How Article Marketing Worked for Me

It’s that time of year again … pages of backpacks, notebooks and back-to-school clothing fill every circular that hits your mailbox. And you’re off to the races … the races being the mall, plus every other store in between.

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You’re in the same spot you were last year this time, getting ready to head off to work while your kids head off to school. Back to hugging them goodbye in the morning and seeing them just long enough in the evening to say I love you and tuck them in.

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if the easier schedule of the summer lasted all year long? No more spending all your hours away from your kids just to earn enough money to cover the essentials and pay daycare?

Take it from someone who knows both sides of the deal here and believe that there’s no time like right now to make the transition from the regular grind to working from home. As the proud Mom of a 2005 honors graduate who’s heading off to college soon, I know first hand what a major impact working from home has had on his success.

When my son was very young, I worked a full-time job away from home, plus at least one part-time job on weekends. This meant that my son was in daycare while I worked. As a single parent who didn’t receive child support (for years) though, I had no other choice.

A few years later in the 1990’s, I decided there had to be a better way so I started a part-time medical billing service from my home. This allowed me to give up the outside part-time job and gave me the practical means of earning the much-needed income. Best of all, it gave me the priceless opportunity to take care of my son while I worked. I quickly saw that I was onto something great here … what a concept!

I moved from the east coast to California with my son in 1995 where my first full-time job was with a consulting firm co-owned by a professional speaker. After some negotiations with my boss, we entered into an agreement by which I would work mornings in the office, leave to pick up my son from school in the afternoons and work from home the rest of the day. It worked out incredibly well … so well in fact, that in 2000, I decided to leave the consulting firm and start my own full-time home based virtual assistant business.

Starting from scratch, I knew that gaining exposure for my business was essential if I wanted to be successful in my new venture. I also knew that traditional forms of marketing are very expensive and quickly gobble up the profits, particularly in the early stages. However, I also remembered a technique that I used successfully for my former employer.

Besides being a consultant and professional speaker, he was also an author, so his goals included increasing his number of speaking engagements and selling more copies of his books. He hoped to accomplish these goals by establishing himself as an expert in his industry, which meant having his work published by every major magazine in his field.

Committed to accomplishing his goals, he gave me a list of those publications, so I drafted a query letter based on one of his story ideas and e-mailed it to the editor of one of the magazines. The editor responded in short notice and offered my employer an article assignment. They published my boss’s article soon afterwards and featured it on the cover of the magazine, producing an onslaught of calls to the office!

Writing and submitting that one article produced several paid speaking engagements. This new marketing intrigue fascinated me, so I fine-tuned my article submission process creating logs and checklists, and within a few months, my boss had accomplished his goal of publication in every magazine on his list!

Even online and in-print publications we hadn’t contacted began calling and e-mailing in request of articles. The results of writing and submitting articles was so successful that we put other major marketing techniques on hold so my boss could travel to his paid speaking engagements.

As my interest and experience grew in this area of marketing, I knew that if it worked for my boss that it would work for other professionals as well. Soon, I was earning over half my income handling article submissions for other professionals.

Then I realized that if this technique worked for other professionals that it would work for me too in building my own business. And it has worked for me!

This same marketing technique, which I call marketing with articles, has been the success behind my own business. I’ve used it to expand my client base and build my virtual assistance business into a solid income-generating company, which has allowed me to work full-time at home for the past five years. As my son is getting ready to leave for college, my personal goal now is to help other parents be successful in achieving their career goals while living the dream of staying home with their children.

The concept of marketing with articles does not require a professional writer. Anyone can be successful in building their business and gaining credibility as an expert in their industry or area of expertise by writing and submitting free reprint articles to online and in-print publications. The key to success is in reaching your target audience with resourceful information that is valuable to them.

Editors of both online and in-print publications are in constant demand of quality content for their readers. They have a continuing need to publish content that appeals directly to their target audience, which is where you come in. By writing and submitting free reprint articles to publications that reach readers in your market, you have the opportunity to establish yourself as an expert and gain a generous amount of exposure for your business.

True, you aren’t earning money for actually writing the articles, but you are earning a huge payoff here. Not only do you establish your credibility as an expert in your industry or area of expertise, but you earn significant exposure for yourself and your business. Most editors will include your byline with your articles, which gives you the opportunity to include your name and contact information, plus the URL of your web site. Readers come to recognize your name and relate it with certain topics. The more articles you write and submit, the more exposure you gain!

