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Who Is Finding Your Next Prospect? 0

Posted on July 16, 2021 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

At My Virtual Assistant, we often find that when we begin to work with a new client, they often don’t realise the full extent of the services we can provide. In this series we will look at some of the common tasks you can outsource to your Virtual Assistant that you may not have even considered.

Sales and Prospect Leads

You need to be spending your time meeting prospects and servicing existing customers, but did you know that a Virtual Assistant can find you new leads? We can find and research individuals and companies, via organisations, blogs, websites and forums.  We can prepare reports and briefs to help you determine who to contact next. With the right information in hand you can focus on developing new business relationships instead of having to spend time researching.

For more information about our services and how we can help you, don’t waste any more time, Contact Us today.

The Magic of Thinking Big! 0

Posted on July 09, 2021 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

When you are in the setting up stages of your business, don’t forget to set everything up as though you were a large company. For example, set up various email address for different uses and don’t have all email coming to one address. You can have ‘yourname’, ‘enquiries’, ‘customer service’, ‘quotations’, etc. In the short term you can collect them all by diverting the emails to one central address, but later on when you want to set up an auto responder for a particular query, or send the handling of certain enquiries to your VA or employee, you will have already segregated the emails.

For more information about our services and how we can help you, don’t waste any more time, contact My Virtual Assistant today.

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Use An Effective Diary System 0

Posted on June 25, 2021 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

Do you ever forget birthdays or anniversaries or leave it far to late to purchase an appropriate gift? Ever miss the school play or sports day because you’ve double booked it with a work event you cant extricate yourself from so late in the day. Do you find yourself dashing from one end of town to the other to get to your next appointment, only to charge back to where you started from to get to the next one?

Do you think you might need to review how you handle your diary?

Do away with multiple calendars and dairies and use one diary for everything including business and personal appointments, birthdays, etc. An electronic diary works best because your virtual assistant can also update it so it is always current. You can access an electronic diary with any computer or if you are out and about using your mobile phone.

Why not give your virtual assistant instructions to alert you of any up coming birthdays or anniversaries so you have plenty of time to find an appropriate gift, or better still, let your virtual assistant research and purchase the perfect gift on your behalf and have it wrapped and delivered for you. Why not ask them to schedule your appointments for you so they can be effectively managed to save you time, stress and travel costs. While they are managing your diary, why not also ask you VA to arrange all the associated travel arrangements and hotel and restaurant bookings?

Now wouldn’t that make you feel a little less stressed and a lot more organised?

For more information about our services and how we can help you, don’t waste any more time, contact My Virtual Assistant today.

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Organise Your To Do List 0

Posted on June 11, 2021 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

We all have a To Do list as long as our arm, any many of us have to steel ourselves to look at it as a whole mile long list of what we have to do can seem overwhelming to say the least. Try this practice for a week and see if you find you actually get more done and feel less like your drowning in a whole heap of stuff to do.

At the end of the working day have a good look at your To Do list and rate everything on it between 1 and 4. Only mark items with a 1 if they are those that absolutely must be done within the next 24 hours or the sky will fall down, the seas will boil (you get the picture). Items marked with a 2 are those that absolutely must be done, but not necessarily within the next 24 hours, they could perhaps wait one more day. Items marked with a 3 are those that you could actually delegate to someone else. If you work with My Virtual Assistant that could be us and it could perhaps be tasks like getting your accounts in order, writing that sales letter, setting up or writing articles for your blog or putting together that Customer Relationship Management system. Items marked with a 4 are those which could actually fall off the bottom of the list and no-one would really notice. Cross them out now and let it go, there are only so many hours in the day.

Ok, so now you have a long list with lots of items with rankings of between 1 and 4. Transfer all the items ranked 1 to a new list that we’ll call the ‘NOW List’. Write them down in order of priority with those at the top being the most important. Next transfer all of the items marked 2 to a new list we’ll call the ‘Standby List’. Next make a ‘Delegate List’ and put on it everything marked 3 that you can get someone else to do, then delegate it! Send it to My Virtual Assistant, your secretary or whomever you have to delegate to. All items marked 4 can now be consigned to the bin.

Now tidy your desk and forget it for the evening.

The following morning, when you get to your desk, before you do anything and I mean anything, so that includes before collecting your email, making any calls, opening the post or making your first cup of coffee, do the first three things on your NOW List. No ifs, buts or excuses, just do them. When they are done schedule in the rest of the tasks in the NOW List for the rest of the day. If there is simply too much and you cant see how to get all of the NOW List tasks done in one day, revisit the list. See if some of it can be delegated. If you can’t delegate items on the list can you delegate something else that takes up your valuable time so you can clear some space. For example you can divert your calls to a call handling service, get your emails filtered and replied to by an email service. If you have no one to perform these tasks speak to My Virtual Assistant to see how we can help you.

As more To Do items occur to you throughout the day, add them to you Standby List. If you have time to do them at the end of the day great, if not you can relax in the knowledge that they are written down and will be re-evaluated again at the end of the day.

