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Posted on November 8, 2006
Filed Under (Advice) by jennifer

For small business owners and sole proprietors with too much to do, hiring a virtual assistant (or VA) can be one of the best business decisions you make.

Before I researched and wrote my article, I could have hired a VA!, which is now live at SmallBusinessComputing.com, I (like many others) thought VAs were pretty much just outsourced administrative assistants (what we used to call “secretaries”). Boy, was I wrong.

While many virtual assistants do offer administrative assistance to harried business owners, VAs are small business owners or sole proprietors (I like the term “solopreneur”) who offer other small and solo business owners a wealth of talents and skills. There are VAs who are marketing and/or communication experts; VAs who specialize in human resources; VAs who can help you with Web design, development and maintenance; VAs who can manage your bookkeeping with QuickBooks or other such software; as well as VAs who handle correspondence, scheduling and billing.

If you need something done that can be done virtually, there’s a virtual assistant out there who can do it — and do it for much less than it would cost you to hire a full-time person in house.

I strongly encourage you to read I could have hired a VA! and to visit the International Virtual Assistants Association and AssistU to learn about VAs and how they can help you.

In other news… I just read a great article called “Happy Yahoolidays” on SmallBusinessComputing.com on how to create an effective search engine optimization campaign — just in time for the holiday e-commerce rush. It’s a quick read filled with tips on how you can drive more traffic to your website.

And another thing… I just signed off on the new Schiff & Schiff Communications logo and am eagerly awaiting my new website design. So far, I am pleased with the process, though I had to fork over an additional $250 for a separate design for my sub pages (not made clear from my initial conversations). Still, the overall quote is much lower than I would have had to pay elsewhere, and the customer service has been quite good. Stay tuned… 

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invesp on 23 March, 2010 at 5:30 am #

Interesting writing. I was looking for a few differint things, this seemed to sum it up well. Added to my bookmarks.


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