Top 10 Virtual Assistant Resources …
I talk a lot about resources but for a good reason! They help us entrepreneurs manage our businesses and those of our clients with ease. But today isn’t just about any set of resources, this blog post is all about resources for you if you’re a Virtual Assistant (VA) or if you have one and want to share this post with them to help ease their workload and create a more positive/time effective team workflow.
Honestly, every VA needs a toolkit of their very own that both maintains as well as takes their business to the next level.
To help alleviate some of the stressors, I have created FOR YOU a thorough list of some of my most favorite tools that will help optimize your business performance, streamline your workflow and help you make the most of every minute of every day. Okay, ready? Then let’s get started …
Communication is KEY:
Effective communicate is a vital tool for any business owner. Doing such can help you foster a good working relationship with your clients and leads. You want to make a great impression and keep is standing. Even with your team members (if you happen to have any). This why I highly suggest being adaptable with more than one communication tool. Be flexible! I prefer to use Zoom for video conferencing and team meetings, then use Slack and email for the in-between communications. It just makes sense to dabble with a few options, especially when you’re running a virtual business.
When it comes to business you don’t need to learn a new language, you just need to manage a communication tool.
~ Kenneth OE Sundin, Entrepreneur
Being Organized is ESSENTIAL:
For those of you who know me and know me well … ORGANIZATION is MY LIFE! It helps me increase my productivity levels, reduces my stress level and helps me meet my deadlines. Now, you can all agree that these are some pretty great benefits – but where should you start?
Besides the obvious of keeping your desk, calendar/planner and your space spick n’ span and up-to-date there’s many great ways to stack on track digitally and gain control of project management. My two most favorite platforms, at this time, are Asana and Trello. Well, three if you include Dropbox! Which is honestly a must if you’re a virtual entrepreneur.
The reason I use two is depending on client preference. I use Asana for my organizational needs as well as communications with a good handful of my clients on a per project basis. But some prefer Trello for larger team projects, so I tend to dabble in there too. Both are highly beneficial for staying organized and on top of things. It all just boils down to preference! Being organized can truly save your life …!
I am also VERY fond of Toggle (for time tracking), Evernote (for physical/voice note taking, lists and reminders) and very recently added a newbie app to my phone called Tasks (to-do list organizer) which help me multi-task when on the road or don’t have access to my desktop.
Okay, just one last favourite … LastPass!
For those of you managing all your accounts/passwords plus the millions for all your client’s things can get a bit sticky and all the characters tend to run together. This platform is not only great for organizing all your accounts/passwords into folders, but it also helps you make your passwords stronger with a secure mater password. The LastPass Vault has truly made my life a million times easier and helps me be more efficient and work quicker. No more stumbling to remember anymore passwords. Because we all know how frustrating it can be for forget a password and try to get it reset.
For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned. ~ Anonymous
Staying on Top of CREATIVITY:
Okay, I know not everyone reading this blog post today is a designer and some of you may even feel as though you don’t have a single creative bone in your body. Well, I’m here to tell you that you can feel more creative! Sometimes it’s one of the last things people expect from you but it doesn’t have to be that way with all the fun tools at your fingertips.
Tools such as:
Now with just a few clicks, you can create your own graphics for your social media posts and newsletters, videos, infographics and quote cover images for your social media platforms.
Yes, it’s really that easy!
Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected. ~ William Plomer, Novelist
Never Stop LEARNING:
Education is really the key to success no matter what your age may be! You must pave your own path and craft your own dreams. Education is the key to powering a good life both professionally and personally. As entrepreneurs, we must be duly prepared to face the challenges of the future and build the type of business that is ready to advance at any minute. Our world is very different now than it was just a few years ago (even a few hours ago at the rates platforms/programs advance themselves) and effective leaders are taking notice.
Now, I’m not saying you must be at the frontiers of tech-land in order to guarantee success but being aware the skills today are becoming even more specialized should be enough of a light push towards taking all the necessary steps to evolve in your business. And as a human being.
I seriously cannot stress this enough … learning is lifelong! It’s the answer to a bold, bright and enlightening future. So, please … find the time and keep the momentum going — not just today but all year round.
Not sure where to start?
Here’s a handful of example lifelong learning sites I feel you will enjoy and not break your bank …
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. ~ Nelson Mandela, Revolutionary
Curious as to what’s in my virtual toolbox?
Here’s a blog post from earlier this year (A Peek Inside My Virtual Toolbox) that shares some of what I’ve been working with to help my business flow in all the right directions and help me find that feeling of freedom!
Now it’s my turn to be curious … what’s in your virtual toolbox?
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