…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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What’s holding you back from your ultimate lifestyle goal?

Quitting Your Job and Take the Step Into Entrepreneurship

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Learn Exactly How to Approach Quitting Your Job

This has to be something that we as entrepreneurs take very seriously!

Quitting a job or stopping your job search to dive into a home based business and becoming an entrepreneur is a huge step. Working up to comfortable position with a new business can be out of the question for some of us. While some have a spouse to support them financially and others have to start with nothing and build their business from absolutely nothing…

If you are seriously considering taking a step into entrepreneurship, read this article and get some of the basics covered…and live by this motto.

10 Questions to Ask Before Quitting Your Job to Start a Business | Entrepreneur.com

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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. 

 

 

Photographers- Need an assistant but fear the affordability factor?

  • Have you been cramming sessions, social media updates, email management, edits, ordering, and everything in between just to get it all done?
  • Do you have administration tasks that don’t need you doing them?
  • Would it be nice to open the shop with very few client and potential customer inquiry emails?
  • Are most of your packages and customer questions repetitive?
  • Do you have standard info and requirements that you ask of each client?
  • How about those follow-up calls? They take up your time too, right?
  • Do you think that it is too costly to hire an in-house Assistant for your small business?
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If you said YES to any of these, we have the perfect solution for you…

Have you ever heard of a Virtual Assistant? Well, a virtual assistant is someone who works remotely from their own office to help busy people like you get things done! Without all the fuss of taxes, insurance, supplies, vacation pay, and standing around waiting for emails. It’s such a waste of your money! We know!

Virtual Assistants can manage email accounts, follow-up with clients and potential clients, schedule appointments, schedule social media updates, make edits to your website, and more…

Here’s why you should hire Virtual Administrative Assisting to be your Virtual Assistant…

  1. We understand that you as a photographer need to direct your energy into photo sessions, so you can focus on your clients and enjoy your job- capturing smiling faces and unique personalities.
  2.  We also know that it is important to keep on top of the daily and weekly administration tasks, so you don’t get behind.
  3. You can $ave with Virtual Administrative Assisting by  up to 85% compared to an in-house Assistant.
  4.  Virtual Administrative Assisting is your support team to the end.

We will be offering photographer packages uniquely created for you to get your administration tasks done. Want to know just how affordable having an assistant can be? Fill out the form below…

In addition, 

For a limited time, you will get 2 FREE hours of work if you can agree to terms and conditions upon sign-up. And, if you refer other photographer colleagues, receive 1 additional hour free per referral. And be sure to tell them to state who referred them, so you can get credit. Or link them back to this offer by copy and pasting the above URL into your email, social media post, ect 

Terms and Conditions: Must agree to 10 hours minimum 1st month. No monthly hour requirements after the first month. 50% paid up front. Inquire for rates.

If you want to get more information fill out the form above or email Olivia at olivia.ohara21@gmail.com . We look forward to meeting you and finding solutions that work for you!

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!

Fresh New Beginnings

I am so excited about the New Year for Virtual Administrative Assisting. So many positive things have already happened and I cannot even begin to image how it will end…if this keeps up! 😉

Like most businesses, the new year is about taking in all the experiences -the good and the bad, and planning out how you want to grow from those experiences.

And since I started well past the middle of 2012, I don’t have tons of experiences to go by but those I do have I will take in with extreme care and speculation as to how they will encourage my growth for 2013.

One lovely lady, The Suitcase Entrepreneur, I have been watching, as she grows her business, has inspired me to go all out in 2013 and I cannot wait to share with you all the new opportunities and challenges Virtual Administrative Assisting will face in the coming months.

Right now I am working on developing a website, which is why this blog has been slightly set to the side as of the late, but hang in there with me! This is my first milestone of the year to accomplish and hopefully it will launch by the end of February!

Stay tuned for more VAA goals and accomplishments for the new year…

What’s your #1 goal to accomplish this year? Share in the comments below!

Tips About Hiring A Virtual Assistant

There are many decisions to make when considering a VA or if you should even use one at all. I would like to point out a few things to try and some essential qualities you can look for while you are searching for your ideal service provider. This can also be helpful to Virtual Assistants looking to improve their worth, by examining how you position yourself in your service based business.

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#1 Set up a trial test. This will be your greatest advantage in determining how well you will be able to work together. Setting up a trial period of two weeks, a month, or by allocating a certain task, that represents the projects you will be assigning to your VA, will open a huge perspective of what your business is all about.#2 It will also showcase the quality of work your Virtual Assistant can offer.

Some questions you might ask yourself after this trial are:

  • Do the tasks you assign get completed within the time frame you specified?
  • Is their communication thorough?
  • Do they respond within a timely fashion?
  • Did they perform the tasks with quality in mind?
  • Did they actually do what they said they would or collaborate with you about any changes?
  • Have any questions been asked?

#3 Reputation. Another great way to decide if a VA is right for you is to ask for references, just like you would in a job application. If they don’t have any experience, then your best option will be to set up the trial test and gauge their commitment to you and the quality of their work. Or you can ask for character, ethical work experience or about their ability to work diligently type of references  instead of the typical references.

