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Join Lindsey as she speaks to American Business Women’s Association, South East Express Network, this Thursday in Pearland Texas. She will be discussing how small businesses can benefit from using Hootsuite social media tool.

We hope you can join her. Please register at www.seenabwa.org

Some people go into virtual assisting for a full-time career, leaving behind an office job or just going straight into virtual work out of college. Others want to get into virtual administration but may not know how to navigate part-time virtual assisting.

Virtual assisting offers the great ability to work as much or as little as you need–as different clients have a different amount of work they need completing on a weekly and monthly basis.

Taking the time to research, network, and put yourself out there with your skillset as a virtual assistant is the main way to find work, but once you are out looking, you also have the availability to find work that fits your schedule and lifestyle needs.

Below are some virtual assisting positions that are great part-time opportunities for virtual administrators.

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We live in a technological world which means we have a lot of tools, both online and offline, available for us to make life easier.

As a virtual assistant, you will be wearing many hats depending on what the company you work for needs you to do. You may do administrative work, bookkeeping, scheduling or social media. This seems like a lot and keeping organized may be difficult, but that is why knowing the right virtual tools for success can make a huge difference in what your life and your desk look like.

Meadows VA School came up with a list of the top virtual tools for virtual assisting success. Below we discuss the major ones that may be helpful to your virtual administration career.

Shared Drives

Google Drive is the major platform when it comes to sharing files these days and for good reason. You can create documents, excel sheets and power point all within the drive and share and collaborate with ease.

Most times, you will be working alongside your company to create, edit and finalize ideas and other forms of work. Being able to jump into a document, create it, send it and see others comments in one spot is so much easier than printing, emailing and waiting for a response. It also allows you to be a part of the project from start to finish.

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There are many instances when being self-taught can be a cost-saving way of becoming trained in a certain field. While this may work, you may be shortchanging yourself on many different opportunities you may have found putting a little money out to get formally trained. Most times, you do not need to pay thousands of dollars for a college degree and can instead get certified and trained in a field without much money being put out there.

Virtual assisting is a field that is best left to be taught by the professionals. There is much to learn on the subject and you need to be the best you can be with the knowledge to properly conduct yourself in a way that will continue to a lucrative and fulfilling career. Here is why being trained as a virtual assistant is a great career move:

All Information is Located in One Place

Being taught formally in virtual assisting can help keep everything you need to learn organized. What does this mean? Well, you will have learning modules, PDF’s or Powerpoints made available to you that are easily accessible if you are ever in a bind. Most VA School’s offer many workbook pages and other pieces of information that can be kept in the same place.

Meadows VA School’s Best Practices is an organized list of all the best practices for virtual assisting all in one place.

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As a virtual assistant, you are going to be working with one or multiple companies on a daily basis. This may seem simple enough, but if you do not put forth your best effort as a virtual administrator, you will see quickly that you are either not getting the best clients you can or losing clients because you are not putting the work in on your end to show them what an asset you are to their company.

Meadows VA School compiled a list of Virtual Assistant Best Practices that should be followed to become successful in the industry. Below is a snippet of the four main components of the best practices.

Communication

Communicating with you and your clients is a key to success. Without knowing what you may be doing for work on the other end of the computer, a company may believe you aren’t doing the work they asked of you.

Communicating with clients should be discussed before work begins and how many times you should be communicating per day or per week should be established.

Check-ins allow you to check in for any new work you may need to complete and also shows you are taking the initiative to keep your client updated on what you are working on and what you have completed.

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Congratulations, you just hired a virtual personal assistant for the first time. You needed the extra help, saw the growth within the virtual assistant job market and decided that having a virtual assistant would help you towards your own business goals. But, now what?

Unlike in-office employees where there is on boarding, training, etc. you are now hiring an employee who could be a town over, a state over, or even in another country, so how do you figure out what they should do and teach them how to do it?

There are many ways you can go about this virtual assistant training so that your virtual assistant will be knowledgeable and ready to take on the daily tasks without questions in no time. Below are ways to delegate tasks to a new virtual personal assistant.

Be a welcoming employer, first and foremost:

There is an immediate distance between yourself and your virtual assistant that comes from not working in the same office. While virtual assistants know they will not be feeling the same as if they were in office, you as the employer also need to make sure they feel welcomed enough to stay. Unfortunately, virtual positions make coming and going much easier–so best to make your new virtual assistant want to come on and stay.

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Please join me and many other speakers at the first annual WEWEN Empowering Business Conference. I will be conducting three break out session and would love to have you there for this live event. This is a benefit for local area women’s scholarships. Education, Networking, and Shopping available. They are also taking sponsors, participants, and vendors at the moment. Please visit www.wewen.org for more information.

Empowering Business Conference

Lone Star College University Park West Dining Hall

Friday May 19th 10AM to 3PM

Speaking Topics by Lindsey Meadows

Optimized Resumes, How to Hire the Perfect Person, Start Up Secret- Virtualization, How to Create Productive Accountable Teams.

Brutally Honest Resume Advice from a Career Recruiter
Brutally Honest Resume Advice from a Career Recruiter

Let’s face it, you have a bad resume. It’s okay; you threw it together one evening after too many drinks with little to no training on how writing a resume should be done and have received no prior resume advice. The hiring managers and recruiters rarely contact you back when you submit it and you have no earthly idea why you are not getting called in for an interview.

Your resume sucks, that is why you are not getting any love from the hiring manager—just being honest. Worse off, it sucks so bad that no one has the heart to tell you, which puts you at a disadvantage. As a human resources professional, with over ten years of experience recruiting for over a dozen industries both public and private, I have seen some badly written resumes.

An example includes one epic twelve-page cover letter that detailed every sordid detail of one applicant’s whole life story. It was riveting to read, but he didn’t get the job. I did, however, let him know gently that he was not what we were looking for, but that he should pursue a career in writing, I hope he did. If you want to know why you are not getting any calls back, I am about to set you straight on resume etiquette and give some resume advice. Continue Reading

Join us for our weekly Coffee Cup call. The first week in March we will be talking about what you can do as a virtual administrator. We hope to see you there. To RSVP your space please visit Eventbright.

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