I recently came across the book, “Organize Your Office…In No Time” by Monica Ricci. The very first chapter in Ricci’s book is called, “Determining Your Work Style.” Ricci goes into 6 different work styles that will help you organize your office.
The work styles (with a very short description) are:
- The Speed Demon – everything is FAST
- The Ponderer – Slow and steady
- The Scarlett O’Hara – Puts things off
- The Visual – Everything must be visible
- The Aesthetic – The outside looks in order, but the inside might not be
- The Combination – Characteristics of two or more of the above work styles
WHY am I bring up your work style? Because what if you and the Virtual Assistant (VA) you hire are the same? What if you are both completely different?
Just like when you hire an employee, you want to make sure that a subcontractor that you hire has a compatible work style. You want that person to help your business thrive and take you to the next level, not hold you back because of different work styles.
When hiring a subcontractor, make sure you let them know how you work, how you think, how you are organized, and how you act on an idea.
Also, know what work style your Virtual Assistant is. If you are a Speed Demon, Virtual Assistant who is a Ponderer might not be a good fit if you need help researching a business tool. If you are a Scarlett O’Hara who puts things off, more than likely a VA with the same work style isn’t going to help your business grow.
Taking the work style a step further is considering your personality and your Assistant’s personality. Do you want them to take an idea and run with it? Do you want them to keep you focused? Does that VA have the personality to step up and let you know when you are off-course or push you forward to make a decision when you need that push?
Some of these work style and personality questions can be brought up when interviewing a subcontractor, but unfortunately, the only way to really make sure you mesh is to work together – so take that chance. You are both professionals, running your own businesses, so you should be partners growing BOTH of your businesses together. If it doesn’t work out or you grow beyond each other, that’s ok – it’s not personal, it’s only business.
You can learn more about Monica Ricci at monicaricci.com and catalystorganizing.com