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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Email Marketing: 7 best techniques that can lead to a great campaign

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7 Techniques

Subject Line:
grab viewers’ attention and keep it direct and to the point

Image:
always use a catchy image that is relevant to your content

Content:  short paragraphs and bullet points, and link relevant content back to your website

Always Proofread:
typos and grammar errors are very unprofessional

Share:
include a way for your viewers to share through social media, or forward your email to others

Social Media:
include images/links to your social media accounts for viewers to connect with you easily

Track Results:
by tracking open and click-through rates, you will know what works best and what needs adjusting for better results

Send to who?

Loyal Clients
(those who use your business on a regular basis)

Occasional Clients
(those who occasionally use your business)

Potential Clients
(those who have given you their email address, but have never used your business)

Send what?

Loyal Clients

  1. Coupons for goods/services

  2. Giveaway items for sharing your business with others

  3. Thank you emails to show how much you care about them

Occasional Clients

  1. Coupons for goods/services (not as much of a discount as Loyal Clients)

  2. Run contests to get these clients to share your business with others

  3. Reminder emails about what your business is all about and how you can help them

Potential Clients

  1. Coupons for good/services (not as much of a discount as Occasional Clients)

  2. Create a Poll or a Survey to ask what they are interested in, to learn more about them

  3. Follow-up emails to see how interested they really are in your business, to show them you are still available and want to help them

Remember to tell all your clients about monthly specials, monthly holiday events, or activities related to your business!

Loyal Clients:               Twice a month

Occasional Clients:     Once a week

Potential Clients:         Once a month

The reason I suggest that potential clients be sent emails less often, is because they don’t currently bring you revenue.  Don’t spend too much time working on them.  Just sending them something once a month reminds them that you are still there for them when they need you.

Occasional clients need more attention, to get them to the point of being a loyal client.  They need your attention more! They already know how great you are, they just need to be reminded with great content, and rewards will come their way (and yours).

Loyal clients are already your bread and butter.  They will always come back for more because they know how important you are to them.  Sending them emails with goodies just solidifies that, which makes them come back over and over again, and more often too!  They are the most profitable clients!  Treat them right!

Your Employees !!!

Remember, without your employees, your business wouldn’t be running the way it is today.  Don’t leave any of them out of the loop.  Give them updates about your business, tell them about new items or services that will be coming out soon, explain to them that you’re working on drawing more business, and show them what that means…for them!!

They are important to your business.  Run a contest to see who can sell more items!  Give a day off to the winner, or a free product from your store, or a free lunch on you!  Happy employees make for a GREAT business owner…and a profitable business!!

You should email your employees about once a month to keep them updated on monthly specials, etc.  It really is a great communication tool for small businesses!

Loyal Clients:                     Send them an email twice a month
Occasional Clients:           Send them an email once a week
Potential Clients:               Send them an email once a month
Employees:                        Send them an email once a month

Cost of package: $500 per month (that’s a small price for growing your business)!!!

This cost includes tracking all open and click-through rates, emailing you results for each campaign, and making changes as needed based on monthly results!  It will only make your business grow faster!!

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elizabethdebol@live.com
Business Virtual Services

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Real Estate Assistance – See how we can help YOU!

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Welcome.  I would like to offer you my REAL ESTATE DESIGN package.  I have designed a digital package that will help you promote your listings, gain more attention to your business, and benefit your clients greatly!  With the impact that social media has on just about everything these days, why not take advantage of this digital design package!!

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I have recently partnered with a really great woman, Carol Trauthwein.  She is a listing/transaction coordinator for realtors all over the U.S.  Below is some information about her and what she has to offer.

Listing Coordination

 A task that can easily be delegated to a real estate virtual assistant is listing coordination.  We offer a variety of listing coordination services that can be custom tailored to your needs for each listing.  We create a customized marketing plan that will give you the edge on your competition.

All initial marketing tasks are completed within the first 48 hours and then additional items selected are staggered over the length of the listing.  You can approach your listing appointments fully confident that you have a team behind you to assist you with all the critical time sensitive tasks to get your listing up and running.

  • Prepare listing package for appointment

  • Enter listing data into the MLS

  • Update your listing information in your CRM such as Top Producer or eEdge

  • Insert virtual tour links into various online websites

  • Create custom flyers and postcards

  • Post listing to Craigslist

  • Send email blast to your database promoting your new listing

  • Upload listing photos to social media platforms

  • Update listing as needed throughout, such as price changes

This is not a complete package of the services we offer; however, it gives an example of how we customize our tasks to fit you and your client’s needs.

Transaction Coordination

Also known as contract to close services, transaction criteria differs from state to state.  With our background in various states across the nation we are pleased to be able to offer this service to our clients. By taking these time consuming tasks off your plate, you are able to concentrate on your buyers or sellers and provide them with quality care and have the time to close more deals as a result! By outsourcing the transaction management to our experienced experts you can be confident that the transaction will go as smoothly as possible.

