Said this young entrepreneur, “My inbox has topped 80,000 unread messages! My Facebook page is out of hand! I need help, and quickly, to remain afloat in this wave of work!”
So she paid an agency a pretty penny to screen and interview VAs for her, thus avoiding the trap in which our first young entrepreneur became entangled. And she was quite pleased with the VA they found. “She’s experienced, she’s cheap, and she worked for Dora Toader,” the young entrepreneur thought. “What could possibly go wrong?”
Our intrepid duo charged forward, with the young entrepreneur attempting to explain the intricacies of an inbox receiving everything from client communiques to Mary Jay makeup newsletters. What should be deleted? What needed unsubscribing? What needed immediate attention? The questions were endless, and both the young entrepreneur and the VA soon became frustrated.
There must be a better way, the young entrepreneur thought, and she switched the VA to working on backlinks and article rewrites. But the VA was industrious and soon blew through the work in, and the young VA was at a loss to come up with enough to keep going. Finally, with a heavy heart and a lamentation at the waste of money, she let the VA go and corralled her mother into helping her weedwhack her inbox down to something more manageable.
Now older and wiser for her experience, the young entrepreneur swore to prepare extensively before she hired another VA – and to wait until she had at least 80 hours of outsorceable work per week to do so.
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