#4 Communication. Oh, I know you’ve heard it before, but it really is the foundation to any relationship, especially professional relationships. Not only does the client need to voice their needs, goals, and expectations but the assistant will have those too. So be sure to ask your Virtual Assistant if they have any requirements when working together like preferred communication method, project hour availability, what projects they enjoy working on and which niche areas they are proficient in.

One key quality to watch for is how timely they respond and if it is acceptable for your needs. If not, just ask for regular check-ins and see how well they commit.

So here’s what to look for:

  • Get Familiar with a Trial Test 
  • Measurable Efficiency & Quality 
  • Solid Reputation
  • Timely & Thorough Communication

You should be able to gauge how your relationship with a Virtual Assistant will work with these basic, yet essential tips and ideas.

Let me know how these tips worked for you by commenting below? Or share your methods on how to determine if a service provider like a Virtual Assistant will be a fit for you?     

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Pinterest Marketing- Value Of Your Image

In my last post I talked about the type of descriptions that create more traffic. But ultimately, it is more important to have a (((powerful eye-catching image))) than an awesome description. Here is why images are what pinners see first! Images are more stimulating they can often tell a story without even reading the caption or description. They offer a quicker way to analyze if the pin is worth their time to dig deeper and learn more about what it is that is being offered.

So don’t underestimate that a picture is worth a thousand words.

Now that you know the an image may just be the key to boost your repins, likes, ect. Pin something that’s bright, sparks curiosity, tells a story without even reading the description.

Goal: Aim for powerful, meaningful, unique images to drive traffic.

Try some of these out:
Informational Graphics – free resource
Checklists
Click Buttons – free resource
Tutorials
Videos – free screen recording tools

~ Olivia

P.S. If you have any other suggestions, comment below. Or, if you have any questions, I’d be happy to help.

Pinterest Marketing: What To Include In Your Description

How awesome is it that Pinterest is now offering business profiles?!

I think that it is absolutely amazing and has so much potential to offer any business owner- large or small. You can sell products like jewelry, home decor, and Ebooks or offer blog content with advice, opt-in freebies, and how-tos. However, the list is absolutely endless. I would highly suggest learning more about how to market your business.

To create a Pinterest business account click here

Here are some great tips to include in your description to ensure you get noticed in the sea of pins-

CTA– This is short for Call To Action. Do you know what this might be? Well, its is a group of words that invite your viewers to sign up for your opt-ins, repin your recipe, or click on your blog post. So the few CTA words to consider are- Repin, Click Here, Sign Up, ect. And remember the importance of CTA words entice your audience to take ACTION.

Links– These allow users to click on your link in which Pinterest then directs to your site, blog, ect and additionally it allows you to get credit for your pin if someone else pins it onto their board. Plus, some individuals don’t know to click on the picture to be directed to your site. **Note- When you are setting up your pin be sure to edit it and include where your pin links to.  

Price– If you are selling a product or service be sure to include your price for a few reasons. One, Pinners will know that this pin is for a product/service for sale. Two, you can automatically be added into the gifts section of Pinterest.  **Note, in order to put a price banner on your pin, you can type anywhere in the description ($-.–) and a banner will automatically appear.

SEO Keywords– This one is kind of a no brainer, but some of you who are new to marketing must know that it is always important to include important words that describe your product/service. If you are selling jewelry, try comparing these descriptions 1.) Repin this awesome jewelry for $4.99. vs. 2.) Click Here to buy Ocean Daze Jewelry- sparkly sterling silver stud earrings at $4.99. Now, which one is more effective, catchy, and concise. Tip- include #hashtags by your keywords like twitter users to get higher ranks in the search results of Pinterest like so #studearrings

Click Buttons– Incorporating buttons on your pictures can significantly increase your repins and traffic. The buttons should be CTA words like described above. They don’t have to necessarily be clickable because when you click on a pin it will direct you to the original site if you set it up correctly (see links for a brief description). To add buttons to your photos use this free tool here. No registration either is a big plus!

So there you have it, the important pieces to make successful pins on Pinterest. Remember to share this post and get the word out about a brand new marketing strategy and comment below if you have any questions about how to set all this into motion for your business.

~ Olivia

P.S. Do you have anything to share? Did you find this helpful? Comment below. I’d love to hear your feedback!

Who Can Use A Virtual Assistant

Who Uses VA’s? If you’re like me when I started thinking about becoming a VA, you may be wondering “What type of businesses invest in using Virtual Assistants?” Perhaps you are even considering hiring a Virtual Assistant yourself and are wondering “Could I hire a VA?” And quite honestly any business owner, who has administrative responsibility, can leverage their business on VA’s. Especially these industries Authors, Coaches, Entrepreneurs, Accountants, Medical Offices, Realtors, Lawyers, and Financial Services.

What does a VA have to offer? VA’s handle many administrative task (i.e.  email management, data entry/organization, and travel arrangements) and more often than not offer speciality or “niche” services and solutions like social media marketing, graphic design, project management, website development, product launch, and the list goes on… Ultimately, your VA is your personal support. Some one who is there to hold your hand or offer solutions to your challenging tasks.

Benefit of using a VA? Many use a VA for cost efficiency. Virtual Assistants provide their own office equipment,  internet/phone services, training, sick/vacation/holiday pay, taxes, and insurance, which certainly puts more money in your pocket.

***If you are not in one of the mentioned industries listed in the first paragraph, I’d love to chat with you to see if a Virtual Assistant would support your business needs.

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