Difficult decisions virtual assistants make often first come as a result of hearing about and deciding to become a VA. The next step is to acquire the mindset of a CEO, entrepreneur, and business owner. However, having the right mindset doesn’t mean that you won’t have difficult decisions to make.
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Last week we started off slow with the Difficult Decisions Virtual Assistants Make as a business owner. That first decision to learn more about becoming a VA and then taking action to become a virtual assistant are very important steps! As empowering and exciting as it may be to discover
Difficult decisions virtual assistants make are all part of being a business owner and an entrepreneur, especially as we head into the time of year where it’s natural to look back and reflect. During your own personal year in review, we thought that many of those who may wish to
Here is another set of productivity tips for you… Have you ever had a client tell you that you need to hire a VA? That is not a good sign! Yet we often forget that the way to do more and be productive is to actually do less. You know
Productivity tips – here’s one of my best… Virtual assistants love their tools. We all have our favorites. There is no one right or wrong platform. There is, however, a platform that was created just for you – Adminja! This is productivity on steroids! Adminja is the all-in-one client management
Active listening. Do I have you listening based on the title? Full disclosure, I didn’t come up with it. My friend, CEO of PeopleG2 and author of The Power of Company Culture hosted a webinar with this title and I knew I had to tune in. With his permission, I’ll
On last week’s productivity post, I left you with one of my new favorite quotes, “Rest is the new hustle”. If you haven’t read it yet, I encourage you to check it out. Productivity tips for virtual assistants is not an easy topic to write about. I know how productive
Writing a blog post on productivity tips for virtual assistants to some of the most productive people in the workforce is no easy task. In fact, you’ll never see me sharing articles on productivity on any of my personal business platforms for three reasons. The first reason is that for
In last week’s blog I discussed how getting back to your virtual assistant business should start by assessing the situation, then taking anticipatory steps and planning. In this week’s blog I’ll discuss why using the last quarter of the year is a great time to start or launch a new
Summer has a natural way of changing how we run our virtual assistant business. However, as VAs we are natural planners so it’s no surprise that many of us will be planning and fine tuning for the last quarter of the year a few months ahead of time. Of course,
In last week’s blog, Association of Virtual Assistants member Lee Edralinda of Virtualee shared her expertise on getting back to your virtual assistant business. The first step covered was thinking like a CEO – your mindset. This week Lee shares the actionable steps to take as the CEO of your virtual assistant
In this month’s blog series, Association of Virtual Assistants member Lee Edralinda of Virtualee shares her expertise on getting back to your virtual assistant business. When you’re running a virtual assistant business during the summer, you can’t help but get disrupted. Attending outings with family and friends because you want to catch
Last week I shared my best five tips for running your virtual assistant business while traveling – internationally. But what do you after you arrive? How can you enjoy all that another country has to offer, manage your clients, and make sure nothing falls through the cracks. The short answer
Running your virtual assistant business while traveling — is it really possible? Over the last few weeks two of our AVA members, Jaime Feinberg & Lizabeth Wesley-Casella, shared their best tips for not only operating their virtual assistant businesses while traveling but caretaking and being a full-time RVer. I get
Travel while working, is it possible? In last week’s blog post, Association of Virtual Assistants founding member, Jamie Feinberg, shared her story of how she became a VA and full-time RVer. Now Jamie will share how she runs a successful business and what you should know if you would like
Travel While Working… Being a virtual assistant doesn’t necessarily mean you are a stay-at-home mom. What it does mean is that you work from wherever you are, not where your clients are. This creates a lot of opportunities for those who wish to take advantage of such a lifestyle. Association
Not all virtual assistants are stay-at-home moms. However, that doesn’t mean that a virtual assistant is not taking care of a loved one. Virtual Assistants take care of many challenging situations for their clients, as well as their families. Many of those family demands come in the form of caretaking
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Running Your Virtual Assistant Business During the Summer: Working With a Disrupted Routine Last week we discussed taking a vacation and disconnecting. However, with the longer days, day trips, events with the kids, and what seem like more opportunities to break routine I was curious to find out if our
Ericka Pardun Ericka Pardun is a Techie VA/Certified OBM combo with over 10 years of experience working in a variety of capacities. I love working on making technology work for others and making things more efficient. Connect With Ericka Pardun: Website: erickapardun.com Why I recommend AVA: I think this group is filled
Jamie Feinberg Jamie Feinberg is an experienced administrator, educator and performing artist, I’ve worked as a leader in arts administration, performance and education. Connect With Jamie Feinberg: LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jamiefeinberg Why I recommend AVA: AVA is a wonderful group of extremely supportive VA’s. There’s always someone there with an answer to a question
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Lizabeth Wesely Casella Lizabeth Wesely Casella is a professional VA specializing in small business, executive and entrepreneur support. I have 20+ years supporting private and non-profit groups and I recently started to build L-12 Services, my VA & Business Consulting brand. I speak and advocate for eating disorders and weight