The marketing with articles technique helped turn my dream of working from home full-time into a precious reality that has made a positive impact for both my son and me. As he goes off to college, he’ll be leaving with all the benefits of having had a mom who found a way to support him financially without the high cost of being away from him all day. Me, I’ll have the benefit of knowing that the bittersweet wind I’m putting beneath his wings comes from my deepest desires for his complete success!

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Hire Full Time Remote Employee And Outsource Anything You Can Think Of

Outsourcing is often considered to be synonymous with offshore freelancing, but like every other industry, even the outsourcing industry has evolved and grown. Today, while freelancers still control a portion of the outsourcing pie, large chunks of it have been taken over by a completely new breed of workers known as the ‘virtual’ or the ‘remote’ employee.

Outsourcing Hiring Outsource Recruitment Skills Concept

The virtual employee is an invaluable human resource and a vast improvement on the more mercurial freelancer. For one, the remote employee works full-time and in a dedicated manner; and second, the remote employee is your exclusive employee for as long as you wish.

For small and medium sized enterprises, particularly, the remote employee has come as an answer to prayers. Offshore extensions of their already small cash-strapped offices were out of the question and freelancers had proved to be more stressful than beneficial. The virtual employee represented a happy medium and an affordable at that.

The best part is that one can hire a full-time remote employee and outsource just about any office work that can be worked out with a PC and an internet connection.

You can hire a Virtual Employee in just about any office field; from programming, law, accounts and engineering to content writing and transcriptionist, virtual assistants and even customer service agents. The skilled remote employee helps you fill a vacuum that you cannot fill at home.

Virtual Employee.com has access to an abundant talent pool of some of the best brains in every field, thanks to its strategic location in the heart of the National Capital Region (NCR) of India. As a result, the moment, a client’s request is received, it takes only 24-48 hours for the efficient HR team to track down a list of suitable resumes to match that particular job profile.

The fields in which a remote employee can be hired to work full-time and in a dedicated manner for you are several:

• Software programming
• Website design and development
• SEO and content writing
• Data entry and database management
• 2D and 3D Animation
• Engineering and architecture
• Gaming development
• Recruitment services
• Internet marketing
• Server management and administration

The remote employee has much in common with your regularly employed and physically present worker, except that the former is sitting halfway across the globe in an outsourcing vendor’s office.

However, the benefits of hiring a virtual employee are enormous:

1. The full-time employee is a huge improvement on a freelancer, who can devote just a few hours per day to your work since they are juggling multiple clients and their assignments simultaneously.

2. The remote employee is a highly skilled individual in the domain that you desire and effectively fills a yawning gap in your own setup back home.

3. You can easily build an entire virtual team made up of skilled professionals in fields as varied as software programming, content writing, database management and internet marketing. They would all be working exclusively for you, from one office.

So, the bottomline is that as long as you are able to hire a remote employee who works full-time for you, you can outsource just about any office work to them.

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Business Peaks & Troughs

With the economic downturn I’ve noticed of late more and more discussion on various networks about worry about work dropping off, finding part time jobs and so on.

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I think it’s important to remember this: as virtual assistants we are in business. We are business owners. This means we are responsible for our work/cash flow and that can be hard to get your head around if you’ve only ever been an employee in the past when work was simply handed to you and you were paid whether you were working or chatting in the tea room.

Once you make that distinction, you then need to do something about it – that means actually getting out and networking. You can’t hang a shingle, place an ad in the Yellow Pages or local paper and expect the phone to start ringing. You need to get out and talk to people. So joining a local Chamber of Commerce is one place to start – also the various business and women’s networks and BNIs that are out there. If you have a niche – like legal transcription – target just that niche.
Then don’t underestimate the power of online networks. If you speak to many of the long-established VAs they will tell you they are members of at least three online networks – here and overseas. You can’t join one and expect it will do everything for you. Getting your online presence established is just as important as your ‘traditional’ business presence.

Business ebbs and flows. You will experience peaks and troughs where things are sailing along nicely and then all of a sudden a client will drop off and you’re left wondering what to do now? So your networking and marketing never stops. This is where online is particularly useful.

Running my own network (Australian Virtual Business Network) I see all the time members who stay for a year and then leave because they either aren’t getting job leads or they can’t afford the membership. Whilst I completely understand the latter, it’s important to remember how effective membership of these networks is. You get a directory listing – which directly impacts your SEO, meaning you can more easily be found online – and other virtual businesses get to know you. It gets your name and business name out there. You are “riding on the back of” any print and online advertising/marketing the network is doing. Naturally, actually participating in them is also important – you don’t just join and then sit there mute. Participating in discussions is how the other members get a feel for you, your business and what you’re trying to achieve. This then leads to referrals and potential leads because you may be able to help out a client who contacted the other VA.

