Hiring someone to help you with your blog is a major stepping stone to success for many bloggers. An assistant or someone to help out with blog tasks like SEO, photography, funnels. etc can be very helpful yet at the same time extremely difficult to do.
If you’re at the stage where you think you need additional help with your blog, please read this post!
I have hired assistants, freelancers, and experts to help me setting up technical stuff for my blog. But I’ve also had to fire someone, turn down applications, and dealt with a lot of drama I could have avoided back then, ‘
So today I want to share with you not only the pros of hiring a blog assistant, but also the cons and my personal experience on how to protect yourself.
The Pros of Hiring An Assistant
You’ll Save Time
You will have way more time to spend on important and creative tasks that you know how to do best. Let the assistant take care of the small things that take up most of your time. When you get your time back, you get your energy back.
The very first assistant I hired helped me with my blog SEO and Google Analytics set up, something I would have probably spent days on because I just didn’t understand it at the time and didn’t care for doing it. Instead, I wanted to be outside, shooting photos and spending time writing the next post. Hiring an assistant helped me do that very thing!
You’ll Learn About Being A Good Manager
I think everyone should learn about management and team leadership. Having an assistant helps you develop better skills to negotiate and delegate things that you can’t control. You’ll also become a better communicator and learn how to work as a time. Believe me, you can’t just “set it and forget it” with having an assistant. Unless you 100% trust the assistant to know what you’re thinking, you still have to walk through things and keep an eye on how projects are being executed.
Having an assistant is not an end all be all of getting work done. You still have to do a lot of checking in and fixing things.
You’ll Save Money
The way I think of it, if you save time you save money. A lot of online business will try to sell you or upsell you products and services that you really wouldn’t need had you just hired someone to do things manually. So instead of doing it yourself (and spending money on programs), having an assistant will be a very big time and money saver!
The Cons of Hiring A Blog Assistant
A Lot Of Inexperienced Applications + Mentorship Requests
I once put out a very specific call for a blog assistant that had specialized skills in advertising and got about 30 applications from new bloggers who were eager to learn from me. While I am always up for teaching bloggers what I know, I’m not going to pay to teach someone what I know….
It’s such a difficult situation – I simply don’t have time to sit down and chat nor do I have time to teach someone what to do to help me out. That’s not what having an assistant is for. It’s for saving time that you can be spending on other things. You need to be careful of who you review, because there’s a lot of people out there who will apply. Make sure they have a portfolio or client testimonials to back it up.
Hiring an intern on the other hand is a great way to teach someone a skill and then move them up to being your assistant! So do consider that route if you want to help a new blogger out.
People Might Steal Your Work
It can happen without hiring an assistant, but a lot of people will take the information you’ve given them and use it for their own gain. This is a tricky situation because if you hire an assistant or freelancer who does the same thing as you, you might get a conflict of interest. Let’s say you’re a beauty blogger who is hiring another beauty blogger to help you write your posts or create collages. You have to be careful that they won’t take your business information, plans, passwords, or content to use for their own website.
This is very important: get an Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) signed if you choose to hire someone. This is an agreement that they cannot use, reveal, or share anything or any information you share with them.
I use this agreement with ALL my clients because I respect them and their privacy, I have a lot of business owners that are very influential and in media – it’s imperative that whoever I hire does not disclose any information I may have in my database, you know?
If the potential employee, freelancer, or assistant doesn’t want to sign this agreement, that’s a red flag.
But what if they want to use my business in their portfolio?
You can choose to let them or not in the NDA. Because of the work I do with clients, I always have to deny this request. However, do provide great testimonials. It’s really up to you though.
It Can Get Expensive
Make sure you actually have a budget to hire someone. It can get quite expensive to be paying someone month after month to help you with your blog. If this is an issue for you, just save up and keep saving until one day you can hire help. Definitely engage the services of family members or friends who can help you out in the meantime.
I say this not to discourage you but to help you not turn this blog into an expensive hobby. Save your money until you can hire help or learn the skill yourself. And let’s be fair to employees, freelancers, and assistants too. I would appreciate if someone let me know their budget right away, because often times people think they need an assistant….but then you find out they can’t really afford one.
So save up!
So there’s a lot that goes into hiring someone to help you with your blog. At the end of the day here are 3 takeaways: make sure you can afford it, know what you need help with and what you don’t, and always make sure that the person you hire is respectful and professional.
Do you have any questions for me about this or about what I do? I’d love to answer them! Have you hired someone to help you with your blog? Leave a comment below and let me know!