What is an Online Business Manager and how does one differ from a Virtual Assistant?
With a virtual assistant, you are the manager and decision-maker in your business. You decide the plan of action, the timelines, you manage the projects, and you delegate tasks to your virtual assistant.
An online business manager is more involved in the day-to-day running and management of your business, the long-term planning and bigger picture, project management, and decision-making. The OBM works on the level between you and your team, creating the standard operating procedures manual and keeping it up-to-date, setting up systems, streamlining and automating systems and processes, dealing with issues, ensuring organization, delegating tasks to the appropriate team members and ensuring the work gets done, etc.
The main role of an OBM is to free up the business owner so that they can focus their time and energy on the things that only they can do in their business.
When is it Time to Hire an Online Business Manager?
- You may be a 6 or 7-figure business owner who has a team in place, and you have either plateaued or things are in such a chaotic mess that you are stressed out, overwhelmed, and you don’t know what to do to fix it. You are spending all of your time trying to manage the team and put out fires.
- You may be a 6-figure business owner who is trying to manage and do everything yourself, and you’re past the point of needing just a virtual assistant. You need a team put in place to do the work and you need an OBM to manage the team and the projects. (I do have a team of virtual assistants if you also need a team.)
- You may have a big project, like a product launch or telesummit that you need planned out, organized and managed.
What Does it Cost to Hire an Online Business Manager?
That really depends on your situation and the level your business is at, how much time is required. There is a 90-day trial period where I get to know your business and the level of support you need. There may be an hourly charge during this time of $75 per hour (in prepaid packages of hours). After the initial trial, a flat rate per month may be discussed. For most coaches who are at the level in their business where they need an OBM, it will often range from $1500 to $3000 per month.
For project management only, it will depend on the specific project details and goals.
Can I Hire You to Be My Virtual Assistant AND Online Business Manager?
No, I cannot personally be both your virtual assistant and online business manager. I can be one or the other. If you hire me as a VA, you or someone else will have to be the manager and delegate tasks to me and my team. If you hire me as your OBM, you will need hire the appropriate team members (usually at the very least, one VA).
Having said that, I do have a team of VAs, so if you want to hire me as your OBM and you need a team put in place, you can also choose to hire my team of VAs. That is an option that’s available to you!
If you’re not sure what is the best option for you, we can discuss this further.
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