At the end of the day take your NOW List and Standby List and go through the process again. Transfer immediately any items from your NOW List onto a new NOW List for tomorrow. Then go through your Standby List and rank the items as before. Then add the 1’s to the new NOW List, the 2’s to the new Standby List and the 3’s to a new Delegate List. Simple but very, very effective.

I’d love to hear if you find this system useful and end up calmer and more organised as a result. So try it for a week and let me know how you get on.

For more information about our services and how we can help you, don’t waste any more time, contact My Virtual Assistant today.

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Email Addiction – Are You Guilty? 0

Posted on June 03, 2021 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

Limit the amount of time you spend checking email and switch off email alerts. If you are constantly checking your inbox or are responding immediately to email alerts you could be wasting hours every week, not to mention finding it very difficult to concentrate. Limit email checking to 2 to 3 times a day and stick to it. Your email will still be answered within a reasonable time but you will be able to concentrate on more involved projects without constant distractions or interruptions.

Alternatively, let us handle and filter your email for you. We can pick up your email on your behalf, filter out the junk and spam, answer requests for information as you instruct us and only forward you the handful of messages you actually need to deal with yourself. How many hours would that free up each week to work on the more important things?

For more information about our services and how we can help you, don’t waste any more time, contact My Virtual Assistant today.

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Virtual Assistant Tasks – Data Entry and Word Processing – Collect Contact Information 0

Posted on October 29, 2016 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants can undertake a whole range of business support jobs. From basic administration through to web site marketing and online business management.

Have you thought about outsourcing your…

Data Entry and Word Processing -Collect Contact Information

Need specific information about current or prospective clients? With a little research performed by us, you can collect all the data you need, including phone numbers, email addresses, social media links, etc. We can then enter the collected data into spreadsheets, documents, address books… whatever is most useful to you.

For more ideas, download the free guide “25 Things You Can Delegate Today” at https://my-virtualassistant.co.uk

Why Social Media is Important to Your Business 0

Posted on June 25, 2014 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

We’ve all heard the phrase social media, but what actually is social media and how can you use it to help your business?

In short, social media is a term that encapsulates a number of online communication platforms which make it easy for people to not only publish their own news and views but also comment on that posted by others.

Why Is Social Media Important?

Social Media has provided everyone with a platform to air their opinions, views and grievances with anyone around the world. People who use Social Media often become highly influential and are seen as experts in their own sphere and can develop large audiences around their area of interest.
Communities of like-minded people are forming around common interests over the Web regardless of where they are based in the world because the regular restrictions of geographical locations do not apply.

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Small Business Social Networking 0

Posted on June 20, 2014 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

Most of us are aware of social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and the rest, but did you know that in addition to those that have been traditionally used for social purposes, there are sites for online networking for businesses too? Are you active on sites such as LinkedIn?

When a potential client ‘Googles’ your name, often the results at the top of the page will return profiles from business and social networking web sites as the search engines love their continually updated ‘fresh’ content. So how are your online profiles looking?

If you haven’t got around to setting up your profiles, or have done that but have not used the sites for business networking or really showcasing your area of expertise, help is at hand.

At My Virtual Assistant, we provide a Business Social Networking service that includes the full set up of your profiles showcasing you and your area of expertise on all the major business networking platforms*. We will also research which ‘groups’ on these platforms you should belong to and join them on your behalf. Once set up we can manage the accounts for you, set up your own groups, respond to links requests – and make them for you, answer email, etc.

For detailed information about the latest pricing, services and packages available, please download our latest information pack by completing the box on the right.

Planning an Event? 0

Posted on June 18, 2014 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

Whether it’s a meeting, conference or personal party, many find that planning a large event can be a daunting task. Sourcing vendors, screening proposals, and checking references and credentials can be incredibly time-consuming.

Don’t let the planning process outweigh the excitement of your event. Give us some general guidelines like cost, number of guests, and your basic preferences, and we’ll create a short-list of venues and vendors or even make the arrangements for you.

For more information about our services and how we can help you, don’t waste any more time, contact My Virtual Assistant today.

What’s Your News? Getting Your Press Release Out There! 0

Posted on June 13, 2014 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

We all love free publicity and nothing will get you more exposure in the media than a well written and syndicated press release. A well-targeted release can showcase your business to your chosen target market and present you as the credible expert in their field.

But what should be in the perfect press release? Who should you send it to and how can you make it interesting enough to get it published?

Press releases need to be relevant and interesting. They need to capture not only the attention of the reader but, if you are looking for inclusion in a printed publication or for your release to be picked up by bloggers and Tweeters, they need to appeal to editors, webmasters and social networking fans.

How is what you have to say relevant to what’s going on in the news today? What angle or spin can you put on your story to make it current and ‘of the moment’?

If you’re at a loss as to where to start, relax, we can do it all for you.

At My Virtual Assistant, we provide a Press Release Creation and Submission service that includes a press release created to promote your business and submitted to online press release web sites.

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