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Denise Dukette - Out of the Office Virtual Assistance

Denise Dukette

Out of the Office Virtual Assistance
Insanely curious; Super enthusiastic. Former Marketing Director, former Admin, former glue that kept it all together, Denise is the owner of Out of the Office. Working from her office in VT, she offers ideas and ways to increase productivity, decrease client workloads and help everyone work more efficiently. Focused on streamlining administration, social media, while creatively... Learn more.

5 Things About Working with a Virtual Assistant

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Take a look at your to-do list, are there tasks on there that are taking away the time you should be using on your business? If so, it’s probably time to start looking for a virtual assistant.

It could be a single person that is dedicated to working with you and your business, or even a service that provides assistants on an as need basis, either way, a virtual assistant (also called a VA) can free you from the administrative tasks that aren't an effective use of your entrepreneurial time. Another major advantage of a virtual assistant is that they work remotely and as needed so you don’t have to spend as much as you would for an employee that works on site, all the time .. you know, the clock punchers.

So .. ready to contract a VA for your business? If you are, here are some tips on finding one and working with one successfully.

-1- Know Who You’re Hiring

It might seem like common sense, but some might not think about it. If you’re going to entrust someone with... Read more.
Amber Dixon - VAChampion

Amber Dixon

VAChampion
Hi I'm Amber Dixon, a Kiwi with 16+ years of experience. Working in New Zealand often means wearing many ‘hat’s’ and covering a variety of roles. Kiwi's have a great can-do/give-it-a-go/think-outside-the-box attitude that makes them desirable for many businesses. I'm a very enthusiastic creative person and passionate about event planning. I can bring all my strengths of... Learn more.

3 Marketing Ideas for Virtual Events

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There are several marketing ideas around to promote your virtual event online. Here are a few ways to test, to see how they work for you and your audience. Some are long-term marketing ideas and others can be done just a few weeks or days out from your virtual event.

Newsletters / E-zines

Send out an update to your current email list letting them know about your virtual event. Within that update, offer an exclusive bonus for those that are already signed up to your newsletter. You can do this with a special code or perhaps open up registration before you offer the event out to another audience.

Research other businesses with a similar audience and create a joint venture with them. You can work together by providing content for each other's newsletters or e-zines and build some trust with their audience. Then provide this new audience with content that is relevant to your virtual event and offer an exclusive bonus to those readers to sign up.


Social Media

There are... Read more.
Amber Dixon - VAChampion

Amber Dixon

VAChampion
Hi I'm Amber Dixon, a Kiwi with 16+ years of experience. Working in New Zealand often means wearing many ‘hat’s’ and covering a variety of roles. Kiwi's have a great can-do/give-it-a-go/think-outside-the-box attitude that makes them desirable for many businesses. I'm a very enthusiastic creative person and passionate about event planning. I can bring all my strengths of... Learn more.

Why Goldfish will make you question everything.

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It's generally known that most people have an attention span equal to a goldfish. According to Statisticbrain.com it's even less! So what can you do to immediately engage and entice your targeted audience to register for your webinar?


When starting out writing your description keep the following questions in mind:

1. What problems can be solved for your audience by viewing your webinar?

2. What's in it for them?

3. Why should your audience invest their precious time viewing and engaging in your webinar?

4. Why would this webinar benefit your audience?

5. What emotions will your target audience be feeling so that they will have no choice but to sign up to your webinar?

6. What value can you offer your audience?



Create a sense of urgency:

1. Give your audience a limited amount of time to sign up.

2. Offer your audience a bonus to sign up.

3. Offer extra bonus for the first 5/10/15 people to sign up.

4. Offer a special bonus to the audience... Read more.
Lisa Kolb - Augusta Virtual Assistants, LLC

Lisa Kolb

Augusta Virtual Assistants, LLC
Lisa Kolb is the Co-Owner of Augusta Virtual Assistants with her daughter, April Green . She has been a licensed Realtor for 14 years and has worked as a licensed assistant to several agents prior to becoming a Virtual Assistant. She also manages a team of 6 other VA's who offer specialized support to business owners which includes: Paralegal, Website Design, Real Estate, Bookkeeping,... Learn more.

Team Up With A Virtual Assistant

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Building a business can turn into an tiresome chore if you are not careful. The more business you accomplish, the more administrative tasks you have; the more time you spend on administrative tasks, the less time you have to generate new business.

That's where a Virtual Assistant can help. Virtual assistants can work for one business owner or more than one, performing a wide variety of business-related tasks that will save time and money, all while working from their own office.

The virtual assistant takes the role of the temp and elevates it to the status of Partnership. Because the virtual assistant is self-employed, and is dependent on referrals and steady work flow from existing clients, they can be the perfect solution for a busy entrepreneur.

