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Tips for Making Your First Hire

Today’s question is:

“I rode into the end of last year exhausted, and I realized that something needs to change in my business. Specifically I have to stop doing everything myself.

I’ve never hired anyone before though and would love some pointers on how to do it well. I’m in a Facebook group where people talk about their first hire being a VA or an OBM. So I figured that’s the right approach.

If you have any tips about which one to hire first and how to go about delegating tasks to that person so it all works smoothly, I’m all ears. Thanks in advance.”

Listen now:

This week, we dive into how to make your first hire in your business. We chat about what to nail down before you look for someone. We explain the difference between a Virtual Assistant and an Online Business Manager, give some tips for task delegation, and also talk about the importance of open communication.

In this episode:

  • What to consider when hiring someone new. 3:30
  • Hiring to meet the various needs of your business. 6:00
  • The difference between a Virtual Assistant and an Online Business Manager. 10:30
  • How to identify what to hand off to someone else. 12:30
  • Delegating tasks and communicating with the people you manage. 18:30

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About Business Badassery

Amy’s a conversion copywriter, business coach and serial business owner who’s been reading advice columns since she was nine. With decades of business experience, she’s gotten very good at quickly reading situations and coming up with solutions – especially on the fly. You can find her at

Kirsty’s a launch copywriter and ex-psychotherapist, who’s smack bang in the middle of scaling her business with online courses. She’s good at making sense of human tendencies, selling things with words, and only following the work that feels good. You can find her at

“Amy and Kirsty are wonderful, wise and witty!

I already push myself hard enough so I'm not interested in working with coaches that are going to "crack the whip" and "kick my arse".

Kirsty and Amy both have a gently challenging coaching style. I always left sessions feeling validated, smart and capable but with a clear idea of how to make things even betterer.”

Anna Rogan
Creative Copywriter

“Kirsty seems to have this ability to see things that aren't being said. And then she brings them to light in such a nurturing way. 

Amy is direct AND caring all at the same time. It makes it easier for me to get to the point cause I know you'll get to the point when you ask about the things you need more info on.

Together — I love that neither of them hold back when their opinion/suggestion/perspective differs from the other's. It just makes it all so much more valuable. 

Also, they’re both so genuine, warm, smart and hilarious. Those 'good' traits just compound when you put the two of them together, ya know?

Miish Grixti
Conversion Copywriter

“All I'd ever heard about Amy was that she's a great coach. Welp, she's a great coach. Knows the right questions to ask to get through the bullshit and get to the root issue.

And my sweet, sweet Kirsty. Using all of her best therapy tricks to keep us moving forward. And making us feel loved :)

Together? Stop. So good. I have never felt so supported. 

I think the value in coaching is having someone hold a bigger vision for you than you can see yourself. So having TWO of you hold that for me was extremely motivating.”

Megan Baird
Email Copywriter