Is Your Business Ready for a VA or an OBM?

by | Jan 2023

Is your business ready for a Virtual Assistant (VA) or an Online Business Manager (OBM)?

Are you overwhelmed with your business?

Do you have little to no time to actually enjoy the fruits of your labor?

Have you found that your dream business has turned into a “job” where you are doing all. of. the. things?

Are you ready to lessen your burden and looking to add a new team member?

 

If this sounds like you, congrats, that’s awesome! Not the overwhelmed part—we don’t like that for you—but congrats on the growth of your business! This is an exciting next step for you and your business. You’ve built your business to be successful enough that you’re ready to grow your team. You’re tired of doing everything on your own, and you shouldn’t have to! Double congrats for recognizing you need help to reach your highest potential.

 

Some of the most common support roles for online businesses are Virtual Assistants (VA) and Online Business Managers (OBM). Virtual Assistants can specialize in various areas such as tech VAs, admin VAs, customer support VAs, and more. OBMs also go by many names including Integrators, DOO, COOs, and more, and can have a variety of specializations.

 

But, you have so many questions and there are so many different answers available on the inter-webs. So, where do you start? Who do you need on your team? Well, I have experience working as a VA and an OBM, and I’ve even been trained as a corporate Operations Manager. I have experience, working within amazing teams AND managing both small and large dream teams. Let me tell you all about both of these options so you can figure out if you are ready for a VA or an OBM.

 

More about Virtual Assistants (VA)

One of the very first hires online business owners often make is a Virtual Assistant. This makes a lot of sense because VAs are doers. The VA is responsible for their individual work. They are often focused on a specific area such as tech, admin, customer/client success, etc. This article on Linked in features some amazing VA specializations and how to utilize their talents in your business.

 

Once you’ve built up your business and become busy enough with client work that you feel like the day-to-day tasks are dragging you down, a VA can step in and lighten your load. A VA can manage your email inbox and take over your social media accounts.

 

Some VAs specialize in bookkeeping, graphic design, or copywriting, so they can help you with your logo, website, blog, and bookkeeping. You can bring on a VA to manage and edit your podcast and videos/reels or pitch you as a guest to other podcasts.

 

Whatever is consistently sucking away the time in your day, you can delegate it to a VA and they’ll get it done!

 

So, if you’re a solopreneur at this point, doing everything on your own, a VA is most likely the first person you’ll team up with.

 

More about Online Business Managers (OBM)

You might be wondering ‘What do Online Business Managers do?’ and ‘Why would I need an OBM?’ Online Business Managers are newer in the online scene than VAs. Having a Certified OBM on your team is a game changer that can take your business to new levels.

 

Delegating tasks to a VA can begin to lighten your burden as a business owner. But when you build a team of freelancers, like VAs, to support your business, you’ll quickly realize that those freelancers will need to be managed, to some extent. You’ll need to communicate with them about what you want them to do. You’ll need to check over their work for quality assurance.

 

As you outsource more tasks to a VA and get more time to focus on scaling your business, your business will grow. YAY! This is what we want, right? But then you may find yourself back in a place of overwhelm.

 

This is when an Online Business Manager can make a huge impact on your business and life. OBMs are managers. They are the go-between for you and the rest of your team. Instead of you talking to all of your freelancers on a regular basis, you talk to your OBM and they manage the rest of the team and keep everything on track according to your vision.

 

Are you ready for some OBM Magic?

OBMs are also systems experts. They will optimize any systems you have in place so that they run like a well-oiled machine. And if you’ve been too busy to even set up systems, like most business owners out there, an OBM will gently take the reins, find the systems that your business needs, and implement them. Magic!

 

OBMs are truly magical. Ellyvated OBMs are strategic faeries, fairy dust, and all. They keep things running so smoothly for your business and they keep you focused on your goals and vision. If you’re someone who suffers from shiny object syndrome, an OBM will help tame that impulse to become distracted.

 

Visualize it. Deep breath in….deep breath out… Imagine what an OBM could do for your business. Can you feel the tension releasing from your body? It’s the fairy dust.

 

Want to learn more about what an Ellyvated OBM can do for you and your business? Check out my blog, “What is an Ellyvated OBM?”

 

I have an amazing network of colleagues and friends in various VA and VA adjacent fields. If you find you aren’t quite ready for my OBM skills, I can point you in the right direction to find the specific kind of help you need. Let’s chat!

 

Differences between VAs and OBMs

Knowing the differences between VAs and OBMs can help determine if you are ready for a VA or an OBM. An OBM is focused on managing while a VA is focused on doing. When a business grows to a certain level, early 6 figures and above, they need someone to run the day-to-day activities of the business. This frees you up to be the visionary in your business and stay in your zone of genius, doing what you love.

 

The OBM is responsible for the entire team. The VA is responsible for their individual work. The OBM will work with your entire team to ensure that things are being completed on time, correctly, and in pursuit of your business objectives.

 

The OBM is focused on the big picture while the VA is focused on a specific area such as tech, admin, customer/client success, etc. As a growth partner for the business, the OBM is focused on all aspects of the back-end of the business including project management, systems, team, and metrics. You’ve worked hard to build your business, so you want to invest in someone you can trust, who treats your business as their own.

 

Still not sure if you are ready for a VA or an OBM?

 

 

OBMs provide solutions not just options

A good OBM will provide you with solutions not just options. While having many options can be a great start, having solutions built into each option lightens the load for business owners. According to Zendesk, the ability to recommend various solutions to clients based on their needs is an invaluable skill set in the digital age.

 

When creating solutions, OBMs make it easier for a decision to be made. Business owners already have a lot on their plate. Lightening the burden of decision-making is a great sign of an Ellyvated OBM. By asking the right questions, practicing active listening, educating clients, and being authentic, OBMs are dedicated to helping you with your unique business.

 

The role of the Online Business Manager is to take things off your plate, so you are free to do the things that only you can do in your business. This includes lightening the decision-making burden and regular to-dos by presenting business owners with solutions that make the decision-making process quick and easy.

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Conclusion

You’ve built your business to be successful enough that you’re ready to grow your team. Congrats! You’re stretched thin doing everything on your own, and you shouldn’t have to! Yet, you have so many questions and there are so many different answers available online. So, where do you start? Are you ready for a VA or an OBM?

 

Some of the most common support roles for online businesses are Virtual Assistants (VA) and Online Business Managers (OBM). One of the very first hires online business owners often make is a Virtual Assistant. This makes a lot of sense because VAs are doers, while OBMs are managers. Once you reach 6 figures, there is too much going on for you to manage it all, it’s time to Ellyvate your business with an OBM.

 

So, what is an online business manager? An online business manager is a virtually based support professional who manages online-based businesses including the day-to-day management of projects, operations, metrics, and teams.

 

What is an Ellyvated online business manager? An Ellyvated online business manager is a Certified OBM and your business bestie. We make it our mission to equip heart-centered entrepreneurs with the systems, tools, and structures to scale your unique service-based businesses with ease. We’ll help you remove the bottlenecks in your business and take back your time. We do this by creating and implementing customized systems and processes for your unique business, team dynamic, and goals.

 

Let’s make the world a brighter place, and do meaningful work together. Hop on a call with me here, so we can chat about how we can Ellyvate your business to the next level.

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