You’ve finally achieved your goal of working from home and you’re ecstatic! You can’t wait to have all of the flexibility that you have read about working from home will bring you. Your work-life balance is about to be so on point and your life will become all the better for it. No more getting home in the evenings from a long day at the office and fighting traffic on your commute home. Your commute is about to become 10 seconds. You’ll be able to get everything done around the house and get your work done. Does all of this sound familiar to you? I’ve had a home office for over 16 years now, but I still remember my thoughts and feelings when I first began to work from a home office. However, little did I know that working from home is a learning process and in order to do it successfully, you have to put some boundaries in place. If not, you may find that the blissfulness of working from home can turn into a nightmare of chaos if you don’t learn how to master it. Below are some tips to help you get off to a great start of working from home.
There are many qualities that a virtual assistant should have. One of the primary attributes is being proactive. An excellent virtual assistant should go the extra mile to try and make things easier for her clients. She shouldn’t always wait in the wings for the client to provide instruction on what to do or how to do things. Of course, a virtual assistant will need some initial direction of how to support the client. However, there are some things that the virtual assistant can do to work with the client proactively.
People have told me that I have high standards when it comes to the service that I provide. I thought this quite odd to hear. After all, I do operate a service-based business. In my opinion, my clients deserve to get the best possible service. I don’t believe in doing tasks half-heartedly and strive to do them correctly. Don’t get me wrong, I know that people are human, and mistakes are bound to happen, but I also believe that you should put measures in place to prevent them at all costs.
Below are some ways that you can provide the best quality service to your clients:
Running a homebased or small business is an exciting and thrilling challenge. You have much more freedom when you’re working for yourself; however, your new found freedom can also become an obstacle for you. When you work for someone else you are told when to work and how long. When you work for yourself you don’t have anyone looking over your shoulder and telling you when to do your work. You may find yourself struggling to manage your time and be productive while running your small business. There are several things that you can do to ensure that you stay productive and stay in business.
We’ve all been there. You meet someone at a networking event or you’re referred to someone that you would like to do business with. After the connection has been made, your next step is to get a meeting scheduled with your new contact. Therefore, you want to put your best foot forward and send a message that will land you a meeting. In today’s technological world, your method of contact will most likely be digital, either through e-mail or a social media direct message. There are a few items that should always be included in your message that will help you increase your chances of scheduling a meeting.
If you’re like most of us you receive a tremendous amount of e-mail each day. It can grow like a wildfire and you can spend a lot of time each day just weeding through it. E-mail marketing is big business and many companies are vying for our attention. As a result you can receive numerous newsletters, some that you don’t even remember signing up to receive. Wading through all of this each day can really eat into your time and take valuable time away that you can spend working on your business. However, you can save a lot of time by delegating this task. If you haven’t thought of this before you may be wondering how someone could help you manage your e-mail inbox. Below I will explain how you can go about delegating your e-mail management.
If you’re a speaker, trainer or business coach and host your own workshops, seminars, retreats, etc., you know how time consuming and overwhelming it can be to plan these events. One of the main aspects is to find your venue. There is a lot involved in selecting the right location and if you’re busy running other aspects of your business, finding the time to research venues is just one other thing to add to your growing to do list. However, this task is something that you can most certainly delegate. If you’re unsure of how or what aspects of this task that you can delegate I’ve outlined them below.
If you travel frequently for business you know that finding a great hotel for your trip is essential. Of course, if you travel to the same cities you will most likely establish a favorite hotel for each city. However, if you’re just beginning your travel or if you’re traveling to a new territory you will need to find a new hotel. This can be a daunting and time-consuming task, but the following tips can help you ensure that you find the perfect hotel to suit your needs.
When thinking of things that you can delegate to your virtual assistant calendar management should come to mind if you’re always in meetings or on the go. Managing your schedule can take up a tremendous amount of your time, so it’s definitely something that you should outsource. There are many benefits to having your virtual assistant manage your calendar.
As you may have discovered by now, not all service providers are created equal. While this may not mean that they provide bad service, you just may not be the right fit for each other. The same holds true when it comes to finding the right virtual assistant for your business.