Virtual Assistant or Employee: Considerations

Choosing to hire a virtual assistant or employee is never an easy task, but the time will come when the success of your business depends on it. If you are trying to decide whether a virtual assistant or an in-house employee is the better option for you, the following considerations will help. Read more

[Infographic] What Marketing Virtual Assistants Will Do For You

Do you spend a lot of time organizing and attempting to execute a marketing strategy that you’re not equipped for? Do you have the time to do your social media engagement, website updates, and the creation of flyers and other collateral?

Chances are you, the answer to all of those is the same…you don’t have the time, nor the expertise to execute on it all. PLUS, isn’t your job to sell homes?

Last we checked, real estate agents weren’t “marketers.” Check out this infographic to see more of what your Marketing Virtual Assistant will do for you here: Read more

Accountability in your Business Set-up is Essential

Accountability; described in the dictionary as: the quality or state of being accountable; especially: an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.

In the video below, Jesse Garcia of Pipeline Wizard discusses Accountability in your business with MyOutDesk’s Daniel Ramsey. Whether you use Pipeline Wizard or another program or self-made system similar to it, you can be sure that any types of tracking you have set-up will make a world of difference.

Accountability is probably one of the most important factors in running a successful business. It is not enough to have a good system or an amazing team in place. If accountability falters, then you face the possibility of missing opportunities. Whether you run your business alone or have a team behind you, you need to be sure that you re able to track all aspects of your business.

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Virtual Assistant Top 5 Hiring Blunders to Avoid

“I will never hire a virtual assistant,” a broker once said along side a group of us at a recent conference. The broker has been in a double-digit market decline in his small southwest office for years.

I know he how feels. When your commissions are MIA it’s natural to cut every single line item expense. In fact, here’s a top five list we developed over the years for those considering a virtual assistant hire.
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Coping with Restless Days – The Work at Home Professional Style

Sleep deprivation is one of the biggest challenges faced by almost all work at home professionals.

Serving clients from the other side of the world literally means working on their time zone. In the local setting, staying energetic until early morning may be easy, but getting enough sleep during the day to recharge might be a problem.

So, we’ve come to this point of overcoming what we can say is the greatest disadvantage of working at home – staying constantly awake at night during workdays.

That means a minimum of eight (8) hours a day, five days a week. To be able to do that, quality rest is a must. Below are some tips to help get the needed sleep during the day:
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Outsourcing your Online Presence

The importance of business visibility has greatly influenced whether the industry will be successful or not. Being physically present and visible in the real world is not enough. With the emergence of the internet as a major media for communication, a business also needs to be visible in the virtual world. This is why small, medium and large enterprise businesses participate in different social networks like Twitter, Linkedln, a company blog or Facebook.

These social networking platforms are very beneficial for the business. Having an account with these social networks has been proven to be helpful for improving the business visibility. By using these platforms, they let their business reach their target niche clientele in real time. This is also a very convenient technique in disseminating information regarding the nature of your company and what it can give to its clients and customers. The only downside is that maintaining your visibility in these social networking platforms takes a huge chunk of the owner’s time when he is supposed to be focusing on other business goals and aspects. This is where outsourcing comes in.
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To Work or Not to Work at Home

Working at home is not as easy as it looks. It may have numerous advantages but it doesn’t mean that the work at home concept itself is perfect. It has flaws and limitations as well.

Working at home is mainly about adjustment. It is one of the main factors to be considered if you’re planning to work at home – from a busy office environment to a comfortable hearty home. Since most of these jobs are catering services for international clients, one must be able to adjust their shift according to his client’s time zone as well.

To work at home is about self discipline. Who will not be tempted to lie down in the middle of the night while everybody else is soundly asleep? It’s always about productivity – it may actually mean working your ass off till you meet your daily or weekly quota whether you’re getting your assignments from a staffing site or directly working for a client.
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Why It’s not Good to be a Virtual Assistant?

Being a virtual assistant has become one of the most popular work-at-home jobs today. Aside from competitive salary packages, virtual assistants also known as VAs can enjoy the benefit of flexible working hours. All you need is a good computer, reliable internet connection and “some” skills and you’re good to go. However, being part of the growing online community, being a virtual assistant still pose some threats and disadvantages. Below are some reasons why you need to think twice before deciding to be one:

  • Scams – It is but an undeniable fact that the ever useful World Wide Web is also the home of different online scams. There are more than a thousand of work-at-home-earn-online scams all over the internet. If you are new in becoming a virtual assistant, you may be enticed to take the bait of these online business scams. How not to be a victim? Doing a good and thorough research about the hiring company can save yourself from being fooled by these online con artists. Participate in different forums and communities for virtual assistants, these sources can help you determine if you’re going on the right track.

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Success and Virtual Assistants

By Jason Ramsey

Virtual Assistants have been around since the 1990’s, right around the time the internet age began to rise. Without a doubt the scope and range of the virtual assistant world has evolved leaps and bounds. On one hand, we have those that offer their services finding satisfaction in building careers in the comfort of their own homes, on the other we have those that wish to increase productivity by delegating tasks to highly qualified individuals without having to break the bank. With today’s economical difficulties, the whole set up between a virtual assistant and their clients is a win-win situation that benefits both parties immensely.

However in any good story, there are the mishaps that resonate in chat rooms and board rooms alike, tales of errors and mishaps that may leave those who are considering exploring the world of employing their very own virtual assistant or VA hesitant. Whether you are trying a Virtual Assistant for the first time, or still looking for that VA who will be a perfect fit for you and your business, a key element may be pin pointing why you decided you need to go down this path in the first place.

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What makes a Virtual Assistant?

Now, as much as I would like to pull up a recipe that has the exact specifications of what a Virtual Assistant should be… the truth remains that Virtual Assistants – take note – QUALITY Virtual Assistants, like the ones we have, CANNOT be manufactured.

It makes me imagine as this virtual factory producing Virtual Assistants according to the needs of our clients.

You need a Virtual Assistant to handle your leads?  Here is an individual with brilliant communication skills and telemarketing experience to handle your outbound calls and generate more leads!

Is your business mostly coming from short sales?  Here is a Virtual Assistant who is great at multi-tasking, trained in short sales documents, offers and contracts – not to mention good communication skills for those follow up calls to buyers and banks!

You name what you need and we’ll get you someone with the skills and qualifications to get the job done!  But how exactly do we do it?
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