Why A Virtual Assistant and How to Choose the Right One?

Posted on October 11, 2010. Filed under: Smart Business Strategies, Virtual Assistant | Tags: , , , , , , |


[tweetmeme]This post is directed to those of you who have all your own business ideas but need someone you can rely on specifically to handle the administrative functions of the business. Traditionally you would first think of an in-office employee and that might still be the answer. However a Virtual Assistant can often be a better alternative, and here are 5 reasons why:

1. You save money! There are no office space costs, no equipment or furniture costs, no fixed salary, no payroll taxes, no employee benefits and no sick pay or paid vacations.
2. If you are working in a limited space, a Virtual or Online Administrative Assistant will be less in your way than an office employee, and you have the opportunity for greater concentration.
3. With an office employee there is inevitably down time; an Online Administrative Assistant works for you “as-needed” and you pay only for the time actually spent on your tasks.
4. An Online Administrative Assistant, working in quiet from home, can accomplish more than an office employee, plus there is the additional benefit of often being available outside normal working hours
5. An Online Admin Assistant will generally have more wide-ranging business experience.

Choosing the RIGHT ONE is obviously key. Here are 5 suggestions: (more…)

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As Seen on Forbes.com … “How Virtual Assistants Have Evolved”

Posted on October 5, 2010. Filed under: As Seen On ..., Smart Business Strategies, Virtual Assistant | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |


[tweetmeme]I met Jaimie Skultety while researching how organizations can avoid being “held hostage” by an employee or contractor (see “Don’t Let Your Business Be Held Hostage“). An experienced executive assistant and office manager, now working as a virtual assistant, she recommended documenting key processes in a company operations manual, a standard service she offers to her clients.

This introduced me to the idea that a virtual assistant could be more than some kind of Internet-enabled secretary. If you find the right person to work with, you may get more than just someone to do the boring administrative work you can’t seem to get around to. You may get a consultant on some of the essentials of how to make your business work better.

Certainly that’s how Skultety’s clients talk about her. For example (click here to read more …)

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Don’t Be A Slave to Your Admin Tasks – Grow Your Business!

Posted on October 4, 2010. Filed under: Smart Business Strategies, Virtual Assistant | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |


[tweetmeme]Inwardly and logically you know it, in your business everything can be delegated except that which makes you unique. There are many tasks that do not require your focus to get done. Ask yourself how much value you are getting versus if you had an assistant. How depressing is it to be looking at a long to-do-list every day and realizing there won’t be enough hours to get through everything. If you spend all your time “in” your business and not “on” your business, your frustration level impedes your ability to challenge yourself as a thinker and innovator who can move your business forward.

You may not have the space or number of hours to justify an on-site employee. The answer is an Online Office Assistant whose hours are billed strictly on the actual time spent working for you. All your repetitive daily/weekly/monthly items can be taken care of, and other tasks/projects can be handed over on an “as needed” basis. The initial “letting go” understandably could trouble you, but your motivation to be free of so much administrative work and the vision of having real time to devote to your customers, and to new strategies and initiatives, has to be your inspiration. Thousands of entrepreneurs have taken that leap of faith, and a burden has been lifted. (more…)

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7 Seeds to Plant That Will Grow Your Business

Posted on May 12, 2010. Filed under: Smart Business Strategies | Tags: , , , , , |


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Small business management is a delicate balance of planning, action and intrinsic perspective. With minimal resources, time and money must be spent wisely. Business fundamentals must be incorporated at all times. Below are 7 “best practice” seeds to plant. When watered (acted upon), they will help your business grow. (more…)

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And the Winner Is … Collaboration

Posted on March 9, 2010. Filed under: Marketing Ideas, Smart Business Strategies, Virtual Assistant | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


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As I do faithfully each year, this past Sunday night I popped my bowl of popcorn and cozied up on the sofa to watch the Academy Awards.  I was most excited to see Kathryn Bigelow win the Oscar for Best Director on the movie “The Hurt Locker”. In her acceptance speech, she acknowledged the “collaborators” on her team who were vital to the success of the film. Each professional collaborator incorporated their expertise and added greater dimension to the project.  They shared a common goal as each person on the team was invested in producing a successful outcome.

Having collaboration within your business can be just as vital to your success.  If you are a small business owner and are not in a position to hire a full-time assistant, then collaborating with a “Virtual” Assistant (as needed)  who specializes in project management can help you achieve your business vision and objectives much faster.  By collaborating with a Virtual Assistant you will:

  • have someone to manage the day-to-day details of your business and help keep you on track;
  • have someone to assist you in crafting your message and creating strategies to promote it;
  • have someone to “bounce” ideas off and provide valuable insight;
  • be seen in the best light by your clients and your peers; and
  • have the extra hours you need in your day to grow your business.

Think of your business as a movie set and you as the Director who calls all the shots. Collaboration with an experienced Production Assistant is an essential element  for managing and overseeing the project from start to finish.  A Virtual Assistant is akin to a Production Assistant, using their knowledge, tools and resources to achieve your vision, so that your business will thrive and continue to flourish.

For more information on how collaborating with a Virtual Assistant can help you can achieve your business objectives much faster and make more money, please visit A Virtual Assistant 4 You or call 877-798-7701.

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