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Book of the Week – Buried in Business: Find Freedom by Unlocking the Power of Your Admin Team

If you find yourself fighting everyone’s battles in your business, it’s time to implement administrative teams. Jamie Vanek, Founder and President of Adminnovate and Etolin Strait Development Group, inspires solo entrepreneurs, managers and small business owners to step up to their full potential. In her book, “Buried in Business: Find Freedom by Unlocking the Power of Your Admin Team,” she illustrates her exclusive administrative model to elevate businesses by defining functions clearly.

What is your book about?

Are you ready to get unburied? If you check work emails on your days off, answer calls after hours, waste time fighting fires or overcompensate for inefficiencies, the answer is “yes.” The solution is in your administrative team. As a business owner or manager, you know admin is necessary. And you might be leaving valuable talent and potential on the table. Buried in Business can help you reclaim your freedom by elevating your admin.

Somewhere along the way, administrative teams became an afterthought—dismissed to support roles. Jamie Vanek’s innovative Adminnovate Model gives rise to a framework that supports your business’s scalability and legacy. The Adminnovate Model shows you how to clearly define administrative functions while empowering your team to feel inspired, bring new ideas to the table and make meaningful contributions that fulfill your vision.

Topics include:

  1. Dismantling the stigma around administrative support in traditional business models.
  2. Rethinking the way we manage admin.
  3. Restoring clarity and respectability to these roles.

Why should people read it? Who is the book for?

This book is for middle managers, small business owners, solo entrepreneurs ready for a first hire, high-level admins and anyone who is ready to get unburied from wearing too many hats in their business. This book is for anyone who enjoys relatable stories and tactical tools that they can implement in their business now.

Single most important takeaway:

We aren’t afraid to elevate our admin support teams. We are afraid of who will fulfill their supporting role if we elevate them.

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Meet the author

Jamie Vanek made the unexpected career leap from teaching to construction in 2007. There, she discovered a passion for project management and team leadership. As a female leader in the construction industry, Vanek sees stereotypes and stigmas around supporting roles every day. She’s been featured in Construction Business Owner, Construction Executive, ThriveGlobal and other digital publications about breaking glass ceilings and leading in a male-dominated industry. Vanek has taken a deep dive into small business experiences, stories, statistics and strategies to formulate a framework for managing administrative functions. Vanek is passionate about breaking down barriers and creating opportunities. It’s time to rethink administrative support. By clarifying the admin functions and redefining traditional roles, leaders can leverage the potential in their businesses to grow stronger. This is why she wrote her book, Buried in Business: Find Freedom by Unlocking the Power of Your Admin Team.

To help you as you reshape your team, don’t miss these 7 Essential Steps to Team Health.

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