What makes you GREAT?

OK.  So, I’m sitting here wondering what I want to post about this week.  And due to a not-so-fun, frustrating, attacking experience over the weekend, I decided to focus on what I do that’s GREAT.

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I’m a very motivated person.  I have an entrepreneurial drive.  I like to get things done, and if I don’t know how to do something, I’ll figure it out.  I don’t like to procrastinate (although it does happen sometimes).  I don’t like broken promises.  I like schedules.  I like lists.  I like organization.  I don’t like people who nag or complain about the little things.  I love music, walking outside, working in the yard, playing with my kids, cuddling with my dogs, and so much more!  Life is good!

Why am I telling you this?  Because we all have something great within us that NOBODY gets.  I think mine is planning.  In my head, I have to plan just about everything.  I plan my day from the moment I get up to the moment I go to bed.  But, I leave enough time each day for me to do something different than the day before (if I want to).  This probably doesn’t make sense to anyone but myself, but it’s true.  I have amazing executive functioning skills.  I love the feeling of accomplishment.  And being a Virtual Assistant helps me build on these skills, gives me the opportunity to use these skills, and makes me feel like what I do really does matter.

What makes YOU great?  We all have things we are terrible at.  For me, it’s cooking.  We all have things we enjoy and really love.   For me, it’s planning and executing.  I am constantly reading, learning new ways to help my clients.  I am consistently networking to find professionals to collaborate with.  I am inspired by new adventures and can’t wait for the next one to knock on my door (or email me).  🙂

If you are GREAT at something, follow it through.  Walk down your path with pride and enjoy your time doing it.  That is one reason I started my business.  I enjoy helping others walk down their path.  And I get to walk down mine at the same time.  What I’m able to accomplish might not be what others’ want to do.  And I’m fine with that.  But respect that I love what I do.  And I’ll respect that you love what you do.  Understand we are all great at something.  If we were all good at the same things, this world would be a VERY boring place to live.

If you recognize that your GREATNESS is NOT organizing, planning, or executing, then contact me.  I want you to do what you’re the best at, and leave those other tasks to me.  Help me feed my GREATNESS while I help you live out yours.

This year has been amazing so far, but I’m starting to find some real niche professionals I want to continue working with:  Business Coaches (event planning) and Realtors (blogging).  I’m also working on a new path…marketing for educational centers.

Like I said, I am always looking for new adventures, and it keeps my life busy but fulfilled.  I wish you great things on your journey, and if you need any help, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Elizabeth Debol
Executive Virtual Assistant
elizabeth.debol@smallbvs.com
www.SmallBVS.com

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Low Budget Marketing for Small Businesses

Marketing is necessary for all businesses, but it can be a kick in the financials for small business owners.  So, coming up with clever ways to stay on (or below) budget can make all the difference in business success.

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Here are some ideas to market your business on a low budget:

Referrals.  Often if you ask, you shall receive.  Maybe ask in an email campaign, offering a free download as a thank you.

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Brochures.  Create a brochure to share on social media or to hand out during networking events.  No postage needed.

Website.  Design a free website (or landing page) for one of your best services or products.  Share it on social media or through email campaigns to capture emails or stir up attention.

Blog.  It’s free to tell your story or offer your advice.  Everybody loves to read something personable and helpful, especially if you aim it at your target audience.  Solve their problems and don’t spend a dime.

LinkedIn.  Spend some time each week connecting with your perfect audience.  Send personal messages, offer advice, schedule a free phone meeting, or just tell them you’re here if they need you.  Being friendly can go a long way.

If you can do any, or all, of these small marketing tasks, you’d be surprised how your business can grow.  And if you don’t have the time to implement them yourself, I am always here to help.

Elizabeth Debol
Executive Virtual Assistant
elizabeth.debol@smallbvs.com
www.SmallBVS.com

Passion or Pretend

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Well, it’s officially nice weather here in Michigan.  It’s been in the 70’s the last few days and I’m enjoying it very much.  I love getting outside and exercising, so I’ve been walking 1.5 miles a day and doing as much yard-work as I possibly can.  Why am I telling you this?

I have a few passions in life:

– Feeling good
– Helping others
– Working hard

Here’s something about me…  I don’t pretend to have it all together.  I don’t pretend to always know what I’m doing.  I don’t pretend to be passionate about something I’m not.  I’ll tell you straight away what I like and what I don’t, what I’m good at and what I’m not.  I am not afraid to learn, but I only do what I’m passionate about.  That’s who I am.  That’s why I’m always happy and I don’t let anything stand in my way.

Are you doing what your heart desires?
Are you enjoying your business or are you just pretending you do?  

