Reviewing The Virtual Assistant Solution by Michael Hyatt

Last week I sat down and read The Virtual Assistant Solution by Micheal Hyatt. The goal of the book is to help show you the benefits of hiring a virtual assistant and equip you for success with that assistant.

This quick read accomplishes both of those tasks well.

Let’s take a look at some of the content I’ve gleaned.

Why would you need a VA

Why on earth do you need a VA anyway? One thing I always seem to not have time for is entering my receipts in to my tax spreadsheet. It’s boring and I can always find something ‘better’ to do.

This is something that needs to get done that I just don’t need to do.

Another item that is very important than seems to get away from me on Friday’s (which are very full) is invoicing. I should be invoicing for the upcoming week early on Friday (probably actually Thursday) so I can be paid before the upcoming week. Way to often I end up invoicing late Friday and not getting paid till Monday (sometimes Tuesday) though.

That’s another thing I can get a VA to do for me on Thursday.

Hiring a VA means that you can continue to move your business forward without having to do each little portion of the work. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean that you’re the best person to do something.

Here are a few of the statements Micheal walks you through in the first chapter of the book to get you to evaluate your need for a VA.

  1. You’re overwhelmed by your workload
  2. You need help digging out of an adminitsrative pile
  3. You want to be more productive and less stressed
  4. You’re not focusing on what only you can do
  5. You need help but can’t afford someone full-time
  6. You can’t afford the hassle of recruiting, hiring and training
  7. You need more margin in your life

I know that many of those statements are true for freelancers. You typically went in to business for yourself (and are succeeding) because you’re driven.

That drive can easily lead to working long hours and trying to cover every base in your business.

There is a word of caution (from me not the book), it’s easy for math to trick you. Even if you can get someone to do work at 1/4 of what you charge for the same amount of time, that doesn’t mean you’re actually going to use the gained time productivly.

Getting yourself ready

The end of the book contains a few awesome pages to help you identify the tasks you could send to a VA.

  1. Write down everything you do daily, weekly, monthly and put some time estimates on each item
  2. Put those tasks on the delegation matrix (also provided in the book)
  3. Isolate the items and work to only keep Q1 items
  4. Be really honest about Q2 items it’s easy for them to ‘become’ Q1 items in disguise
  5. Rank remaining tasks by importance

Q1 items should be down to things that only you can do in your business. For me that’s mainly the actual programming tasks I perform.

Everything else could be handed off to a VA allowing me more time to program.

So the question is do I recommend the book? Yes I do.

Even if you’re not planning on hiring a VA today or this month but you’re curious read through the book and evaluate your need for a VA.

If you decide that a VA is something you can use make sure you budget for it and that you actually have productive profitable things to do while the VA is working for you.

5 Comments

  1. Travis March 27, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    A few of the Amazon reviews say that the book is way too pushy/salesy for eaHelp – did you get that feeling?

    • Curtis McHale March 27, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

      He does mention it a few times yes. I didn’t find it to pushy but there is no mention of other good options at all

  2. Bryan Miles March 28, 2014 at 7:38 am #

    Thanks for the review of the eBook that Michael wrote. His perspective on the eBook was his experience with us. If you’re looking for a place that has objective, 3rd party reviews for virtual assistant firms … I’d encourage you to look at http://www.virtualassistantassistant.com/. Also … thank for the link to my personal blog. Grateful.

  3. Nancy Seeger March 29, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

    Loved your review of the book. I use 3 VAs and I delegate as much as possible. It is to expensive for me to be spending time on some of these tasks and in many instances, a VA can do it faster than I can because it’s their area of expertise.

    For example you can have on VA handle project management and keeping deadlines on track, another setting up test servers (I have a WordPress savvy VA), and my right hand VA who does proofing of blog posts and odd ball stuff that doesn’t really fit traditional categories but quickly get’s things done for me.

    There is a trade association for VAs – http://www.ivaa.org.

  4. Sue Harrawood March 29, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    As the owner of a VA firm (11 years) I send my thank you’s to Michael. His support of our industry over the years and encouragement to his business owners and C level exec colleagues to consider partnering with a VA is appreciated. I think it’s also important to mention that a VA is an option to help business owners to get out from underneath however we are NOT a fit for all. A professional VA partners with multiple clients at once AND is a business owner thus has a peer to peer relationship with their clients. Some execs prefer an employee who works only for them, gives immediate attention to their needs and does not have a business owner/consultant mindset. Whether you fit best with a VA, employee or intern Michael and I encourage you to move forward w/delegation to a professional to grow your business. If you’d like more info about what partnering with VAs looks like, who VAs are, how we work, etc. I’ve written a blog series entitled Partnering With A 101. You can grab the beginning of the series here: http://bit.ly/1hYQh4v. Thank you to Michael Hyatt for writing the book and being a great leader in the marketplace!

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