…Taking Risks with Online Business

Taking Risks with Online BusinessThis week I was tested. I don’t know about you but that can really make me uncomfortable.

Though, I realized it was a very good test- after I overcame my initial negative defense of security, even though there’s no such thing.

See my husband was offered less hours and a new position at his corporate job… Eek!

At first, I really didn’t know how to take it. Like most people would have thought- less time at work means less money!

Yet, I knew he would thrive in this new area, love his time home with the kids and I, while taking advantage of his free time to bust out running 12 miles or watching one of those guy movies.

So, we talked about how this transition would affect us for better and for worse.  In the end, we agreed that it couldn’t have been a better time to take advantage of this new lifestyle. With my ability to grow an online business and work from home, he can contribute his talents of marketing, sales and business development- and caring for our children, while I am given even more time to focus in what I do best.

I don’t how many of you can actually say you would love to work with your spouse, but I am so excited!!! And yes, we’ll have those moment where we’re like “What were we thinking.“;)

Though, as we talked about all our possibilities online, I realized that I was focusing on all the goals here and now and had lost sight of our big picture, long-term goal to have a lifestyle of freedom with family and work when ever because of an online business opportunity.

I just wonder how many of us have lost sight of our goals and missed those amazing moments we could have, should have, would have- if we just knew to let go of what society and even we ourselves can think to be a perfect, ideal life.

So I want to leave you with this, think about your main squeeze goal in life and say to yourself- before it’s too late, “Am I doing everything to get there without conforming to what is ideal in society?” Because it can be hard to let go for there are sacrifices that will become of your decision to live an unrestricted lifestyle or whatever your ultimate goal is.

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Entrepreneurs, You Don’t Have to Work Alone

Entrepreneurs Don't Have to Work Alone

Entrepreneurs,

Just because you’re an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. Right? Absolutely! Entrepreneurs typically start their businesses alone pouring in their ideas, time & money to grow a successful online business. But if you take all the projects on yourself, you can be left feeling frustrated, overwhelmed and quit projects, then leave parts of your business in the dust.

And even the perks of being your own boss, taking time off when you want and working with clients you love can take a toll when you are doing it all yourself. It won’t be rewarding at all! You are your own boss, accountant, marketer and secretary, right? Yet those are tasks you DON’T get paid for- they’re NOT billable hours.

Many who want help think of the traditional cost associated with hiring in house assistance, but the truth is it doesn’t have to be that painful hiring help for your online business. In fact, if you are aware of how hiring a service provider works by playing it smart, you actually don’t have to invest out of pocket.

Let’s look at an example. If you are making $100/hr, and you hire a VA at $20/hr for 3 hours of work (say creating and scheduling Social Media), you’re still making $40.

Let’s also take a moment to think about all those tasks you have to work on, yet when do you actually take the time to get it done? Do they just build up until you feel buried in a mountain of website edits, social media creation, customer inquires,  account set ups, creating blog content, ect, ect?

Those are task your service provider can help you with and more. So stop spending your time on projects that don’t make you money and start delegating to a service provider like a VIrtual Assistant. I promise you it will make everything much easier when you have some there to help you and increase your revenues.

Pop on over to the Services page and see what Virtual Administrative Assisting can help you with. Or if you want to chat with me, I’d love to hear from you and strategize a game plan to get more done and enjoy your business.

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3 Tips for Working with a Virtual Assistant (Part 1)

3 Tips for Working with a Virtual AssistantCommunication                                                                          Whether it is about a new project, a misunderstanding, or not enough feedback from your Virtual Assistant, communication with an understanding mindset can go a long way. Chances are your Virtual Assistant has many other client and project they are handling at once, so it can difficult to balance projects, if there’s not a system in place [i.e. Central Desktop, Asana] when projects are carried out.

Let them know that they can ask questions. If you are a busy person, ask them to try and get questions asked well before the project due date, but in some cases with the implementation of projects questions and problems arise. You can also ask for updates every X amount of days to keep on top of project progress or set milestones and subtasks up within your project management system, so you can keep a closer eye on progress.

I cannot stress how important it is to be understanding toward your Virtual Assistant. They have a lot to keep up with and while they should be organized, they cannot read your mind or always keep up with daily or weekly changes in their clients business. So reminders, thoroughly explaining your needs, and an understanding mindset can really be to your advantage to not stress it out.

One other very important factor to keep in mind is that it could be you. I know that it can be hard sometimes to accept. But being open to accepting your faults as well shows you are professional and simply human. Allow your Virtual Assistant to refresh your memory as well when complications that relate to mis communication arise.

Your Virtual Assistant will thank you for being professional and not blowing them off and moving on without talking it out. I’ve been there and I know how it feels.

Tips on how to communicate with your VA:

  • Outline your business and its efforts

It is great to have a VA who understands your business and what it stands for. Consider telling them a little about what your business is all about and what your goals are and where your priorities lie within it.  

  • Define your expectations in a VA

Explain clearly what type of person you need to perform the tasks you need help with. Maybe telling them what specific tasks/programs they should have experience with or find out ahead of time if they will need a little extra from you to get the project started. This will eliminate any confusion and show you are serious in finding the right candidate.

  • Clearly identify and update the task(s) you need fulfilled

In writing, detail the instructions for your VA about the specific task you need help with. This means composing a list of task you do daily and/or weekly that you would like to have someone else do for you, so you can focus on other areas of your business that require your attention. This also means you should update the list or requirements for the list as changes occur.

  • Outline project timelines and guidelines

Specify each task with a due date or milestones that should be completed as the project progresses.

  • Agree on terms before the project starts and/or sign a contract after a trial period 

This would be payment terms, ideal communication method, project updates, how to submit completed projects, ect… And remember VA’s have their own expectations too. 

I hope this helps you! 

What have been your experiences in communicating with your VA?

Did you find something more helpful in communicating effectively?

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I L.o.V.e my job! Do you?

Today I have been thinking of just how lucky I am to be able to stay home and take of my children, the home and yet manage to provide financially for my family. It is so rewarding to know that I am able to take work with me where ever I go, on my laptop, to be with the family.

I can truly say I LOVE my job, and will never look back at the corporate world.

Have you ever thought about having your own online business? Now is the time to start. There is loads of potential for everyone in any market. Don’t know how to get started? Message me here.

 

Or, if you have an online business, but are struggling to enjoy it, tell me what you’re struggling with, then let me tell you how I can helpSend a message now.

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