We begin every new transaction coordination service with an initial consultation to discuss your individual needs and get on the same page.  Some of the tasks we routinely handle for our clients are making sure all parties are updated in the transaction with critical dates, we schedule inspections, file management, compliance review of all documents, and scheduling the closing.

We create a customized timeline and checklist for each client after the initial consultation for you to review.  Upon approval of these lists we are ready to begin the transaction coordination services you require.

Carol Trauthwein
Essential VA Solutions

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281-793-4380
carol@essentialvasolutions.com
www.essentialvasolutions.com 

Carol and I are looking to give Realtors all the attention they deserve, because their listings are important to them!!  Please don’t hesitate to contact Carol or myself for more information about how  we can help you!

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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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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

Should you start a business blog?

When I chat with potential clients for the first time, I get as much information about their business and why they contacted me in the first place.  They ask me questions and I ask them questions.  One of my questions is “Do you blog?”  90% of them say “No, but I would love to start.”  Yes, it’s a very time consuming task.  Yes, it takes some thought on your part.  Yes, it can be frustrating.  No, it’s not impossible.  No, it’s not expensive.  No, it’s not useless.  So why should you start a business blog?  What’s the purpose of it? Can it help your business?

 

Here is an article called  5 Reasons Blogging is Important to Your Business   By

In short, here are the 5 reasons she gives you:

1)  Provides Cheap Customer Acquisition

2)  Increases Website Traffic and Subscribers

3)  Increases Sales

4)  Builds Brand Awareness

5)  Educates Visitors and Customers

 

Most people think that a blog is just an article that somebody put together that is ALL about their business.  But this isn’t true.  There is MUCH more that can be taken from a blog.  And much that you can GIVE to your audience from YOUR blog.

Let’s look at reason #1.  Like I already said, it’s NOT expensive.  You can start a free blog on WordPress.com or Blogger.com and not spend a dime.  Publish it and people WILL see it.  You will be amazed at how it gets around.  You can add a hyperlink to your signature so when you email anybody, they can visit your blog.  You can add it to your website for visitors to view.  You can promote it on social media.  Don’t pay for expensive advertising.   Think about all those times you sent out a direct mail, spending hundreds of dollars, maybe receiving a couple replies.  Your blog can bring your business to your target audience.  It’s really that easy!

Let’s look at reason #2:  Your blog will increase website traffic because if readers are interested in what you have to say, they will follow you to your website or to social media.  They will subscribe so they can get more valuable information from you.  They will come back for more updates and more deals (or whatever you decide to blog about).  They may even take action on your website and contact you or purchase from you.  That is huge!

Let’s look at reason #3:  This ties into reason #2.  It can increase sales.  People want knowledge about a business.  They want to know how YOUR business can help them.  They want to know, like, and trust you before sealing the deal.  So by writing about your business and what you can do for others, people will eventually purchase from you!  But you have to provide VALUABLE information.  People want to see AMAZING content..helpful information…useful tips and ideas…they need to take something away with them after reading your blog!

Let’s look at reason #4:  When you blog about your business, you are building your brand awareness.  You are spreading the word about what you have to offer, and how you can offer it.  You can differentiate yourself from others in your industry by providing your expertise and sharing it with your audience.  People LOVE that!!!

Let’s look at reason #5:  This ties into reason #4.  By sharing your business, you are educating visitors and customers about your industry.  You are providing insight about things they may not have otherwise known about.  Share all you can about your business.  It’s a great way to advertise and educate at the same time!

 

Your blog is a great way to give others ideas, tips, knowledge, and insight about your business.  It’s an avenue to spread the word about what you can offer, how you can offer it, and why people should hire you or purchase from you.  It’s a way to express yourself, share your personality, and share your business with others.  Don’t be afraid of it.  Don’t “forget” to blog.  Don’t put it off.  Start it NOW.

Some things you can add to your blog:

  • Links to your websites
  • Links to your social media sites
  • Images of products
  • Affiliate links
  • Your Twitter feed
  • Your Facebook feed
  • Your About.Me page
  • Your contact information
  • and so, so much more

Start today!  Share your expertise with others.  Don’t be afraid.  It could make a difference in your business…for the better!!

If you are interested in blogging, but want to know more about it, consider registering for my March FREE Book Giveaway.

Just visit the homepage of my website and fill out the form.  BusinessVirtualServices.com

I am going to contact the winner on March 15.  This book could be yours…FREE

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And please know that if you need some assistance starting your blog, I am always here to help!!!

Thanks for reading!!!

Elizabeth Debol
Virtual Assistant
edebol@live.com
BusinessVirtualServices.com