Starting your own business is a huge financial risk. It is also a huge responsibility. At first, you start off with just a couple of assistants. But as you build strategies and manage costs, a Virtual Assistant [VA] can be a huge asset to your new business. Not only will a VA help you with time consuming administrative tasks, they will also charge you less than what you would pay a personal assistant.
Here are 5 steps to building an effective business and the number of ways a VA can help you with them.
– Establish your presence online. Any business needs to establish their presence online, even if it’s a local business that does not sell products or offer services online. Potential clients/customers like to look up your website to get to know more about your business. It lets them know that you are genuine and gives them the opportunity to go through terms and conditions, policies and special offers. So hire a good SEO who will not only design a user friendly website but also help you appear on the first page of search results when users search on related keywords. A VA can not only be the point of contact between the SEO and you but also help you monitor how the website generates traffic.
– Invest in SEM (search engine marketing) or online advertising. There are online advertising programs such as Google AdWords or Facebook Ads that can help you reach your target audience with the myriad targeting options they offer. A VA can help your create campaigns, create keyword lists and review ad performance.
– A VA can help you create and manage your own business page on Facebook and Twitter. These two online media giants will not only help you reach potential clients but also help you network online with them. These users provide honest and useful feedback which could be instrumental in improving revenue and increasing customer satisfaction.
– Hire A- Level Players. Hire someone who is just as smart if not smarter than you. The general tendency is that A Level players hire B level players and they in turn hire C Level players. However, a team of smart individuals can not only help you implement ideas effectively and easily, they can also come up with good revenue generating ideas themselves. For a business to flourish and sustain itself, innovation is crucial. And the people you hire play a key role in innovating and achieving the goals and objectives you have set for your business. A VA can not only review resumes for you, they can also conduct telephonic interviews – short listing the most suitable candidates.
– Set day to day goals and establish a review system. Establish a review process at the end of each day that helps you determine whether you have met deadlines and if you need to do anything differently. A Virtual Assistant can not only help you keep a record of the goals for the day but also keep a record of the review.