Grace Van Cleave
Senior Director, Stella & Dot
Recently Grace was part of the show Undercover Boss with her company, Stella & Dot. I’ve had the great honor of working with Grace for almost 1 year now, here is what she has to say about working with The Golden Rule VA….
Before I started working with The Golden Rule VA I was feeling…Completely overwhelmed! I felt as though my business was becoming stagnant, not decreasing, but not increasing either. I would end a work day feeling unaccomplished and always behind on important tasks for my team and personal business. As a single entrepreneur, I have prided myself on boot strapping my business and keeping it debt free. I loved the idea of hiring someone to help, but worried I couldn’t afford it, would not be organized to delegate, and would need to have an additional work-space in my home.
Since working with The Golden Rule VA...I feel as though a weight has been lifted. My business is thriving with a huge increase in team sponsoring. I attribute this to the amount of time I now have available to coaching stylists, rather than doing administrative work. When I participated in the CBS television series, “Undercover Boss” featuring Stella & Dot, my team had no idea anything was amiss because of the systems Melissa had put in place. If I had still been a one woman show, I shudder to think how much work I would have done and business I would have missed without her. We are in a groove where we generally know what tasks each week will bring, and I don’t have to worry about it being completed.
Most importantly, my quality of life is so much better now that I work with Melissa. I originally chose to leave my career in political fundraising because I was unhappy and unfulfilled. I am now able to focus on the parts of the business I most enjoy – coaching my team members to their definition of success and styling women at fun trunk shows – while delegating the tasks I no longer enjoy that can be completed by someone else. I now have time activities outside of Stella & Dot , such as yoga, Bible study, that leave me rejuvenated and able to work at a higher level.
The best thing about making the decision to delegate, or why I would recommend working with The Golden Rule VA…There comes a point in every business where it will never grow without duplicating yourself. I love knowing tasks are completed at the same quality level, or better, than if I were doing them myself. I was warned there would be a long on boarding process when hiring an assistant, and I should expect several weeks or months before he/she would get the hang of my it. Since Melissa knows and understands the direct sales industry, she was immediately familiar with what my general needs would be, and I did not have to spend extra money for on the job training. She hit the ground running from day one!
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