Do you need guidance in your small business?

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Whether you are just starting out as a small business owner or re-organizing your current business, you may need the help of a small business expert, like myself, to guide you down the correct path.

I hear from many business owners on a daily basis who just don’t have the time, the skills, or the motivation to work on some of those much-needed aspects of creating their business plan (and carrying it out).

 Let me guide you through your IDEAS, your WANTS, your NEEDS, and we can work together to bring a vision to your business.

During this 3-part online session, you will attain the guidance that will assist you in:

  • Making better business decisions regarding where and when to spend your hard-earned time and money!

  • Feeling confident enough to build your overall business goals and timelines, and reasonably carry them out.

  • Creating a manageable budget while learning how to successfully implement it into your business.

Beginning Phase –

This phase will help you figure out what your business

needs and wants might be.  It will pull out your ideas, and it will

walk you through the process of crafting your goals based

on your skill level.

Middle Phase –

This phase will assist you in creating attainable goals, and

get you thinking about your marketing plan as well as your

overall budget to reach those goals.

End Phase –

This phase will show you how to not only carry out your goals,

but it will teach you how to implement your marketing plan

while sticking to your business budget.

BONUS:  Each phase includes a downloadable PDF workbook to help you organize your thoughts, ideas, needs, and wants as you go through the 3-part session.

 

Interested???  Not sure if this is for you?
You are likely stuck in a rut, trying to figure out what tasks will bring you the most bang for your buck, right? What if you had the guided support to SHOW you how much money you can save, how much time you can save, and how much you can actually get accomplished to create an efficient and productive business?  Interested now?

If your business is exhibiting problems, or if there is a skill gap that is stopping you, or if your company has grown very quickly and you simply cannot keep up, then investing time and money into my guided support session can get you back on track, and off to a great start.

ADDED BONUS:  You will also receive my Small Business Start-Up Course, a 56-pge PDF that consists of 21 lessons, including: 

  • Learning materials

  • Links

  • How to videos

  • Presentations

  • Downloads

  • White papers

  • Resources

Here is a sneak peak of what you’ll get with the course:

  • Downloadable media kit template

  • Facebook strategies powerpoint

  • Tips for setting up your website

  • 8 rules for creating white papers

  • 5 reasons blogging is important to your business

  • Newsletter templates

My Small Business Start-Up Course  alone is worth $97.  You will get it FREE if you sign up for my guided support session.  My course is truly a golden nugget!  It’s a tool in your toolbox that can help enhance your new/existing business!  It’s a bucket FULL of information designed to create a successful, more productive business.  A FREE tool, valued at $97.

To receive my 3-part guided support session and my FREE course, all you have to do is sign up HERE.  

  • The online session is set up so you can work on your business at your own pace.
  • The online session provides an abundance of information through written instructions, examples, and workbooks to print out to follow along with as you go through the session.

  • The online session will give you the tools you need to get started and to be confident in going forward.

Upon sign-up, you will receive part 1 immediately in your Inbox. Two days later you will receive part 2. Two days after that you will receive part 3.

Be one of the first to receive this offer.  It will only be at this price for a limited time.  And remember, this session could save you THOUSANDS!!  It’s a great investment for under $200!!

ANOTHER ADDED BONUS: You will ALSO receive monthly emails filled with tips, ideas, and a list of webinars that will help improve your business and give you up-to-date business information to keep you ahead of your competition.

Sign Up HERE.  

Thank you for your interest!  You won’t be disappointed!!

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Small Business Start Up Course for Entrepreneurs!!

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If you are a new small business owner, you must take the time to work this course into your schedule!!!

You can take it at your own pace.  Lots of reading, but very good, helpful information!!!

Download your FREE copy of this course…today!!

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Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant

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10 Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant:

  • You save yourself money
  • You can use a VA part-time
  • You can use a VA on an as-needed basis
  • You make the schedule every week or month
  • You set the budget weekly or monthly
  • You delegate your business tasks to your VA
  • You can get more accomplished in a business day or week
  • You schedule certain detailed tasks for your VA
  • You improve your revenue for your business
  • You get to spend more time working on your business

 

Do you need a Virtual Assistant? 

Do you lack Time Management skills?

Do you want a larger ROI?

Don’t fall into the #1 reason people fail:  EXCUSES

  • Get around your excuses
  • We will find a way to help you out…today
  • No more excuses.
  • Get the help you need to build your business
  • Organize your business in 2015
  • Become more efficient and more productive
  • Work less and make more money

 

Some of my Clients:

  • Doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Realtor / Agent
  • Motorcycle Shop Owner
  • Accountant
  • Home Party Consultant
  • Retail Shop Owner
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Home Remodeler
  • Publisher
  • Fundraiser
  • Sales Director
  • Sales Rep
  • Independent Contractor
  • Designer

 

Helping you Solve your Business Puzzle
What YOU want:

  • To decrease your work stress
  • To decrease your paperwork load
  • To get organized
  • To increase your revenue
  • To get new customers to know, like, and trust your business
  • To spend more time focusing on your business relationships
  • To save money
  • To save time
  • To work on a budget
  • To get help to accomplish your tasks

What I want:

  • To decrease your work stress
  • To decrease your paperwork load
  • To help keep you organized
  • To increase your revenue
  • To get new customers to know, like, and trust your business
  • To give you more time to focus on business relationships
  • To save you money
  • To save you time
  • To work with your budget
  • To help you accomplish your tasks
  • To deliver an EXPERIENCE to you
  • To listen to your needs and wants
  • To understand your business
  • To support your business

  

Interested in comparing costs of a VA verses an in-house employee?  Compare HERE

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Consider viewing my list of services, to see how I am be able to assist you with your business.