Here’s a little story:  When I first started out as a Virtual Assistant 6 years ago, I was willing to do pretty much any admin work I could get my hands on.  I worked for a small hourly fee.  I put in a lot of hours learning how to perfect my skills.  I busted my hump to build up my business.  In the process, I learned a lot about myself, my clients, and why I decided to work as a VA in the first place.  I love helping others (one of my passions).  Many business owners don’t want to sit behind a desk (or simply can’t) doing things they hate, or are not good at, or don’t have the skill for, or simply don’t have the passion for.  When they pretend, things either don’t get done at all or they simply get put on the “will do later” list.

What I’m trying to say is that I’m not pretending to love my job, I actually have a passion for it.  If you have a passion for your work, don’t let anything get in your way.  Don’t let small tasks (and lack of skill set) stop you from pushing forward and continuing to grow your business.

I am now working on expanding my business, hoping to bring on some partners and work locally with more businesses.  If you’re in need of some assistance with your administrative tasks, contact me.  I want to help you!

Elizabeth Debol
Executive Virtual Assistant
elizabeth.debol@smallbvs.com
www.SmallBVS.com

Event Marketing Presentation

Since I work with mainly business coaches who need assistance with event marketing, I recently put together this presentation to help coaches fill seats to their events in 2018.

I hope this information is very helpful!

Download the rest of the slides by clicking on the link below:

Event Marketing Presentation

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!  🙂

Elizabeth Debol
Executive Virtual Assistant
elizabeth.debol@smallbvs.com
www.SmallBVS.com

How Outsourcing Can Improve Business

As a Virtual Assistant, I often get asked these questions:

  1. What tasks can you help me with?
  2. How can I get more done each week?
  3. Will your assistance bring me business?
  4. What would be the first step to working together?

 

I am going to take a few minutes to answer these 4 questions below:

Q:  What tasks can you help me with?

A:  Well, it really depends on your business, your skills, your time, and your budget.  If your business consists of multiple people working together, then we would need to focus on team tasks.  If you are the only one in your business, then we would need to focus on what you need to get done and where you need help.  That brings us to your skills (and time).  What are you good at?  What do you enjoy doing?  What do you want to do but don’t have time to?  What needs to get done but never does? And the list goes on and on. We would brainstorm your strengths (and weaknesses) against mine and come up with a solution.   Now, we need to talk about your budget.  I have created an interactive spreadsheet HERE that allows you to type in your monthly income, what tasks you currently do yourself (or plan to do), how much it costs you to do them versus having a Virtual Assistant do them, and how much you can save if you do get help.  So, this not only helps you work on a budget, but it shows you how much money you may be throwing away trying to do everything yourself.

 

Q:  How can I get more done each week?

A:  Here’s the thing.  If you are unfamiliar with a program you need to use for creating email campaigns, or if you’re not good at typing and need to create multiple documents each week, or if you find yourself consistently trying to learn something you don’t even want to do, then you’re not using your time wisely.  We ALL have our area(s) of expertise.  Business owners want to focus on what directly brings them income.  This could be one-on-one meetings, staff training, client workshops, or networking. It’s the back-office, out of the way tasks that pile up.  These tasks often bring indirect income, meaning they generate curiosity and possibly leads, but they don’t always close the sale.  You need someone to help you generate those leads, keep your name in front of people, encourage efficiency and productivity, and push you to get more done! You may still be doing the same tasks every week (the ones you love and those you’re good at), but the administrative/lead generating tasks are ALSO getting done.  So, more will be getting accomplished every week.  The key is consistency and communication.

 

Q:  Will your assistance bring me business?

A:  Yes, eventually it will.  There is not a sure formula out there or an exact science to this.  It’s consistently posting to social media and sending emails.  It’s keeping your name in front of your target audience.  It’s making connections with ideal prospects. It’s working with a plan, creating reasonable goals, and moving forward.  And if done right and consistently, yes, your business will grow.

 

Q:  What would be the first step to working together?

A:  The first step would be a good conversation (about an hour) where we learn about each other, how our personalities fit, and how we can best work together.  We would come up with a plan, create goals within that plan, decide on a budget, and communicate effectively.  It’s often a trial and error sort of relationship.  There will be things that don’t work, things that work great, things that need some nurturing along the way, and things that we won’t even try.  But, with a good plan in place and a consistent path to move forward, you will see that working virtually with a professional can relieve stress and grow your business.

 

If you are interested in having a short chat with me, please schedule a day/time here:  https://calendly.com/elizabethdebol

There is no obligation to use my services, but I can guarantee you’ll have a clearer idea of how to move forward with your business.

