5 Book Recommendations to Grow Your Business

5 Book Recommendations to Grow Your Business

Books can be an adventurous or they can be learning tool. I am a book-lover and have found how reading is one of the easiest ways to grow your business. That’s because reading can help you see a problem from a different perspective, approach a customer complaint with wisdom, and provide you with the insight you need to do something new. But picking a book to read is hard. There are thousands of books already out there and dozens are being published weekly. So what should you read next? How about trying one of these recommended books… The Power of Moments by Dan & Chip Heath In this gripping read, Dan and Chip Heath examine what makes some moments memorable while others seem to slip by entirely unnoticed. In the book, the authors describe the four elements that create a special moment—elevation, insight, pride, or connection. You can use the insights from Dan and Chip to create special moments for your subscribers, clients, or customers. These moments can strengthen and deepen your business relationships in exciting, new ways. Permission to Screw Up by Kristen Hadeed Kristen Hadeed’s book on how to fail is not only laugh out loud funny, it’s also authentic and inspiring. In Permission to Screw Up, Kristen recounts how she began her business and the mistakes she made along the way. But Kristen doesn’t just share her journey. She goes on to explain the mistake she made and what she should have done instead. This book will encourage entrepreneurs who are floundering in their business and give them insights into how to course-correct. Ask by Ryan...
Why You Should Be Your #1 Client

Why You Should Be Your #1 Client

Natasha was a service provider who built an online business by working for her clients. She helped her clients build amazing businesses. She was well-liked and respected in her industry. She earned top dollar and was often asked to share her systems. After a few years, Natasha found herself dreading work. All of her client’s projects were boring and she wasn’t able to get in her groove. She still served her clients but her love for what she did was gone. To help herself get back on track, Natasha reached out to her business coach. Her coach had Natasha track her work for a week and create a pie chart that showed how she divided up most of her time. When Natasha saw the results, she was stunned to realize she wasn’t spending time on her own projects. Like many service providers, Natasha had let urgent client work slowly take over her business. She felt like she didn’t have time to do activities that she found creatively rewarding. She kept telling herself she would get back to her own projects after “the busy season” was over or after a certain project was completed. But that never happened. Maybe you’ve found yourself where Natasha was. You’ve been pouring out all of your time and energy and giving to your clients. This leaves you feeling drained and maybe even a little bit resentful sometimes. If you were asked to name your #1 client today, who would you pick? You’d probably choose the one that pays you the most. But what if you were #1? What if you put your projects first...
Awesome Resources to Build your Virtual Assistant Business

Awesome Resources to Build your Virtual Assistant Business

The Bootstrap VA Final Edition Bundle Sale is all about celebrating the final edition of Lisa Morosky's popular eBook, The Bootstrap VA: The Go-Getter's Guide to Becoming a Virtual Assistant, Getting and Keeping Clients, and More!, and her time as a virtual assistant, as well as sharing excellent resources (at a great price) to bless and encourage you on your virtual assistant and work-at-home journey going forward. Lisa is also donating 10% of her personal earnings from this special sale to Compassion International. From Tuesday, April 7, 2015 – Thursday, April 9, 2015, you can purchase an awesome bundle of virtual assistant and work-at-home resources for only $29.95. The bundle includes all three versions (PDF, Kindle, and Nook) of The Bootstrap VA, plus $218.95 of additional resources to help you start and grow your virtual assistant and work-at-home business. You'll also get another $173 of discounted resources that you'll only pay $33 for (if you choose to purchase them separately). Here are all of the resources you'll receive as a part of the bundle: The Bootstrap VA: The Go-Getter's Guide to Becoming a Virtual Assistant, Getting and Keeping Clients, and More! by Lisa Morosky (a $9.99 value – but it's included in this bundle!) Become a Virtual Assistant: The Virtual Assistant Forums Guide to Success by Tess Strand (a $49.00 value – but it's included in this bundle!) FaithLeaps: The Christian Mom's Guide to Passion, Purpose, and Profits by Alyssa Avant (a $4.99 value – but it's included in this bundle!) How to be a Work-at-Home Mom: The Happily Ever After Guide to Leading the WAHM Life by Prerna...

