Shocking Truth About Being A Remote Support

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Working more than 8 hours a day is an expression of commitment to my job. To run a remote support business, putting more effort and hard work into it is not an easy job. It’s my profession and I want to be accountable for myself. Trying to learn that to be in this business. I have to be fully committed and be determined to go where my business would take me.

When I started my virtual path a few years ago, I thought it would be the same as having a 9 to 5 job. I realized during my journey. There is no holding back about learning the future of being a home based worker. A lot of things could happen. At first, I was not sure that I should be going in this direction. Because I constantly face being criticized of being in front of the computer all the time. Telling me that I should be doing what everyone else is following.

My encounter with several clients that I met online have tested my abilities to its fullest. I surprised at myself for being able to do what I cannot do. Able to deliver great results for what they want. It was a revelation that this type of job could work for me. I don’t like listening to someone who is uncomfortable with the idea of being a home based assistant. Doing work in front of the laptop or computer all the time. I love computers. Their decisions might push me. I don’t want it to dictate how I want to follow my passion.

I am a full-time employee and I learn to love the life as a virtual assistant. They were wrong about the kind of job that would suit me. I was happy to manage to work alone and being able to focus on my job. They added I could end up as a socially awkward person. Honestly, I was not. I volunteer for teaching jobs and join networking. I appreciate the cycle of my obligations. The balance and the freedom I experience made my life simpler compared before.

I finished my teaching certification. Other things like having a few courses up my sleeve really help me to step up in the race. The situation engages me to be fully aware of my skills and capabilities. Not take them for granted and allow me to learn in the process. My job inspires me to be exceptional at what I do. It made me appreciate that not every journey is a one size fits all plan.

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5 Effortless Delegation Skills To Master

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How to start the day to learn delegation skills? Checking your emails, have a few meetings and make important decisions about company marketing, advertising, operations, and management. Think about all those tasks and imagine doing it in a day. Most entrepreneurs, they tend to focus on managing a lot of plans. They failed to see that outsourcing their work (or the work they don’t want to do) to virtual assistants which can be effective for them.

Every day the job schedule of the manager allows him to multitask. With a regular routine that causes burn out and less productivity of a promising business is at stake. Being productive does not mean you have to be resourceful. Like doing everything by yourself as long as you can handle it. That is not being resourceful. If you don’t trust other people to do their job well. You might end up unable to break the issues within yourself that is hindering your success.

Being productive entails proper delegation of tasks to people who can do the job well. Not necessarily relying on someone to do everything. Provide tasks that can bring more purpose and direction to the company. Here are reasons why they play an important role in your business.

1.) They can handle day-to-day tasks. Like internet research and social media marketing.

2.) Small tasks also play a role. Especially on increasing your social media follow and conversions. Assign them to a VA and let them handle the work from there. Give them your expectations and objective in doing the job. Along the way measure and analyze your results.

3.) Special projects, the ones that need special functions for it to be successful. When your business needs them and you cannot find the people to use. There are virtual assistants or teams who accept special jobs and projects. As a business owner, you need not worry about making a space for them in your office. All you have to do is find and employ them virtually.

4.) Managing simple work that correlates to the operation of your business can be time-consuming and considered unnecessary. Like Administrative responsibilities, implementing admin procedures routinely and make sure they fulfill the operations. You can use virtual assistants to do the admin tasks. They have training and can bring more value to the team.

5.) You don’t have to train them. Look for virtual assistants online who can handle special projects. Like transcribe audio to text and make an organize document out of it. Another example is to increase your product profits, you can hire virtual assistants who specialize in marketing. There are a lot of options for you to maximize the resources you can find on the internet.

Overall, how your business performs on a daily basis can make or break your goals. It is not an assurance that doing everything within your capabilities will produce good results. There is no guarantee in being productive without having the right people to help you reach your purpose. The only way to get out of the rut of being a know it all is to find the right people with the right skills who can work with you for long-term results.

