About the Author
Dortha Hise is passionate about helping others be successful. Born and raised in California, she began her first business at the age of 11 breeding hamsters and selling the offspring to local pet stores. She graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a bachelor of arts in psychology in1998 and received a bachelor of science in criminal justice in 2003 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
A serial entrepreneur, Dortha runs a successful virtual consulting business and a web design and development business. She also serves as a leadership representative with Avon products. She offers a variety of support to her clients from research and phone calls to web design and social media support.
An ardent advocate for breast cancer cure, Dortha has walked in the Sacramento American Cancer Society Making Strides® walk since 2006. In 2010, after losing a close friend to breast cancer, Dortha raised more than $2,000 and walked 40 miles in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer®. Dortha and her best friend and husband, Jason, have coordinated medical screening clinics to benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children® and most recently volunteered as the general chairman overseeing and assisting with screening clinics in 23 counties of Northern California.
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dortha Hise, owner of DorthaHise.com, a successful virtual consulting business that offers a wide variety of services to help small business owners grow. In addition, Dortha, along with twenty other successful women entrepreneurs, co-authored “Woman Entrepreneur Extraordinaire,” a collaborative venture highlighting their professional insights and expertise. This handy resourceful book should be on the desk of every woman who is starting or growing a business. It is extremely informative and chock full of helpful advice for all phases of your business.
For example, Simone Hoa, shares her “Secrets for Making Money Doing What You Love;” while in Think Like a CEO: Creating Light bulb Moments for Business Success;” Alice Hickley discusses four areas of focus all business owners must consider on a consistent basis; and Dortha Hise’s chapter, “Expand Your Business with an Effective Virtual Team,” explains the importance of creating a virtual team to delegate non-essential tasks to others.
According to Dortha, this is a challenge for many business owners as there is fear of losing some control. However, as your business grows, so should your ‘tight grip’ on controlling every aspect of it. Dortha’ s chapter is full of valuable resources and action steps to make the transition easier. This allows you to multiply your efforts while decreasing your stress.
When you continually wear every possible hat in your business; such as being the bookkeeper, janitor, website maintenance guru, sales woman and more… you are only stifling your growth. It is important to build that trusted team so that you can focus on working more efficiently and growing a successful business.
Dortha gives eleven key steps and necessary tools that will help a business owner build a successful virtual team. For example, in one step, there are suggestions on determining which task to delegate while another explains the importance of discussing costs, negotiating scope and terms of the project, set deadlines and much more.
In Dortha’s chapter, the reader gains knowledge to lay a solid foundation in building and maintaining a virtual team.
Dortha’s Author Interview