Intuition: an essential but sometimes elusive skill

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What gives some business leaders the uncanny ability to make the right decisions? Is it something that you can acquire or learn or is it just a feeling that you act on? What role does intuition play in your business? Henry Cloud said: “Intuition is knowing without knowing how you know. Intuition is your “gut … Read more Intuition: an essential but sometimes elusive skill

An Overview of Apps to Use to Document Your Standard Operating Procedures

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Having your Standard Operating Procedures in place is the only way in which you can ensure consistency and grow your business. However, it is often perceived as a difficult and time-consuming task to compile Standard Operating Procedures, especially in the light of them not staying the same over time due to improvements. Fortunately, there are some … Read more An Overview of Apps to Use to Document Your Standard Operating Procedures

Bitrix24 – A Recommended Business Management Tool For Real Estate

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A real estate client of mine needed a business management tool that would enable her to have a birds-eye view of her business and at the same time help her business grow. I recommended Bitrix24. Bitrix24 is easy to learn and intuitive. Anyone who uses social media like Facebook or Linkedin should have no problems … Read more Bitrix24 – A Recommended Business Management Tool For Real Estate

Statistics: Why I believe we should use more than statistics when working with people

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I recently had someone ask me to provide the statistics regarding the reduced learning curve and saved time a standard operating procedure manual can provide for new employees. Mmmm…. When people request statistics on something, they miss out on the big picture. I agree that it would be easy to attach a percentage to, for … Read more Statistics: Why I believe we should use more than statistics when working with people

Systems: 3 Excuses for not setting them up

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Creating systems in your business are crucial for survival and success, yet so many of us never get down to getting these into place.  We spin our wheels and get distracted and remain super busy, exhausting ourselves in the process. We are overwhelmed and our businesses suffer for it. Are you guilty of holding yourself … Read more Systems: 3 Excuses for not setting them up

How to Achieve Your Goals in The New Year

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Achieve your goals During a recent survey on successful people, it was discovered that one of the main difference between the top achievers and the rest was that those in the top 10% had clearly defined goals.  When the researchers probed deeper they found that the people who were in the very top ranks of … Read more How to Achieve Your Goals in The New Year

How to Get the Best Out of Your Relationship with Your Virtual Assistant

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Previously we look at the 3 Essential Steps to follow before hiring a VA as well as How to ensure you hire the best VA for your business.  This week focuses on starting your working relationship with your virtual assistant. Once you have appointed your Virtual Assistant, it is important to have realistic expectations.  You … Read more How to Get the Best Out of Your Relationship with Your Virtual Assistant

How to make sure that you hire the best Virtual Assistant for your business

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Last week we looked at the 3 essential steps to follow before hiring a virtual assistant. This week’s post is about what to do once you have received responses to your advertisement. Once you have sent out your advertisement or request for proposals, you can start evaluating the responses you get. Beware of responses with resumes … Read more How to make sure that you hire the best Virtual Assistant for your business

3 Essential Steps to Follow Before Hiring a Virtual Assistant

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Last week I spoke to several small business owners who were interested in hiring a virtual assistant for their businesses but did not know how to go about it.  I decided to write a short 3 part series to help them to make the best decisions and to find the best virtual assistant for their needs.

A virtual assistant can help your company in ways you probably haven’t imagined along with freeing up a great deal of your time.  You never have to worry about holidays, sick days, payroll taxes, etc. as they are independent business owners and you will only pay for the time spent on your tasks.

However, hiring a VA can be a big boon to your business, or a flop.

What can you do to ensure a greater success rate in hiring a VA?

There are all types of virtual assistants.  They come from a variety of different backgrounds and offer a variety of different services.  Some are freelancers who call themselves virtual assistants because they work remotely from their home-based office, some are business owners who operate as a business and provide high-level support based on their background and experience.  Sometimes VA business owners operate a multi-virtual assistant business where they have a team of virtual assistants who specialize in different areas, so you may work with two or three VA’s through that one company.

When looking for a Virtual Assistant, these options can seem daunting. Below are some steps you can take to make the task easier.

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