Sunday, February 6, 2011

Why every Mumprenuer needs a Virtual Assistant

We are delighted to have the very talented Lisa Dunn of Hexagon VA running our Dumfries & Galloway network. She offers services that every mumpreneur should which I am sure I will be needing very soon!!
Lisa tells us all about the services she provides.

“And what do you do?”

So it goes at every party, networking event, social occasion or even family gathering.

“I’m a VA.”

“Oh.” (polite bafflement) “Em, so what’s that then?”

“A Virtual Assistant. You know, like a Personal Assistant, but I work from home and offer administrative and business support online.”

“Oh, I see, how, er, interesting.”

It really isn’t that strange these days to be working from home, but not all of us are good at making beautiful things to sell, or delivering motivational speeches! Personally, I’m very organised and am never happier than when making life simpler for people, so I work from home as a VA. For lots of reasons, my best career move has been setting up my own business to help other business mums.

So why would a mumpreneur need a VA? Well…

What do you find the most bother in your business? Maybe you keep double booking yourself, or leaving your diary behind. Your VA can make sure that your diary is always up to date with online diary management that can be accessed from your smart phone.

Perhaps you can’t keep track of your clients. You go to a networking event, then lose the contact details of potential clients, wasting the money you have laid out. Maybe it takes ages for you to send the same email to lots of different people, and following up leads becomes a nightmare. VAs are particularly good at making use of customer relationship management (CRM) software to help you convert leads to clients, and keep your existing clients in touch with what you are doing.

Maybe you find it hard to use social media. Facebook, Twitter and blogging are so important these days for getting your message out to your potential clients, but so difficult to get around to doing. Your VA can write and schedule your status updates, tweets and blog posts so you don’t even have to think about them, especially if you are so modest you find it hard to tell the world how wonderful you and your products are!

So, are all VAs the same? Not at all! Most VAs have core skills that they offer such as the diary management and CRM mentioned above, but one VA is unlikely to be offering every service you require. However, commonly, your VA will be able to recommend other providers for services she does not offer. It is worth chatting over your requirements with a VA to get the best advice.

If you find that you are spending too much time on your business and not in your business, you should consider working with a VA who can help you restore that precious work-life balance, and work with you to take your business to the next level. Why spend ages on tasks you hate when you could be doing what you love, and went into business to do? Do what you do best, and outsource the rest!

Most importantly here is Lisa's website


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  2. I think one benefit mumprenuer can get from hiring virtual assistants is that VAs usually work at their place so nothing can hold them back from doing their jobs like traffic jams or sickness. In the end, you only have to pay them for the number of hours they spent working for you, which makes the money you invest in them all worth it.

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