@jb108 asks – “how do you feel about VA’s, do you use any, how many, how much work and what type do you delegate to others.”
I love the idea of VA’s (virtual assistants) and can see a lot of tasks that I could potentially have one do for me – however I’ve never really felt completely comfortable with the idea and don’t currently have budget set aside for one.
I do have Lara help me with comment moderation and a little other admin work when I have a project going on that I need assistance with but apart from that I don’t personally delegate much work.
Of course at b5media we have quite a sizable team of staff to do a lot of the administrative stuff to keep our blog network running (I think at last count there were 12 full time staff).
followup question from @jb108 – at what point in blogging career do you recommend delegating to VA’sI think it partly depends upon ylife situation. I know one bloggers who works a full time job and runs multiple blogs. He doesn’t want to give up his work so he’s always hired VAs to do everything except write content on his blogs.
It probably also depends partly on your own skill set. If there are parts of blogging that you don’t enjoy or can’t do very well then I don’t have a problem with hiring someone to do them. If it’s going to take you 3 weeks to do a job that someone else can do in a day then that’s 3 weeks that you can work on something you are good at.
I’m probably talking more about outsourcing things like setting up a blog, design etc – but the same thing applies to ongoing jobs on your blog. I know that Having Lara work an hour or so a day for me means I’ve got an extra hour to write content each day – something that is important to me. I guess it’s about priorities and what you feel you can do with the time freed up.