But a note on leads – it’s important not to join networks just for the job leads. This goes back to that employee mentality: as a business owner you cannot expect jobs to be handed to you. You need to take the initiative and go out there sourcing the work yourself.

Also, don’t underestimate pro bono (or free) work. This year I’ve done a bit of pro bono work for contacts I’ve made through various networks – including Facebook and Twitter. In exchange I was given an interview on an internet radio show and the other is helping me break into author assistance.

I appreciate that it’s important to have cash flow – which is why I always say keep (or get) a part time job for as long as possible but don’t neglect building your business.

And if you are struggling and you get referrals from other VAs it is SO important to follow through with these. I know it sounds pretty straightforward but I can tell you from experience that it seems these days business owners aren’t prepared to take “just anything”. I’ve had a few leads knocked back because “They’re not my sort of client” or “I don’t really want to do that kind of work” or “I’m too busy right now” (see above: ‘right now’ doesn’t last that long and you need to look to building a relationship for the future). When you’re starting out ANY work is good work. I won’t do on site work for clients, but in the early days I was working 3 days a week in a client’s office just to get by. That kept me going for 12 months and I made contacts there who became clients when I left.

ALWAYS, always look for the bigger picture in things. It may not be what you want right now but invariably leads on to other things if you remain open to the possibility. We all have a vision for how we want our business to be. Don’t lose sight of that vision but for heaven’s sake don’t be so proud as to knock back work that will keep you afloat while you work towards your goal!

And remember – your marketing efforts should never cease. Just because you have a full workload doesn’t mean you always will. And business is always in a state of constant fluid motion. Be prepared to be flexible and flow with it. I started out offering executive VA services to non-exec directors. Within 12 months of targeting that market I was working full time and gave up my part time job. Four years later my business morphed into a medico-legal transcription practice – because THAT’S what the market wanted and my directors all went in different directions. If you don’t evolve and change with the flow of the market then yes, you will be looking for a job elsewhere in a very short time.

Remain positive, flexible and available – the three most important things to keep you going through the natural peaks and troughs of being in business.

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How to Set Your Virtual Assistant Professional Fees?

Most virtual assistants start their business with a picture-perfect idea of flexible hours spent working with long-term clients on interesting and well-paid projects. Fast forward a few months and what many virtual assistants end up with are long hours, clients from hell and income that is barely enough to pay the bills. So what happens within the first few months of starting a virtual assistant business that separates successful VAs from the ones that are barely making it? It all starts with determining what your skill sets, core competencies are and then setting your professional rates.

Virtual Assistant Professional Fees

Search for the phrase “virtual assistant rates” on Google and you get over 700,000 results. Reading through just the first few links is enough to get the general idea. Most virtual assistants, regardless of the types of services they offer, charge between $25 and $50 per hour. Or at least that’s what they report in surveys, on discussion boards and in comments on blogs.

But the truth about virtual assistant rates is a lot more complicated. It seems there is a vast difference between the rates new virtual assistants would like to charge and the rates they end up charging their clients.

Dig deeper into the message boards conversations and blog comments about virtual assistant rates and you’re sure to come across a message such as “I know, I should be charging more than I do now, but…”. The author then proceeds to explain

her reasons for lowering the rates and concludes with a promise that at some unspecified later date, when business gets better, she will raise her rates.

Unfortunately, in most cases the business doesn’t get better. Instead, it gets worse and worse leaving the virtual assistant wondering what it is that she’s doing wrong. The answer is simple – lowering rates and under-pricing oneself is exactly the wrong thing to do regardless of the reasons for the rate drop.

But I’m new to this business and I have to prove myself first before I can charge higher rates.
The problem here is not lack of experience, but lack of confidence. You might be new to running a business and being your own boss. But, unless you start your virtual assistant business straight out of college, you do have years of experience

in whatever services you offer. I advise that you “follow” yourself around for a few days with a piece of paper and a pen and determine just what your core competencies and skills are. You will be surprised at what you know and have forgotten, or simply overlooked. Are you absolutely brilliant with Excel spreadsheets and macros? Write it down. Are your interpersonal phone skills off the charts? Write it down. Even if you think a soft skill is not something that you should be listing, write it down. Once you have a clear picture of your skills, hard and soft, you will be able to determine what works with what and present a list of skill sets that you are proud to discuss with potential clients.

