Every person running their own business knows this: you start working on it by yourself, all pumped up with enthusiasm and drive, willing to work as hard as needed to take your venture off the ground. That feeling, however, fades away sooner rather than later when you realize that most of your day is spent in rather mundane tasks: are the invoices ready? Did you finally upload that new picture of your front door on Facebook? Did you reschedule that delivery you were expecting from one of your providers but can’t actually sign for because you forgot your kid has soccer practice and you need to pick him up?
One of the main concerns that arise once you’ve finally decided you’re ready to get a VA is how long it will
take before your new assistant learns the ropes of your business. Training someone takes time, time you might not always have. And while we guarantee that your new VA is quick on his/her toes, responsive and clever, there’s only so much he/she will be able to do without your guidance. While most services will tell you their VAs will be ready to go when hired, our experience has taught us that while hiring someone that fits your profile is key, the amount of time you invest in training your assistant during their first month is directly proportional to the quality of assistance and/or amount of help you’ll get in the future.
One of the main concerns business owners have when considering hiring a virtual assistant is show much it will cost. While this is indeed a valid concern, perhaps basing your decision on cost alone might not be the best choice: this way, you only see how much you’re paying, but not how much you’re saving when hiring a VA. While weighting your options, there are two ways you could go about figuring out the real cost of your hire:
We’ve all done it - scoured the internet or our friend groups for information prior to a purchase. Word of mouth, as it’s called, is one of the most trusted sources of information because we fully trust our friends’ input. We even tend to trust strangers on the internet reviewing a product more than claims from a company themselves.
But with all this information out there, how do you decipher fact from fiction? Today, we’re going to uncover some of the most common myths about virtual assistants we’ve heard over the years and provide you with the truth for each.
Topics: Virtual Assistance
Imagine a work day where you can check everything off your to do list, accomplish tasks with minimal stress, and be out the door on time with a smile on your face. Sound far fetched? It’s possible with a well-thought-out productivity strategy!
But for those of us who weren’t born with the innate ability to be good at time management or work quickly, this can sometimes be a challenge. Here are 6 of our favorite productivity hacks that will enable you to get more done in the same period of time and increase your happiness while doing so.
So you’ve found and hired your perfect virtual assistant. Congratulations! You’re one step closer to doubled productivity and getting more done in your workplace. But now, you have to successfully manage your assistant to make sure things are getting done up to par and when they should be.
You don’t have to micromanage a virtual assistant to make sure they get everything done properly. Here are 5 easy things you can do to successfully manage your virtual assistant and allow them to bring wonderful success to your company.
One of the most common ways to utilize virtual assistant services is to have them act as a project manager. Project managers are essential for keeping projects with multiple parts running smoothly and to ensure nothing slips through the cracks. And while it’s the most common use for virtual assistants, that doesn’t mean it’s not without its fair share of potential problems. The good news is these problems can be easily avoided if you prepare yourself well enough
These three guidelines will make sure you’ve taken care of everything you need to get started:
Topics: Virtual Assistance
Virtual delegation is one of the single most important things you can do for your business to increase your productivity. There are a lot of moving parts that you have to take care of when getting your delegation program ready to ensure high-quality from start to finish, which is why virtual delegation systems sometimes have the reputation of being poor quality.
But that’s not true.
Virtual delegation does not equal low quality. If you’re well-prepared, you can avoid many of the pitfalls that result in low-quality work and poor performance from virtual assistance. The good news is that all of these can be easily prevented with a few simple steps.
Topics: Virtual Assistance
What would you do with an extra 5 hours in your work week? Studies show that the average worker spends about 4.3 hours a week organizing and trying to find things. With that time back, chances are you would spend more time on company-driving tasks and could launch your business into even more success. Sounds great, but earning back 5 hours of time isn’t easy unless you have someone to take on that organization and admin aspect, like a virtual assistant.
We already know that using a virtual assistant saves you time and makes you happier. You know you can delegate tasks to your virtual assistant, but how exactly do they increase your productivity? How do you really get more done by using a virtual assistant?
Virtual assistants increase your productivity by improving your efficiency. Not only will you get more done, but the work you get done will be better quality. Here’s how...
Picture this: it’s a Friday afternoon and you’re scrambling to complete the rest of the tasks you should have had done earlier this week. You still need to draft a blog post, set up your social media stream schedule for next week, and not to mention the end-of-week check in with your boss you have to prepare for. If you constantly feel like you’re in need of five extra sets of hands, you should consider a personal assistant.
Personal assistants can greatly improve your productivity through delegation and come in many forms. They can be virtual assistants, either robots or humans in a remote location, or they can be an in-person assistant. But how do you know which is right for you, your needs, and your organization? Below, we detail four different virtual assistant services to help you determine which would be the most logical option based on your needs.