The VA to CEO Class with Kristy Yoder
Are you interested in building an agency or multi-VA firm? Today our guest is Kristy Yoder, the founder and CEO of Smart VAs and host of the Master Delegator Podcast. She leads a team of more than 70 VAs and knows a lot about transitioning from a solopreneur virtual assistant to a CEO. Join us as we discuss the strategies and mindset you’ll need to have so you can overcome challenges and make a successful transition to CEO!
[0:00] Introduction to Kristy Yoder and the topic of transforming a solopreneur business into an agency or a multi-VA firm – Kristy describes her journey, how she started and then pivoted to an agency she runs every day.
[5:19] How to release control – Kristy describes the strategies and mindset that help her delegate and release control to other virtual assistants in her agency.
[8:52] The “ceiling effect” – how you cap your revenues, energy, and capacity when you try to do everything instead of trusting other people.
[9:22] The mindset you need to shift from a virtual assistant or freelance solopreneur to a CEO of a team – Kristy encourages solopreneurs and describes how she needs to be clear with her title and role as a CEO, changing from an implementer to a visionary, planner, and strategist.
[13:17] How to start thinking like a CEO – the importance of envisioning your goals and plans and how you can wear that leadership cap even if you’re a solopreneur.
[14:51] The challenges that must be overcome when pivoting to a CEO model and mindset – Kristy explains her main challenge that she’s still trying to overcome.
[16:51] How you can be your own worst enemy in business – Craig describes the challenges you may face and the importance of self-awareness so you can get out of your own way.
Tips to Help VAs and Freelancers Make a Successful Transition to CEO
[19:05] Slow down, but don’t procrastinate – the importance of coming up with a realistic plan for your business and focusing on it.
[21:15] How to hire the right people for your agency – Kristy discusses her recruitment process and how her VAs must be in alignment with her core values, possessing the right skills and character.
[23:25] The importance of character and hiring people you can trust
[24:17] Resources on becoming the leader or CEO in your business – Kristy shares her favorite author and book.
[27:11] How to learn more about leveling up your skills at Freelance University
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Resources and Tools:
John C. Maxwell’s book, Developing the Leader Within You
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