2018 was definitely “The Year of The Podcast” for me. Perhaps it’s because my team and I started offering podcast management as one of our speciality services and were privileged to launch and manage several successful podcasts. Or perhaps it was because this was the year that I started my own podcast- How She Did That. Those could be the reasons but I suspect that it was mostly because 2018 was busy! And when I’m busy and on the go, podcasts make it possible to still learn things and feel a part of my business community.
The other reason I love podcasts is because the online business world changes so fast that sometimes by the time you finally get a round to reading that book or taking that course on a topic, the platform and best practices information has already changed (yeah, I’m lookin’ at you Facebook Ads Manager and Instagram!). Business podcasts allow you to stay in the know about online biz in small, bit sized pieces. (who doesn’t love bite sized??!)
So today, I’m sharing with you the 10 Podcasts for Online Business Owners that I’ll be listening to in 2019.
This is the question I’ll be answering today. When most people become a virtual assistant, they start off offering general administrative services. This makes sense since they’re just starting out and may be unsure of what they want to offer and who they want to offer it to (their ideal client). However, the reality is that, since there’s such a low barrier to entry in the virtual support work; meaning you can wake up on a Monday morning, decide you’re going to become a Virtual Assistant Monday afternoon and have you business Facebook page up and running Monday night, the world of “general admin” can be a crowded one. But wait! Don’t stop reading now and decide to go fulfill your destiny as a Starbucks Barista! I said the world of general admin is a crowded one but above that is only sky, space, and opportunity.
I’m not gonna lie, starting and growing a business while working a full time job, taking care of house/spouse/family, and maintaining self-care is gonna feel rough sometimes. There will be days that you don’t feel like getting up early, but you’ll do it anyway. Days that clients will try every last nerve you have but you grin through it. And times when you know you didn’t show up as your best self and do your best work, so you vow to be better tomorrow. It will be hard but the more you focus on the why you’re doing all of this- creating additional income, creating location freedom, creating more space in your schedule for your kids- the easier all of this is!
You’ve totally got this and I’m here to give you 4 Tips to Growing Your Virtual Assistant Business While Still Working In Your 9-5
Well...we've arrived at the end of the year and, like most people, I'm reflecting on 2017 and planning for 2018. I've gotta say that both personally and professionally, I've had a pretty amazing year! I married the love of my life, Scott, grew my business to the point where I was able to leave my full-time job, and made some fantastic new friendships and collaborations. I'm still working out my game plan for 2018 but I feel VERY excited and ready for, what I'm sure will be an awesome roller coaster!
"Should I include my pricing on my website?" I see this question come up several times each week in various Facebook groups and my answer is always "yes". Those who do not include their service pricing often use the reasoning that they don't want to turn people off from at least having a conversation with them. And, while I understand that logic, I'll be honest in the fact that, I think it's flawed. So...here are my reasons why you should DEFINITELY include your pricing on your website.
Well, we're under 2 weeks away from Quarter 4 in the world of business. I know this because every other Facebook post I see in my business related FB Groups is asking me "have you started working on your goals for Q4?"
Now, I'm not a super planner so you'll probably never find me mapping out my quarterly goals a year in advance but I do know that having a roadmap for the next few months is super important for the health, sustainability, and growth of my business.
My belief is that each quarter of your business should be centered around one BIG goal with smaller benchmarks that support that centralized target. For example, if you've got a new course coming up then that's your BIG goal (God help you if you decide to do more than one of those in a quarter!) and objectives that support that goal might include "growing your list via FB ads", "reaching out to guest blogger & podcasting opportunities", "updating older blog posts with content upgrades".
As I was thinking about this I realized that the best visual representation of this idea was a mindmap. Do you know what that is? If not, hold onto your pantaloons because it's awesome and oh so easy for us visual thinkers!
Pinterest, it ain't just for recipes anymore! Oh no my friend! It's now the hot spot for almost every online business you can think of and with over 150 MILLION visitors per month, it can be a gold mine of traffic if used right!
But while Pinterest is used just as much by millenials as Instagram (fun fact), the two platforms are not at all the same. If you're a business owner who's just starting out on Pinterest, you may be thinking "great, ANOTHER something to learn!" but have no fear, Tasha's here! And I'm going to show you exactly how to utilize this platform and create pins that POP; driving new traffic to your site on the daily!
I've seen a lot of questions swirling around lately in the Virtual Assistant world about what exactly a Client Welcome Packet is and what should be included so I figured, I'd give you my answer.
When onboarding a new client, I send my Client Welcome Packet immediately after the contract has been signed, invoice has been paid, and the new client questionnaire has been filled out and returned to me.
The goal in my client welcome packet is to further introduce myself, my work process, and my standards to my client. It by no means has to be complicated but here are some sections you might want to consider including in your welcome packet.
When I tell people that I'm a Virtual Assistant, I'm often asked two questions.
#1- What's that?
#2- What skills do I need to be successful as a VA?
Well, that second question is a pretty loaded and opened one. I would first ask- "What will you be working with?, What do you enjoy doing? Who is your ideal client? What work history do you bring to the table?"
However, as I've thought more on question #2, I'm now able to narrow it down to the 5 Habits of a Highly Effective Virtual Assistant. And these will translate no matter what kind of VA you become.
Once you become an online business owner, you quickly realize that there is too much to do and not enough hours in the day to do it all! You're just BUSY all the time! But, before we begin onto today's blog topic, we need to recognize that busy and productive are two completely different things. Busy, often does not lead to an end goal. If you've worked all day and then get to the end of the day and can't answer the question "How did this aid in my personal or professional growth and mission?" then you were probably busy...not productive. Productive has an end goal in sight and clear tasks laid out that support that goal.
So now that we have a clear understanding of the difference, let's see how we can work on increasing our productivity.
Since starting my blog and business I've noticed that there is a giant GAPING hole in the market when it comes to stock photos for women of color. Actually, strike that...PEOPLE of color...MEN, CHILDREN, annnnddd WOMEN! So firstly, I'm looking at you photographers! If you want to fill a niche that isn't already saturated, stock photography for people of color is where it's at! And when I say "people of color", I'm not just talking about African Americans, the lack exists for every minority group.
Thankfully, there are a handful of amazing companies that have realized that we DO exist and that we ARE entrepreneurs and small business owners who have the dollars to spend and the need (desperate need) for quality stock photography.
Entreprenuers and Online Business Owners are a special bunch! We try to do it all and, like Wonder Woman, we often times succeed. However, there comes a time in our business journey where we just can't do it anymore. Either we burn out, feel like we're spinning our wheels, or we just don't have the skill set for something that needs to get done. And that's where a Virtual Assistant steps in. A VA is a great resource for Small Business Owners who need the support but aren't ready to put someone full time (or part time) on their payroll. Virtual Assistants can help walk beside you in your business and aid you in growth that you only dreamed about. Here are the top 4 reasons why hiring a Virtual Assistant may be right for you.