You have many choices when it comes to meeting your business needs. You can hire a traditional employee, an Online Business Manager (OBM), or work with a staffing firm.
I provide Online Business Management services to overwhelmed business owners and entrepreneurs in Construction Trades and Business Coaching who do not have the space, equipment, funds or desire to hire a staff person full-time, in house. My services are specifically designed to help relieve the stress of having to deal with Construction Administration / Project Management and Online Business Management. My clients know they can’t continue being in charge of everything. I’m an Online Business Manager and most importantly, a diehard Integrator in every sense of the term.
An Online Business Manager, also known as an “OBM” is a virtually based support professional who manages online based businesses, including the day-to-day management of projects, operations, team members, and metrics.
An OBM isn’t a virtual assistant who performs tasks. An OBM is a professional business manager who runs the company’s daily operations to give the owner energy and time to focus on strategic growth. The OBM gives the owner freedom to be the Visionary and serve their clients, plan the company’s growth and future, and use their gifts to their fullest potential.
Where we’re placed in your business looks a bit like this:
You can typically find OBMs hustling across these four areas:
- Project Management – managing a launch, setting up a new online program or membership portal, establishing a website from start to finish, etc.
- Operations Management – making sure there are systems in place for billing, client relationships, work flow, communications, etc.
- Metrics Management – tracking stats so that your client knows exactly what’s working in their business and what isn’t & recommending next steps.
- People Management – outsourcing, managing, and tracking the completion of the day-to-day tasks of your client’s team.
Your business needs a Visionary and an Integrator to be successful, and you can’t be both for long and sustainable growth. As the Visionary, you need an Integrator to implement and drive your vision, and your Integrator needs you to lead the company’s direction and strategize its future.
Ultimately, my main goal as your OBM is to take over the daily operations of an online business to ‘free up’ the business owner. This means you can concentrate on being a visionary leader, rather than hustling all day over the small stuff.
A “Construction Administrator” handles the operations and management side of construction projects. As a construction administrator, job duties are to monitor contracts, process billing, keep track of documents, arrange project schedules, supervise workers, and check in with clients.
The words “Virtual Assistant” is the most commonly used and most searched for term online. However, there are many layers to this title and shouldn’t be considered by no means, basic.
Virtual assistants (typically abbreviated to VA) are self-employed, independent contractors who – from a remote location, usually their home or office – support multiple clients in a variety of industries by providing administrative, creative, and technical services.
While other niche industries are more well developed than Construction, I am one of the very few who offer virtual construction services to business owners, general contractors and subcontractors. The construction industry is still a very brick and mortar business, however, technology these days now gives employers the opportunity to explore alternative options. The Construction industry is catching up to modern digital times.
Most construction companies start as a self-employed general contractor, obviously you are wearing all the hats and performing all the labor yourself. Many times this means 12-16 hour days in the busy season and still even 12 hour days during the slow season. By hiring a RCA, you pay for what you need, and you spend less time training a professional assistant than you would most employees.
Remote Construction Management (CM), is designed to assist specifically small contractors and other construction business owners, who don’t have an in-house Construction Management team, to fulfill their client’s day-to-day regulatory CM tasks. This tools enables small contractors to compete with larger firm. We will be your CM partner as far as the need exist.
This tool saves a substantial amount of money for small business owners and give them the leverage to have a professional CM partner on their side and enable them to bid for larger projects and compete with larger firms.
When contracting our services, you only pay for the hours worked, which is generally a fraction of a traditional full-time employee. OBMs and RCAs are independent service professionals. Just like a contractor, there are no benefit package costs, no unproductive hour costs, and no overhead costs to incur.
Bottom Line…you save both time and money!