Actually, low rates will be a turn-off to many business owners who rightfully believe in the “you get what you pay for” principle. Undervaluing yourself by setting low rates screams “I’m not good enough and I know it”. This has nothing to do with proving yourself, but everything with holding up a big sign that says “I’m not your best choice. Now feel free to denigrate my rates, offer to barter my time and hours for your program or service and just generally make me feel unworthy.”

I’m lowering my rates because I need to attract more clients. When my practice is full…

Excuse me for interrupting, but I have to jump in on this classic. What you really need is not more clients, but more income. Sure, getting more clients or working more hours for existing clients will help you make more money. Another option is to not lower your rates and still make more money. If you are still undervaluing your skills you are still setting ridiculously low professional fees.

It is simple math. If a virtual assistant charges $20 per hour, she needs to put in 50 billable hours to earn $1000. If she charges $40 per hour, she only needs to work 25 hours for the same $1000. It is the quality of support that you provide, not the quantity that makes the difference here.

Once I get the client, I will raise my rates… eventually.

If you are offering a lower introductory rate do you make it crystal clear to your new clients that this is a temporary rate and you will be charging them your regular rate after a specified number of hours? If not, beware! It’s not even that raising the rates for existing clients is one of the hardest things to do.

Here’s the real problem with this plan – cheap products attract cheap buyers. And cheap buyers or clients are notoriously

difficult to deal with. They set unrealistic expectations, demand additional discounts, request countless reviews and revisions of deliverables and oftentimes do their level best to barter you out of your hard earned cash. These are also people who will not be satisfied no matter how hard you work and may even post miserable things about you on the internet.

You don’t need these, nor do they. Not everybody is suited to have a virtual assistant working with them. If your “spidey sense” is raising alarms during the initial interview call, use your instincts to avoid this type of client and politely decline to take on the project or retainer. As much as you may need the money now, you don’t need the tears, angst, and potential damage to your professional relationship that this can cause.

I need the money! Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Life throws curve balls all the time. Bad things happen, whether it’s unexpected medical expense or your significant other getting laid off or major urgent repairs to your car or your house.

However, lowering the rates for your services in order to quickly raise money is entirely counterproductive. Letting potential clients know that you are desperate will send many running in the opposite direction. After all, clients are looking for a virtual assistant who is dependable and fully vested in their projects. Your clients need to know that your business is running smoothly and effortlessly at all times.

The few clients that will jump at the opportunity are not the kind of clients you want, especially given your situation.

They will prey on your desperation, pushing for ever lower rates and ever worse payment terms. It is not uncommon for these types of clients to not pay at all, and if they do, it is grudgingly and contentious.

A much better option, in this case, would be to seek temporary part-time or full-time employment and run your business part-time until your finances are more stable.

I know that I’m making less per hour now than when I was at my last employer. But I save money working from home. So overall I feel that it’s a good trade off.

Sure, you no longer have to commute to work, buy work clothes or lunches. But that doesn’t mean you are saving money. Your previous salary was only a part of the total compensation package that included paid sick days and vacation days, health insurance, and taxes.

Now that you are self-employed you have to pay your own taxes and health insurance in addition to the regular business expenses. If you’ve never calculated your real rates – after all the expenses – you’re in for an unpleasant surprise. In some cases you might find out that you work for less than the minimum wage and are very likely working harder than you ever have before.

This last excuse is a good example of the real reason behind a virtual assistant’s decision to lower her rates. This reason has little to do with finding new clients or having to prove oneself. Instead it is the inability or unwillingness to go through a paradigm shift.

Virtual assistants are not employees. They are business owners. Consequently your client is not your boss; you are. When a virtual assistant uses low rates as a cure for all her business problems or as a kind of a business Miracle-Gro, she misses all the other opportunities and jeopardizes her long-term goals.

Action Steps
1) Determine your core competencies, hard and soft skill sets.
2) Sit down with an accountant or CPA to determine how and when to pay your taxes.
3) Create your business model and stick to it!
4) Mastermind, network, and contract to and with other successful Virtual Assistants

Have questions about the Virtual Assistance Industry? Email them to me at info@getvirtualservices.com

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Build The Business Of Your Dreams – And Go Anywhere

From the outside, things could not look more perfect. You have a great husband, terrific kids, a fantastic house and go on amazing holidays. Why is it, then, that inside you’re screaming?

