Business relationships are going virtual and the demand for virtual assistants is growing gradually day by day. Professionals and business owners are struggling to balance their career and personal life. This causes them to feel overwhelmed and constantly stressed out because their work pile has become a complete hassle. These everyday tasks really can be a pain when trying to find time for yourself. Scenarios such as this is what leads professionals and business owners to find a quick, inexpensive alternative to relieve them of the chaos they are experiencing.

Virtual Assistants Are Versatile
Virtual Assistants are definitely considered “on-call” for a reason. They will work around the clock, if needed, to keep their clients happy. (This includes weekends and holidays.) As independent contractors, virtual assistants take their work seriously and put their best effort forth at all times. Here’s a look at the many valuable skills VAs possess, manage on a daily basis:

1. Newsletter Maintenance
Keeping in contact with your loyal clients is vital to keep your business afloat, this we do understand. Newsletters are a great way to reach out to your clients weekly or daily. This is also a great way to grow your target marketing audience.

2. Social Media Marketing
Social media is a great way to promote your products or services to the public. It is definitely an inexpensive option if you are on a budget.

3. Website Design & Maintenance
Websites are necessary for a growing, successful business. Many consumers have gone virtual, so you are more likely to keep a steady flow of sales with a running website. Your Virtual Assistants offers domains for as low as $9! If you already have a website, it can still be maintained but sometimes changes are good for business.

4. Graphic & Video Design Creation
Visuals are VERY important in the rise of technology. Consumers frequently share graphics and videos through social media networks. This is a great way to reach new people. Graphics and videos are also used when building or reconstructing a website.

5. Shopping Cart Maintenance
When selling through your website, you will need to set up a shopping cart like Shopify, WooCommerce, InfusionSoft, etc. Shopping carts can be a hassle to set up if you are not sure of what you are doing.

6. SEO
Complete optimization of your website means you will generate more traffic and gain more exposure.

This is just a brief summary of what a virtual assistant can do for you and your business. (To view a complete list of services provided by Your Virtual Assistants — click here.)

Virtual Assistants Can Also Save You Money
Believe it or not, hiring a virtual assistant can save yourself a good chunk of change by reducing labor and hiring costs.

1. Virtual Assistants are independent contractors and pay their own taxes.
2. You will not be required to provide worker’s compensation or employee benefits.
3. Virtual Assistants will only charge for their time spent on tasks that are assigned.
4. Office space & equipment does not have to be furnished because VAs already come equipped.
5. Training costs are pretty much thrown out the window once you hire the right VA. Many of them already have experience needed. Just be prepared to send thorough instructions and have plenty of work ready.

If you are ready for more personal time without worrying about your business declining, it may be time to consider a reliable VA to handle all your dirty work while you focus on more important things (like golfing).

MC9004325561Last time we talk about VA tools that can make you money, this time we will be talking about tools you can use to make your job easier and save you money at the same time.

Every one knows that webinars are hot right now. But what if you DID NOT have to pay monthly and still be able to put on a professional webinar. That is exactly what RunClick offers you. For a small 1 time fee of  97.00 you can  host unlimited webinars.  They also have a commercial license available that allows you to see the package to your clients. This package has a custom registration page, thank you page, and autoresponder package. You can also export your subscriber to your favorite autoresponder as well.  If you want even more templates, there is also a template pack you can add on.

Infographics are hot right now as well. Making them can be very time consuming as a hassle. Having them made professionally can cost a good deal of money. What if there was a quick and easy way to make you infographic? That is what Instant infographics Presence gives you.  This simple program is a drop and drag builder that is as easy as 1-2-3 in putting a great looking infographic together. You can also make and sell these to your clients as well!  There is an upgrade pack that also offers you more templates and commercial license.

Instant Infographics Templates is another option for creating infographics.  The package sells for $17 for personal use and also has a commercial option available at only $27. These templates you simply open in Photoshop and edit the text portion and save and done.

