Okay, so let start by saying my Christmas ended up being pretty great. My grandfather was home to spend it with me, and just between you and me my parents rocked the holidays, but let’s keep that our secret.

It was kind of a sad week in our house this week as we lost my oldest sister, she got sick and had to go see our Vet, who we all love so much. And he could not make her better so we had to say a sad good bye to her. This got me thinking did she know how much I loved her but more than that, did she know how grateful I was to her for all the great things she showed me and shared with me every day. How about all the things she did for me without my asking her? Did I show her or did I just take it for granted and forget to express my gratitude?

Do you have somebody you count on to help you in your life or business and you know without question they will never let you down?  if so, have you said thank you to them lately? Have you told them how grateful you are that you can count on them without fail and they are always on your side and got your back?

I know we all get busy and forget, trust me I get busy with bones and chasing stuff in yard and am guilty of not letting my parents and other sister that I am grateful to them for their help, support and love, just to mention a few things.

Remember we all like to know that what we do is appreciated.  I am not saying you have to do it every minute of the day, but do try to take 5 minutes a week and let those who help and support you whether in  business or in life,  that you are grateful for them and their efforts. You would be surprised how easy it is too do and how much it can mean to those people that are important to you.

Speaking of being grateful I see my mom heading to the kitchen, and since that is where my treats are, I am sure you can guess the rest.

And until next week. Let me say thank you for taking the time to read my blog this week, I am grateful!

Emmy

It is me Emmy, for those of you who do not know me yet!

Okay, so let start by saying my Christmas ended up being pretty great. My grandfather was home to spend it with me, and just between you and me my parents rocked the holidays, but let’s keep that our secret.

It was kind of a sad week in our house this week as we lost my oldest sister, she got sick and had to go see our Vet, who we all love so much. And he could not make her better so we had to say a sad good bye to her. This got me thinking did she know how much I loved her but more than that, did she know how grateful I was to her for all the great things she showed me and shared with me every day. How about all the things she did for me without my asking her? Did I show her or did I just take it for granted and forget to express my gratitude?

Do you have somebody you count on to help you in your life or business and you know without question they will never let you down? if so, have you said thank you to them lately? Have you told them how grateful you are that you can count on them without fail and they are always on your side and got your back?
I know we all get busy and forget, trust me I get busy with bones and chasing stuff in yard and am guilty of not letting my parents and other sister that I am grateful to them for their help, support and love, just to mention a few things.

Remember we all like to know that what we do is appreciated. I am not saying you have to do it every minute of the day, but do try to take 5 minutes a week and let those who help and support you whether in business or in life, that you are grateful for them and their efforts. You would be surprised how easy it is too do and how much it can mean to those people that are important to you.

Speaking of being grateful I see my mom heading to the kitchen, and since that is where my treats are, I am sure you can guess the rest.

And until next week. Let me say thank you for taking the time to read my blog this week, I am grateful!

Emmy

Okay, so another year has come and is almost gone. As I sit here on the floor in one of my mom’s offices and listen to my sisters snore and my parents little keys things on their desk I am taking time to reflect on the year.

I am sure you know all things as you are Santa but in case you were busy and missed something here are the highlights:

We moved to a new house after Christmas, which you know is always fun, new smells new sights new stuff to chase in my yard. As most animals do not ask if the can visit they just show up.

One set of my parents went away to help a friend, and it seems like they were gone forever but they are back now. Just between us I really missed them. And my sisters are both happy again, which makes me happy but I would never tell them that, then they might think I like them or something.

I had to go to the puppy doctor, which did not make me happy, but my ears hurt, he made them better and I found out I like him. Not that I am looking to go back anytime soon.

Then it was quiet until my parents all went for a short trip over Thanksgiving holidays. We did not get a vote if they went but it was okay we had a pretty cool lady stay with us, so not all bad. But maybe if you get a chance you could talk to them about asking us about this leaving us behind thing.

My dad and both moms all put up our Christmas decorations after Thanksgiving, and I supervised to ensure it was done to the highest of standards.

And that is all the major highlights for the year, just in case you missed one or two.

I cannot say my sisters and I have been great but we have not been horrible either, so maybe you could stop by and leave a bone or two for Christmas that would be great.

Oh and by the way please do not forget my other sisters and brothers, they are loud but my mom says I have to love them, something about family and all. They all might like a new perch for the cage or a treat stick. And for the two I watch float and swim in the tank maybe a new toy or something cool.

By the way… We know that we are lucky to have been adopted by a loving family, we would like to ask that many other families do the same. If not we hope that will help out another friend in need. Click here!

