After many years as a solopreneur food blogger, I'd been thinking about hiring a virtual assistant (VA). It had been in the back of my mind for at least a year. When I heard several very successful food bloggers say that the turning point for their business was when they started to build a team and weren't trying to do everything themselves, that convinced me to do a trial run with a VA. I entered a 3-month contract with Meerman Support.
How does an American food blogger connect with a virtual assistant in the Netherlands? Debbie and I lived in Poznań, Poland at the same time. I knew she had written a food blog. I knew her social media had a witty use of words and beautiful photographs. I knew her to be an intelligent woman with a great work ethic. I knew that she would quickly understand my brand and what I was trying to do.
I could not be more pleased with our work together. Debbie has done all that I asked and done it in a way that fits my audience. On top of that, she has brought enthusiasm and creative new ideas to what has become a very collaborative relationship. Her knowledge and skill have provided such a boost to my business that before our initial contract ended, I asked for a new, on-going contract with additional hours.