I worked as a startup manager before having my own business: I’ve had interns in both. I have been an intern myself before that. This is not a post against interns and pro virtual assistants, but I do believe there’s a place and time for each. So here’s my experience.
Having an intern is giving someone the experience to learn and grow. You, on your end, have help. It’s an exchange. You receive and you give. So here is the main difference. As a business owner you are not hiring an intern to get an extra pair of hands on your projects: you are providing the environment for someone to evolve. You are shaping their experience by showing, teaching, sharing. It’s insightful and rewarding. But the fact is that an intern needs guidance.
In my coaching business right now I can’t afford to be the CEO, the coach and a trainer. That’s why I decided to hire a Virtual Assistant.
A VA is someone that knows the ins and outs (most likely better than you). They come with the skill set and the knowledge. I can delegate with more confidence, knowing she has what it takes to execute by herself. The exchange is in getting support and providing an inspiring environment for them to just do their thing. To me, it meant more freedom and time that I would spend training being assigned to creating videos, courses, planners and actually coaching my clients. I get to be the CEO and the coach, but I don’t develop talents.
We all have different seasons in our business and it comes down to assessing what your needs and priorities are in the moment.
And this is what I’ll leave you with: if what would take you to the next level is more time to focus on doing what you actually want to do in your business, what would be your choice?
Thank you to Ligia Leite – Mindset & Aligned Action Strategist for this insightful blog post and her experience working with both interns and VA’s. I am sure many of you have thought about this.