Email Marketing, Facebook Marketing, Networking, Social Media, VA, Virtual Assistant

Virtual Weekly: The E-Mag

NottmVA Virtual Weekly

Virtual Weekly – The E-Magazine

It’s great writing about blogs and it’s fab that everyone is liking and subscribing.  So much so that we have now decided to send out all of the fab info via the Virtual Weekly E-Mag for you all to read and get involved in (if you wish).

 

What is it? 

Virtual Weekly is our great new E-Mag that is going to be distributed regularly with biz tips and information on quick fixes on ways of how to reduce your workload and how to work smarter. What more could you ask for?

 

Who is it for?

If you are a sole trader, a small business or someone wanting to start in business, then this is for you!

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Blogging, Email Marketing, Facebook Marketing, Mobile, Networking, VA, Virtual Assistant

The Need To Be Mobile

The need to be mobile comes in many forms these days.

 

Flexibility

As a Virtual Assistant, there is a requirement to be flexible: there are many clients, different industry sectors, all with differing requirements too, so it’s quite a  skill to get the balance right.

Having numerous years of experience with event management companies, the NHS, brand agencies, blue-chip companies, the legal sector etc, I have a broad knowledge to draw upon.

 

Versatile

You’re also needed to catch up with clients via the mobile telephone, meetings, networking of course – to maintain those all important connections and then you have to knuckle up and actually get your work done!  Oh, it’s a hard life huh?

 

Who is it For?

A Virtual Assistant is for businesses that probably cannot afford or do not need a full-time employee at the moment and a self-employed VA can offer a flexible alternative.  A Virtual Assistant can be hired for your administration duties, sales calls or social media management when needed but not necessarily when business is slow.

NottmVA Mobile Office

 

Workspace

I do have a desk for my ‘work stuff’, I do like to sit and work quietly, as I can concentrate on what I’m doing: but I can just as easily work in a coffee shop, a co-working office space, by the pool, on a train, well, anywhere really – that’s the beauty and flexibility of being a VA.

 

Technology

The technology is available to allow you to work in a mobile arena these days now and its great that I can encrypt my hardware and software that I know I am safe and secure with mine and my clients’ data, to be able to work in such a way that work can be undertaken around both the client’s and my commitments – a win/win!

If you would like to know more about the need to be mobile and would like us to manage your admin and social media by hiring a Virtual Assistant, or want to work with me as an Associate VA then contact me or by using the contact form on the website.

If if you would like to keep in touch regularly then please sign up for my Virtual Weekly E-Magazine.

 

 


 

Blogging, VA

10 Steps to a Perfect VA

What do 10 Steps to a Perfect VA Involve? Well, 10 Steps of course!

STEPS TO A PERFECT VA!

The first one is self-explanatory, you need to introduce yourself to the big wide web or rather, market yourself. This means marketing yourself across all social media platforms, creating yourself a web presence, fully filling out your Facebook page, LinkedIn profile, Insta, Twitter, Pinterest and so on.

The next step is then the Team.  Team? I hear you ask, there is no I in Team! Haha, well, of course, being a lone worker is no fun, is it? In my journey in becoming a VA, it was important to me to earn my stripes so to speak, so I undertook some Approved training, and this allowed me to join a fabulous group of VAs and an ongoing group afterwards which provides support, mentoring and social events too!  There is, of course, the ultimate requirement for ‘getting yourself out there’, – Networking!  You need to ‘be seen’.  It is imperative to network with the appropriate groups for your niche, and I’ll come to that later.

Moving to 10 Steps to a VA – Point 3, we have a ‘Problem’. What is the problem that you are trying to solve for your client? Is it really a problem, or is it just ongoing work that needs doing?  You need to discuss with your client what their requirements are and what you can do for them.

On to Step 4, we have the Advantages.  This is where you can make a difference.  How are you special?  What makes your service a ‘cut above the rest’?  What can you do that is that little bit extra, what do you do that goes the extra mile? There are many Virtual Assistants nationwide and we all work remotely, so our client base can and do choose VAs from any location, so you need to have something that comes from your advantage-base.

Step 5 of the 10 Steps to a VA gives us the Solution.  A solution already?  Well, you need to let your client know how you are going to solve their problem, or at least come up with some proposals in the discussion.  This will be the format of the proposal prior to your booking form, terms of business and if necessary your data processing form.

Your product in Step 6, goes on to you showing how your product or service actually comes into play. How do you undertake your services?  Are you on-site?  Are you remote? Is it both?  What services do you offer, what don’t you offer and so on.

