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Creative & Innovative Collaboration – Virtual Assistance

Modern-day businesses have evolved from the traditional models into a more dynamic one that spans global borders and transcends traditional practices. As businesses expand their territory and their market, various challenges are met and traditional solutions just won’t do. The more creative and innovative businesses are, the more dynamic their growth becomes and their potential for expansion extrapolates exponentially!

There is one rising industry that capitalizes on creative and innovative collaboration in terms of providing solutions to the needs of the modern-day businesses – Virtual Assistance. Virtual Assistance necessitates the practice of creativity and innovation on both sides of the working relationship.

Innovative businesses naturally gravitate towards the engagement of the services of virtual assistants (VAs) as a creative way of managing its limited resources yet at the same time addressing its needs. Some businesses do not see the need to retain on a long-term basis a professional whose skills are needed on a seasonal basis. They therefore opt to outsource this resource only as the need arises. This business savings may then be redirected to other areas that may be more important for either the maintenance or the expansion of the business.

In other cases, a business needs several people with a variety of skills who may not necessarily live in the same area. If the business will insist on hiring employees who have these various skills, it may take a while to assemble a local team, and much longer for them to establish a good collaborative unit. There will always be that loner who just wants to do it all “his” style, or the one who has such a domineering and ambitious presence, it stifles creative collaboration. It’s much easier to contract people who are used to collaborating with others.

Big projects may sometimes necessitate the collaborative work of various personnel from different areas. The time zone differences alone already call for a creative collaboration so that the tasks can be completed with minimum time-wastage.

Internet and advances in technology have broadened the opportunities for businesses to have access to skilled professionals from all over the world at lesser cost and faster returns. Some cultures are more at home with certain functions and provide better service than local resources. A wise business move would be to consider this reality.

The relationship between the client and the VA is also characterized by collaboration. For this partnership to prosper, the VA must be a creative and innovative professional. He is trying to support a business across great distances yet he must make sure that he produces the desired output. There is already a risk of miscommunication and dissatisfaction in face-to-face dealings between co-workers so the VA must be more alert and thorough to avoid such a problem in this remote partnership. Creativity and innovation comes into play in ensuring that the client does not suffer because of the lack of the VAs personal presence in his office.

VAs have the responsibility of updating themselves on technological advances in the internet especially if it will help them speed up their service to their clientele. This means keeping abreast of innovations in research and file-sharing, online communication and collaboration, and new software that will help in the client’s business.

Of course, with the millions of data available in the internet, creativity is also a key factor in a VA’s delivery of service. There is that push to be as creative as possible in order to distinguish oneself from the rest. Sometimes, the client is also technologically-savvy but would like something totally different – thereby, the VA must be inventive and able to capitalize on the current market trends yet does not rely on just copying what others are doing. Otherwise, the client himself can just do that.

In some instances when a VA is even asked to deal with the client’s personal matters, it often helps to be creative and innovative. If the VA has a good knowledge of what the client is looking for and it so happens that it’s not readily accessible, the VA must be able to look for alternative solutions that will meet the criteria of the client. Take the case of Tim Ferriss who wrote the much acclaimed book, “The 4-Hour Workweek.”

Tim had begun using VAs in order to administer much of his business tasks whenever possible so that he would be freer to travel and enjoy living the life that he wanted. He decided to check out if he could also use virtual assistance for some personal matters. At one point, he asked his VA to look for a “Tickle-Me-Elmo” doll which was not available in stores near him. It was going to be a gift for his child. When the VA couldn’t find the exact doll, the VA made a judgment call and recommended instead the “Chicken-Dance-Elmo” which Tim approved.

Clients don’t want to hear that it can’t be done. VAs would be of better service if they can provide alternative solutions when the desired output cannot be met. Thus, it’s a must that VAs cultivate creativity and innovation.

The Best Webhost for Virtual Assistants

Successful Virtual Assistants know the value of having your own website. But choosing the best webhost, one that addresses a Virtual Assistant’s specific needs, can still be an overwhelming task. With our years of testing, using & researching different webhosts, we’ve come to the same conclusion that most other online entrepreneurs have.

