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You, as a client, felt growing pains in your business and decided to hire a virtual assistant to take on tasks you can no longer handle. While most virtual assistants and clients work well together, there are some common trends among clients as to what tends to happen with virtual assistants who, perhaps, do not mesh well with the client’s business or work needs.

It is important to create a clear and concise contract that both yourself, as the client, and the virtual assistant can agree upon and come back to, but sometimes, there are still some snags that occur.

Below are some common trends among virtual assistants that clients have found to be issues:

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As a virtual, it is an easy to sign onto a position as it is to sign off. Some clients have found that virtual assistants can come and go quite easily based on the virtual portion of the position. You are not required to step into an office to count as a workday, so when the work becomes tougher, or the virtual becomes uninterested, some may leave without notice or explanation.

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Sales funnels may sound like a buzz word in any industry, but they are actually a keep part of virtual assisting success. You may have to seek your first few clients out via job boards, but once you have some clout and background, you want to create a sales funnel so that people who come across your portfolio page or website want to learn more about you and what you can offer.

A sales funnel usually begins with offering a very reduced-rate or free piece of information to grab readers and clients into your email list. From here, you can leverage that information as you please, whether it be getting more people chatting about you as a virtual assistant or reaching out to potential clients on what more you can offer besides the freebie.

Below are tips on how to create a successful sales funnel and niche-specific examples:

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As a virtual assistant, your goal is to acquire clients in which you are both a great fit for each other, the job fits your schedule, and you can sustain-ably work the job in terms of payment. The first step before all of this happens is to navigate job boards as a means to find valuable virtual administration employment.

A job board in any field may be a little intimidating, but as a virtual assistant, you need to ensure you are not only searching for jobs catering to the virtual assistant world but that the job itself is legitimate–as the internet can be a scary place.

Below are tips on how to successfully navigate a job board from your first look to after initial outreach of jobs you apply for:

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Any field has their busy months and their slow months and virtual assisting is no different. You may not be in office, but you will have to ride the high’s and low’s as any other employee would.

Slow times can be scary, especially as a virtual when you may or may not be a salaried worker and pay is not guaranteed. While you should always be keeping a sharp eye on those aspects of employment, below are some ways to leverage slow months in a positive way so that when busy season starts up again, you are ready to take on virtual administration at an even more experienced level:

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Virtual VS Traditional

Hire virtual assistants versus full-time employees? is a question that more and more businesses are asking themselves. Cost and following traditional work arrangements can deter some employers from choosing virtual workers. As a result businesses often feel like they are succeeding when they have a growing roster of employees. What that really shows is the growth of overhead and the commitment of resources that are not driving revenue. The hidden costs of on-site employees.

Reality of Traditional

Yet, the hidden costs of on-site employees are far greater than a business might expect. Office space, furniture, equipment, utilities, benefits, PTO, breaks, unproductive time to name a few. Add human resource needs to the mix, liabilities, and the current procedures necessary in letting someone go if they are not working out and we can see it’s not an apples to apples comparison. Continue Reading

person running on subway platform for virtual assistant blog photoYou are either looking at hiring a virtual assistant or have just done so but you haven’t utilized an employee or contractor through an exclusively virtual format. How do you manage them?

We will examine some best practices on how to proceed through the unfamiliar territory of virtual assistant services. The keys are the same as applied to traditional employees: communication, organization, process and procedure. Continue Reading

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