Your market – Step 7 – You need to know your market or your audience.  This seems to be a bug-bear for many new VAs.  It is important to try to find a niche or target-market for yourself.  You need to look at your skill-set, previous employment sectors, interests etc and hone this down as to who you would LIKE to work with and it will come eventually.  You need to create your niche then marketing to your target market becomes easier as the ‘big wide web’ is too big to market to everyone!

In a way, Step 8, Competition is a little like Step 4 looking at how you are different to others, but here you need to look at your competition with more focus.  Once you have established your difference from step 4 then you can see how your competition applies it, and become competitive in your own arena and marketplace and now you have created your niche, (you have got your niche, now haven’t you?) you are in the perfect place to hold your own.

Step 9 – The Business Model.  This is where you look at how you are planning to make money.  You will have looked at your rates, broken down the value of your hourly rate, what percentage is going to pay for your taxes, holiday pay, insurances, training, registrations and so on and so on.  You then need to create a schedule for when you expect your revenues to come in – your business plan.

Finally, Step 10 – Investing.  What are you planning for? What are your budgets? What finances are your looking for? You need to have planned for all of this. If you had planned well, and like myself, had taken some training, this was all covered in your VA training modules, so you will be fully prepared to be set on your way by now.

Hopefully, you have enjoyed reading through my 10 Steps to a VA and it has prepared you to venture out to make the appropriate moves in your ongoing journey to becoming a great Virtual Assistant.

If you need any help in anything Virtual Assistant, please comment or email me for further information.

 

Blogging, GDPR, VA, Virtual Assistant

Calendars: iPhone or Google?

Calendar nottmvaCALENDARS: iPhone or Google? 

The comparison against IOS or Windows – ooh!

What to write in a blog – well, I was scrolling through my LinkedIn account, as you do when I came across an article which was comparing Google calendar against the iPhone calendar and I thought this was an appropriate ‘thing’ to share with my fellow ‘bloggees’.

It’s an interesting topic, I use both calendars, both for myself and my clients and like both for different reasons: for the functionality and the different operating platforms that they perform on.

I will post a copy of the link at the bottom so you can read it for yourself and I look forward to your comments as to which you prefer.

As an avid iPhone user, I read this with interest until my stomach sank when I saw that it stated it ‘undoubtedly collect and store your personal data”. Well, didn’t the panic set in? Whoah! Off I went to my friendly KoffeeKlatch GDPR group to convene and discuss.  But no sooner, did I raise the conversation and the article, as I put in my little place and was indeed told that companies have always been collating personal data, it is just that now under the new revised laws of GDPR they are required to tell you about it. Phew, panic over.

Let me know what you think of the report by commenting below, or emailing me – do you prefer the GSuite Calendar or the iPhone Calendar?

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Facebook Marketing, VA

FACEBOOK: DO’s & DON’Ts

FACEBOOK DO’S AND DON’TS

It’s always difficult to know what to post and what not to post, isn’t it?  Well, that depends on your audience, your target market, so to speak and of course your work ethic as well.  Are you going to always be ‘businessy’? Are you going to be work-related, chatty, are you a B2B, B2C, are you a trader, a Mum VIP business, or something quite different that can be quite laid-back?  That’s where you have to think about how you want to gauge how your posting is going to be written and how you want to be heard.

This Facebook ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ infographic just gives a few little guidelines as to what the usual etiquette is and should be to get your posts seen and heard for the common sense approach across the broad range of industries and target markets, but of course, only you know your sector and should refine that to your audience.

FACEBOOK DOs AND DON'Ts

If you would like to have your Facebook marketing undertaken a little more frequently than you have the time for, then let me do that for you, just find me on Facebook, Insta, Twitter, LinkedIn or email me for an enquiry for one of my packages to cater to your needs.

 

Email Marketing, GDPR, VA, Virtual Assistant

Connecting on LinkedIn? Can you add to your list?

It’s a big question, isn’t it?  Who can you add to your mailing lists?

Post-GDPR – 25th May 2018 – what can you do, what can’t you do… Hmm, it’s all a bit twinkle tippy toes..

Well, keeping in touch with the right people who’re in the know is important.  I like to think I do, that’s for sure..  If I’m not, please do give me a nudge and signpost me on my way! But here’s a great infographic from KoffeeKlatch that gives you a quick read at-a-glance giving you the do’s and don’ts about your mailing lists.

 

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Make sure you keep your lists in tippy-top order and that you have the right consent.
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My Story

For too many years that I can remember I have worked for various companies as an Administrative clerk, Secretary and PA, working my way up the ladder so to speak and trying to find success in the highest position available in my ‘trade’. I raised my family whilst working, as I was a single parent for the majority of years and learned how to become very organized; juggling a household, finances and learned how to balance the work/life balance to its utmost!