I guess that about does it for this year.

Thanks Santa,

Much Love,

Emmy, Tuesday, Chiquita, All the birdies, and the fish

(Also not OUR idea for this picture but makes our parents smile and we all love them.)

 

 

Okay, so another year has come and is almost gone. As I sit here on the floor in one of my mom’s offices and listen to my sisters snore and my parents little keys things on their desk I am taking time to reflect on the year.

I am sure you know all things as you are Santa but in case you were busy and missed something here are the highlights:

We moved to a new house after Christmas, which you know is always fun, new smells new sights new stuff to chase in my yard. As most animals do not ask if the can visit they just show up.

One set of my parents went away to help a friend, and it seems like they were gone forever but they are back now. Just between us I really missed them. And my sisters are both happy again, which makes me happy but I would never tell them that, then they might think I like them or something.

I had to go to the puppy doctor, which did not make me happy, but my ears hurt, he made them better and I found out I like him. Not that I am looking to go back anytime soon.

Then it was quiet until my parents all went for a short trip over Thanksgiving holidays. We did not get a vote if they went but it was okay we had a pretty cool lady stay with us, so not all bad. But maybe if you get a chance you could talk to them about asking us about this leaving us behind thing.

My dad and both moms all put up our Christmas decorations after Thanksgiving, and I supervised to ensure it was done to the highest of standards.

And that is all the major highlights for the year, just in case you missed one or two.

I cannot say my sisters and I have been great but we have not been horrible either, so maybe you could stop by and leave a bone or two for Christmas that would be great.

Oh and by the way please do not forget my other sisters and brothers, they are loud but my mom says I have to love them, something about family and all. They all might like a new perch for the cage or a treat stick. And for the two I watch float and swim in the tank maybe a new toy or something cool.

By the way… We know that we are lucky to have been adopted by a loving family, we would like to ask that many other families do the same. If not we hope that will help out another friend in need. Click here!

I guess that about does it for this year.

Thanks Santa,

Much Love,

Emmy, Tuesday, Chiquita, All the birdies, and the fish

(Also not OUR idea for this picture but makes our parents smile and we all love them.)

 

 

When it comes to earning, virtual assistants have the upper hand. They know which clients to get, when to get them and the amount of money they want to charge for their services. Because of this, virtual assistants have the best of both worlds – freedom with their work and flexibility with their time. Not all professionals get to enjoy this, but there are also some items that VAs do not get to enjoy versus their full time 9 to 5 counterparts.

As much as saving is a great financial strategy for VAs (rainy days are really rainy for people who do not depend on a regular monthly salary), there are items that they should actually spend on as to not be left behind in the market and keep up with their hired peers:

  1. Personal development

There is a tendency to become complacent when it comes to personal development when you are home, when you have mastered the craft you have been doing for years and you have a set of clients that provides good cash flow. It’s truly a comfortable life that anyone can be happy to lead for a long time.

But today, life is different. Professionals need to keep up with the changing times and improving technologies to ensure that they are able to meet the demands of an even more demanding market. Spending on seminars that tackle industry-specific topics are good but being up to speed with learnings on social media, mobile marketing, app development & programming, as well as operational and efficiency are fields that any VA can dip into to generate more income for themselves.

They can also spend on books on business development and even fiction books to widen their vocabulary and further improve their writing prowess. Communication skills will always come in handy and is forever a minimum requirement for any job of any industry.

  1. Personal downtime

No amount of money can replace the joy that comes with a restful sleep every night. And this only happens when a person carves the right amount of hours for rest or even weeks for a proper vacation. Apart from reading, nothing widens one’s horizons mentally, physically, and emotionally than travelling.

Travel pushes one literally out of the box and being exposed to several cultures ensures that one is opened to several ideas other than his or her own.

Creativity-wise, travel is like a fairy that sprays pixie dust on anyone. So VAs will not be in the losing end of a delicious, uplifting, and eye opening trip to a museum, restaurant, or park that’s found several miles and oceans away from their desk.

  1. Better gadgets

It may cost more money than usual but being committed to upgrading gadgets such as laptops and phones provides any VA the advantage over competition. Investing in these for VAs is a surefire path to investing in efficiency. Being more efficient then leads to getting more clients as the turnaround of projects is faster and better than the last.

And all that spent money only leads to one thing: earning much more!

