Is technology preventing you from taking advantage of the tools that will help your business? In this article, I will be introducing you to Virtual Assitants, also known as VA's.
Some of the things entrepreneurs and small businesses would like to do require knowing how to harness the power of computer technology. You might have always wanted create a web site, arrange for and schedule a conference bridge, create and publish a newsletter, maintain an email list that people can unsubscribe and more. If any of this seem to be overwhelming to you, you aren't alone nor do you need to go out tomorrow and start taking computer courses. The good news is that there are two industryies out there available to help and support you.
Unlike Tech Coaches, Virtual Assistance are there to help you out by doing things for you and the best part is that they don't cost thousands of dollars per month in salaries. As I write this, the going rate is typically between $25 and $50 per hour and usually requires a 5 or 10 hour retainer per month.
These people can do all kinds of cool things for you using technology such as:
- Creating and maintaining your web site.
- Manage the scheduling of resources such as conference lines.
- Publishing your newsletter. Some will even write the articles for you.
- Managing mailing and subscription lists.
- Create your blog
- Setup an online shopping cart and credit card processing
- Grow your client base
- Create eBooks and audio books
- Creating letters
- Virtual receptionist to answer your phone
- Sending faxes
- Graphic design and desktop publishing
- Proof reading
- Respond to emails
- Create PowerPoint presentation
- And more…
Not only are these folks experts at dealing with technology on your behalf, they can help you accomplish more. As a friend once told me, you always end up paying. Either you pay in loss of productivity and do it yourself, or you pay someone else to do it. Is your time worth more than $25-$50 per hour?
Virtual assistants provide you with a solution which allows you to stop focusing on the technology and start focusing on what you do best -- helping people and businesses.
About the only thing they can't do is make your coffee. But it wouldn't surprise me if they could figure out how to have it delivered to you.
With warmest regards,
Life Coach Michael Milette