Sep 19

Why It Makes Sense to Hire A Virtual Assistant

By Tasha | Uncategorized

Busy Much?

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Did you know that you could be running your business in the ground by trying to do everything yourself? 

As a business owner, you need to always focus on the bottom line, and your actions could be driving away profits. I know that will seem like a stab in the gut to alot of you, but you really need to wise up and outsource some of that frustration. 

“There are so many things that I needed done, but didn’t know where to start! Thank you for taking what I thought was so big and putting it into perspective, doing the work, and responding in such a timely manner. I will always recommend you to my friends.” This is a testimonial from a client who is an author. 

Is your to-do list endless? Hire a Virtual Assistant

The stars can all be perfectly aligned, but 24 hours in a day is all you will get. 🙂 In order to keep up with your daily deadlines it is better to contact a VA. With the delegation of a Virtual Assistant you can easily have free time. I know many of you have an info product you would love to work on, or write your next blog. Some of you just need a little time with your family. Just imagine being ahead for once. 

I don’t have the funds to hire a Virtual Assistant! 

Is this you? Virtual Assistants are not full time employees that need a full benefit package. VA’s are kind of like prepaid cellphones, you will use them when you need them. Hiring a Virtual Assistant produces additional revenue for your business. Do you need an example? 

Let’s say you have 3 products that need to be tweaked and put on the market. You need to work on those products, but you also need to keep up with your social media presence and email maintenance. You also need someone to upload your blogs for the next month. If you hire a virtual assistant on an hourly basis, and you are able to focus on getting your other products out, the investment that you made to hire a VA pays off. When you are able to get more done, get more clients, and focus on your next move your business will in turn grow in leaps and bounds. 

what you will need

Are you worried about what you will need? 

Virtual Assistants are fully equipped with their own knowledge and professionalism. The only thing you need to do is fund your VA and let her know the tasks at hand. Get a 30 minute FREE strategy session done today! 

Don’t Destroy Your Business, Hire A Virtual Assistant!

Any business can and should hire a Virtual Assistant. 

My goal is to help you to grow your business to it’s fullest potential. Comment and share if you found this article to be of help. 

Serving in Excellence,

Tasha 

Jul 25

Be Like Nike And Just Do It

By Tasha | Uncategorized

Take A Day Off

Hi,

When was the last time you took a day off only for pleasure? 

There are so many people in your shoes. They can’t remember the last time they took a day off unless they were sick. Delegating tasks isn’t hard to do, and it isn’t as expensive as you may think. Let’s take Mary for an example. Mary is married with children and on a very tight budget. She wanted to go on a weekend trip but knew she couldn’t leave her business unattended. She decided to contact a virtual assistant. After discussing what she needed, like email management, phone call maintenance, and social media management, Mary hated that she had waited so long. Talking and explaining her needs weren’t as hard as she had thought. Mary didn’t have to micromanage anyone, she left it in the hands of the VA. Mary checked in here and there while she was away to make sure things were going smoothly. When Mary returned she was provided with an analytical report, and time assessment for the time spent on her projects. She was also provided with social media stats showing engagement and what was and was not working for her business that weekend. Not only was Mary in awe, she was rested, her family loved that she wasn’t working while away, and her business didn’t suffer. 

Do you ever get overwhelmed with “work”? 

I wonder if you ever find yourself thinking of work after work? 

Contracting with a Virtual Assistant is not hard, it will not break the bank, and it will free up your time to spend with loved ones, and also allow you time to focus on your product or skill. 

Can’t wait to serve you, 

Tasha

P. S. How can I help? I’m here 24/7 on Facebook when you need me. Well I do sleep, but either myself or someone on my team will contact you in a short time. 🙂 

 

May 20

Is this stoping you too?

By Tasha | Encouragement

Break Every Chain

 

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I did it! I finally graduated! If you are feeling stuck or in a slump this post is for YOU! 

When I first decided to share my story and write this post, I wondered if it would offend my siblings and even my parents. After much thought, I realized that what I am stating what I’m feeling and what I feel to be truth in my heart. After high school I decided to attend college, and just like so many others I didn’t make it through to graduate. I used the death of my grandmother as an excuse to not go back. We all know that grades accumulate over a semester and not within a weeks time. It’s true she was sick for a while and I would go to see her when I could, but I was young and naive, so I ran with that excuse. 

Not finishing what I started has always haunted me. I wanted so badly to be able to say look I have my degree mom and dad finally. I decided to go back and stick with it. There were some long nights and early mornings, but I wrote every paper and studied the best I knew how. It’s difficult to run a business, be a wife, and mom of 3 and try to pass classes. Let’s be clear, I’m not 18 anymore (just a few years over though :)). 

