Episode #160 with Ric Thompson of Done For You Solutions

Summary: This week features a leaner, meaner Less Doing Podcast—no links, no special announcements, just a dynamite interview with Ric Thompson of Done For You Solutions—a game-changer of an organization within the virtual assistant space.

Special Announcements:

EO Vancouver

On June 18th, join Ari at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in b-e-a-utiful Vancouver, B.C. as he takes the microphone for EO Vancouver. Enjoy this unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

EO Victoria

Join Ari at one of the Entrepreneur Organization’s high-impact learning events in Victoria, B.C. Like EO Vancouver, this will undoubtedly be a unique opportunity to watch Ari candidly discuss life as an Author, Speaker, Teacher and – most importantly – Achievement Architect.

Fuel the Fire

Come watch Ari light-up the Drake Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, August 5th as he delivers a rousing keynote speech for IPPA Business Excellence Conference: Fuel the Fire. This will be a great opportunity to watch Ari translate the lessons of Less Doing into terms business leaders can take to the bank.

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:21 – Introduction of Ric Thompson, the founder of Done For You Solutions
  • 02:02 – Ric defines Done For You Solutions as a team of VA’s rather than an individual VA
    • 03:10 – Ric has always surrounded himself with an excellent team, people always (jokingly) asked about hiring his team—an idea is born!
  • 03:35 – More frequently than not, Ric’s team is hired to do web development because “that’s the stuff no one wants to do or learn”
  • 04:01 – They’re also asked to do a lot of admin work—why?—because admin work is a time suck
  • 04:20 – Content for your business needs to come from a professional writer
  • 05:19 – If you’re an expert on something, outsource everything else
  • 06:08 – Ric’s team follows the distributed model (his team is all over the world) and leverages modern technology
  • 07:19 – The key to defeating outsourcing objections according to Ric?—clear communication
  • 08:17 – Delegation is not something you can just wake up and do—like anything else, it’s a skill that needs development
  • 08:20 – Stephen Covey – The 5 Levels of Delegation
    • 08:45 – Most people want to start at level 4 or 5 of delegation
    • 08:57 – Delegation is a relationship
  • 10:48 – Steve’s Top 3 Tech Tools for successful outsourcing
    • 10:51 – Skype
    • 11:06 – Basecamp and Trello
    • 12:09 – DropBox
  • 12:30 – Entrepreneurs and small business owners want to get stuff DONE, but they tend to skip thinking things through
  • 13:30 – Ric is always focused on sales and hiring because he has outsourced all of his other tasks
  • 14:22 – Ric’s Top 3 Tips to be More Effective
    • 14:28 – Own the proper mindset
    • 15:32 – You are NOT your business—to your business, time is a scalable resource but YOU are limited to 24 hours in a day
    • 15:52 – Keep dialing in your effective communication skills

 

7 Key Points:

  1. Effective communication is 100% critical to the success of any outsourcing effort.
  2. Surround yourself with a quality team and a quality business will quickly emerge.
  3. Leverage modern technology to make your life easier.
  4. Delegation is a skill that requires an investment of time and effort to master.
  5. Never forget that you are NOT your business.
  6. Content for your business needs to come from a professional writer.
  7. If you are an expert at something, outsource everything else so you can focus on what you do best.

 

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