 

Online communications are truly the wave of the present. Gone are the days when people would send a letter via a courier. Today, if you want to speak with someone or inquire about something, all you have to do is go online and everything and everyone is yours for the taking. Because of this, a lot of jobs and opportunities have opened up, providing people the chance to work remotely or from across countries, giving rise to virtual assistants who are hired online to do work for clients from any part of the globe.

But despite the lack of face to face communications, there is still a need to maintain a professional demeanor. In fact, due to the lack of context with the help of facial expressions and voice inflections, there is a greater pressure for virtual assistants to be clearer to prevent being misunderstood in their communications whether it is via email or social media.

Read up on some quick tips for a winning online communication tactics for virtual assistants:

1. Place a subject.

When writing an email, always put a subject and make sure that it is pertinent to the items inside it. Emails are not something that people log on to or check via their desktop computers. Emails are a way of life and placing a subject is a way of showing courtesy to the recipient as it makes them aware of what they are about to read.

Furthermore, on a more technical point of view, subject-free emails are redirected to spam or to the junk mail more often than not. So don’t waste that well-written email by placing a concrete thought in the subject line.

2. Use the reply all button with caution.

Nothing puts one’s career in jeopardy than accidentally replying to all. As mentioned, emails are a major communications portal and can be very intrusive. Imagine being inundated by replies going back and forth on a business that you had nothing to do with. So double check the recipient area.

Also, when replying to the sender to confirm understanding, click reply instead. This makes sure that the message is sent only to one person and not to everybody in the email trail.

3. Send big files using big file sharing sites.

Save people’s precious bandwidth and data plans by sending big files such as editable Illustrator files or high resolution photos via a link where they can access these instead of placing them as downloadable attachments. First, they surely would not download it and second, your email will simply clog their whole inbox.

4. Do not be passive aggressive.

When it comes to social media, there is no such thing as a private status update. And if you are friends with a client, then you have basically signed up your account as a professional account, even if it’s personal. All your words can be twisted and misconstrued. To prevent this, stop with the passive aggressive language. If you have a problem for example with a person, settle it privately instead of posting irate messages that other people (read: your client) may think is directed at them.

Mind the language you use and see for yourself how it directly affects your career as a virtual assistant.

Today, social media is prevalent. It’s the preferred communication among the younger set and studies have shown that a considerable amount of hours are spent on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram during work hours. Most companies would respond by banning social media site access in offices as it is believed to take away from the productivity of workers. But this strategy simply boomerangs negatively, with employees instead opting to resign and move where rules are not as strict or resort to checking their sites on their own devices with data plans anyway.

In a nutshell, this is the best way for companies to deal with it: lose in the battle but win the war. Accept that social media is not entirely good or bad in itself, it is just a matter of having the right perspective and providing the right controls – the kind that respects the employee and at the same time, benefits the organization. Here are some ways to accomplish this in the long term:

1. Have a social media policy.

Most strict rules come from a place of fear. For companies, they are usually afraid of what the employee will share and the amount of hours they will spend online. First of all, owners should work with HR in accomplishing a holistic rule list when it comes to content. What’s deemed as confidential? What can help the marketing team? Be specific and if needed, list down the documents which can harm the company if shared. The last thing the company wants is to have an open ended memo which can be interpreted in many ways. Having so also protects the employees from other colleagues who may want to malign them online.

Instead of coming from a place of fear, come from a place of opportunity. Word the policies in such a way that they benefit the employee instead of seeming to stifle them. The goal is not to censor them but to ensure their safety and privacy as well.

2. Set smart limits.

The amount of bandwidth that is used for watching movies on YouTube for example can be detrimental for the company. So instead of banning the sites altogether, opt to have a social media hour for example so that these sites are not on round the clock. Rules such as not allowing downloading of movies or music are understandable. If the company security is compromised, invest in tablets which anyone can use for socials instead of individual PCs logging in.

This way, employees shift their mindset from something negative to positive. They are seen as the responsible adults that they are who plays a big role in maintaining the professional integrity of their workplace.

3. Provide the content.

When it comes to marketing, employees are the best brand ambassadors. It’s literally a gold mine usually untapped by most organizations. Since people are inclined to use social media, why not make them talk about the efforts of the company as well?

Nothing beats a company’s employee when it comes to announcing all its messages. And with the right guidance, it just might be the secret sauce to the company’s sustainable success, one post at a time.

When it comes to helping your virtual assistants stay productive, nothing would be better than gaining their loyalty. This is because loyalty from your virtual assistants or VA’s does pay. When your VA’s are loyal to you, they will be willing to go beyond the call of duty to finish their tasks, they will do their best to make you happy and you may never have to go through time-consuming process of looking for VAs ever again. But the question is, how do you make your VA’s loyal to you?
The following are ways to increase VA loyalty, wherever they are from.