As time moved on, my family flew the nest and I concentrated on developing my career. I moved into the care sector – still writing reports, admin skills being at the fore, proofreading, typing, negotiation skills and so on until I chose to have a cycling holiday to watch the Tour de France in 2010 to break away from it all.  I barely got to the front of the railings, I had a non-cycling accident and broke 3 vertebrae and spent the next few weeks in hospital in France.  All I remember is asking for my Dad and children and wanting to come home.

My attitude to life changed following that point as I went through investigations to see if I was going to be paralysed, walk again, recover from the excruciating pain I was in and I just wanted to be at home with my family.

As I was granted this second chance of life, I knew that I needed a life-plan. I knew that my life was not all about throwing my ‘all’ into my work until I dropped and was gasping for the one and only holiday of the year.

How have I changed? Since that accident, I have worked towards spending time with people I want to be with, raising my family to be happy, healthy, fun people and I am happy they are living their own lives and raising their own families now, I have changed my working ethos from being employed to taking a journey from PA to VA, so I now have the flexibility of working around my family, my life and my commitments. I spend my time with my children, my loving, ever supportive partner, my extended family and last but not least my gorgeous Grandson!

If you want to take advantage of my Virtual Assistant services, then head on over to my website NottmVA for ways to contact me for a free confidential chat/brief for ways on how I can help you delegate your tasks so that you can have some work/life balance too!

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Blogging, Email Marketing, Facebook Marketing, Networking, Social Media, VA, Virtual Assistant

Too Busy for Social Media?

Too Busy for Social Media – Then let me do it for you…

Sometimes the constraints of your job are just too much.  The meetings, the business reports, the presentations, the surgery, the consultations, discussions then the dictations that have to be done – when do you have the time to post your social media?  The relevant stuff as well.  It can all get a bit much, can’t it.

It can be quite time-consuming, you have to put in the effort to get it right, you have to be consistent, know when Twitter is the right time to reach its audience, is it the same time for Facebook? Maybe not, Instagram isn’t the same either it can get tricky to schedule it all when you have more important things to do.

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That’s where a Virtual Assistant comes in, well me – in fact!  Social Media scheduling is one of the services I can take off your hands.  With some careful briefing about your industry, product and just a weekly or monthly update I can organise your media to be posted on to 1, 2 or more platforms daily, weekly or twice weekly to keep you or your business in the forefront.

With a simple outsourcing of your social media, you can concentrate on what you do best.  Let me know your thoughts and comments below.

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Networking, Social Media, Uncategorized, VA, Virtual Assistant

What is a Virtual Assistant?

 

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What is a Virtual Assistant – The Basics

So, what is a Virtual Assistant, as people often look at me quizzically, so I thought I would try to explain it a little.

 

The Definition

I’m not ‘almost’ or ‘nearly’ there, as the Oxford dictionary describes ‘Virtual’, but an online self-employed version of the traditional PA who provides business support to SMEs and sole traders.

 A Virtual Assistant or VA generally works from a home office or remotely and the services provided vary from VA to VA depending on the skill-set but are usually social-media led, administration or technological based. 

 

How Many Clients does a VA have? 

A Virtual Assistant would only hold a small number of business clients so as to ensure that the number of hours provided to each are provided professionally, with clear set boundaries and delivered on time.

 

What Skills does a VA require? 
The skill-set that each business would use would depend on their need at any one time.  The business may have a secretary in the office, but may have sickness, annual leave and/or surplus work at the time – that’s where a VA comes into play.  Or indeed, you may just utilise a VA permanently and only outsource your work for the set hours you need.  Skills such as audio transcription, social media management, event planning, website monitoring, document creation, presentations, mail merge etc. Which VA you decide to work with will depend on the skill-set you choose.

 

How Do You Keep In Touch?
How do you keep in touch?  Well, technology is great these days, isn’t it?  Each client has their own preferences, so it is entirely up to you. You can choose; email, telephone, Skype, a Zoom call or even face-to-face if you prefer to work with a VA in your local area – however, face-to -ace meetings will be at a higher rate for onsite help, of course.

There are other services such as proof-reading available, along with the face-to-face meetings which do demand a premium rate along with the standard rate skills mentioned above.

 

Summary

I hope this has made things a little more clearer and you now understand the workings of a Virtual Assistant.  So in essence, you have a remote online freelancer for a VA who is technically skilled to work on your tasks that you have outsourced to allow you to focus on more cost-effective matters in hand. 

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