New Workgroup starting November 17th
Dear online-based business owner,
- Has your business hit a ‘glass ceiling’ that you just can’t seem to move past?
- Are you tired of trying to juggle everything and have a feeling that you may be dropping some balls along the way?
- Do you dream of having someone step in to manage the day-to-day activities of your business so you can focus on what you do best?
With the release of the new book Becoming an Online Business Manager, author Tina Forsyth has poked the ‘sleeping bear’ so to speak. Written for the aspiring Online Business Manager (OBM) who is ready to play a bigger game with their clients, this book has also sparked a response from online business owners themselves who are excited at the idea of hiring an OBM for their own business.
“After cycling through more virtual assistants than I’d like to admit, I was completely frustrated with the whole industry. And then this blessed little book ended up in my hands, and not by accident, I’m sure. What I learned was that yes, I did need and want virtual assistants to help me run my business (I knew I couldn’t do it without them, but the how to do it effectively had eluded me), but what I ALSO needed was an OBM. When that realization struck, a huge weight lifted from my shoulders. My VAs were doing a fine job – it was ME who was unhappy managing them. The solution? An OBM! I’m indebted to you, Tina – thank you for writing this book so I can go back to enjoying my business again!”
– Alicia M Forest, MBA
“Becoming an Online Business Manager is a ‘must read’ book not only for the virtual assistant who seeks to offer more value to her clients, but also for the six and seven figure entrepreneur. I have been telling all my clients about this book so they can better understand who they should hire and how to communicate with them about what they are looking for. I am so glad you wrote this book, the web needs it!”
–Sheri McConnell, President and Founder of the International Association of Web Entrepreneurs www.aweconnect.com
“The next generation of info product and other Net business simply demands an online business manager — something I discovered when I, myself, was frantically trying to keep all the balls in the air on my own business. Tina Forsyth is simply the go-to person for this kind of information — and her excellent insights are bundled together here in a book that will build your business … effortlessly. I love what she’s created!”
– Suzanne Falter-Barns, www.getknownnow.com
“Most business management books are written for the “big guys” – companies that operate with millions of dollars in revenue and a large staff. Tina Forsyth’s “Becoming an Online Business Manager” is the first book I’ve ever found that focuses on helping small companies and solo entrepreneurs understand the dynamics of running a successful operation. Evolving from a one-person business to a profitable scalable entreprise – that’s what I am most excited about when I read Tina’s book!”
– Milana Leshinsky, “Coaching Millions”
There comes a point in every business owner’s journey where they simply cannot do it all on their own anymore. The business has reached it’s capacity for success with the business owner at the heart of it – time to hire an Online Business Manager to free up you as a business owner to focus on growth.
If there is one thing we know to be true it is this – hiring an Online Business Manager is a BIG step for any business owner. And not a step to be taken lightly, which is why we like to say – somewhat tongue in cheek – that it is the equivalent of a ‘business marriage’.
You wouldn’t get married without giving serious consideration as to who you are looking for and what your lives would be together right?
The same goes for hiring an Online Business Manager. You need to be 100% clear on the role, what it means for your business and how you will work together to take your business to the next level. If you dive into the OBM relationship without being prepared chances are it will fall apart – leaving a big icky mess behind for all concerned (unfortunately we’ve seen this happen a few too many times).
And so, if you are at all interested in bringing an OBM into your team, we invite you to join us for the first ever:
Hiring an Online Business Manager Workgroup
For business owners who are ready to take it to the next level
(AND don’t want to do it alone)
Date: Four Mondays, November 17, 24, December 1 & 8, 2008
Time: from 100 to 155 PM Eastern (1000 to 1055 AM Pacific)
Facilitated by Tina Forsyth & Andrea Lee
Week One: Defining the Role of the Online Business Manager
What is an Online Business Manager? Ask 5 people and you will get 5 slightly different answers. During this first session we will define the role of an OBM based on our own experience in this role for over 5 years now. Our goal here is simple – get everyone on the same page so that expectations are clear and the OBM relationship can run smoothly.
Week Two: Is your business ready to hire an OBM? (And if not, what do you need to get there?)
There are a certain set of criteria that you must have in place in your business before hiring an OBM. If you hire too soon (or at the wrong time) it can be like trying to fill up a glass with a firehose – too much too quick!
Week Three: Your *new* role in the business
Hiring an Online Business Manager means that your role in the business will shift, in sublte and maybe major ways. For some business owners this can be an uncomfortable and scary time, especially if you aren’t sure where to focus your energy now! The name of this session is letting go of the ‘old’ and embracing the ‘new’ as you engage in accelerated growth.
Week Four: Starting off on the right foot with your OBM
Whether you are transitioning a current team member into this role or bringing in someone new, you want to have a plan in place for this new phase in the business. Simple is the name of the game here, including what projects to start with, how to integrate the OBM role into an existing team and how to setup proper channels of communication.
Note: The workgroup has been cancelled – if you are interested in support to help you hire an OBM we do offer coaching as an alternative. Same support/guidance as you would have received from the workgroup but in a personal 1-1 format.