Business is going well for you and you’ve decided you can afford to delegate out. If you’re looking for a high-level contractor to project manage your business and team, it makes sense to hire an Online Business Manager (OBM). But choosing the right OBM for your business can initially feel a little overwhelming.
However, it doesn’t have to be that way. As long as you have a clear plan of action, you’ll find the hiring process relatively simple. The key is to ensure you’re asking the right questions and gathering the information you need, to make the right hire. Here’s a clear process you can follow, to help you make the right decisions for you and find the right OBM for your business.
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Never hire an OBM without having a discovery call first. You also need to carry out due diligence and prepare for the call, as well. Check their testimonials are legit. If someone recommended them, have a chat with them to see what they liked about working with them. Know what questions you need to ask on the discovery call and have them written down.
Evaluate why you think you need an OBM
Where did that thought come from? Is it something you’ve been thinking about for a while or more of a spur of the moment kind of thing or reaction to something someone said etc.?
Know your desired outcome
What is the desired outcome you want to reach by hiring the right OBM for your business? Are you looking to cut down on your workload or delegate tasks that you dislike? Are you hoping to work fewer hours in your business and want someone to manage it for you, or are you looking for someone to work alongside you?
Clarify they have the right skills for you
Know what tasks you want them to take on and ensure their skills match those things you’re looking to outsource.
Know what their hire duration is
Many OBMs will work on a minimum 3-month retainer, sometimes longer. So check that you’re happy with the hire duration and can afford to cover the cost of your investment in hiring them.
Establish their availability
Establish their availability, as your first choice may not be available right away. How can you plan ahead to cover this, if you decide you want to wait until they are available?
Find their personality traits and work styles
Because you will be working closely together with your OBM, it’s essential your personality and work styles don’t clash. Take some time to find out about them, not just the skills they have.
Hiring an OBM can initially be overwhelming. If however, you follow the process above, you’ll ensure you’ve done all you can to find the perfect match for you. And if you’re not sure how that will look – check out this blog post entitled What a perfect match with the right OBM looks like!
If you’re curious to find out how your business life might look like partnering with me and if I’m the right OBM for your business, please email me or simply book a virtual coffee chat. You’ll find both my calendar and my contact details here.