Welcome to Week 6!
This week’s guest is Joanne Hawkins of Executive VPA – Joanne has been in business since 2012 and brings a wealth of experience to the show.
This week we discuss our big Why. We also chat about working anywhere and being able to up sticks.
Uncertainty is also discussed and we find out why Jo B and Joanne H decided to jump onto the freelance ship.
Children and Grandchildren are talked about too.
[05:44 ] Meet Joanne Hawkins and find out why she set up her VA business
[07:26 ] How the recession triggered Joanne’s thinking
[08:22 ] Are you prepared for the roller coaster?
[08:59 ] Jo Brianti always freelance and then had twins!
[10:00 ] Business evolves
[10:18 ] Fast or Slow?
[11:35]Networking – out my comfort zone says Joanne
[12:00]How hard it is to outsource – this helps her clients
[13:40] Find out how Joanne started to grow her business and started the Northern VA Conference
[14:50] Majority of VAs Joanne outsources to are known from the VA Conference or have approached Joanne to work – the relationship is key.
[15:15] Shelley asks what skills Joanne would be looking for
[17:00] Need to get along and be on the same wavelength
[18:15] Joanne mentors VAs
[19:15] All associates have a relationship with the client direct – that is very important
[21:13] Very close team who work together and help Joanne manage the business
[22:00] Accreditation – is it important?
[24:00] Everyone is unique
[26:00] Business is finding that outsourcing is possible
[26:10] Conscious Awareness
[28:00] Understand the business elements as a VA
[28:59] Joanne talks about her tips for aspiring VAs
[30:28] What is your why? What do you want to get out of running your VA business?
[31:00] Joanne’s Why
[33:20] Jo B’s Why
[35:00] Shelley’s Why
[40:00] Find out what tools we use to manage communication in our teams.