How To Hire The Right VA: Guest Speaker on Jay Allyson’s Podcast

With over 16 years of experience, I have more than a few tricks up my sleeve when it comes to hiring a virtual assistant.

Whether you need to know the WHEN, the WHAT, the WHY or the HOW — I’ve been there, done that and I still love to wear the t-shirt! 🙌

So when I was asked if I wanted to join the amazing Jay Allyson on her podcast, The Leveraged Business: How to Earn More, Work Less, Grow Faster I jumped at the chance 💯

If you don’t know Jay, she’s the creator of the iSuccess Business Academy and author of “Leveraged Consulting in the Digital Age — How to Build and Grow a Successful Business in an Increasingly Competitive Marketplace”.

And when it comes to business, we have a lot in common.

🔥 We both LOVE planning, processes and efficient organisation as tools to support business growth for successful entrepreneurs.

🔥 We both believe that biz owners deserve freedom.

🔥 We both believe in the power of utilising a strong team to scale and grow.

Many of Jay’s clients and audience had been asking their burning questions around Virtual Assistants, and these might be similar to the questions you’re asking, too.

Questions such as:

👉 “When do you know you’ve hit a ceiling and should be thinking about hiring a VA?”

👉 “What is a virtual assistant, and what tasks can they do?”

👉 “Should you hire a ‘jack of all trades’ person or a combination of experts?”

👉 “What are the benefits of hiring a VA over directly employing a team member?”

👉 “How do you build trust to let someone else into the specifics of your business?”

I go over the answers to these questions (and many more) in the podcast (your link to listen is at the bottom!) but I wanted to share with you one of the stand-out points we were chatting about.

Everything you do in your business is about strategy.

Hiring a VA is no different — they need to fit into the overall business model.

And for them to fit nicely into that model, first you have to KNOW what you want your business to look like.

Imagine the company organisational structure in any well-known business. You start with the CEO before filtering into department specialists. Specialists such as marketing, communications, social media, sales, retention, finance, admin.

❌ As your business grows, you simply can’t do every single one of these ❌

More clients = more requirements in every one of these areas.

When you’re looking at how to hire the right VA, identify your most pressing needs from the organisational structure of your biz and bring in someone who will excel in supporting that business function.

For more in-depth information about what we chatted about, you can listen here — there’s even a bonus you can download for free when you listen!

Over to you

Have you ever sat down and created your dream business blueprint, complete with organisational structure and future goals?

If not, I’d urge you to take some time and plot out where you see your business in 12 months, 2 years, 5 years. You’ll be amazed at the clarity it’ll provide when you’re making biz decisions in the future.

All my best,


P.S. Share your thoughts below: let me know what your 5-year goals are and what do you need to implement to get you there!



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Selina Johnson

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