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Increase your website traffic!!!

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Are you a small business owner, and want to increase your website traffic?

What about trying to get your name out there?

Need to tell others about your blog or your social media pages?

…if so…then…

Be a part of the SMALL BUSINESS NEWS…and advertise on this blog!!!

Advertising rates are $50 per month, which covers the following:

1.  Two (bi-weekly) blog posts to promote your business
2.  Promotion of all your posts through social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn)
3.  A link on the RESOURCES page
4.  Business featured on the side bar of this website

To learn more about advertising on SMALL BUSINESS NEWS, click HERE.

We would LOVE to have you be a part of SMALL BUSINESS NEWS!!!

Contact me for further details.

Elizabeth Debol
Virtual Assistant
elizabethdebol@live.com
www.BusinessVirtualServices.com

What is a Virtual Assistant?

What does a Virtual Assistant (VA) do?

  • They remotely connect to your office computer (if necessary) to complete your assignments.
  • They complete many tasks, such as your company newsletter to clients to staff.
  • They maintenance your website or blog via the web.
  • They type your letters and emails, design your brochures and flyer, etc.
  • They make follow-up phone calls, send follow-up emails, schedule appointments, etc.
  • They maintain your social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • They proofread important articles or manuscripts.
  • They create agendas and invitations for personal or business use.
  • They create Excel spreadsheets for database creation.
  • They complete all of these tasks (and more) using some type of technology, usually related to the Internet.

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Outsourcing to a VA

You can significantly grow your business by taking time away from the tedious tasks and now spend time personally assisting your clients or marketing yourself within the community.  Hiring a virtual assistant will give you that much needed time to grow your business, by allowing your virtual assistant to take over those tedious tasks you face on a daily basis. You do this by outsourcing work to a virtual assistant.

Generally, a virtual assistant specializes in a particular area.  These areas may include marketing, advertising, finance, accounting, secretarial, proofreading, translation services, research, creative writing, and any other tasks a business owner may need help with.

Virtual assistants can provide services such as executive assistance, marketing consulting and support, new business consulting and support, general assistance, website management, presentation services, records management, and direct sales services.

Outsourcing projects to a virtual assistant in any of these areas will help increase your business productivity and efficiency levels.

The use of a virtual assistant for modern day businesses is growing fast and becoming a normal way of doing business.  A virtual assistant is a way for businesses to get the most for their money, and it is a smart way of doing business.  By making yourself available for the important aspects in your business, you allow your business to grow and mature.

 

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How does a Virtual Assistant save you money?

With a Virtual Assistant, you will not have to worry about the following:

  • Office space, office equipment, printers, Internet connection.
  • Payroll taxes, health insurance, vacation, sick pay and holidays.
  • Wasted time spent on breaks, at water coolers, and making personal phone calls.
  • Time and resources to train staff.

 

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Hiring an in-house employee:

If a small business owner hires an in-house employee, they will have to worry about:

  • Payment of employer social security taxes.
  • Payment of Worker’s Compensation Insurance.
  • Payment of Federal and State Unemployment Taxes.
  • Compliance with the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
  • Compliance with Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
  • Medical benefits, vacation/sick/holiday compensation, and a retirement plan.
  • Contracting a service to administer benefits.
  • Providing office space for the employee.
  • Providing equipment for the employee.
  • Managing the employee.

 

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Is a Virtual Assistant right for you and your company?

Have you ever blown a business opportunity or missed a deadline because of an unorganized business/schedule?  Would you like to get things looking pretty, working efficiently, and spend less time behind your desk?  Do you have the time you need to keep up with social media, do research for that great idea, or type that email/newsletter to your clients?  Are you on top of business development?  Are you lacking a client database and don’t know where to even begin?  Do you have exciting work projects you would like to take on, but always seem to be too tired at the end of the busy work day to even start them?  Do you find yourself working nights and weekends just to keep up with the administrative tasks that you don’t get to during the work day?

If you can answer YES to any of these (or even all of them), then a VA may be right for you and your company!  How do you find that right person to assist you?

 

Think of the word PACE.

P=Personality

You have to find that VA with the right personality for your line of work, and who will work best with YOUR personality as well.

A=Attitude

You need a VA with a positive, go-get-em attitude, so you know your work will be completed.

C=Creativity

You should find a VA with creativity in their bones, so you can just hand off your projects and know they will look great.

