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How much does a virtual assistant cost?

how much does a virtual assistant cost

So, you’re ready to make the leap and hire a virtual assistant to take some of the work of your hands.  

But, you have no idea how much it should cost you. In order to determine how much a virtual assistant will cost you, start by determining what tasks you need help with. The rule of thumb is to outsource the tasks that are costing you money, so you can focus on tasks that bring in money. Consider the expertise it’s going to take for someone to complete the tasks you need done. If general admin work is taking up a lot of you time, a virtual assistant is a great option.

Virtual assistants performing general admin tasks like calendaring or email clean up will have a lower rate then someone with expertise in web design or social media.  The more experience and intricate the need, the higher the pay.

Next up, time?

Are you going to need a quick turn around for the task? If you waited until the last minute and needed something done yesterday, you’re going to pay more. Most virtual assistants with a thriving clientele will charge a premium fee for rush jobs. In most cases, they’re serving more than one client. They aren’t trying to punish you in any way, but in order for your rush job to get done it will require them to drop everything else in their business, so they can prioritize your needs.

Consider the frequency of virtual assistance you’ll need. Will you need help with a one time project, periodically, or consistently?  Virtual assistants can charge by the hour, by the project, or a monthly fee. The project or monthly fee will be a better price if this is something you’ll need frequently. Virtual assistants enjoy having continued client work.  If this is a one time project, you may be missing out on some incentives such as discounted packages for consistent work.

Average Cost

The average cost of a quality virtual assistant working in the United States can range anywhere from $25.00 to $100.00 an hour depending on the specifics of the job and time frame.  I know what your thinking, why don’t I just hire someone in house to do it? In that case you’ll need to add equipment cost, benefits, and taxes. Below is a breakdown of a $15.00 an hour employee vs. a virtual assistant at $27.00 an hour.

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How to set goals and accomplish them!

How to set goals and accomplish them.
A new year means new goals and fresh starts. 

So, I’ve put together the top 6 steps you can take to set your goals and accomplish them. Also to help you out, I have created a Goal Setting and Action Plan worksheet, which is completely FREE to download.

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According to a study at Harvard, only 3% of people actually write down their goals. And of  those 3%, they make twice as much money.

 I bet you can guess what my first tip is.

  1. Write it down! It doesn’t matter how you write them down, but many experts say that handwriting is the best method because it resonates with your subconscious better. So, write that shit down.
  2. Make sure your goals are SMART! If you’ve never heard of smart goals, I’ll recap real quick S is for Specific. Ensure you know who, what, when, where, why and the how of your goals. M is for Measurable, that is can you track the progress of the goal. A is for Attainable, is this goal something you have control over? Is it something where you can be an impact? R is for Relevant, ask yourself if the goal is worthwhile and if it matches your other goals. For example, if you want to own a retail store in Florida, is it really a good idea to move to California? T is for Timely. When do you want to achieve the goal? Set a deadline for yourself so you’re not letting your goals fall to the wayside.
  3. Surround yourself around the right people! If you’re wanting to achieve success but you’re still partying on the weekends. You may want to reconsider who you’re hanging around. Don’t view this as a negative.  Instead consider this, how we spend our time determines where we will end up in a year from now.  If you’re not accomplishing what you want in life it may be time to reconsider how you’re spending your time and who you’re hanging around.
  4. Know you’re worthy of your goals! You can plan your goals, but if you don’t believe you’re worthy of them you’ll never achieve them. Hear me when I tell you, you are worthy of your goals. If you want to make a better life for yourself, it is absolutely achievable. But, you have to know your worth. This means not letting people treat you less than you deserve to be treated, not letting your past follow you into your future, and Stopping the negative self-talk.
  5. Be aware of the milestones you need to achieve to reach your goals! A goal is all about bridging the gap between who you are today and the person you want to become.  In between lies the milestones. So, break down your larger goals into bite size chunks, such as every day, weekly, and monthly goals.
  6. Create a long-term action plan!  An action plan is a step-by-step plan considering all of the factors that it’ll take to get you to your goal.  This is for anyone wanting to achieve anything big in life, whether it is getting out of debt, achieving a degree, climbing the corporate ladder, or starting a business, you need an action plan for every part of that goal.  

For those of you who want to achieve BIG goals in 2019, my next blog will help by walking you through creating an action plan for your 5, 3, and 1-year goals. Now go out there and make shit happen!

How to use Instagram for your business.

How to use Instagram for your business.

Your niece uses Instagram to post selfies. So, how can you use this social media platform to promote your service?  The key to using Instagram for your business is to look at it from the personal branding side. It takes a little planning, but it’s an effective way to increase not only your visibility but also create the like, know, and trust factor so people will WANT to work with you.  I have put together 5 tips on how to use Instagram for your business.

Tip # 1: Optimize your profile. 

Your Instagram username should match your username on all your other social media platforms. I recommend making it your own name. This is especially important if you are a one-person shop. If you are not the face of the business, that is okay. You can use your business name. Just be sure to keep it consistent, so people can easily find you across platforms. Also, use the name section on your profile to highlight what you do. For example, my username on Instagram is Bonnie Anderson Consulting, my name is “Social Media Strategist.” If someone searches Instagram for a social media strategist, my profile will show up.

Tip # 2: Tell people what you do in your bio.  