What Virtual Assistants Need from a Webhost

As a Virtual Assistant you understand the critical role you own website plays on the success of your virtual assistance business…

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You Too Can Be A Virtual Assistant!

If you are looking for a business that can be run from home, financially rewarding and intellectually gratifying, try setting up a Virtual Office and becoming a Virtual Assistant. It is estimated that there are between 5,000 to 35,000 virtual assistants all over the world and the number is growing fast. Retrenched employees who were forced by the current economic downturn to set up their own business welcome the opportunity that virtual assistants offer. They also welcome the help that virtual assistants provide in running their business. Aside from giving them enormous savings in overhead expense and personnel cost, virtual assistants provide these entrepreneurs a jumpstart in their business by tapping the instant expertise that their pool of virtual workers provides.

It does not take much to set up a virtual office. A personal computer with the latest applications and a good internet connection can already launch you into business. Of course you also need a decent website to announce your presence in the market. A good business plan and well thought out marketing campaigns should be able to bring you your initial clients. Don’t hesitate to tap the services of a virtual assistant at the early stage of your business.

You do not need to be an expert in every field that your client will need services in because you can tap virtual workers. These are professionals and experts, both retired and actively employed, who are just too glad to contribute their expertise, for a fee of course.They work on a contractual basis and a long-lasting professional relationship is normal. Typically 5 years of administrative experience in such areas as executive assistant, office manager/supervisor, secretary, legal assistant, paralegal, legal secretary, real estate assistant, etc. is already adequate to meaningfully contribute to a virtual office.

You should cultivate a healthy relationship with these virtual workers because in a larger sense they are your business partners. As your business grows, their roles will become crucial. You will need a team of trusted virtual workers to entrust work overflow to. The standards of a good virtual assistant are not that easy to meet if his final products are to be acceptable to his international clients. Establishing a virtual network of quality workers is likewise not an easy task. Managing professionals and experts is never a straightforward formula. Any work overflow that you outsource from them must bear the same care and quality as your own if you want to keep your existing clients. A perceived deterioration in quality is the easiest way to lose them to your competitors.

Virtual offices create an enormous amount of personal freedom, independence and gratification for its owner and his virtual workers. The dedication and commitment that virtual workers demonstrate testify to the satisfaction derived from a home office setting. And sometimes, virtual workers look up to the virtual office for that job satisfaction that their job fails to provide simply because they are not given the opportunity to do what they want to do.

To gain and retain clients, you need to maintain your professionalism in all of your dealings with them. If it has been a leap of faith for you to give up the security of a monthly salary, it is as much a leap of faith for the business owners to embrace this new concept of outsourcing tasks to a team of virtual workers who they may not even see face-to-face. A great amount of trust is needed in this relationship and your professionalism in correspondence and phone calls will go a long way in securing their trust.

You will also have to pay meticulous attention to the accuracy of the final product that you submit to your clients even if it is produced by your best virtual worker. Meet all your deadlines, and know at least two days ahead of time if you are not going to be able to meet them. Communicate that to your client before the project is late. When something goes wrong, honesty rather than cover up is still the best policy. Keep in touch daily from the beginning to the end of all projects with brief status reports ever careful not to waste your clients’ time.

If setting up a virtual office looks daunting to you, you can start out as a virtual worker until you are able to grasp the intricacies of a virtual assistant business. Then you can go into it yourself, more confidently this time. Outsourcing as a business option is here to stay.

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Website Competition for Virtual Assistants, WAHMs & Online Entrepreneurs!

Will all the Virtual Assistants, please stand up!!! You know that if you want to be successful online, you NEED a Website. Period. And while you’re at it, why not join our competition and have some fun?!


This competition is open to all Virtual Assistants or Online Freelancers. This assumes you have at least 1 account with any of the following: OdeskeLanceFreelancer , LimeExchange or similar sites. If you don’t have one, you can easily sign up in seconds, for free. You may be just starting up or have been in the business for a while. The only restriction is that Professional Web Designers are not allowed to join (sorry, you guys are on a different league).

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