Who are you?
Kayla Sloan is an online business expert who helps entrepreneurs who want to make money doing work that they truly love. She’s a coach, website owner, and the founder of 10K VA, her flagship program where she teaches you how to make $10,000 a month as a virtual assistant.
What made you decide to start using systems and outsourcing?
After starting her business and entrepreneurship journey to help pay off debt, Kayla realized she was quickly becoming overwhelmed with trying to grow an online business. To help her manage her work and scale her business, Kayla implemented systems, or workflows, to map out how she ran her business. After mapping out her business and how she was working, Kayla then started outsourcing the steps that she knew she didn’t have to do by herself.
Where would you start as a solopreneur looking to grow your online business?
Kayla recommends that if you’re looking to grow your online business, but it’s just you working for yourself, that the best place to start would be a basic system. For example, if you’re a blogger, you know you need to create blog content. So make sure you include tasks like writing the blog post, finding images, sharing the blog post on social media, and any other task related to creating and promoting your blog content. Once you’ve outlined everything that needs to be done, you can then decide what you need to work on personally, and what you can outsource or automate.
How can someone start outsourcing when they’re afraid of investing in their business?
Kayla says the first step is to start with your own audience. Becuase they are already familiar with your content, they are more likely to step in and help. Kayla doesn’t believe in bartering, mainly because she feels you get what you pay for, but she does know what it’s like to be on a budget when trying to invest to grow your online business. So instead, she thinks having separate bank accounts, one for business and one for personal finances, can help you stay on track with your money and see where your business spending is going.
Kayla also believes that even if you can’t outsource or invest a lot of money into your business, you could outsource a bit of your personal life to give you more freedom and time to make more money. Paying for someone to deliver your groceries, clean your home, or watch your kids for a few hours will give you more time to focus on your business and can allow you to earn more money in the long run.
What would you say to someone looking to outsource to a Virtual Assistant?
As a former VA (virtual assistant), Kayla says the best places to start are with people who have experience, or who come with great recommendations. For example, through her course 10K VA, Kayla offers a client connection service. So if someone is in need of a VA, Kayla can recommend any of the VAs that have taken her course and will match them up to make sure the client is satisfied with who they outsource to.
What if someone wants to become a VA?
Kayla says a great place to start is with free resources, like those that she offers on her site. If you decide to pay for a course, coach, or mentor, just make sure that they have referrals and recommendations from those they’ve helped before. That way you know that you’re going to get what you pay for. Once you start looking for clients, don’t be afraid to pitch directly to those you want to work with and ask around. Networking is key to building a sustainable VA business.
What is the one money tip you have for the listeners?
Kayla’s tip would be to save more money than you’ll think you’ll need for taxes and future business investments. If you don’t need all of the tax money you’ve saved, you can always invest the money into outsourcing or cleaning up your systems. However, saving more up front saves you from the hassle and headaches later.
How do you make money your honey?
Kayla makes her money by believing in karma and the abundance of money. She knows that she has to work hard for her money, but she also believes in paying it forward and knowing that as long as she puts in the work and effort, and also invests strategically, the money will come back tenfold.