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    Why Small Businesses Should Hire a Virtual Assistant

    Virtual Assistant, Social Media Manager

    With the age of the internet, more and more online companies and businesses are online now more than ever. And many of these businesses are a solo-entrepreneur and/or small business owners. As a small business, there does come a time where it is hard to handle everything by yourself. Unfortunately, the overhead of hiring a full-time or part-time employee is expensive and can be a headache. You are usually obligated to offer benefits such as PTO, healthcare, and etc. The alternative option is to hire a Virtual Assistant or VA to help you out.

    Now you may be wondering what is a VA? A Virtual Assistant is an independent contractor that can provide assistant to businesses remotely. The great thing is you can hire one for a single task or ongoing projects. You can hire a VA for any task in your business that you do not have time to accomplish or just are not great at doing.

    Here is a list of things a VA can do.

    • Email Management
    • Calendar Management
    • Data Entry
    • Social Media Management
    • Marketing
    • Bookkeeping
    • Travel arrangement
    • Event Coordination
    • Graphic Design
    • Copywriting
    • Customer Service
    • Research

    Here are a few reasons why you should hire a VA.

    To make more money:

    Hiring a VA can free up a lot of your time so that you can spend it on the other parts of your business that makes you money. Maybe you want to launch a new product but you still have to deal with updating your social media, writing blog posts, and responding to email inquiries. With a VA they would take care of those tasks, while you work on launching your new product or service.

    To have more time:

    The older you get you realize how fast time goes by and how much it actually means to you. Having a business isn’t rewarding if you are still always working, you should be able to spend time with the people in your life or take time for yourself. Imagine what you could do with a few extra hours in the day. Maybe you could take a new workout class or meet up with a friend for lunch. Time is life. In the end, you don’t want to be thinking that you didn’t have time for this or that. Make time hire help in your business.

    To make you feel official:

    This one might be a weird one. But once you add a member to your team, especially a Virtual Assistant it kind of makes you feel like a real-life business. It’s not just you out there hustling, you have someone else supporting you and hopefully rooting for your continued success in business. After you hire your first VA you know that your business must be doing well that you had to hire someone to help you.

    I hope this helped you decide if hiring a VA is right for you.

    If you are in the market to hire a Virtual Assistant or want to chat about how I can help your business grow please reach out to me here or here.

     

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    3 Ways to Grow your Social Media Following x Free Download

    Happy New Year!

    Are you ready to tackle your Social Media Goals for this year?

    If you’re like me you love social media, but maybe you weren’t always staying up to date on posting on your social media sites. Its okay it happens to all of us. Seriously all of us. I’m throwing out 3 actionable tips to help you stay on task and essential grow your accounts.

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    Find your Brand.

    A quick way to explain your brand is, remember back in middle school there was always the one kid who was the class clown. Everyone always knew that person would make a joke at the most inappropriate times and always cracking the whole the class. Therefore they were branded as the class clown. Now hold up, I’m not telling you to be a clown online unless you want to, that’s up to you. I’m saying essentially find your voice. Make it easy for people to pick you out of a lineup. Also don’t feel like once you’ve found your brand you have to stick with it forever. Life is all about reinventing yourself.  Here are a couple easy tips to make yourself stand out

    • Add a fun signature to every post, such as a quote or link to your favorite youtube video of the day.
    • start or end each post out with a question

     

    Apps, Apps, and more Apps

    When they say they have an app for everything, they pretty much do. Apps can help you plan your content, schedule your content, and enhance your content. I mainly use apps for Instagram so here are 4 apps you need now on your phone.

    UNUM is great for seeing what your feed will look like before you post a photo on Instagram

    Reports+ is great especially if you haven’t updated your profile to business on Instagram because you can see how many people have followed you that month and who has unfollowed you. You can also catch those Instagrammers who follow and unfollow people.

    VSCO is a great editing app, edit all your photos on that app, and once you find an editing style you like you could edit all your photos the same.

    Spark Post is great for making your posts interactive. I like to use them in Insta Stories as a Call to Action to go check out my feed or my link in my bio

    Plan your posts

    Planning your posts ahead of time will save you the headache of scrambling on trying to scrape something up last minute. Trust me it ain’t pretty. There are a number of tools you can use to plan out your social media content. The best way to start out small is to plan out weekly or monthly. But usually either on Friday or Sunday, the week before is a good idea to plan out okay what will post out on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter for the week. I would advise you to use a google spreadsheet with tabs for each platform and in each sheet have a column for the date, post copy, image/video, any links you will use( especially if you’re linking back to your website), and lastly a notes column or hashtag column for Instagram.

    I also like to plan out how many times I will post to each social media site for that week, so I’ll usually write Post to facebook 3x today, post to Instagram 2x today and add any other notes. In my planner, I use it as an outline for the week.  And then afterward I will go back to my spreadsheet and schedule out what I want for each post. I actually created an easy social media planner that you can get here.

     

    I hope these tips help you up your social media game this year! Let me know if you need help with your social media presence I am offering those services to businesses, click here for more information.

    Don’t Forget to Grab your FREE Social Media Planner HERE

     

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