Build The Business Of Your Dreams - And Go Anywhere

Who are you? Chances are you’re a bright, educated woman, probably with two or three children, who gave up her own career to follow her husband. But now, you’re about ready to walk. You’re not alone: Studies have shown that a high percentage of marriages that fail do so because the wife is unhappy about sacrificing her own career or the life she had envisioned for herself.

There’s a new trend leading women are taking to enjoy happier lives. Lets look at this new movement towards creating something for yourself; and becoming a successful business women. Just for a moment let go, don’t worry about – your kids, your husband, your schedule – and just let yourself dream.

What does your business dream look like?
What does your business dream look like?
Would you provide a product or a service ?
Would you like to have your own website?
Would you like your own logo and slogan?
Would you like to see your name on that business card?

Imagine life with your own website and business card and you are ready to start working.
Networking with others would be easier.
You would feel legitamate in and of yourself.
Life would be completely different.
Here are some questions to help you find answers.
Remember that a business built on passion, rather than a desire just to make money, has a much better chance of succeeding.

– What are you passionate about? Do you have a dream?
– What are your strengths? Are you an organiser? Are you practical?
– Are you artistic?
– Do you need to retrain or even study something new to achieve your dream?
– Do you want to produce a product, or will you offer a service, or both?
– Are there people you can turn to for support and encouragement.
– How much time do you have to spend on your business?

What is one thing you can do today to set your dreams in motion?

POSSIBILITIES TO GET YOU THINKING

These days, getting your business online is definitely a great way to go.
Online courses Correspondence courses are nothing like they used to be; now you join an online virtual college. Here you can:

– participate in a class environment on the phone with students from every corner of the globe.
– post your homework on a discussion board for immediate response from teachers and peers.
– contact teachers (or facilitators, as they tend to be called these days) directly by email.
– get support and make new friends with similar interests all over the world
– have several possibilities of teacher/facilitator, dates and times
– Classes run circularly, so if you miss a class for any reason you can pick it up the next time around or simply join another class running at a different time that week.

Go to google. Type in the words “online”…. (Your interest)… “college.” The results are amazing.

For example have you ever considered working as a personal assistant?

Have you considered working as a virtual assistant? This is becoming more and more common, especially among people who travel for their work, have small businesses and only need someone part time, or who also work from home. You could be working for one or more people in completely different parts of the world. Now there’s an exciting prospect!

Become an entrepreneur

The choice is as vast as your imagination. Just think; in approximately four months you could be selling something you produced on the internet.

Take your time

You may spend some time researching ideas before you come up with something that really appeals to you. However, if you brainstorm with friends or your coach; or on the internet; or do some reading on the subject, the right opportunity for you will become clear.

If you can afford to, it would be much better to spend six months seriously researching your possibilities than to take a job just to fill in time. That option can often leave you feeling more disillusioned than ever.

Your family

Remember, initially your family and friends may be anxious and even discouraging. They love the wife/mother/friend they have now. They may not understand why you want to change. It is possible they may even have a vested interest in keeping

you the way you are. But I promise that, if they really love you, you will gain their support and respect, perhaps even more than you already have now.

The reward

I wish you could hear my son proudly telling his friends about the job his mummy does. Your heart would melt. It’s your time now, each and every one of you.
So, what’s one thing you could do today to set your dreams in motion?

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How to Choose the Best Virtual Assistant for You

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One of the most common misbeliefs is that a virtual assistant is not as good as the classic type of assistant, who comes to the office 5 days a week and works on a 9-to-5 schedule. This is false – the sole difference between these two types of assistants is that the first one works from his or her personal office and assists you, as a business owner, via phone, fax or e-mail. Here you will find several useful tips and hints that will help you decide on the most suitable personal assistant for you, along with the benefits of using such an assistant.

Main Benefits

One of the main benefits of hiring a personal assistant is that you do not have to offer him or her fixed salary – the salary varies based on the number of working hours. In other words, you can hire the VA for only a couple of hours instead of hiring him or her for 8 hours, on a daily basis. This is a cost-effective alternative to the traditional assistant.
Another benefit is that being self-employed and working from their very own office, VAs know how to manage a business more efficiently – after all, they have their own. This is a very important benefit that every business owner should take into consideration.

