Your Guide to Hiring a Digital Project Manager

There are many different reasons why you need to outsource in your online business and at first, you might turn to a virtual assistant and eventually to an online business manager. These are two crucial components of running a successful online business that allows you to delegate tasks to other people so you can focus on different types of opportunities.

Once you grow your business to a certain point, you will no longer be able to handle all of the administrative work that goes into running a business behind the scenes. Passing these things off to a virtual assistant such as scheduling your social media, managing your calendar, filtering your email box and starring what’s most important for you can all help you to stay focused on the most important tasks.

When you grow your business to a bigger level you may need an online business manager to assist you with implementing high-end strategies or new opportunities to take your business to the very next level.

When you grow your business to a bigger level you may need an online business manager to assist you with implementing high-end strategies or new opportunities to take your business to the very next level.

There are some situations, however, in which you may need a project manager. A project manager is different from an online business manager and a virtual assistant. This person maybe hired on a one-off basis to assist you with accomplishing a very specific goal or he or she may be an ongoing person in your business who is ultimately brought on as an employee

What Does a Project Manager Do?

A project manager helps see the end-point for a company by envisioning exactly the steps that must be taken in order to get there. A project manager may be hired on an ongoing basis for a person who develops ten online courses a year, for example, to ensure that every component of that online course development, from graphics creation to PowerPoint outlines, to uploading the course to adding captions to the course to promoting it and developing sales pages are all complete.

Now the project manager may do some of those tasks themselves but there is a much higher chance that they are managing a team of other freelancers, contractors or employees to get it done.

A project manager sees the big vision and breaks it down into manageable steps. A project manager is right for you when you have a major goal that you need to accomplish but you simply cannot handle all of the moving parts. Let’s imagine for a moment that you wish to accomplish putting together an online course and you have a successful business as a consultant, an author or something else. You may not have the background necessary to know everything that is needed and all of the decisions that must be made when developing and publishing that online course.

Hiring a project manager who has a background in this area can help you to see how your big vision as the ideas person translates into meaningful steps. A project manager can even help to manage you as the business owner. When hiring a project manager, you need to consider the person’s personality, their background in the field and their testimonials from previous clients.

A project manager must be a detailed orientated person with others because they may be responsible for managing existing people on your team or finding other people to accomplish things within your budget.

A project manager can be an extremely valuable asset to see a long-term goal of yours finally come to fruition. Understanding that a project manager is different from a virtual assistant and an online business manager can help you make a business decision that is most appropriate for your business at this point in time.

A project manager can be an extremely valuable asset to see a long-term goal of yours finally come to fruition. Understanding that a project manager is different from a virtual assistant and an online business manager can help you make a business decision that is most appropriate for your business at this point in time.

 

Laura Pennington

Laura Pennington burned out teaching 7th grade in Baltimore City and realized that traditional education was not for her in the midst of pursuing her PhD in public policy. She launched a freelance writing and virtual assistant career that allows her to work from home on her own time, teaching others how to build at-home businesses and providing content and strategy for major companies like Microsoft. She is a soon-to-be military spouse who has moved four times in seven years with her Navy man. She is a former competitive tap dancer and enjoys spending time with her cats and reading books like a good nerd should.

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