Category Virtual Assistants

Q & A: What are successful cost-cutting solutions in small business?

Let me give you some pointers here, but please remember you can always do more on the cost-cutting front in any small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer- or Personal business, like professional, contractors, freelancer, self-employed, sole-trader and virtual assistants.... Or have it done on a results basis, doesn't cost you time and gets you money back.Do credit control - get your money in lower your bank overdraft cost and charges.This is only a short list of what you can do, but it's a start.

Small Business Checklist: Business Process Outsourcing

As many of you know by know I'm a sucker for bootstrapping for small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer- or Personal business, like professional, contractors, freelancer, self-employed, sole-trader and virtual assistants, and outsourcing is a big part of my bootstrapping philosophy, so here a re a few pointers: To outsource, or not to outsource ....... or you new service provider makes you feel, as if they are doing you a favor, don't deal with them, you need partners and not people you feel guilty calling.Nobody answers the phone - put the phone down and do not call back.

Q & A: Can You Give Me A Cost Example For A Small Home Office?

I am a little biased here - use our OnlineOffice and get your web-site - for customer information, e-shop - for selling online, online blog - for marketing and PR, online file-store - to keep you data safe, accounting software - to work with your accountant online in real time, and be able to outsource and work with virtual assistants, to save time, money and make yourself look professional.... Do not spend any money on flyers and other printed material, don't spend any money on any marketing until you can afford it and you know you will get a result - because it's all free on the internet.So you are looking at a professionally run home-office with telephone and accountant back-up for a total set-up cost of around $ 1,100 / £550 and a monthly average cost of $180 / £90.

Q & A: Borrow Money To Grow Your Small Business Or Not?

The answer to this question is not always easy, since for a manufacturing business it may be necessary for you to borrow, if that is the case you need to see an accountant you can trust, to help you to get the best deal and talk about the implications, like personal guarantees, liabilities and so on.If however, you are in the service sector you should try and stay away from borrowing money as long as you can and bootstrap.... Don't trust praise, most people don't want to hurt your feelings.Do some business planning, and see when your business would break even, get the tools free, so no excuses.Outsource all non-core business processes from day one, don't hire someone just to answer your phone, find Virtual Assistants to do that and other admin stuff, they know how to do it and that makes you look good.Have a look at some of my categories, like bootstrap, How to grow your business, and others to get some more ideas.

Q & A: How much do you get paid as a Virtual Assistant?

Call around find out how much others charge for the same work, then make up your mind, maybe you are worth more?I guess the best advice I can give you here is to get in touch with a Virtual Assistant organisation, maybe join them and benefit from their experience. You can also get in touch with my friend Kathie Thomas, she will have all the answers you need, especially if you live in Australia.Don't forget to register yourself on our free business networking community and market place LiveNet.As always with questions, I do not have all the answers, so please if you can add anything here do so for the benefit of the person who asked the question and everybody else, leave a comment below.

Cynicism rules, tell them what’s in it for you.

Reason being, if people recommend someone it is kind of a reference and that can only be good for my clients.Message number four read like this:He's not looking for help he's trying to sell his softwareAt first I was quite angry, how could she say that?... But then I checked and realised we could have made the "free"-bit a little more obvious, and I had not explained myself in my question well enough, so there are a few lessons to be learned here:Tell people what is in it for you, because if they don't understand where you are coming from, otherwise cynicism rules.Don't expect people to read your web site as they may not - make your offers clear.

Virtual Assistants Round Up At Katie’s

Most of my regular reader know I am all for outsourcing for small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer- or Personal business, like professional, contractors, freelancer, self-employed, sole-trader and virtual assistants, from day one.You will also know I love the virtual assistants services, as they allow you to concentrate on the core issues of our business, while outsourcing admin, IT and other functions - timesharing professionals is what I call. You know what I mean it makes your small business professional - I hate it if nobody answers a phone for instance, it's a big turn-off for business.Some of you will also remember Kathie Thomas - one of my guest bloggers, VA, speaker - and she is hosting "Blog Carnival of Virtual Assistants", you should go and have a look.

Been saying it for years……

It seems finally people are waking up to the fact that small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer-, Professional-, Personal businesses wants to stay small.... Question is why nobody ( apart from WinWeb) is really catering for these types of small business and personal business, like contractors, freelancer, self-employed, sole-trader and virtual assistants.

Small Business Infrastructure For Business Start-Up.

WinWeb On-Demand Software Solutions - Anywhere At Anytime.AccountsOffice and OnlineOffice are our two software offerings, which are based on the SaaS - Software as a Services model, to allow for the following key business benefits:• tight inclusion of business advisors from the start,• cultivating outsourcing techniques at the outset, i.e. virtual assistants,• no IT knowledge needed and hassle free operation,• real-time multi-user access from anywhere, increasing mobility.2.... WinWeb Live - Networking Community for Small Business Only.To foster collaboration and outsourcing we have expanded our WinWeb Live™ offering to allow for small business community networking - thus enabling the business owner to make decisions about his / her current needs, with the following benefits:• timeshare virtual assistants for professional results,• offer contracts of work to contractors on a case-by-case basis, • promote the business to a large audience or even locally,• find new work and contracts online4.

If You Work All Day, You Have No Time To Make Any Money!

His answer was:Remember always, if you work all day, then you have no time to make any money, you are too busy.As you can well imagine, here is was about 20 years old and this guy came out with a statement like this, I thought he was completely mad and insane.... He was talking about having time to have a vision and dream, think about your small business and not about your products, standing back and getting out of the proverbial forrest, so the trees are not in the way.So why not use this weekend, stop working and do some dreaming about what could be - nurture your vision for your small business and see where it takes you.

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