Tips to Choose the Best Virtual Assistant

1. Professionalism and Experience

Professionalism is essential if you respect yourself as a business owner. It is very important that the VA treats both the existing customers and the potential customers with utmost respect and offers fast, efficient and reliable services. When it comes to professionalism, one of the most important aspects is how often she or he checks the e-mail inbox. If you have an urgent matter that needs to be solved right away, will be virtual assistant be there to help you with that?
Experience also plays a pivotal role, as an experienced VA usually knows her job better than an assistant that is new to the field. Make sure to run thorough background checks before hiring a virtual assistant, and even ask for recommendations and track record before you hire one.

2. The Skills

Before hiring a virtual assistant, it is important to determine the tasks he or she will perform in the future – these tasks help you identify the set of skills that your future VA must have. Will the VA deal with e-mails and customer care, or perhaps he or she will have to arrange meetings and such? These are only some of the questions you must ask yourself before hiring her.

3. Availability

Last, but certainly not least, availability is another vital factor that should not be neglected – your VA should be there whenever you need her. Do you want to hire a virtual assistant that will work full-time, or part-time? Moreover, make sure to check the time zone before hiring a VA, as this might be a problem if urgent situations arise and you need them to be solved as quickly as possible.

In conclusion, these useful hints can help you choose the best virtual assistant for you, provided that you pay attention to them and use them in your best interest!

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How to Become a Virtual Receptionist

To begin, you need to familiarize yourself with the virtual answering service industry. Many live receptionist service companies serve a variety of different types of businesses, so a general understanding of how major industries work would come in handy.

virtual receptionist

To land a live receptionist service job, start by putting together a resume focused on any customer-service oriented positions you have had. A large portion of office answering services jobs focus squarely on meeting the needs of the customers on the other end of the line. Potential employers will want to see how you interact with clients over the phone and what kind of problem-solving and message-taking skills you possess for your answering message service position.

Next, when you are interviewing for an answering message service job, be as specific as possible in terms of how you will handle potential calls. While much of the time, you will simply be taking messages for the live telephone answering service, there are times where answering message service customers will give you problems and you may have to put your conflict resolution skills to the test. Potential live receptionist service employers will want to know during the interviewing process how you would handle such situations.

Once you land a job with an office answering service, you are supposed to adhere to the policies of the answering services company. There are several types of clients requiring varying levels of services and information, that is, virtual answering services are customizable. On one part, companies request only basic information like names, dates, phone numbers and addresses. While, on the other hand, more detail oriented clients have specific needs that needs to be addressed while answering calls on their behalf.

These requests are put under forms that provide the virtual assistant with a group of instructions that are required to be followed while attending a call. In some instances, you will be required to change the line of seeking information according to the responses to the caller, and this is where the true skills of a desirable virtual assistant helps him or her accomplish the tasks and obtain information in a pleasant manner without distracting the caller.

The information provided in your message needs to be accurate, concise and most importantly — correct. This is a huge tenant of a virtual answering service operator as people are making their callback decisions based on your notes.
Being a virtual receptionist is not a low-stress profession, as one would like to think, and it requires you to be pleasant all day long, under sever circumstances. Remember, no two personalities are alike, and the major problem with the virtual receptionist industry is that we receive all types of calls from callers with varying level of excitement and hypertension levels.

For instance, a doctor’s answering service is supposed to attend calls of intense negative energy levels, possibly from relatives of patients who are experiencing life and death situations. They wouldn’t sound sweet and sober, and as a virtual assistant, you are required to mop up all the relevant information in as little time frame as possible, without being too touchy or rude. However, this can easily be mastered with the right training, patience and desire to learn.

The live receptionist service industry is peppered with people from all lifestyles and offers a number of advancement and educational opportunities for those that are looking to turn a virtual receptionist job into a full-fledged career.

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A WordPress Developer Is A Enterprise Developer.

To recruit for our clients are always looking for a Top WordPress developer to hire. To reach the highest position in the field of software development, a very difficult task readiness and calls for a mindset of continuous improvement.
University WordPress, WordPress is an online resource for WordPress developers enrolled at universities. The top of these budding developers to connect with them, read their blog, and gives them the opportunity to receive professional tips. Some resources that can start with the WordPress Codex, there are books and blogs. As in all areas, it is very important to connect with industry veterans know the tricks of the trade.

A WordPress Developer Is A Enterprise Developer.