I’m writing this post for YOU!!! I am the first to receive a college degree out of my entire family, and to be honest I feel really proud. My parents didn’t graduate from high school, my siblings did but not college. I felt like I was trapped and would fall into the same path. I wanted more. I wanted to show my children that I really do practice what I preach. How about you? Are you stuck? Have you started something and want badly to finish? Get back to it!!! Find your way back! You’re probably saying, Hmmmmm it’s easy for her to say, but no it wasn’t easy. I felt guilty! Guilty that I wasn’t holding up my end of the marriage bargain. Guilty that my children were not getting the proper attention from me that they desired because of a paper that I procrastinated to write. 

Look around you! Take inventory of your environment! Are there people on your team that are lifting you up or bringing you down? Do you have supporters (you need support). Find people that have made it to where you want to go, and become friends with them. If they are on social media look at how they act and carry themselves. 

You have the right to determine where people fit in your life in every season of your life, but don’t let people tell you where they fit in YOUR life! 

I pray increase over you, and pray that God will open up doors that noone can close in your life. God is about to pour out blessings over you and your family that you won’t have room enough to receive. Be a blessing. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and can take something away from it. Do me a favor and find me on facebook and tell me how you will break away from whatever bondage is holding you back. 

Continued Blessings, 

Tasha 

May 16

Did You See Me Fall?

By Tasha | Uncategorized

Fell Off the Wagon

 

I Fell Off The Wagon!

 

Well looks like I am back. First of all let me start by apologizing. I offer my sincere apologies if you feel isolated or a sense of neediness. I will be the first to admit that I fell off the wagon! What wagon is that? The blogging consistently wagon. 

Have you ever been told to be sure to take care of yourself while you are taking care of others? Well guess what? I didn’t take care of myself. All of my client’s content is nice and spiffy and in order. They are all seeing tremendous results and getting more engagement because of me. But guess what? I haven’t written a blog post for linkedvirtually since March! Is that pathetic or what? I’m furious at myself for putting it off week after week. 

I’m sure you’ve said to yourself, I’ll do it tomorrow when I have more time. Tomorrow comes and then next week comes, and next thing you know two months have passed by. I pledge right here and right now never to leave you like that again (at least not without a valid explanation). 

This post is a lesson for me and you both. Stop putting off what you can do right now for tomorrow. First of all tomorrow may not ever come, and the world is waiting on you right now. They need you, they need your product, they need your content. 

Thank you for reading and thank you for sharing. 

Do me a favor, come on over to Facebook and tell me if you are pledging to get back at it also. I can’t wait to hear from you. 

Warmly,

Tasha 

 

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Tasha is the visionary and CEO of Linked Virtually. She is a wife, mom of 3 and a recent graduate with her Bachelor’s in Business Management. She is successfully running 2 full-time businesses from home. She is a virtual assistant and Independent Beach Body Coach at tashafitcoach.com 

Mar 21

Taking Things Up A Notch!

By Tasha | Uncategorized

Facebook And Hashtags

 

Hashtag and Facebook

 

What is the hashtag? (#) The hashtag is a tool used on twitter and instagram that allows people a way to search for common topics. Facebook acquired instagram in 2012, so they are familiar with the hashtag.

I believe more people will start to use Facebook on their mobile devices since the inclusion of the hashtag. Adding hashtags on Facebook will also enable the expansion of the company’s Graph Search functions.

I love hashtags and how one event or mention can go viral just by using this feature. I would love to know your thoughts on Facebook’s usage of the hashtag. Do you think this will add or take away from Facebook’s current activity? 

Tasha

Feb 28

How To Outsource Effectively

By Tasha | Uncategorized

Need a Virtual Assistant, but don’t know how to get one? 

Outsourcing Your Dream

No one knows your business the way you know it. You know the vision, so therefore you know how you want it to look and work for you. With that being said, it’s okay to want to make sure that everything is always done the way you want it. 

In order for you to make sure your business is running just as you want, you’ll have to add project manager to your title. With your new title, you’re farther away from focusing on the profitable side of your business. 

Why Not Team Up With A Virtual Assistant?

Steps to Outsourcing effectively:

  • Create a guide of what you want done and share your vision. 
  • Set aside time for Skype, email, or some form of contact with your VA. This is just a quick check in to make sure things are flowing as scheduled.
  • Be sure to provide various ways of contact – in case of immediate questions. Social Media won’t wait. 
This is your business. Virtual Assistants are there for you and help to carry the load. 
Don’t stress, get out of the mess, call a VA! 
The end result is that you run a happy, stress free, profitable business. 
I want to know of any tasks you have that might need delegating. I have made it easy for you to comment below, or to get more personal join me on my Facebook page
See you there,
Tasha 

Feb 25

Time Management Anyone Can Use

By Tasha | Uncategorized

Stress is Everywhere! 

Stress in the office

When stressed, your work will show it. Stress is an energy eater, and will stop production in its tracks. 

Minimizing stress will lead to better focus and increase time management. 

Let’s look at some steps to help you manage your time and keep you on top of your schedule. 

