Happy Easter (and an Announcement!)

HAPPY EASTER!

I hope you had a blessed and wonderful Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Ours was hectic but it was really good at the same time.

ANNOUNCEMENT

So, this may seem a little random but I want to share what is happening and how it will affect the blog.

So, a few weeks ago, I started working with someone as an administrative specialist. Doing that work reawakened in me my love of administrative work. I love serving others and getting things do and I LOVE helping solo business owners gain freedom and focus so they can serve their clients.

Therefore, after a lot of prayer and discernment, I have decided to re-launch my administrative support business. I am very excited about this but in re-opening the business will require some changes. In particular, it will leave less time for this blog and my personal Facebook group.

To be clear, I am not abandoning this ministry, just scaling down. Instead of blogging weekly, I will be blogging at least once a month and hopefully twice a month. It just depends on my time availability. I also will not be doing any coaching – at least for a while. Only God knows what will happen but It will be good!

God bless!

(P.S. My Administrative website isn’t quite updated yet so please be patient. Products, offers, and info coming shortly.)

Virtual Assistance 101: Services a Virtual Assistant may Provide

Admin AssistantIn all truth, the services that a Virtual Assistant (Administrative Support Consultant) provides will depend largely on your particular needs and the skill set and knowledge of the administrative professional with whom you choose to work. That doesn’t mean that you have to partner with someone who doesn’t have all the skills you are looking for, as long as she is willing to learn and grow in her knowledge (which most are!).

At the same time, the services that can be rendered by an Administrative Support Consultant is only limited by your imagination! When you first start working with your Consultant, you will usually come up with an immediate plan of action; and then, as you grow in your partnership and relationship, more things will be discovered that she can take over for you.

Having said all this, I am going to you a general idea of some of the things that can be taken off your plate:

Writing services. Documentation creation and formatting; proofreading and editing; researching; and ghostwriting.

Travel arrangements. Booking airline tickets; car rental or limo services; hotel booking; and provide detailed itinerary summary.

Customer and vendor relations. Answer questions of customers and vendors; find sponsors and products for promotions and giveaways; create and maintain registrations for any classes you may have; deal with payments and problems.

Social Media Management. Promote events or products on Facebook pages, Twitter and other social media sites; maintain current profiles; automate status updates where appropriate.

Other services: Look for ways to promote client; reminders of important dates; keep a detailed schedule for client; order gifts; be a sounding board and resource.

Some Administrative Consultants also provide separate service offerings that have different listing prices depending on their special skill set such as: WordPress Assistance; Facebook Page creation and customizing; shopping cart assistance; email marketing; etc.

If you don’t already know the services you need or looking for, a quick read through different websites of Administrative Support Consultants and VAs will give you quite a list of of services! Or, if you have a particular need, but don’t see it on the website of an administrative professional you may want to work with, just ask. Most would be more than willing to either provide that particular service for you or direct you to someone who can. 🙂

Next week, I’m going to delve into something you may be already curious about: rates!

Have you missed any part of this series? Check them out here:

Introduction

What a Virtual Assistant Really Is

What a Virtual Assistant Is Not

What’s in a Name? (A little blurb about terminology)

How to Become a Virtual Assistant

Benefits of Working with a Virtual Assistant

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Virtual Assistance 101: Benefits of Working With a VA

Admin AssistantUp until now in this series we talked about what a Virtual Assistant is; what a Virtual Assistant is not; we talked a little about terminology and how to become a Virtual Assistant. To finish up the series, the next few weeks I am going to talk about the benefits of working with an Administrative Consultant, the services an Administrative Consultant provide, rates and then, finally, how to choose the perfect Administrative Consultant for you.

On to the benefits of working with an Administrative Support Consultant (Virtual Assistant):

One of the most important things (one of many things!) I learned from Danielle is the difference between features and benefits. When you see a lot (most, actually) of Virtual Assistant websites, the Virtual Assistants talk about how clients don’t have to pay the expenses of health insurance or other benefits; they talk about how clients don’t have to deal with taxes, or how they (the VA) has their own equipment, etc. I used to list these on my website, too; but,  as I’ve learned, these are features, NOT benefits.

So what are the REAL benefits of working with an Administrative Support Consultant (VA)?

More time. Time to work ON your business as well as IN your business. Time to network and build your customer base. Time to cultivate your current client relationships. Time to focus on those things in your business that you love and best at.

Increased profitability. Working with an Administrative Support Consultant (ASC) may not directly make you money; but, by relieving you of your administrative duties, you will be able to focus on revenue generating activities, creating passive revenue streams and focusing on increasing your billable hours.

Greater efficiency. An Administrative Support Consultant can help you put business systems in place that will allow you to work more effectively and efficiently.

Creative space. When you work with an ASC, you will gain the creative space and freedom you need you grow and build your business.

More energy and less stress. When you have a partner on your side, handling many (or all) the administrative and non-revenue generating responsibilities, you will have less stress because you will not have to burden of doing everything yourself. You may even have the time to take some much needed time off!

Proactive partner. You don’t have to do it alone – even you mommy bloggers!. If you are doing everything alone, you may be shortchanging yourself  and the potential growth of your business. When you partner with an Administrative Support Consultant you can have someone who will be a sounding board for you to bounce off ideas. You can have access to all the skills, experience, talents, connections and resources of your administrative partner.

Next week, I’ll talk about the services that an Administrative Support Consultant typically provide.