To understand the art in the top WordPress developer, it is important to know the technology inside out. The first and most important step is to sharpen programming. Enterprise, when they plan to WordPress developer, always means PHP, MySQL rent and watch with great expertise in the code base. It is very important to continuously update the knowledge they already know about programming .. This is beneficial for the development make.wordpress.org discussion to follow.

Above all, he is a person asking for the outsourcing professional PSD to WordPress customization and development services, web development companies on the question of the discussion should. Hiring a professional programmer to WordPress WordPress powered blog powered website is the most reliable solution for design optimization.
Many web development companies in India full-time, part-time and hourly web programmers are offering virtual assistance. So, your website and hereby choose the right web developer, WordPress powered website to streamline the entire development.

In this scenario, the most important part of a website on the World Wide Web. Everyone uniqueness of your website will also be in the World Wide Web. This is necessary due to competition, raise many web designers and developers. Designers to design different techniques to create unique Web page. Content Management System the race is also increased demand. Available on the Internet in addition to various CMS, WordPress is the most famous. These days most of the companies prefer WordPress for their websites.

Strictly homework to practice is one of the most important aspects of software development. Constant trial and error, the master with a developer can do what he or she has learned. For example, if a developer is familiar with Ajax, then he or she continues to use Ajax in Plug-in Development should take the initiative. The same goes for PHP and WordPress APIs.

The inclusion of projects is not complete without learning the real-time work experience. Key to the work on a freelance or on a regular basis to customers beginner. Bovendien, the developer always a subject public building should be a plug-in development and debugging consider contributing a patch.

Lessons write as an integral part of a large community of developers can be very important way to be. Writing manual not only increases the visibility of the community of developers, but also for novice developers to start working on WordPress helps. Codex a volunteer in a developer the opportunity to improve the quality of documentation. One can only do this when developing a WordPress is already a pro. In addition, participants strongly forums and boot camps top notch in terms of someone among developers. A WordPress developer enterprise developer with a strong community and constantly looking for new ways to drive efficiency in development for rent.

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Are You Wearing all the Hats in Your Business?

When you’re in business for yourself, you wind up wearing a lot of hats. Sometimes this is essential, sometimes it’s a hassle and often times it can be extremely detrimental to your success.

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The essential times come out of realizing that no one can look after your dream, your true desire, like you can. It’s important to remember that you need to be in the driver’s seat, you need to take responsibility and you need to hold the vision of what you desire… your dream… your business.

The times when wearing a lot of hats is a hassle is when you realize there are only 24-hours in the day, when you need to be in 2 (or more) places at once, or when you don’t have the guidance, support or info you need to implement an idea or strategy.

The times when it is detrimental (or downright dangerous) is when you try to design, build, sell, pack, ship and wear ALL the hats – all at once – while trying to build your business, help your clients, live your life and generally stay sane.

Every time Paige and I have taken a hat off by investing in our business (whether that’s getting support around a specific issue, getting a mentor or adding to our team) our business has grown by leaps and bounds.

That being said, we’ve had resistance…resistance to letting go…resistance to losing control…resistance to spending more money… resistance to taking off one (or more) of the hats…

But every time we hand a hat off to someone else or learn to wear it in a different way, we get to focus more on our dream, have more energy to express our brilliance and most importantly, have more time to help more people transform their lives and businesses.
It is so incredibly important to get support in building your dream. It’s important for you to realize, you are not meant to do it alone, sometimes, you are not meant to do it all. This means you are not supposed to wear ALL the hats.

Here are a few ideas and great resources where you can get the support you need:

* Look into getting a virtual assistant (www.getvirtualservices.com)
* Put an ad on http://www.getvirtualservices.com looking for a part time assistant.
* Reach out to a local college or trade school about getting an intern to come in and help you.
* Ask around … let people know what you need. You will be amazed at who may be right in your own back yard 🙂 There are so many people out there waiting, willing and wanting to support you and help you build your business.

One more thing for you to think about as you are deciding which hats to pass along to others is something one of our mentors shared with us when we first started building Authentic Marketing and that is to get support based on where you are going, not where you are. In other words, think about and plan for the inevitable growth that comes when you actually get support.

You have a big dream, you have a huge vision and you deserve (and need) the support of others to help you build it.
To paraphrase Henley, you are the master of your fate, you are captain of your soul. And now become the master of your vision and the captain of your business. Confidently wear your Captain’s hat and begin creating a team that can wear the other hats so you can truly shine in your brilliance.

