VAA has Relocated to Olivia O’Hara Solutions

Hello There!!

I want to announce a really big step that I have taken in my business. I am super excited and feel very blessed to have the opportunity to work from home to make this change in my business.

This past weekend I launched my first website and had a complete business makeover! I have a different name, new branding, accounts and the whole nine yards… Please visit me at my new website OliviaOharaSolutions.com or my new blog at oliviaoharasolutions.wordpress.com.

Olivia O'Hara Solutions

Share my excitement with me by commenting on my new site or blog. Or recommend me to one a friend, who you think might needs a Virtual Assistant to help them get rid of the chaos in their business through delegation.

Also, check out this free checklist to Hiring a Virtual Assistant.

Hiring a Virtual Assistant

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Top 12 Resources On A Budget Guide (To Grow Your Online Business)

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The Beginning of Online Business

Take my word for it…when starting your own business online; it is nice to have those who have been there before you show you some of the tips and highlights of the industry.

Perhaps you have already been doing your own research, for some of the most useful resources for online business, so in this guide, I will let you in on some of the most amazing tools I have come across.

And in many cases most entrepreneurs will have how-to guides, forms, e-books, manuals, and information packed resources to leverage some of the greatest tools and secrets they know about online business industry. Usually, this is in the form of an opt in.

And in this blog post I give you some of my preferred resources to grow my online business as a download to keep and share.

Three types of Entrepreneurs 

I’d like to hope this will benefit you by offering advice about what I find to improve my success as an online business owner because their are three types of entrepreneurs…

  1. The working a full-time job entrepreneur while steadily growing a business for independence.
  2. The fully supported entrepreneur who has everything they need financially with a burning desire to help others.
  3. Then, there’s the entrepreneur who has lost or quit a job and has to start with little to nothing in their online business.

And in particular, this guide can help anyone achieve a greater level of success, but my goal is to assist that last type of entrepreneur; the one who has nothing to go on. No funds, no idea how to get the lifestyle they dream to live. My top resources for starting out smart when you are building your own business on a budget.

What you will find in this resource guide

Most of theses are free  but a couple have a minimal investment making them extremely affordable to you.

I know this guide will help you leverage more tools to make your online business a success.

Download Top Resources On A Budget Guide

Kindest Regards,

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Virtual Assistant Checklist

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Know EXACTLY to leverage your Virtual Assistant Business.

Recently, I have been really inspired to start creating products for inspired and newbie Virtual Assistants out there. One reason in particular is that my perspective and knowledge have grown tremendously from the generosity of information from the inspirational Virtual Assistants and Online Business Owners who have already been there and done that.

Lets face it, when you are new to an idea of a potential career change or opportunity, like I was, you are going to do some research, right, and hope to find valuable gems to increase your understanding? And, why would that be, because you are going to want to know exactly how to position yourself with this intriguing career opportunity of our evolving society – in particular the way women are shaping the professional entrepreneur environment online.

You are going to find loads of information to broaden your perspective about women entrepreneurship online and right here. You will be able to access a FREE Virtual Assistant Checklist download for your newly found career path. 

And if you have already taken the plunge – good for you- perhaps you will also benefit with an organized Virtual Assistant Checklist to ensure you have covered some of these essential areas for being a successful or even more thriving Virtual Assistant.

Overwhelmed? Don’t know where to start?

If you have stumbled upon the Virtual Administrative Assisting Blog looking for some guidance for where to start, you are in luck. I have created a simple checklist to use when starting out as a Virtual Assistant. It has the absolute foundational pieces you must have in order to help your business stay on track with the essentials, become a professional brand, and uncover the true feelings about your role as a Virtual Assistant.

Learn how to get started with this Checklist!

Download your FREE Virtual Assistant Checklist to help build your brand and share with the world. 

 

 

3 Tips To Becoming More Productive in 2013

It’s the start of a New Year and one of my goals is to become more productive. Not only for the sake of my clients project efficiency but for my growing business as well. It takes a lot of energy and time to start a business and keep it maintained as a solopreneur, yet business requires massive results from efficient productivity to be successful.

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I believe through efficient productivity management my results will increase in 2013. So, I asked myself “How am I going to become more productive this year?” I’ve been reading many other posts about productivity- from how to get more out of your day to actually getting stuff done. And here’s what I decided the key pieces to becoming more productive were going to be for me…

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#1…Stop hesitating. Take action with my ideas because thinking about them over and over again distracts too much time from my ability to get things done. If I have an idea, I am going to write it down, brain storm some major points, and plan a time to work on implementing it into my business. Once the idea is in progress, I will be able to mold it into a more valuable piece with any feedback from colleagues and collaborators, and additional information I stumble upon during its progress.

#2…Create simple milestones and build on them. When creating new projects, it can get overwhelming because you can have that stuck factor set in. This stuck factor can take up time just like hesitating with ideas as explored above. It’s easy to want to plan out projects in one setting but sometimes it simply isn’t possible. I plan to write down my ideas in the moment and come back to my task manager and add milestones as I think of them.

#3…Get Motivated and Inspired. Sometimes when I get stuck on one project then try to move on to something else, I still feel stuck. This can be a time sucker for sure as well. So to ensure that I don’t waste anytime with clients and my Virtual Assistant business, I will do something to benefit my personal, home, or family life. Perhaps take a break to switch out the laundry, read a book to the kids, or even go for a run (but that would require me to invest is a treadmill though, since it’s a chilly winter in the Midwest). I believe that doing this more often- even if I am not a rut- will benefit nicely anyway.

I’ve let you in on what my productivity tactics will be…How are you going to boost your productivity in 2013?  Do any of these tips appear in your plan of action?

I’d love to see your key strategies in the comments below!

Have An Efficient VA/Client Relationship

As a VA, it can be a challenging experience to have a functional relationship with your client. Let’s face it we have all had or will have at least a couple in our VA experiences. While we desire to have only the perfect, most understanding, communication oriented, and focused clients from the start, it seems that there are a few, or perhaps for some many, clients that will be quite testing in our patience and abilities to effectively assist their business.

There can be two types of challenging clients- The Uninformed and The Unquestionable.

The Uninformed clients find it difficult to relay what their needs are because of the lack of understanding they have about 1) what your job entails, 2) little computer/internet literacy, or 3) they have been a one person show; therefore, lacking the knowledge of how to communicate with an assistant.

The Unquestionable clients know exactly what they want and how to get the result. They can be expectant, demanding, or brief, which is not a bad thing, however, realistic goals and clear information must be present to allow the proper time and understanding to complete the desired task(s). This means you, the VA, have to inform the client of the information you are missing or do not understand and illustrate the time requirement may be just out of reach for your schedule.

Always keep in mind the clients perspective though, especially for the unquestionable client, as it is essential to portray that you understand their situation, but you are unable to do your job effectively unless they can offer understanding toward your business limits and expectations. Ensure you address the proper questions. And, perhaps you could have them fill out a Client Evaluation form before your VA/Client relationship takes off, or even after you have encountered some misunderstanding or a certain period of time ask them to re-evaluate their goals, priorities, and expectations. This allows you to assist their needs at the highest possible level of professionalism.

Olivia

P.S. It is just as essential for you to address your needs and expectations as a Virtual Assistant, as it is for the client. 

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