Thanks for reading.  And I look forward to hearing from you!

Elizabeth Debol
Executive Virtual Assistant
elizabeth.debol@smallbvs.com
www.SmallBVS.com
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Email Marketing – Website Design & Maintenance – Administrative Tasks – Event Support – Marketing Support – Virtual Recruiting – Blog Posting – Research – Data Entry – CRM Support – Social Media Scheduling – Content Creation – Spreadsheet Design – LinkedIn Prospecting – Lead Generation

What Does Your CRM Look Like?

OK.  I need to start a topic of conversation regarding CRM programs & database management.  I talk to at least 1 person a week (sometimes more) regarding their contact database and CRM platforms.

I currently work within the following platforms for clients:

www.Soffront.com
www.ConstantContact.com
www.MailChimp.com
www.Zoho.com

What does your CRM look like?  Here is what I often see:

  1. Thousands of contacts getting no consistent communication.
  2. Thousands of contacts getting regular communication, but poor list segmenting means poor open rates.
  3. Thousands of contacts added to the wrong lists, resulting in poor open rates and no engagement.
  4. Thousands of contacts, segmented fairly well, getting the same communication, resulting in no engagement.

Now, some of the individuals I speak with say they have thousands of contacts, hundreds of business cards, numerous clients, and dozens of suspects, but when asked what they do with all them, they say NOTHING.

Does this sound like you?  If so, don’t feel bad.  I’m not trying to call you out or put you down.  It’s just the way it is.  Why? Because not many people really know what to do with their contacts. They just don’t know where to start.

Well, let me explain something to you.  Email marketing and list segmenting is NOT something magical.  It doesn’t happen overnight.  It doesn’t create instant clients.  But, if done correctly and consistently, it does get your name out there and get you in front of people.  And it can get you new clients. And that’s what you want!

It doesn’t have to be complicated.  It can start with a simple spreadsheet and turn into so much more in a short time if the work put in is consistent and effective.  But who has time for that?  I know you don’t. I speak with so many business owners who say they WANT to get starting with email marketing and they WANT to see the results, but they have no time in their busy work week to even think about sitting down and starting from scratch.

Don’t let all those contacts go to waste.  Don’t let all those years of networking and hours of meetings leave you with no prospects or leads. Utilize all that hard work.  Put it to good use.  Find a CRM program and email marketing platform that works for YOU.

Need help?  Contact me.  That’s what I do.  I help the overwhelmed business owner keep track of their communication efforts and consistently work with them to effectively keep their name in front of those who need their business.

Elizabeth Debol
Executive Virtual Assistant
elizabeth.debol@smallbvs.com
www.SmallBVS.com

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Why you should ask for help…

When you own your own business and try to wear many hats, it’s only in due time that you will realize you are falling behind and need HELP.

Look at me…I am a Virtual Assistant.  I work with business owners taking those tedious tasks off their hands so they have more time to focus on their business and don’t have to work 70 hours a week catching up. Here’s the kicker…now I am looking for help.  I work at least 40-50 hours a week now because I am constantly getting emails from past clients and referrals who need help.

Yes, even a professional like myself needs help so I don’t fall behind and get bogged down in tedious work.  There are projects and tasks (HERE is a quick article to explain the difference) that I am very skilled at and need to handle myself.  And there are some that I can hand off to an assistant of my own…either because my skill set is not up to par in that area or because it’s time-consuming and I need to focus on bigger/specific skilled projects.

OH Lord…I have to hire an assistant!!!  This is new to me!!

Sound familiar?  If you have an assistant (or are thinking of getting one) then you understand what I am going through.

Asking for help can be in the form of hiring an assistant to work for you (or with you) or it can be in the form of a Mentor or Coach to help guide you to make better business decisions and reach important goals.  I work with a lot of Business Coaches.  Perhaps I should ask a few of them for advice?!?

Below is a really great article from Entrepreneur explaining why asking for help is good for business: Asking For Help Is Good For You and Your Business

Want to know more about hiring a VA?  Here is a really awesome article that may help you with the process:  7 REASONS YOU SHOULD HIRE A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT

Don’t work alone all the time and try to do everything on your own.  It’s good to get help, ask for assistance, collaborate with other business owners, network, and hand over small tasks (or large projects) if it means you get peace of mind and become less stressed.

Hey…if I can do it, you can too!  Here is a great article explaining what a VA does:  How Virtual Office Assistants Work

If you have any questions about how a VA can help you stay organized and get more accomplished, please contact me!

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Elizabeth Debol
Virtual Assistant
Business Virtual Services
elizabethdebol@live.com
http://www.businessvirtualservices.com/

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