E=Efficiency
Your VA should be efficient, because why in the world would you hire one who isn’t?  After-all, this is all about saving time (and money), right?  So, remember, if you are super busy and cannot PACE yourself to get your administrative tasks completed, then consider hiring a VA to PACE for you!

 

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If you consider using a Virtual Assistant:

  • Define what tasks your virtual assistant can complete for you.
  • Determine what area most of these tasks fall into.
  • Find someone that specializes in that area.
  • Make sure they can complete other tasks for you as well.

Virtual assistants do charge a higher fee in most cases than having someone work for you in your office.  But as mentioned above they are absorbing the cost for all your savings. You are hiring a 100% professional, highly dedicated and very experienced assistant focusing on you and you alone.

They do not focus on anything or anyone else for the time they are set to work for you. Tasks get accomplished faster with accuracy and professionalism.

Why should you hire a VA?   Find out HERE

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5 Ways Your Small Business Can Beat the Summer Slump

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It’s the dog days of summer, and your small business might be starting to feel like a ghost town. Everybody seems to be working shorter days, or on vacation, or just not ready to shift gears from browsing to buying. You may be thinking of throwing in the towel, but your business doesn’t have to suffer from a summer slowdown.

While you can’t expect people to stop taking summer vacations, there are plenty of things you can do to give your small business a summer boost in unexpected ways. At the least, these tips will help you build a stronger foundation for when business shifts back to normal after the nice weather ends.

1.  Put a Shine on Your Social Media Accounts

2.  Get Creative with Your Campaigns

3.  Meet New People (And Learn Stuff, Too)

4.  Reconnect With Your Customers Through a New (Or Improved) Newsletter

5.  Head for the Hills (Or the Beach, or the Park)

Read full article HERE

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I loved this article, which is why I wanted to share it with you.  My business also hits a summer slump every year, and I do implement most of these 5 steps to boost my business for the fall, and they do work.  Here are a few things that might help!

For #1, consider using Canva to create some really great social media images/backgrounds.  I use it for just about everything!

For #2, using MailChimp will allow you to easily get some great campaigns out there, and you can even automate them for ease in the busy months.

For #3, consider visiting Meetup to find some local meetings that will benefit your business and keep you engaged.

For #4, this great article will give you 5 ways to improve your email newsletters.

For #5, this neat little website that will help you locate some beaches near you.

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Don’t be afraid to get creative, or to take some time to relax!  Pick up a new book and educate yourself in something new that could benefit your business! There are always opportunities to learn and to use it as an asset to your business!  Small business owners never quit working, but it doesn’t have to be hard work all the time!

Elizabeth 
Virtual Assistant
www.BusinessVirtualServices.com

Why does a VA cost so much?

As a Virtual Assistant, I have been in contact with many small business owners and independent professionals.  I have replied to numerous “job ads” online and I network on social media sites and forums to look for clients.  And usually the very first thing I get asked is “What do you charge?”

Well, here is the thing.  I charge more than an in-house employee, yes.  I charge more than an entry-level secretary, yes.  I even charge more than an experienced administrative assistant, yes. But why?  Why do I charge so much?


I came across this article today on Entrepreneur.com:
  
3 Ways Your Start-Up Can Earn the Trust of Prospective Clients
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/241726

Here is #3:  

3. Don’t charge low prices.

Many entrepreneurs believe that if they charge below standard pricing, they will get the business. While that does work with some decision makers, others see a red flag. Why is your pricing so low?  According to a study from McKinsey, price is not the most important consideration for buyers of B2B services. In fact, the McKinsey study found that “low prices” ranked last out of 13 brand themes that B2B companies use to market their products and services. Low prices actually had a negative correlation to B2B buyers’ perception of the B2B companies’ brand strength.

Remember to know your industry, and any perceptions in the marketplace. This will help you to better formulate your sales process, and ultimately close more deals.

I may get asked “What do you charge?” a lot, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they want a cheap rate as the answer.  I charge what I am worth.  I charge more because I know what I am doing.  I am good at what I do.  I am an expert in my field, not just another secretary or entry-level administrative assistant.  I also use my own equipment, provide my own supplies, work in my own office, and my clients don’t have to worry about having to find things for me to do to compensate for down-time at the office, or pay me vacation time, or give me sick days off. I am available for them when they need me, on an as-needed basis, for any task they may need help with.  Yes, I charge more and most of my clients would tell you that they would prefer the higher rates, especially because they know their projects are done right and on time.  The stress that is taken off of my clients, knowing that I am always here for them, is so worth the extra money to them.
Consider reading WHAT IS A VA: http://www.businessvirtualservices.com/what-is-a-va.html

But, in the long run, most of my clients SAVE money.  Since they don’t have to take extra time out of their busy day to do mundane tasks, they now have time to network, to connect with their clients, to wear the hats only THEY can wear, and to do it well knowing their projects are taken care of by their VA.

In other words, I do earn the trust of prospective clients and keep the trust of current clients.  I provide the best service I can to anybody who can benefit from using a VA to grow their business.

Elizabeth Debol
edebol@live.com
www.BusinessVirtualServices.com