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Bonnie Schutz Bonnie Schutz has been a career Executive Admin that 2 years ago decided to venture out of corporate America into the land of virtual assisting. I created my company Tandem Resource Solutions (TRS) as a VA and recruiter of admins for in-office positions. I now manage an agency
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Running Your Virtual Assistant Business During the Summer: Personal Routines and Challenges with Children At Home In our last article we discussed how four of our AVA founding members manage client work during the summer This week we’re going to discuss how and if this affects their own personal routines
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Heather Nitch As a Virtual Assistant and Business Manager, I am here to take on the behind-the-scenes efforts of what it takes to manage an online business. Let me handle those things that make you look like the expert you are. Connect With Heather Nitch: Website: heatherdnitch.com Why I recommend AVA: The
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With a background in Information Technology, Administration, and Training, Regina Baker, Award Winning Internet Business Consultant and Executive Virtual Assistant helps professional speakers by implementing administrative as well as technical processes and systems for efficiency and profits. Connect With Me: Website: askreginabaker.com Why I recommend AVA: Networking, Collaboration, Support, and Training. My
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My name is Alicia Mathis, the owner of MAK Virtual Services and a Veteran. I have more than 15 years’ experience in administrative support. I have worked for various organizations in the US and Iraq. I have also worked as a logistics coordinator and personal assistant. I have not only
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I help coaches and leaders launch and run podcasts, and manage the operations side of their businesses. I achieved my MBA and have over 20 years of office experience followed by 5 years in the digital marketing arena. I am a member of the Association of Virtual Assistants, Next Big
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Alicia Peterkin is the Founder & CEO of New Methods Consulting, Inc. With over 20 years of extensive experience in Customer Service, Business Administration, Operations Management, and Human Resources Management, Alicia and her team of virtual support professionals, known as Methodologists, help busy professionals shift out of overwhelm and into
Founder of Weisz Collaborative, I am a Full-Time Content Creator, who is skillful in research, editing, and social media platforms. I help entrepreneurs offload essential tasks that take up their valuable time in their business, so they can get back to being creative and put their focus where it matters.
When it comes to the steps of retiring your business you may find that formalizing the succession plan is not as difficult as it sounds. You’re a virtual assistant so that makes you a natural planner in one way, shape, or form. Succession planning is simply the process for identifying
It might seem odd to you to create an exit plan for retiring your business before creating a personal financial plan. However, if you do it the other way around you might not see exiting as a possibility. With a plan in place you can create action steps in your
Running Your Virtual Assistant Business During the Summer: Managing Client Work Many virtual assistants started their businesses with their families and specifically their children in mind. If you have children that are school age you know there will be regular hours when your children are not at home and you
With over a decade of handling back-office administrative tasks, I am a highly motivated professional freelance virtual assistant with experience working with legal firms, insurance agencies, real estate agencies, healthcare offices and affiliate marketers. My name is Jennifer Baker - the owner of Hively VA. I specialize in working for
As the founder of Darlene Walker VA, LLC, I’m passionate about treating each client as my only client and dedicated to their business as if it were my own. When I’m not in my office, you can find me at the beach or the soccer field, dreaming of the beach!
Think it’s too soon to begin developing an exit plan? It’s not too soon. However, it could be too late by the time you start thinking about retiring your business. Before you seek the advice of a trusted Certified Exit Planner go in knowing what questions should be asked and
Retiring your business doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be retiring. You could be moving onto bigger and better things or this could be part of a sale or being acquired. In these times, even if your business reputation for the future isn’t a priority your planning efforts should be.
While we hope this day doesn’t come, should it, your AVA family will support you just the same in rebranding yourself completely on the next career journey you have. This doesn’t mean you are no longer offering the same services. However, it does mean you no longer identify as a
Many virtual assistants start out with a business name and as their business grows find out they have become a brand of their own. In other instances, VAs have formed a partnership and a new business name has to be created. Forming a partnership and agency requires a rebranding because
Rebranding Yourself Completely pt 2 – Creating a Second Company or Consulting Firm Separate From Your VA Business
As a virtual assistant you may find that you are a natural entrepreneur and have been selling multiple - different products and/or services on a single site. As your business grows you may find this confuses the client. You might even notice your new clients are completely different. This is
Rebranding is something VAs love to do! However, most don’t consider the consequences. Rebranding can be done at any time during your career and in business. It doesn’t just happen when you change your title or offer a new service. Before you rebrand you should know what you are doing.
