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This Week’s Topic: Working with Virtual Assistants
As your blogging or social media business grows, you might find it harder and harder to keep up with tasks such as answering emails, formatting posts, and working with advertisers. By yourself, you’ll hit a ceiling – there are only so many hours in the day. However, if you want to open that ceiling and really find your true potential as a blogger, you can consider hiring a virtual assistant. Think of virtual assistants, or VAs as they are often called, as administrative assistants or personal assistants, but they don’t live near you – they do virtual tasks from wherever they may live. Let’s take a look at what some brilliant bloggers have to say about working with VAs.
Advice from Brilliant Bloggers:
How to Work with Virtual Assistants (3 Top Questions Answered!) by Chris Ducker
I had the pleasure of meeting Chris at BlogWorld 2010, and when it comes to running a virtual business, he really knows his stuff. His site has tons of information about using virtual assistants, and this post is a great place to get started – Chris answers the three questions he gets asked most often: What is the best way to train my virtual assistant? How do I keep my virtual assistant motivated and happy to work for me? How much do I pay my virtual assistant? I also highly recommend checking out the rest of his site, downloading his free ebook, and following him on Twitter @chriscducker. (Oh, and if you’re looking to hire a VA, he can definitely help you out!)
Why an Independent Contractor Agreement is Important by Nica Mandigma
As someone who works as a freelancer, I completely agree with Nica that having a contract is super important, so this post is a must-read. Nica’s site is a great resource for those of you who might be interested in working as a virtual assistant, and if you’re hiring, it gives you a unique perspective from the VA’s point of view, which helps you learn how to better hire and work with someone who is perfect for your business. Don’t forget to follow Nica on Twitter @busybee_VA.
50 Things a Virtual Assistant Can Do For Your Business by Maren Kate
I met Maren at BlogWorld 2010 around the same time I met Chris, and it’s easy to see why they’re friends – intelligent people with great ideas are often seen together! Maren can also help you hire a VA if you’re interested, but if you’re not sure that this route is right for you, check out her site, Escaping the 9 to 5…I bet she’ll change your mind. Maren is someone who gets an incredible amount of work done throughout the day, all by using VAs, and in the post I’ve highlighted here, she shows you exactly what a VA could do for you. After checking out her website, don’t forget to follow Maren on Twitter @marenkate.
Even More Brilliant Advice:
- Are You Using a Virtual Assistant byJason Finnerty (@brandscaping)
- Benefits of Using a Virtual Assistant by SamanthaMcCulloch (@virtuallyopt)
- Do You Use a Virtual Assistant? byAna da Silva (@brainyboxer)
- Drawbacks of Outsourcing to India or China by Stephan Spencer (@sspencer)
- Five Tips for Working with a Virtual Assistant by Linda Anderson (@a2acoaching)
- Hiring a Virtual Assistant by Michelle Dancer (@shellra)
- How to Choose a Virtual Assistant by Karyn Greenstreet (@kgreenstreet)
- How to Hire a Virtual Assistant to Grow Your Online Business (with Chris C. Ducker) by Corbett Barr (@CorbettBarr)
- How to Find and Use a Virtual Assistant to Get Ahead by Sarah Shaw (@entreprenette)
- How To Stop Being The Bottleneck Of Your Virtual Assistant Business – Using A Multi-VA Business Model by Michelle Dale (@Miss_Friday)
- How to Use a Virtual Assistant in Your Business by Amber Singleton Riviere (@AmberSR)
- How to use Youtube Videos to train your Virtual Assistant on the tasks you need done by Owen McGab Enaohwo (@HYVAssistant)
- Maren Kate on Virtual Assistant for Authorpreneurs by Miles Fitzgerald (@milesfitzgerald)
- Outsourcing Work to Your First VA: Nightmare or Dream Come True? by Robb Bailey (@robbbailey)
- Outsourcing Your Life and Creating New Businesses by Nora Dunn (@hobonora)
- Tips for Working With a Virtual Assistant (and Why You Might Want One) by Leo Babauta (@zen_habits)
- Ultimate Virtual Assistant Guide by Mark Shead (@productivity501)
- Using a Virtual Secretary: Sid Savara on Virtual Assistant Services by Andre Kibbe (@andrekibbe)
- Virtual Assistant Needed: How to Hire And Work With a Virtual Assistant by Jeff Widman (@jeffwidman)
- Virtual Assistant or Individual Service Provier? by Pam Lawhorne (@pamlawhorne)
- Virtual Assistant versus Outsource Providers by Accent Marketing Group
- What’s Stopping You From Using a Virtual Assistant? by Pat Flynn (@patflynn)
Did I miss your post or a post by someone you know about working with virtual assistants? Unintentional! Help me out by leaving a comment below with the link!
Next Week’s Topic: Burnout
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