There were some very distinct moments where I realized I could no longer do this whole “business thing” alone.
Let me bring you on board my journey…
If you would have told me at any point throughout 2016, 2017 or even most of 2018 that I would eventually pay others to support me inside of my brand and business, I would have thought you were crazy.
"Me? Hire a team? That is so far from my reality!"
In fact, I couldn't even wrap my head around how someone else could jump inside a business that was entirely birthed from my own brain. How could they create content & lend a supportive hand when my brand is reflective of my own name? The concept of Visionary Life was my baby. It’s a brand I created from scratch, after realizing that I didn't want to live an ordinary life, I wanted 100% freedom & I wanted to stop tuning into the noise of the world and typical trajectories that we are “meant” to follow.
The business that I've created as it stands today: my personal social media strategy, the Visionary Life podcast, my website, my coaching business, The VISIONARY METHOD Group Program, my digital consulting... all of it needs me, doesn't it?
The answer is YES. It does need me, especially right now as I figure out all of the moving parts. But, maybe there were things I could take off my plate before I drowned in taks, to-do lists, and unnecessary admin work.
At this point, I was working upwards of 60 hour weeks to make it all happen. Sometimes 70, sometimes 80 (you can expect this too, as you begin to grow your business.
Up until now, everything that's been created was created by me.
I didn't hire out. I didn't pay anyone to help me get it started....
I branded myself. I edited all my own content. I produced my podcast. I showed up to teach all workshops. I got on the phone with everyone interested in working with me. I scheduled weeks and weeks worth of social posts. I got up 2 hours earlier than everyone else on my "vacations" to put the hours in
Just ask Dave what it's like to travel with me (Nicaragua involved me finding the sparse wifi everyday, Belize was the same, France & Switzerland involved 5 am wake ups before the ski resort opened at 8.. I could go on, but I'll spare you).
As 2018 came to a close... I realized we had a small problem.
No, a big problem.
I was attached to all of it. I had no way to vacation without working. I was running out of hours in the week. I wasn't spending time with the most important person in my life, my husband… and other things were slipping, too.
I had to figure something out.
Yes, I'm still young in my entrepreneurial journey. I have a lots to figure out, but the greatest gift that is on my side right now is my youth, my drive & my determination (I've got infinite energy towards my business - it truly is something that I could work on 24/7). In addition, we've not had children yet, we live minimally so we can maximize on our hobbies & interests, I say NO to a lot of plans because I need focus on my vision, I'm really clear that my time is precious and momentum is worth creating.
So as you can see, I love my work! I adore every single minute of it…
However…at the end of 2018 is when I was smashed in the gut with this intuitive hit that "it was time to stop working IN my business & start working ON my business"
I've heard that exact quote countless times from successful entrepreneurs, but only then did I begin feeling it in my own life. I really understood what it meant. I was living it.
I was bogged down creating graphics, doing my own invoicing, getting organized, sharing content on social, putting together summaries and metrics, and other little tasks that ate of big time... upwards of 10 hours per week in some cases (& that's a LOT of time I could use back!)
I was working IN my business.
These are tasks that can easily be delegated to someone else (some call it a VA -- I recorded an entire podcast about Virtual Assistants if you're curious), and I knew that IF I could delegate these tasks and others to someone else, it would allow me to free more time for strategic thinking, finding clarity, noticing gaps, enjoying more dead time (when ideas come!), getting inspired, doing more personal and business development etc.
All of which are kind of essential to growth.
In November 2018 I decided to stop playing small & start investing in myself & in my business.
I began looking for a Virtual Assistant support person (except in true visionary style, I decided to call them my Right-Hand Visionary). This is also when I started asking my husband for support on the podcast. I found a freelance social expert to help me out my Pinterest strategy, and I hired people to mentor me in areas I was weak.
During this time, I obviously had to strategically looked at my finances: was I making enough to hire out these tasks, was this risky to my business, can I afford all this help?
The answer was YES!
The results have been nothing but growth. Letting others shine in their strengths is exactly what needed to happen.
I've devoted many blogs & podcast episodes to sharing the many systems that I invest in (i.e. Canva, Mint, Leadpages, Buffer, etc.) but what about the people I invest in?
I've never had anyone to talk about, until now.
Today, I'm going to introduce to you 3 key people who have been supporting me for a few months on a recurring basis (i.e. every day, month over month)
One day, I'll share the coaches + mentors who have done similar on a contract basis.
Without further ado, Meet #TeamVisionary!
To get to know my #TeamVisionary a bit more personally, I have asked them the following three questions:
1) What is your favourite food to cook at home OR eat out?
2) What is one podcast you've been loving lately?
3) What is one business skill you're learning about, right now?
QUESTIONS? WANT A JOB? HAVE A USEFUL SKILL?
Let’s meet the team!
Think you have a skill that could enhance our team & free up some of my time? Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org describing who you are & what your expertise is. Please write "Team Visionary" in your subject line so that I can search my inbox for you.