Give yourself permission to grow by getting the support you deserve, so you can build the business of your dreams.
Your Authentic Assignment

Are you wearing all the hats in your business? Are you trying to do everything? Are you spending time doing things that aren’t your brilliance? It’s nearly impossible to build a successful business without getting support (especially for the tasks that you’re not great at).

Make a list of all the things that you do in your business that are not the core of your brilliance. These are the hats you shouldn’t be wearing.

Now the last step is often the hardest, but begin taking those hats off and get the support you need. Look over that list and begin brainstorming about who can help and support you around those tasks. Then start reaching out and asking for what you need. The support is there and once you step into it, your expansion truly begins.

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Does Hiring a Virtual Assistant Save Money?

Can you really save money by hiring a virtual assistant? According to virtual assistants’ websites, the answer is a resounding yes. As a matter of fact, money-saving is usually listed as one of the most important benefits of working with a VA.

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Check out a virtual assistant’s website and chances are you will find calculations pitting costs of hiring an employee against those of working with a VA. In this battle of cost-effectiveness a virtual assistant always wins, frequently by tens of thousands of dollars. But what if your business is not at the stage where you need a full-time or even a part-time in-house or virtual employee? What if you only need help for a few hours each week? Wouldn’t it be less expensive to do it all by yourself instead?

This, of course, is the issue of cash-flow and financial security. You might be thinking that since you only need assistance for a few hours a month that there is no point in bringing in qualified help.

Sure, you work long hours, but that’s because you’re still in the “paying your dues” stage. You might even be considering getting help just as soon as you sign up another client or reach certain sales volume. In the meantime, you’ll simply suck it up and forget about any time off for the next few months.

But let’s look at the situation from a slightly different angle. One of the reasons you started a business was to follow your passion, create the workplace and lifestyle that you have always dreamed of, and ultimately to make money. You did not plan on myopically focusing on daily tasks at the expense of the big picture. To make money, your business needs to run efficiently. If you have boxed yourself into a corner with overwhelming to-do lists and seeming unshoulderable burdens you are probably not enjoying your new business and not making the money that your vision demands.

All other tasks your business requires – bookkeeping, website maintenance, submitting press releases online – costs you money. This is true whether you do this work yourself or hire someone. It is true regardless of the size of your business, the number of clients or the sales volume. Understanding this is absolutely critical to successfully growing a profitable business.

Therefore, the real question is would having a virtual assistant work on these tasks will cost you less than if you do it yourself. Here is how to find out.

  • Figure out your true hourly rate

Begin by keeping track for a week or so of the hours you spend on bookkeeping, website or blog maintenance, social media marketing, research, article writing, data entry and other maintenance tasks. This includes time it takes you to learn how to do each task, open appropriate software, and mentally switch from whatever else you were doing. I suggest that you sign up for a free 30 day trial account at ClientSpot which is the client management software that we use to track tasks and hours. You will be astonished at the hours that you spend on tasks that could and should be outsourced to a highly
technically savvy virtual assistant.

Now add these hours to the time you spend doing paid work or business development and networking. You’ve arrived at the total hours you work on your business. To arrive at your true hourly rate, simply divide your weekly income by the total work hours.

You might find out that your true hourly rate is much lower than what you expected. Remember, it’s those easy-to-delegate tasks that drag your rate (and your real income) down.

  • Consider opportunity costs

Operating a business is always about setting priorities, but especially so if you do all the work yourself. Naturally, paid work comes first. Then – maintenance. Unfortunately, business development and networking take the back-burner
for many DIY entrepreneurs.

For example, you know that a newsletter is an important customer relations tool. Yet you are too busy to design a template and write content. You get so wrapped up following up on outstanding invoices that you forget to connect with prospective clients. You are too exhausted after yet another 14-hour day to write even a short maintenance post for your business blog. You are frustrated to miss yet another networking event but it’s either that or another night of working until midnight.

Every time you forget, delay or cancel you hand the opportunity to your competitors to connect with your existing and future clients. Even if you achieve short-term savings by doing all the work yourself, you end up sacrificing your long-term profits, not to mention draining the creative spark that propelled you into entrepreneurship to begin with.

Most businesses, regardless of size and revenue, can benefit from delegating work even if it’s only a few hours a week. Being a small business owner doesn’t mean you have to do all the work yourself. Instead, realize that many tasks cost money regardless of who does them. Delegate them to a virtual assistant and concentrate on money-making tasks like networking or building joint ventures.

Have questions about the Virtual Assistance Industry? Email them to me at info@getvirtualservices.com

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