When someone looks at your profile, they shouldn’t have to try and guess what it is that you do. That bio feature is there for a reason, to tell people what you do, who you do it for, what results they can expect, and what to do next. Be as specific as you can. If you crochet scarves and sale them through your online store, then your bio might look like this, “I crochet scarves for women who desire quality over quantity. My scarves keep you warm and last for years. Click the link below to order.” There’s no question about what you do, who you serve, what your customers can expect from your product, and where they can purchase them.

Tip # 3: Create a feed people want to look at.  

You need stunning and diverse photos. People don’t want to look at the same photos that have the same poses, background, or outfits. Mix it up.  Capture some behind the scenes, and add some personality that will shine through on your profile. This can include posting pictures of yourself at conferences and workshops, having a cup of coffee, or working on your business from your home office. Don’t forget to include captivating text on each of your photos. For example, if you’re posting a photo of yourself at a conference, include details that let your followers know what you learned at the workshop, and how you plan to implement it in your business.

Tip # 4: Use relevant hashtags.  

Before you even start posting on Instagram, make a list of hashtags that are relevant to your business. Use the search bar in Instagram and search for relevant hashtags. Come up with a good list of about 50 hashtags that have anywhere from 10,000 posts and above. Rotate those hashtags in your postings, using about 10 at a time.  Each time you use one, date it. This way you see which of those hashtags work best for engaging your potential clients.

Tip # 5: Make sure your feed matches your brand.  

If your brand is fun and flirty, your pictures should represent that. Maybe your business with a touch of creative, then your pictures and captions should reflect that. Any inspirational quotes you want to share, then those graphics should match your fonts and colors. Think of your Instagram profile as your online resume. What message do you want to portray to your audience? Now, go make your content all about that message.

These tips will help get you going on Instagram. You can follow me on Instagram by clicking here.  Shoot me a message and tell me “I got this!”

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Benefits of using social media.

Don’t be the business owner that doesn’t understand the benefits of using social media.

Don’t be the business owner that doesn’t understand the benefits of using social media.

You have a social media account for your business, but you’re barely using it.  Or maybe, you’re not using social media at all in your business.  Either way, it’s okay. After reading this blog, you’ll understand how social media can benefit your business, and gain some motivation to start posting regularly.

Benefit # 1: Brand Awareness

Whether you have an established brand, or you’re just starting out, social media gets your brand out to your target audience. This provides your business with a way to interact with customers and potential customers on a personal level. Today, consumers use social media to check out a brand before buying. They’re looking at your Facebook reviews, comments on your post, and the quality of your content. You’ll want to create content that aligns with your brand and gets people talking.

Benefit # 2: Creating exceptional Customer Service

Today, customers expect instant gratification. You can thank social media for that. Customers and potential customers expect an instant reply to their questions. If your competitor replies to them before you do, you’ve lost the sale. Responding to them quickly shows that you care and that you want to work with them. Use social media to show you’re committed to customer satisfaction and creating an exceptional customer experience.

Benefit # 3: Effective Advertisement

Social media advertisement is the most effective advertising on the market. People spend hours a day on social media platforms. This has created the perfect opportunity for you to reach your target market over and over again. You can target specific demographics, locations, and interest to make your advertising dollar count.

Benefit # 5: Research

Whether researching what your competitors are doing, or finding out your customers pain points, social media is an effective research platform.  You want to do business better than your competition, then check out their page and make yours better than theirs. You want to find out your customers pain points, read the comments and reviews on your business Facebook page. Listening to your customers is key for a successful business.

Now you know exactly what the benefits of Social Media are to business, so now what? You need a social media marketing plan.  Check out our website to see how we can help you navigate the Social Media World.

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5 ways outsourcing saves your business time and money

5 ways outsourcing saves your business time and money

The way we work has changed a great deal over the past decade. We’re globally connected through the internet making it easier than ever before to outsource work. Whether it be outsourcing your calendar management to a virtual assistant or hiring a social media guru to keep up your Facebook and Instagram postings, outsourcing is a common occurrences for small and large businesses. The most common appeal for outsourcing is savings. 

Here are 5 ways that outsourcing can save your business time and money.

1 – Recruitment cost

If you use a Human Resource employee to search, interview, select, and hire employees, you’re spending major cash flow on labor costs. Save yourself the money and connect with a virtual assistant, online business manager, or social media guru, to save your resources for more important matters such as bonuses for your existing employees.

2 – No more sick leave pay

Virtual assistants, online business managers, and social media managers work for results, not fringe benefits. If they are sick, they still have to deliver results. They may be working in their slippers delivering those results, but the end game is all that matters. If they’re sick, that’s their problem, not yours. You don’t pay for sick leave! You pay for results.

3 – Office Equipment

Some virtual assistants work from their home offices or kitchen tables. Some opt to work from coworking spaces. Either way, they provide their own equipment and furniture. If they want a fancy new stand up desk, that’s on them not you. If they need a new ergonomically correct chair, that is their expense, not yours.

4 – Training

You don’t have to train them. Virtual assistants and social media managers offer services they are good at performing. Often, they find a specific industry they love working with and maintain a client list with tasks similar in nature. You save on training costs, and they get to do the work they love. 

5 – Write-Ups

If you don’t like your outsourcing hire’s work, you fire them. It’s really that simple. You don’t have to pull them in the office and give them the “talk” and a write-up. If they failed to deliver results, then you say bye-bye! You don’t have to worry about paying them a severance or unemployment. Just make sure you check the terms of your client services agreement. 

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