How To Hire A Virtual Assistant To Help You Build Your Business, Kate Tilton, TBJApodcast #307
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Overwhelmed with running your business by yourself? Find out how a to hire a virtual assistant. VA, Kate Tilton, shares what you should look for and how to effectively work with a VA.

Kate Tilton has been in love with books for as long as she can remember. A relatively new voice in publishing, Kate has been serving authors behind the scenes since 2010. Founder of Kate Tilton’s Author Services, LLC, Kate works as an author assistant and speaker with the mission of connecting authors and readers.

Kate is the creator and host of #K8chat (Thursdays at 9pm Eastern on Twitter) and has appeared on popular media such as Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, The Book Designer, Kobo Writing Life and Rafflecopter. A cat-lover and fan of many geeky things, Kate can likely be found curled up with the latest Doctor Who episode, plotting world takeover, or connecting authors and readers in any way she can. You can find Kate on


I grew up in a small village called Stark, NH. Population: ~500 people.


Think Like A Journalist Quote

“If you really want to grow as an entrepreneur, you’ve got to learn to delegate.” —Richard Branson.

Success Quote

Nothing worth having was ever achieved without effort.  –Theodore Roosevelt

Career Highlight

Kate stared in a very small town. She was homeschooled. They moved to Berlin City (which used to be a paper manufacturing town). She discovered books. Hear how she found her first job in her VA field on Twitter when she was just 17 years old and still in high school.

When It Didn’t Work!

How To Hire A Virtual Assistant To Grow Your Business

  1. Be willing to delegate.
  2. Consider: price…the more experienced, the higher pay. For simple tasks, you might be able to hire an intern.
  3. Know the tasks you need completed.
  4. What to look for: personality (someone you can partner with), professionalism, skills, experience level.
  5. Where to find them: ask your friends.
  6. A lot of assistants work with multiple clients.

What is one piece of technology, video or multimedia equipment, or app that you just can’t live without?

Buffer app.

One book, documentary, or Internet Channel to watch?

Unemployable Podcast, Brian Clark


Twitter @K8Tilton

Kate Tilton website

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