For most people, designing graphics presents a challenge. They may be great at what they do whether it is writing, speaking, or coaching, but they may just have difficulty creating the artwork needed for their business. People are visual creatures. Every business needs things like logos, brochures and newsletters. You may need a t-shirt for a trade show. You may need some items to put in goodie bags to help you promote your business or banners for a social media campaign.Whatever the case, all of these things need high quality graphics. Don’t feel stumped. You don’t have to design all of these things on your own. There is a way you can get high quality graphics created for your business at a reasonable price. Read the rest of this post to find out how.Details
In today’s globalized, decentralized, wireless economy, more and more businesses are hiring “virtual employees” – employees who work remotely, often from home, and who may rarely or never come into the office. Needless to say, managing these employees from afar can be challenging. Effective virtual management begins with hiring the right people and continues with regular, frequent communication and recognition of success.
1) Hire the right people. The successful virtual employee is a disciplined self-starter who is productive in an isolated environment but is wise enough to maintain connections with other outside communities. The employee must also be trustworthy, self-reliant, organized, efficient, and dedicated to their own and the company’s success.Details
As small business owners, we usually wear many hats. Small business owners are the human resources department, finance department, and marketing department all wrapped up in one person. Oh and we also have to actually deliver our products or services to our clients. Our families expect to see us at some point in the day as well. Some small business owners work a regular job in addition to running their business. So how do you balance all of these responsibilities without pulling your hair out? Quit trying to do everything yourself. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know I’m a big fan of delegation. Using a virtual assistant can help you get add some extra hours in your day. Read the rest of this blog post to discover how a virtual assistant can help you in your business.Details
Here’s another guest blog post by Mitch Mitchell. This one is about a subject I love talking about–outsourcing.
Take it away Mitch!
I’ve been a sole proprietor for more than eight years. During my first three years, I pretty much did everything for myself. Now, when you’re not making big money, there are some things that don’t make any sense for you to spend your money on. For instance, spending a lot of money on big marketing campaigns don’t make much sense because if you work for yourself it’s actually more about getting a few clients under your belt, making some money first to establish yourself, and then maybe thinking about branching out and becoming larger through big marketing campaigns.Details
I’ve been doing a telecall series about outsourcing over the past few weeks and I’ve been learning a lot from my guests. Here are some things to do before you partner with a virtual assistant.
Make friends with as many virtual assistants as possible. You can find vas all over the place. Just go to twitter search and type in virtual assistant and start following virtual assistants. Once you have befriended a few you can see what their life is like and how they can fit in with your business. Also if you talk to a few virtual assistants you’ll get a better idea of what the going rate is for the task you’re trying to achieve. Another thing you should do is have a list of things you feel comfortable handing off to a va ready before you partner with one. These are a few tips to help make partnering with a virtual assistant an easy thing to do.