Virtual assistants offer several advantages over a paid employee, with all the benefits of outsourcing. They save the business owner employee tax and benefits problems while demonstrating the loyalty and steadiness of a company... Read more.
Lori McLean - Tandem Business Group

Lori McLean

You're the owner of a THRIVING small business and there just aren't enough hours in the day! You don't have time for all of the tedioius, day-to-day details of operating your business and you feel overwhelmed. As the saying goes, 'Don't work harder; work smarter.' That's precisely what you'll achieve if you work with Tandem Business Group! We provide customized business solutions to small...

Delegating to a Virtual Assistant Creates Value for Your Business

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Are you overwhelmed by the day-to-day tasks of operating your business? Do you spend hours focusing on mundane duties that could easily be performed by an assistant, thereby freeing you to focus on the projects that you and you alone need to complete?

As the saying goes, 'Don't work harder; work smarter.' That's precisely what you'll achieve if you work with a virtual assistant. Whether you opt for local virtual assistant services or choose to work with a remote executive assistant, there are lots of perks and advantages that you'll enjoy, freeing you to do what you do best.

What Does a Virtual Assistant Do?
Virtual assistants can help with a broad range of tasks and duties, from off-site secretarial services and virtual office support, to word processing help and data entry, to editing and proofreading help for bloggers and so much more.

Virtual assistants can provide help with a vast array of duties and tasks, which will vary according to the precise nature of your... Read more.
TaskBullet - Taskbullet

TaskBullet

Wes is an entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in running service-based startups. His business has been featured on American Express' website and Grasshopper's entrepreneurship blog. When Wes isn't working on TaskBullet, he’s running, donating his time at the local church and spending time with his family.

Hands Off! Put Your Business on Autopilot with a Virtual Project Manager

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Businessmen and new technology
As a small business owner you are responsible for so many things. From building a team to supporting customers to ordering from vendors, there’s always someone who needs your time and attention. By hiring a virtual project manager you can delegate some small tasks so you can focus on the most important things (like driving more revenue).

A virtual project manager can help you put your business on auto-pilot by taking on the following tasks:

Keep Your Team on Track.

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Small businesses tend to work with a mixture of full and part-time employees, contractors, freelancers, agencies and vendors. With so many people – both in and outside the office – working on important tasks, there should be one person in charge of coordinating them all.

A virtual project manager can act as a conductor to the orchestra that is your business. He/she can ensure everyone is finishing tasks on time and working well... Read more.
LeShante Horton & Brian Clay - Long Distance Assistants

LeShante Horton & Brian Clay

This company's sole purpose is to assist the busy entrepreneurs who can't stop their hustle or the clock, and are striving to make a difference for the long term. Long Distance Assistants understands the struggle, loves to help and works hard to contribute our 15 (and ongoing) years of combined skills including administrative, web design and maintenance, concierge, time and money management,...

The Benefits of Hiring Virtual Assistants Versus In-House Employees

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Save Money with a Virtual Assistant

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As a business owner, your main goal is to create a successful business, providing a great product or service to satisfied and loyal customers. In the journey towards doing so, it is imperative that you think smartly in the way you spend your money and your time. Deciding on final decisions in these two areas of your business can sometimes lead to stress and anxiety, with the fear of having to change so many things. However, there are ways that you can do so without pulling all of your hair out.

Saving money and time is crucial for every business owner, especially in today’s economy, but actually identifying the problem areas can be a bit daunting for some. So, to help, here are a few ideas.

• Some common business expenses (the actual costs of running a business or trade) that most business owners have to account for include employees’ pay, retirement plans, office supplies, insurance, and taxes.

• Some common time vampires (processes or people that take time from... Read more.

Working From Home - Making It Work

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Working from home requires a great deal of discipline, motivation and flexibility. Being able to arrange your work schedule around your family will make everything worthwhile. Here are some tips:

Get up and get dressed - You don't need to dress up, but wear something comfortable and tidy that you wouldn't be embarrassed if a courier shows up at your door or if you have to leave the house to run an errand. Fix your face and comb your hair. You'll feel better and be more productive than just schlepping around in your pajamas.

Develop a Routine - Each evening, sit down and map out your schedule for the following day, being sure to include breaks. Don't skip them. Stepping away for 10 or 15 minutes will make you more productive. In the morning before starting work, be sure to consult your list so you can stay on track.

Don't fight Mother Nature - As much as possible, schedule your tasks according to your productivity level. If you are typically more focused in the... Read more.

Working From Home - Managing Interruptions

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When I left my job as a legal assistant almost 12 years ago so I could work from home and flex my schedule around my new baby I knew there would be many challenges. One of the biggest is dealing with interruptions. People don't quite grasp the "work" part of work at home.

Here are some tips for keeping interruptions down to a minimum:

Set boundaries - People will respect your work time as much as you do. If you allow people to disrupt you they will keep doing so and before you know it, your day has been eaten up by other people's demands. You are in control of your business. Don't give anyone else your power. Eliminate the guilt. If you were working outside the home they would not show up at your office asking you to run errands for them, babysit their children, or chit chat.

Lock your door - Unless it's a courier delivering a package, ignore the doorbell and pretend you're not home. Because in fact you are not at home, you're at work.

Use caller ID - Don't... Read more.