Five time saving tips for Social Media strategies

Saving time on social media is a must if you want to escape time wasters and time suckers. Setting up a system can help avoid many of the distracting games, gossip, and out and out worthless parts of social media. There is a time to play games, but it's not while you're at work. Even though you don't have a boss looking over your head, the time wasting will catch up with you. You need to control it, not let it control you. Plan for Success — If you have no road map to your destination you're not likely to make it. Yes, people accidentally hit the lottery, but most of the time success comes from careful and thoughtful planning. Don't set out blindly for a hit or miss effort. Instead, make a plan and stick to it, you can always adjust it, if necessary. Implement Automation — This is a great way to save time. You can schedule automatically new posts, new articles and new information across all your social media. There are many tools available that do a great job. This will enable you to use your social media time more wisely in conversation with your potential clients rather than just pushing information to them. Schedule your time  — If you set up automation you can then carefully schedule your time for using social media for being, social. Imagine that! The automation of updating friends and followers of blog posts will create time for you to actually read other people's tweets, re-tweet good information, and to actually participate. The trick is to schedule the time, and stick to the schedule. Outsource —...

Virtual Assistant Jobs: Find One and Make a Living

Copyright © 2010 Allthetopbananas.com Finding the right virtual assistant job is a challenging task. You've most likely heard many stories about people being deceived to send a substantial sum just to discover that it's a sham. The usual targets are the income seekers who are being provided with some “too good to be true” money making chances or non-existent jobs. You are probably asking yourself, are there genuine possibilities on the web? The answer is yes, as long as you know where to look for them. Although it's never very easy to find legitimate virtual assistant jobs, your persistence and dedication will find their way earlier than you imagine. Therefore, the first thing you should do is to look and explore the company's web page. As they provide such program, it's only appropriate that you see connections to and from other legitimate businesses. Try to find testimonials and confirm their validity. When you have decided to register, the business should not collect any application or membership fees. You are only interested to receive their weekly job listings. Be wary with companies that will get payment before you even see that record. Most probably, if not all, you're on the edge of getting ripped off. You can also try registering with bidding websites. Once you have become a member, you will be able to login, take part in the debate and offer your bet for the wanted job. You will be surprised how many people are looking for competent and skilled assistants like you. One thing to bear in mind though, is to bid only to those jobs you think...

Do you Need a Virtual Assistant?

Do you have a small business or are you a solo-preneur? Are you in need of administrative support help? Do you find that you use the time that you should be earning money to complete day-to-day support tasks? Hiring a virtual assistant may be the perfect solution for you. According to the International Virtual Assistants Association, “A Virtual Assistant (VA) is an independent entrepreneur providing administrative, creative and/or technical services. Utilizing advanced technological modes of communication and data delivery, a professional VA assists clients in his/her area of expertise from his/her own office on a contractual basis.” Virtual assistants have a multitude of skills, and work with business owners as office support staff. In the business world, they are referred to as secretaries, office assistants, administrative, and executive assistants. Virtual assistants work from their own office and have their own equipment.   They pay their own taxes, and charge only for actual time worked.  By contrast, for in-house support staff, you are responsible for salaries, benefits, equipment, office space, and employment tax. Virtual assistants are a cost-effective way to run your business. Hiring a virtual assistant is a necessity for many small business owners. VAs can be responsible for such tasks as general administrative support, web design, content creation, article writing, blog updates, and email campaigns – or your social marketing needs. With your busy work covered, you are able to concentrate on the task of earning revenue for your business. Most virtual assistants see themselves as a partners working with you to help grow your business. They can also be a source of networking for business resources and tools....