1. Ensure good match between the job and their skills.
Building loyalty starts from the hiring process. When your virtual assistant has the skills to succeed at the job and the kind of attitude that will blend with the values of your team or company, it would be easier to find happiness at work. A happy virtual assistant, much like happy regular employees, will never think of leaving a job that makes them feel that they’re valuable to the company.

2. Give regular feedback about the job.
Offering feedback about their job, especially positive feedback, will make virtual assistants feel appreciated for what they do. Praising their efforts for a job well done or offering constructive criticisms that will help them learn from their mistakes builds trust and loyalty.

3. Be friendly.
Treat VA’s as friends and they will reward you with loyalty. Friendliness means you care about them, engaging them in interesting conversations, getting to know who they are beyond the skills they can offer at work, and treating them with respect at all times.

4. Help them create a path to career success.
Providing growth opportunities can come in many forms. You can pay for their training or further education. You can also give them a raise or a promotion, if you have a hierarchy in your organization. A good way to encourage growth is by setting goals at the beginning of job then reward appropriately. The key here is to help them find fulfilment in the work that they do for you.

5. Trust your VA.
Most virtual assistants and even regular employees who work in a physical office would hate micro-managers. While it’s important to oversee their progress, it is actually offensive to ask about how they are doing every hour they work for you. Aside from being offensive, this may actually be also counter-productive. Instead of letting them focus on the job, you are wasting their time by asking for unnecessary updates all the time.
Loyal virtual assistants are a gem. Build trust and loyalty, and you will see the direct rewards of having a dedicated virtual assistant to your business.

Music Symbol Computer Key In Blue Showing Online Audio Or RadioOnline users are constantly looking for new innovations that will improve their online surfing experience. That is why webmasters are required to think out of the box so as not to lose the interest of their online visitors. One of the fruits of their creative thinking is the use of audio streaming. It is the process of incorporating audio files to a website to make it more interactive and interesting.

Here are the 4 best keys to make even more profit with audio streaming:

1.Convert your step-by-step guides or tutorials to audio files. Online users will better understand instructions if they can hear them rather than reading them on their computer monitor. They can follow the steps while listening to what you have to say. This will make the process easier and less time consuming for them.

2.Use popular voices. To add excitement on your website, identify the famous personalities whom your visitors look up to. If your target market is teenagers, they may like Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, or Hilary Duff. You can ask these personalities to record your welcome message for your visitors to excite them. You will surely gain popularity in the World Wide Web and you will increase your following in no time.

3.Let your visitors hear your testimonials. Wouldn’t it be more convincing if you will hear real people telling you how great a product or service is? To make sure that you can entice your visitors to take advantage of your offering; your testimonials must be upbeat and sound genuine.

4.Use jingles or website ID. This is great for product and website branding. Your visitors will associate your website with a particular song or jingle for easy recall.

If you are a successful coach making close to six figures, an Online Business Manager may be just the additional help you need.

Your Coaching Assistants understands how easy it is to lose sleep worrying about all the moving parts of your business. We also understand that when coaches are reaching the six-figure mark, their business begins to run them instead of them running the business.

Having an OBM allows you to

  • Wake up tomorrow knowing that all of the day-to-day worries of the business are taken care of and running smoothly
  • Focus on the parts of the business that you love, and let go of all the rest
  • Take a vacation, and time off,  and know that your business will still be there, running at full steam.

 

This is not a  dream!

Hiring an Online Business Manager is the next step.

 

What can an Online Business Manager do for Me?

We are fully trained to support you and your company in the following areas:

  • Managing daily projects
  • Managing ezines and website promotions
  • Managing product launches
  • Helping with creation and promotion of new products
  • Managing and assisting in planning social media campaigns
  • Measuring social media effectiveness
  • Measuring website presence and product promotions
  • Supervising your team to ensure a successful operation
  • Assisting with Product Launches and Virtual Events
  • Assisting with finding Joint Venture partners
  • Plus much more!

 

 “Wow, I’d Love THAT!  But, is it going to cost me a fortune?”

First of all… this is more affordable than you think!

Most OBM’s DO charge a fortune AND take a percentage of your profits.  That is NOT what we do.

We actually have set up our business so that we pay for ourselves and it doesn’t cost you a thing.

When you hire us, you immediately begin to make more money – and since we don’t take a percentage – you get to keep that money!

The next step is to schedule a complimentary consultation, and we’ll share with you EXACTLY how we can help you.