Animated 3D Characters gives you easy 3D figures that you can customize and use in videos or pages. For the low price of $27 it is a bargain if you need 3D characters.

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Pinterest 1Pinterest presents yet another new way to enjoy social media marketing online. However, it operates a little different from the social networking sites that people are used to – sites like Facebook, Twitter, or even Instagram. As such, the do’s and don’ts for observing proper etiquette when pinning and repinning can get a little quirky. Here are a few essential rules to get you started and prevent you from stepping on other people’s toes when using Pinterest for marketing.

Do link back to your source.
Otherwise, your pins can easily be considered as actual theft or a copyright violation. Someone else did all the hard work for creating such a beautiful photo. The least you can do is to give credit where it’s due, don’t you think?

Don’t pin photos that you’ve been expressly warned not to use.
There are bloggers and site owners who are pretty protective about their rights to the photos they have up on their pages. They even have explicit warnings posted about copyright and privacy policies. In such cases, it’s better to play it safe and ask permission directly about pinning.

Do thank your sources.
This goes as well for photos you have seen in other boards and repinned to yours. A little thanks won’t cost you anything but it will go a long way in fostering positive relationships between you and other users.

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graphicEven though more and more Internet users switch to broadband every year, a large portion of the web’s population is still running on good old dialup connections. It is therefore unwise to count them out of the equation when you’re designing your website, and a very major consideration we have to make for dialup users is the loading time of your website.

Generally, all the text on your website will be loaded in a very short time even on a dialup connection. The culprit of slow-loading sites is mainly large images on your website, and it is very important to strike a delicate balance between using just enough images to attract your users and not to bog down the overall loading time of your site.

You should also go to a greater length and optimize every image on your site to make sure it loads in the least time possible. What I really mean is to use image editing software to remove unnecessary information on your images, and thereby effectively reducing the file size of your image without affecting its appearance.

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site_map_no_1-bigA sitemap is often considered redundant in the process of building a website, and that is indeed the fact if you made a sitemap for the sake of having one. By highlighting the importance of having a well constructed sitemap, you will be able to tailor your own sitemap to suit your own needs.

1) Navigation purposes

A sitemap literally acts as a map of your site. If your visitors browses your site and gets lost between the thousands of pages on your site, they can always refer to your sitemap to see where they are, and navigate through your pages with the utmost ease.

2) Conveying your site’s theme

When your visitors load up your sitemap, they will get the gist of your site within a very short amount of time. There is no need to get the “big picture” of your site by reading through each page, and by doing that you will be saving your visitors’ time.

3) Site optimization purposes

When you create a sitemap, you are actually creating a single page which contains links to every single page on your site. Imagine what happens when search engine robots hit this page — they will follow the links on the sitemap and naturally every single page of your site gets indexed by search engines! It is also for this purpose that a link to the sitemap has to be placed prominently on the front page of your website.

4) Organization and relevance

A sitemap enables you to have a complete bird’s eye view of your site structure, and whenever you need to add new content or new sections, you will be able to take the existing hierarchy into consideration just by glancing at the sitemap. As a result, you will have a perfectly organized site with everything sorted according to their relevance.

From the above reasons, it is most important to implement a sitemap for website projects with a considerable size. Through this way, you will be able to keep your website easily accesible and neatly organized for everyone.

slider1_image_sm“I am a Graphics Designer.” The words of so many who have picked up a copy of Photoshop, Corel, or Free software like Gimp or even Microsoft Paint. It is easy for many to think they are because they have edited an image or two, maybe touched up a family photo, however being a Graphic Designer Professionally takes time, training, experience and most of all an understanding what a Graphic Designer is.

So what is a Graphic Design really?

Graphic Design is the presentation and communication of Artistic imagery that conveys an idea, tells a story and puts together, text, images to communicate a specific message.

What is a Graphics Designer really?

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