In this series on how to grow your business we have covered: The questions of How to Grow Your Business New Services, Packages, & Pricing Keeping All Your Clients In Mind Now we are going to jump into hiring support for yourself and your business. While your first inclination might be
Chances are, you are thinking about new clients as you grow. Or you might be thinking about the clients you currently have and want to retain. If you are going to grow the right way you’ll need to think about current clients, the clients you’ll gain, and the clients you’ll
When you are thinking about how to grow your business don’t forget to create a new business plan. This is true even if part of your old business plan was to get to where you are now. You’ll want to take note of all the things you’ve done well and
Congratulations! You have gotten to the point in the Life Cycle of a Virtual Assistant where you are ready to grow your business. Or maybe you don’t feel ready but you’re doing to do it anyhow. This is an exciting time but like any business owner there are things you’re going to
In this article series we’ve discussed what diversifying your income streams is and why it’s important, ways to grow your business without leaving the industry and changing your title, and how to earn passive income. What often goes unspoken is that when you diversify your income streams you naturally not
In the last articles we discussed the need for diversifying your incomes streams and how adding to your title to expand your career is a way of diversifying your income. Now let’s discuss passive income streams. With passive income you have the ability to earn money while you sleep, while
In the last article we discussed the need for diversifying your incomes streams. In the upcoming articles we’ll discuss different opportunities for you to explore. The best part is you don’t have to leave the VA industry or change your title. In fact, keeping it helps you! Whenever you start
What does diversifying or having multiple income streams mean? Well, it means you are earning money through more than one source. A stream depicts an abundant flow. Where as one source of income would be a drip of water. The idea of diversifying your income streams can seem a bit
Now that you know how to get clients as a virtual assistant it’s time to grow your book of business. If you missed Part 1 or Part 2 of this blog series I highly suggest reading those first. Once you’ve closed your first client you are on your way towards a full book of
This stage of how to get clients as a virtual assistant is also referred to as niching. In our last article we discussed what to do if you don’t feel you’re ready to niche yet. Niching is one of the stages virtual assistants often resist the most. It can seem limiting and
Do you feel like you have to start your VA business in secret? This isn’t the best scenario for you, but first let’s make sure you have to start in secret. Are you afraid to tell your boss? The first thing to do is know where is the fear coming
The Association of Virtual Assistants supports all virtual assistants including those who are employed. However, if you are looking for VA employment it is not the same as starting your VA business. Don’t feel bad if you aren’t sure what the differences are. It’s because the title of virtual assistant describes how
Whether you start your VA business with clients or from ground zero, congratulations! You did it! You have taken your life and destiny into your own hands and the Association of Virtual Assistants looks forward to support you in the journey. We don’t want this feeling of excitement to end for you.
In the last article we discussed the most common and costly mistakes when you start your VA business. There is so much opportunity ahead and we want you to seize it all! We don’t want you to do it all though. When you start your VA business part-time or as a
Starting your VA business is an exciting time! We at the Association of Virtual Assistants (AVA) love to support and celebrate in the excitement with you! However, we wouldn’t be providing you a service if we didn’t make you aware of some of the most common and costliest mistakes virtual assistants make
There are privileges to being a virtual assistant vs an employee. This is the final blog post in a four-part series. So far we’ve covered: Do you understand what it truly means to assist someone by starting a virtual assistant business? Are you tired of serving clients as a virtual
When it comes to your virtual assistant title or trying to come up with another name for virtual assistant there is more than you think to consider. Part one of this four-part series was, Do you understand what it truly means to assist someone by starting a virtual assistant business? In part
In the first blog post we asked you the question, Do you understand what it truly means to assist someone by starting a virtual assistant business? The next question in this four-part series to ask yourself is, Your virtual assistant clients, are you tired of serving them? When consulting with virtual assistants
In the last article, I shared the life cycle of a virtual assistant. Now I’ll begin covering the life cycle in more depth. When you think about starting a virtual assistant business, you need to determine if being a Virtual Assistant is right for you. There are several key questions to
The Association of Virtual Assistants (AVA) was created by and for VAs at each and every stage of their career. Knowing the life cycle of a virtual assistant means more clarity, provides you with more options and opportunities, as well as helps you paint the vision for any future you wish to
Often even before a person decides to become a VA they will ask how to get clients as a virtual assistant. A common response is to ask what the person wants their niche to be. Don’t worry if this takes a little time. The process is not step-by-step or linear.