  1. Make to do lists (write down everything). When you can see what needs to be done, there’s a greater chance of getting them done and then scratch them off. Something as simple as ‘brush teeth’ should be written down. 
  2. Put a time on tasks. An example of this is: If you know it only takes 5 minutes to brush your teeth then you should write down 9:00-9:05 brush teeth, scratch it off. 
  3. No interruptions. Interruptions and distractions are of the devil. They come to kill time and productivity. Turn that cell on mute, write down a specific time to check email, and get to work. 
  4. Use “extra time” wisely. You’re probably saying, “I never have extra time.” Anytime there are a few extra minutes in your day where you find yourself waiting, that is when you can complete some of the smaller tasks on your list. Extra time may come in the form of: doctor visits (waiting room), sitting in traffic (remember to lock your doors), or even at the salon or barber shop. 
If you follow me on Facebook, you know that every Sunday I tell you to grab that “to-do list” and get to planning. 
I hope today’s article has been of help to you. I look forward to helping you and your business with your time management skills and to do lists.
Serving in Excellence,
Tasha 

Feb 22

Reasons To Hire A VA

By Tasha | Uncategorized

4 Reasons Why You Need A Virtual Assistant

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One thing we all can agree on is that everyone needs help at some time or another. Whether you are a busy stay at home mom, or an executive leading a corporation. Hiring a VA can save you time and money.

  •  Cost Efficient – I’ve heard many people say, “why should I pay a VA 30 bucks an hour when I can just hire an in-house assistant?” Let’s brainstorm shall we? With an in-house assistant you will need an office, office space for him/her to work, insurance, benefits, and an hourly wage. With a VA, you only pay for the hours you need. Virtual Assistants are business owners. Look at a VA as your partner and not an employee.

 

  • Never-ending marketing – Let’s be honest when you get busy, sometimes social media and websites get put on the “I’ll do it later” list. You don’t want to look inconsistent to your clients. It’s important to show up and be present, your clients wait for you to lead. Steady marketing makes your business look good. Let a VA help.

 

  • Time Management – Time is Money! You need a VA to handle tasks that are taking too much of your time. Business owners should be able to delegate and should know when to delegate. Write down some tasks that you have been doing, but they have nothing to do with bringing in profits. These are the tasks that you send to your VA.

 

 

  • Get your life back! This one is the most important. When was the last time you had a weekend off? Do you sleep well at night? Take vacations without having to take your work with you? Hire a VA to take care of the time consuming tasks so you can kick off your shoes and relax.

 

Your VA will take care of everything.

Have you ever worked with a VA? I would love to hear your stories.

Feb 18

Really? You Want That For Free?

By Tasha | Uncategorized

Business Etiquette 101

Free  Work

 

Do you have a special skill or offer a service that is really needed? Did you take all those courses and spend all of that time learning your specific skill only to do it for free? I didn’t think so.

Not only is it insulting, but it is down right disrespectful for a person to ask for your time and energy only to say I don’t have anything to pay you, but you will get publicity for your work. My first thought is, if you have all of these followers and all of this publicity and you aren’t selling products something is clearly wrong with your marketing. Sometimes a person will try to test you just to see where you stand and what type of “backbone” you have.

It’s not a good look.

We should all be respectful of others businesses. If they offer a product or service that you need, maybe you have a product or service that they may also be in need of. Please don’t just say, “I can’t pay you.”

Take pride in what you do! Set your price and your standards. The clients that are serious about your work and what they need, will not hesitate letting YOU service them.

Get back at it, your clients are waiting!

Until next time,

Tasha

Feb 11

You’re Gonna Do What?!

By Tasha | Encouragement

Don’t Be Discouraged!

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When I first told my mom the plans I had to work from home she said, “Yeah right, no one believes in stuff like that.” My mom is old school. She thinks that unless you physically get up before the break of day and head in to punch a clock then you are not working.

When I first started I had the typical thoughts of failure, and giving in to self-doubt along with public doubt. I prayed and cried, and then I prayed and cried a little more. My husband always said, “start over, who can you ask about getting started?” I didn’t know anyone, the only thing I had was Google and my God.

What people don’t understand is that God always puts us in certain situations just to see how we will take care of ourselves and His people.  I asked God to place His hands on me and to never remove them because I was afraid I wasn’t going to make it. He has done just that.

Working from home takes drive and motivation to get that butt up and get it done. Procrastination loves company. When I first started I lagged, I soon learned that if I don’t work, I don’t eat.  Any path that you decide to take will take time and skill to get to where you want to be. I am here to tell you that I am so glad I didn’t look back and decided to press on.

If I can shine my little light on one person, and inspire them then my heart is happy. The next time you decide to step out on faith and self-doubt, along with the doubt of others hits you; just say yep that’s right! I’m going to do it so move over, cause God and I are headed that way!

If you are thinking about becoming a Virtual Assistant, join in Thursday as we discuss the tools needed to start your own VA business.  In the meantime I would love to chat, are you on Facebook? Join us there http://www.facebook.com/tashadonaldsmith.