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Starting a Business? Partner with a Virtual Assistant and Strengthen your Foundation

By Jennie Lyon / August 8, 2014

Starting a business in any industry, time period, or global climate can be a serious roller coaster. So many changes will be made in policies, procedures, staffing needs, marketing, and so on that you are going to feel overwhelmed most of the time without someone there to help you out. It’s always great to feel confident and proud enough that you can start your business by yourself, but with all the stress and endless preparation that comes with it, why wouldn’t you want an anchor to keep you focused and organized? Hiring a virtual assistant from the get-go is the…

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5 Online Tools a Virtual Assistant Should Be Using to Manage Your Business

By Jennie Lyon / August 1, 2014

It’s fairly simple to start working with a virtual assistant. I start by having an in-depth consultation with my prospective clients to give me an idea of the areas they need assistance with. This initial consultation also gives me enough time to decide if I think working with the client would be a good fit for both parties. Once the contracts have been signed and we are ready to start working together, there are several systems that I use to keep my client and their projects organized. I’ve outlined some of these systems, all of which are essential for a job well done.…

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11 Ways a Virtual Assistant Can Manage Your Website and Blog for You

By Jennie Lyon / July 25, 2014

As a busy small business owner or self-employed entrepreneur, managing your website and blog can seem like too much to deal with. You have all of these amazing ideas and the best of intentions for sharing them with your community, but doing so keeps falling to the bottom of your to-do list each week.  Between finding the time to write your blog post, post it with an amazing photo, and schedule your week’s social media, it can all seem overwhelming. On top of that, there’s putting your blog posts into an e-zine format to go out to your mailing list and many other daunting website tasks…

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Are There Parts of Your Business That Are Falling Through the Cracks?

By Jennie Lyon / July 14, 2014

As a busy business owner, you know deep down inside that you can’t do it all. If you don’t have a team in place to support you and your business, there are areas of your business that are falling through the cracks. Ask yourself: Are your emails and voice-mails being answered in a timely, professional manner? Are your blog posts and articles being submitted to the appropriate sites and social media platforms? Are you missing appointments, double booking yourself, or having a hard time with scheduling, period? Are updates being made to your website quickly, and are you staying connected with your online…

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Does Your Business Have a Procedure Manual in Place?

By Jennie Lyon / June 7, 2014

When I start working with a client, one of the first questions I ask is whether they have a procedure manual in place for their business. Nine out of ten times, the answer is either 1. No, or 2. What is a procedure manual? A procedure manual is one of the most important documents to have in place for the people who support your business. It allows your virtual assistant, in-house assistant, web designer or technical support team to quickly access whatever information they need to support your business from your procedure manual and get the work done instead of calling or…

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How to Hire the Right Virtual Assistant for Your Business

By Jennie Lyon / May 30, 2014

If you are looking for a virtual assistant to help you manage your business, you need to know how to hire a virtual assistant without wasting a lot of time or energy. You can find virtual assistants on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn for starters. Anyone who considers themselves a virtual assistant should have a website so a Google search is another great way to get started. Also, asking other business owners for recommendations can be THE best way to find a great virtual assistant. Once you have compiled your list of virtual assistants to interview, I highly recommend only interviewing…

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7 Tips for a Successful Virtual Assistant Relationship

By Jennie Lyon / May 17, 2014

If you are ready to find more time, be more productive and build a fantastic team that will support you and your business,  hiring a virtual assistant is one of the best investments you can make. You can’t do it all, don’t get stuck in the misconception that to be successful as a business owner you have to do all of the work yourself. Once you join forces with the perfect virtual assistant for your business, it’s important to consider the ways that you and the virtual assistant can make the most out of your relationship to keep everything running…

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4 Ways a Virtual Assistant Can Help You Get More Out of Social Media

By Jennie Lyon / May 10, 2014

As the owner of a virtual assistant firm specializing in social media, implementing a strategy that engages my clients’ community while maximizing exposure is key.  Since social media management is very time consuming, busy business owners can literally spend all day building their communities on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube and their blog! Most business owners don’t have time to stay on top of this vital way to grow their business.  When it comes to maintaining the social face of your business, a virtual assistant can be invaluable: a virtual assistant can handle all your social media marketing including…

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What is a Virtual Assistant and Why Do I Need One?

By Jennie Lyon / April 18, 2014

What is a Virtual Assistant? A virtual assistant is an online assistant that works remotely and provides business owners and individuals with an assortment of services to help keep their business running smoothly. You can hire a virtual assistant to work on a specific project or you can partner with a virtual assistant on an ongoing basis. Why Do I Need One? The most important reason for needing a virtual assistant is to ensure that everything on your to-do list is getting done each week. If your business is disorganized, your email inbox is overflowing, your client phone calls are…

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