Automation & Outsourcing with Michelle Thompson

How to automate and outsource your administrative tasks, allowing you to work on growing your small business, with Michelle Thompson.

Michelle Thompson - Entrepreneur

The need to work more ON your business, instead of just IN your business has been a common topic on this podcast over the years. It’s something many small business owners struggle with, and it’s what keeps them from growing their small business and enjoying the freedoms of business ownership. The key to working ON your business is to automate, and wherever possible to delegate. And delegated repeatable tasks are often best handled by a Virtual Administrative Assistant. On this episode of The How of Business podcast, Michelle Thompson shares her experiences, and how she now helps her clients automate and outsource.

Michelle Thompson went from being an MBA graduate with a corporate career to having a second-grade IQ level overnight after suffering from a life-altering stroke at only 36 years of age. Literally starting her life over again, she’s had to learn how to automate and outsource as much as humanly possible. Now she’s on a mission to help others find freedom from all the unnecessary tasks they do, using the strategies and systems she’s successfully created for herself.

Michelle is the founder of Awesome Outsourcing, focused on teaching people how to delegate and outsource tasks correctly so they can gain back their time and their lives. Awesome Outsourcing offers Virtual Admin Services and Lead Generation Services. She also offers the online course “Running on Autopilot” and she is the host of “Automate to Dominate” podcast show.

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Michelle lives in Pendleton, Oregon.

Automation & Outsourcing with Michelle Thompson:

  • Please tell us about your career, and the story of what led you to start Awesome Outsourcing in 2008.
  • Please introduce your automation and outsourcing systems that allows you to work only 2-3 hours a day.
  • Please share the 3 secret ways you grow your small business automatically (1. Fire Yourself, 2. Focus on Growth, 3. Duplicate Yourself.)
  • How do I know when I am ready, and can afford, a virtual assistant for my small business?
  • What’s the difference between an Executive Assistant and an Administrative Assistant?
  • How do I begin to identify the tasks only I can do? (Task Discovery List)
  • Please share some tips on how to get my team to complete each task exactly as I would have done it.
  • How do I hire the right Virtual Admin Assistant – what are some things to look for? What is the Orange Tiger Test to help you screen candidates?
  • Understanding the Culture Gap – what are some of the cultural differences I need to be aware of when hiring off-shore VAs?
  • What are some common mistakes with outsourcing?
  • Why have you found that small business owners resist using Virtual Admin Assistants?
  • What are some of the most important outsourcing tools or resources to consider?
  • Where and how should I get started? Starts with a Job Description?

Episode Host: Henry Lopez is a serial entrepreneur, small business coach, and the host of this episode of The How of Business podcast show – dedicated to helping you start, run and grow your small business.


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