Many of us who work virtually, have a keen awareness about the benefits of balancing family life and work life. It is not necessarily easy, but it is manageable if you are organized and have a strong commitment to the profession. However, for those with school-aged kids, the summer months can push the limits of balance and patience. Our work schedules suddenly have to compete with kids who want/need our attention during daytime working hours.
Here are some useful tips to get you through what we like to call the summer -“time shift”.
Plan daily projects for your kids:
Depending on the age of your kids, try to have a daily project that requires little to no supervision which will occupy them for at least an hour. While the kids are doing their project, you can get some work done on your laptop or within ear shot of them.
Some project ideas include:
When you think about spring cleaning, you generally think about your surroundings- -your home, your car, the backyard. Most business owners (including you), need to spring clean their digital “house”.
Digital clutter is a reality that we all deal with on a daily basis as we conduct much of our lives and business dealings electronically through computers, tablets and even on our smartphones.
Sometimes digital cleaning is about restoration. Spring may be the right time to get online accounts back in order. When is the last time you went through your Amazon wish list, worked on organizing your social media accounts or revisited learning how to use them correctly?
Dealing with digital clutter or digital restoration is a great task to take on in your own business or to offer as a virtual service. Feeling empowered by your digital world instead of bogged down by it can help you be more efficient, more productive and ultimately more successful.
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Assisting with event planning is a service many clients need help with. There are many parts of the event planning process that can be done with the help of a virtual assistant.
Events planning can include online events, video based or webinar style events, and events that are held in conference rooms, hotels, or event centers. In this blog we will be discussing tips for planning an event or training at a physical location. Regardless of what kind of event you are helping to execute, there are a lot of questions you should ask your client early on in the planning stage in order to assure a successful partnership.
Listed below are some key questions you should discuss with your client before starting to work together.
As a virtual assistant it is important to share your services in a variety of ways. Having a website is great, being on social media is important, but don’t forget to share what you do during normal daily activities.
Talk to the person working out next to you at the gym, share your skills at kids’ school activities, at church, at social gatherings, etc. You never know who may need your services.
It is important to have specific examples of how you can help someone make their life easier. It also can help that person identify someone who may need your services if they don’t.
You can discuss how you are:
Be sure to give a way for people to contact you – email, visit a website, connect on social media, etc. if they or someone they know wants to...
As the new year begins, virtual assistants who own and operate their own business or who are working as an independent contractor will need to work on organizing receipts and tax-related expenses.
If you are having trouble answering either one of the questions above, do not worry…here are a few tips and tricks on helping you get on track for tax time!
Understanding what type of expenses can be applied to your business as a VA, can best be determined by an accountant. However, here are a few examples of everyday expenses that you should be tracking throughout the year.
This is a great time of the year to offer virtual assistant services that are geared specifically towards the holidays.
A busy executive may not know that a virtual assistant can:
Remember, the status quo is not always the best way to retain or attract customers. Being a virtual assistant allows you a lot of flexibility and creativity in the kind of services you can provide to your clients. Take advantage of this busy time of the year and realize that most business owners can use an extra hand with a task that is holiday related.
Your goal should be to help your client have a stress-free holiday so that they will not think twice about referring more work to you throughout the coming year.
Sometimes file sharing is as easy as emailing clients back and forth. When files are too large to email or you want a place for them to “live” online, there are other plenty of options.
Below are some of the more popular file sharing programs that are free or inexpensive. They are easily used on a Mac or PC, and most have apps for handheld devices also.
Sure, we all make our fair share of mistakes in life, but isn’t better when we can learn from ones that other people have made, so we do not have to repeat them? Well, you are in luck! Here are two common blunders that virtual assistants make that you will want to avoid.
1. “Cross Your Fingers” marketing. This happens to many new virtual assistants. They know they have the skills and motivation to be an outstanding VA! They have the business name, website, and service offerings all in place. Then they sit at their computers, cross their fingers, and wait for clients to find them. That is a marketing strategy that has failed for everyone who has tried it. Successful VAs know where and how to find clients. They have an effective marketing plan created, and they do the activities needed to meet prospective clients.
2. Undervaluing your services. Just because you think it’s easy to do the responsibilities you do for your clients, doesn’t mean you...