say!
Here's specifically what we will cover in this program
- The two key people that EVERY business owner needs to have on their team (at the very least)
- What to outsource vs. what to keep for yourself <-- What is YOUR role?
- The 3 stages of business growth and who you need to hire at each stage (including organizational charts)
- What attributes to look for in hiring a virtual support professional (This alone could make or break the success of your team!)
- Exactly who you need to hire for your various revenue streams
- Setting expectations to successfully work with virtual support professionals
- Ensuring that you have measures of success in place
- How to create an attractive 'job description' that will appeal to quality support professionals
- The best places to find people (including the new Virtual Biz Connect Directory!)
- How to short-list and interview your top candidates
- Selecting the best person for the business AND for you
- Compensation options and negotiating rates
- How to hire project based professionals vs. committed team members
- Why delegation doesn't work (and what to do instead)
- Setting up a strong communication plan with your team members
- The 'inner game' of learning to trust and let go (which is a challenge for many of us!)
A 2-Day LIVE Virtual Retreat
The Best Team Ever Intensive is NOT a training where you sit back, listen (or maybe multitask?) and then intend to do the work but never get to it. <-- Yes, I've been there too.
It is a WORKING retreat - meaning I will give you specific steps and the time to work on them throughout our time together. Plus there will be time to ask me direct questions and get feedback throughout the day.
At the end of our day together you will have:
- Your own custom org chart outlining exactly who you need to hire (and when!) for your next stage of growth.
- Clarity on your team budget so you know what you can afford to pay and keep your finances healthy
- Specific measures of success (aka 'role description') for each person on the team
- An attractive job posting that we will personally send out to our network of professional virtual support professionals
- BONUS: My step by step hiring and interviewing process to follow so that you are able to easily find and identify the right fit for your needs.
Ready to get on the wait list for our next virtual intensive? Let's Talk!
If you are interested in hopping on the wait list for our next virtual intensive, your next step is to book a conversation to discuss further details about the program (including price) and to determine if this is a fit for what you need at this time.
Click the link below to answer a few quick questions about your business and to book a call with a Team Forsyth Associate.
My ‘Swear On My Laptop’ Promise to You…
As a service provider who has been around the block awhile, you’ll want to know that my goal is your absolute satisfaction. Put simply, if you aren’t happy then I’m not happy.
You have up until the end of our first day together (Day 1 of the Intensive) and if you discover it is not for you… let me know and I’ll cheerfully refund whatever portion (or full amount) you’ve paid.
"Tina's program was exceptional at helping me to think through who to hire and how set the tone for the relationship. Empowering others to do work for you is no easy thing for most entrepreneurs. I have used the skills I learned from Tina to create a team for each stage of my business as it's grown from one VA to a nearly 7-figure business over the years. I am a believer in hiring for where you are going and I would have never embraced that without Tina's guidance!"Darla LeDoux, www.AlignedEntrepreneurs.com
"One of the most surprising challenges I encountered when making the leap from the corporate world to the entrepreneurial world was how difficult it was for me to find, hire, and manage the right team for my business. After taking Tina's insightful training I realized the problem was... me! I was hiring and managing based on an outdated "employer / employee" notion. Tina's program catapulted my thinking into the brave new world of virtual businesses and virtual teams - giving me concrete steps, tools, and tactics to use to find and retain the kind of team members you feel blessed to get out of bed each morning to work with.Manisha Thakor, www.MoneyZen.com
If you are an entrepreneur working with virtual team members, taking this course is one of the best investments you can make in your business. As an added bonus, Tina's delightful upbeat, no-nonsense attitude makes her a sheer delight to learn from!"
"Tina tackling the mission critical job of helping online entrepreneurs find their ‘just right’ virtual team is going to have long-term, far-reaching and direct impact on who will reach 6 and 7 figures. As a seasoned business coach, this is something my clients must get right or struggle every step of the way. With Tina’s help, they need struggle no longer, and I am grateful extremely grateful.Andrea J. Lee
Tina has a unique 3-pronged perspective that not many can claim.
(1) She worked as a virtual support professional for years (was my OBM for many years in fact)
(2) She’s also been the business owner hiring her own team to bust the 6-figure barrier and
(3) She’s supported business owners to build their team for nearly 10 years, using her innate talent to attract, recruit and match special people to special work.
I urge you to tap into Tina’s carefully crafted approach to hiring, and prepare to thrive."
"Tina's mastery with our recruitment project was a Godsend! She made a confusing process simple, effortless and even fun. I was blown away at the depths to which Tina understands our industry and was able to help us find the PERFECT candidates. If you're looking to get the right help with hiring, whatever level you're at, Tina has to be your #1 choice!"Kendall SummerHawk, www.KendallSummerHawk.com
"Through conversations with Tina, together we determined that the role I needed filled most next was in truth a full-time Marketing Manager ... and not the second Online Business Manager I thought I needed and had been looking for as my next hire. Tina's mastery regarding Virtual Team Building, Onboarding, and Ongoing Team Leadership is unparalleled in the industry."David Neagle, www.DavidNeagle.com
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or see the list of commonly asked questions below.
What if I can't attend the program live?
Due to the interactive nature of this retreat we do recommend that you attend live. (If you need to pop out for an hour or so that’s OK – but you will need to catch up on any missed work that same day!) If you can’t attend live I recommend attending a future Intensive OR reaching out to work with me personally. Email email@example.com to get put on the notification list for our next intensive.
I have a team already but there are problems, will this help?
If things feel messy and you aren’t sure that you have the right people doing the right things then yes, the Intensive will help. Even if you have a team already, taking a ‘fresh’ look at everything by following this process will help you identify any gaps or explain some of the challenges you might be facing.