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Top 15 Virtual Assistant Niche You Can Identify Yourself

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Learning how to find your virtual assistant niche can be confusing. Some started being a general assistant and some figure out what they really want to do based on their experience. The way how the industry labels someone without niche falls into the general category. You should understand that tasks they do like data entry and secretarial tasks. Not everyone can do this.

There are vast opportunities for freelancers to learn special skills for a specific industry. It is not good to focus on one particular niche. That is why you need to learn how to target your skills to the business you want to be associated. Choosing your virtual assistant niche will get your more clients and make more money.

How do you do that? Let us first identify the different virtual assistant niche.

1.) Audio Transcription – is a service which converts speech (live or recorded) into a written document. It also comes in audio translating from a different language into English.

2.) Event planning – covers from small business events to large corporations. Weddings and parties are also considered a great start for professionals who have experience in this field.

3.) Financial – this category includes bookkeepers, financial consultants, accountants and financial planners.

4.) Real Estate – the job varies from the administrative side of the business, online marketing, and sales support side.

5.) Social Media – we call them social media consultants and experts. They handle most of the social media marketing and strategy to increase the online visibility of their clients. Most companies hire a social media virtual assistant. Others use a full-time social media manager.

6.) E-commerce – Online stores need a lot of tasks to fulfill especially when it comes to orders and customer service. This category covers order processing, return/exchanges, manage inventory, order products, website maintenance, press releases and handling back office support.

7.) Medical – this area requires that you should have a medical degree and experience. The job entails you to do administrative work, electronic medical record management, medical transcription, research and reporting, medical data mining and analysis, social media marketing and website maintenance.

8.) Content Writer – This specialized area requires writers who have the ability to write content for people to small and large companies. They produce content for the blog with SEO, product and website reviews, marketing, ebooks, short stories and more. You can do ghost writing for an author within this section.

9.) Entertainment – You can work with management firms, entertainment agencies, talent managers, producers and related positions within this category. The tasks include general administrative tasks, online research, planning, scheduling, creating proposals and contracts, newsletters and managing expenses.

10.) Sports – Part of the job is to do online research, managing databases for the past and current scoring of teams, make sports related content and online marketing. Some virtual assistants started organizing conferences, sell sports program and products, updating the website, PayPal reports, and customer relationship calls.

11.) Legal – Every lawyer needs a legal assistant who does the following:

  • Prepare wills, powers of attorney, corporate documents, agreements, legal forms, and court forms from precedents, digital dictation sent by .wav files, emails, and fax;
  • Attend at the court office to file documents;
  • Attend at adjournments and to set trial dates;
  • Liaise with Legal Aid and the Crown’s office;
  • Work on backlog in document production;
  • Prepare accounts;
  • Assemble the information (such as photos and documents) for evidence books;
  • Complete reporting letters and post-closing follow-ups using merge letters and a summary;
  • Highlight the duplicate asset purchase books and discoveries;
  • Transcribe the recording of meetings;
  • Attend at discoveries to take notes and to transcribe;
  • Answer forwarded phones, arrange for courier pickups and deliveries, make travel arrangements, and order supplies.

12.) Educational – This section refers to the ESL teachers and virtual assistant masters who offer online training. Target educational institutions, schools, and companies. Most of the tasks are pure teaching and some additional administrative work in their repertoire.

13.) Bankruptcy – Virtual Bankruptcy Assistants take care of everyday tasks like working with lawyers in filing bankruptcy forms, contracts and do online marketing for them. You can avail of training here.

14.) Human Resources – This field requires a background in Human Resources. Having an experience is a plus. Most of the work done is hiring employees for the company, doing background checks, interviewing online using Skype, manage job postings, make newsletters and announcements.

15.) Sales – Virtual sales assistant do the following:

  • assist with sales reports
  • schedule calls for the sales team
  • take hand written notes and log them into the CRM software.
  • follow-up with the sales team to remind them to enter information into the CRM.
  • conduct research on prospective customers.
  • listen to call and check log notes for your sales person to input into CRM.
  • ensure the follow-ups scheduled at the right interval.
  • conduct research on cold and warm leads.

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