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Over the past few months, it was becoming increasingly evident to me that I was working WAY too hard. Short term I could cope. But I didn’t want to ALWAYS be stuck at my laptop, checking emails and doing the 1001 tasks that come with being an app producer. Things like these:

– Creating SDK IDs (I’ve lost weeks on the Chartboost, Nextpeer and Playhaven websites amongst others)
– Writing app descriptions. I do like writing but there is a limit!
Market research. It has to be done but I had no time!
– Prepare kits to keep my artists busy
– Finding great images on Shutterstock
Keywords for apps and naming apps
– Registering apps in ITC. Over and Over. Sigh.
– Uploading the app icon and 15 screenshots for app store. This can range from 15 mins work to HOURS on a bad day. Ugh.
– Then there is app QA, tracking, more market research, reviews to do, apps….. the list is endless.
– Then there is all the other little stuff you haven’t had time to get around to….

I wasn’t running the show any more, the show was running me!!

Anyway. Things had to change. So I had an idea. I realised that I could train up someone to do a lot of this work for me. I had already outsourced my graphics and development work. So why not a href=”outsource my work?!

The idea

It was the best idea I had this year. I found a great virtual assistant on oDesk and created a outsourcing VA training kit. Within 12 hours of being hired my VA was already saving me lots of time. Now I have much more time to focus on working ON my business, instead of IN my business.

I have more free time and my business is growing faster. Also it’s great to be able to spend my time on some really exciting new ventures that I am really excited about. This wasn’t possible when I was doing everything myself.

So, if you are worried about this, remember two things:

1) If you don’t have enough work for a full-time VA, you can absolutely find someone to help you on a part-time basis.

2) If you want your business to grow, then you can’t continue to wear yourself out doing everything yourself. At some stage you will have to bite the bullet and get someone great to help you with your day to day tasks.

I have found this process really positive for my business. I think it’s definitely worth trying once you have a few apps published and you can feel yourself getting bogged down doing the same tasks every day. If you would like to know more about how I found and trained my Rockstar VA, find out exactly what I did.

Do you know someone who is spending Waaaaaayyyy too long at their computer screen and NEEDS a virtual assistant? Send them a link to this post.

ALSO – Have you got a VA? Let me know how they are working out in the comments.

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Elaine Heney is an online entrepreneur, triple #1 best selling author and international keynote speaker. Elaine is an Amazon FBA ecommerce advisor, investor, Hollywood movie producer, online business consultant and CEO of Chocolate Lab Cashflow. Elaine has also published over 300 mobile apps across Amazon, Apple & Google, and enjoyed over 20 million app downloads and over 50 #1 apps worldwide.

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  • Zag June 22, 2013, 8:56 pm

    Hi ,
    You are right in your point , but in the beginning of the carrier you can not hire somebody if you don’t have a good budget , so everybody choose to do all tasks him self and stay front of the machine hours and hours …

  • Elaine Heney August 14, 2013, 9:01 pm

    Zag – yes. There’s really no avoiding a ton of hard work at the start!

  • Joe October 30, 2014, 5:13 pm

    I’ve been wanting to hire a VA for some time. I have several apps and have been mostly everything myself, good art work excluded. But it s a catch 22, you need to be making enough money to afford a VA to help your business grow.

    I have high hopes this is right around the corner.

    Thanks Elaine great tips!

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