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Not all VAs are created equal! Some are new to the assistant industry and are still learning what it takes to help a business owner. Some have great customer service skills while others struggle to keep in touch with you about the status of your projects. Some have excellent technical skills while others find using a computer or the internet challenging. It is important to be aware that it is up to you to interview the VA and determine if their skills match your needs.  Flexibility - Does the VA work full-time or part-time? Are they available during evenings and weekends (if that's when you...

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  1 - Evaluate your needs Spend some time figuring what your time sucking tasks are and how long they usually take. This will enable you to compile a list of tasks that you are happy to outsource.  Using a time tracker tool like Toggle is great for measuring the length of time a specific activity takes.  Most often than not, you will be surprised at the result!  2 - Provide access and information What software and tools do you use?  Is it important to check whether your new VA will be able to gain access to these if you need support? Compile a...

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I never tire of watching this video.  It tends to do the rounds every few months or so on social media. Each time it appears on my feed it seems to happen as if by fate. It always appears at a challenging moment in my life and I watch it again and like some miracle pill it rejuvenates my spirit and calibrates my perspective. [su_spacer] "Sometimes when you hear something when you need to hear it and you're ready to hear it, something shifts inside of you"  [su_spacer] Do you have a video that does the same for you?  

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  The lovely people at the VAClassroom (an online training site for Virtual Assistants) have put together a report, providing readers with an insight into some industry trends based on a survey of 450 VAs.  Included are some industry trends such as... - The top skills that are most important to a VA's business today - The top most requested services offered in 2017 - The average hourly rates (in dollars) - The most popular way to find new clients - The top website platforms and project management apps - And so much more. You can download the PDF copy here   

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    We’ve made our powerful marketing automation features free for all MailChimp users! We have some exciting news to share: We’ve made our powerful marketing automation features free for all MailChimp users! Now, no matter your list size or account type—including Forever Free—you’ll have access to automation tools that help you connect with your audience and build your brand.Automations talk to your customers just like you would, without the need to create and send a new message every time. We’ve also made product recommendations available to everyone, so you can suggest products from your store that your customers will love within your...

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Welcome to WATips, providing you with tips, tools and industry know-how to maximize your business' full potential. Click here to access the first edition.

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      So here it is...my first ever blog! Eek! I've been staring blankly at this page for a while now and my mind has been playing the same few sentences on a loop like a stuck CD ('What the hell do I write? I got nothing! I'm not a bloody writer!') over and over again! So, after a few procrastination cups of herbal tea, several trips to the bathroom (consumed way too much liquid!) and a quick google search on 'how to write a blog' (I kid you not...and not nearly as interesting as you would think) I...

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