Grace Quantock was in a struggle that a lot of entrepreneurs face. She wanted to focus on the core of her business, but found herself struggling with handling the backend of things - admin, marketing, etc. Realizing there simply was not enough hours in the day, or enough energy for one person to conquer it all, Grace sought out a solution. When she hired her virtual assistant, she knew she had found the answer she was looking for!
Read on about Grace's journey on working with her VA, and how it has helped her to help others:
What were you struggling with in your business that led you to begin working with a virtual assistant?
As a disabled entrepreneur with two businesses that were growing rapidly and globally, I needed to spend my limited energy where it was most needed - on tasks only I could do. I wanted to simplify, streamline and systemize the processes in my business making them pleasurable to use for my clients, customers, audience and myself. I decided to bring on a virtual assistant to help with this and to allow me to spend my energy creating and serving clients.
Tell us a little about what you have delegated and how you work together?
As I help people who want to heal by creating bespoke ethical gifts at my charitable social enterprise Healing-Boxes.com, I knew I wanted the ordering process for boxes to be smooth and pleasurable. When people are struggling or in a difficult place Healing Boxes aims to make everything as easy and supportive as possible. That means everything from the website to social media needs to flow well. My virtual assistant helped by scheduling tweets I delegated, setting up a brilliant newsletter system and supporting me in keeping on track with plans and ideas.
Teaching, writing and speaking on living well with pain, illness, post-trauma, in grief or life crisis at GraceQuantock.com means that I am creating and sharing lots of high-quality content. My VA worked with my editor, making sure my copy was exactly what my audience needed. She also posted the copy to my website, scheduled shares on social media, designed graphics and helped me stay on track with my editorial calendar.
I in my client work of psycho-spiritual depth coaching on living well in life crisis and building a business when living with limits, my virtual assistant helped by scheduling my sessions with clients, replying to media and speaking enquiries and helping everyone get a prompt response while keeping my inbox under control.
How has working with a virtual assistant supported your business, and you personally?
Working with a virtual assistant has freed up my limited time and energy to focus on creating content, working one on one with clients and doing the work that only I can do. It lets me spend my energy where I shine and means I have enough energy to enjoy time with my husband and rescue puppies too. With my time and energy freed up, my business is still growing but I am following non-business passions too, I'm even learning to play the harp!
What differences have you noticed in your business since you began working with a virtual assistant?
Everything has felt clearer, smoother and I have more time and energy to devote to the most important things: client and customer care, world-changing content creation and personal healing self-care.
What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs seeking virtual assistants?
Set your intentions for what you are looking for and make sure you check in with them for an interview, get recommendations from friends and colleagues and do get all your legal bits sorted - check out Small Business Bodyguard for all your need to know: http://
Want to learn more about Grace and her businesses? Visit her at http://gracequantock.com and http://healing-boxes.com
Looking to hire your own virtual assistant? Start here!
Grace Quantock is a wellness provocateur, healing trailblazer and founder of the multi-award winning social enterprise Healing Boxes CIC, The Phoenix Fire Academy™ coaching and entrepreneur-activation program The Phoenix Flight School™. Grace has been featured in The Times, Marie Claire Magazine, The Hay Literary Festival, TEDx and The Huffington Post. She loves hearing, helping, healing. Keep up with Grace via her website, or on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.