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Smart Move for Your Home Business: Hiring a Virtual Assistant

Six months after Tamara Schumer, of Fairfax, Va., opened her home window treatment business in 2016, she took off. “I got lucky,” says Schumer, owner of Budget Blinds of Arlington & Alexandria. “But it was very stressful trying to manage customer service, scheduling, follow-up, orders, sales – all on my own.” Credit: Getty So she […]

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25 Virtual Assistant Services You Can Offer Your Clients

The basic aim of all the businesses in the world is to generate higher profits by finding different innovative and profitable techniques. The result of these discoveries is outsourcing. Outsourcing jobs can help you focus on growing your business and your personal life. Along with outsourcing, virtual assistant services can also help you improve customer […]

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BMW showcases smarter, more autonomous iDrive virtual assistant at CES

January 13, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. BMW cars will be smarter and more autonomous than ever when the next iteration of the iDrive operating system arrives later this year. The automaker previewed what’s to come at the virtual CES conference this week, while highlighting iDrive’s two decades of development since rolling out BMW’s 7 Series […]

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Do you need a virtual assistant? 5 things to consider

If you’re ready to grow your admin team and are considering virtual assistants, here are some things you should know. Most business operations can be done online these days, so it’s no surprise that more and more businesses are relying on virtual assistants. Part of growing your business is reinvesting in leverage and talent, but […]

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It’s time to get a virtual assistant. Here’s why.

Opinions expressed by Contractor the contributors are theirs. Let’s face it: the hottest target market of Gen Z and Millennials (and everything after) is all about instant gratification. The need for speed in all aspects has become a human right, as they were born and raised in the age of the internet and the ever-connected […]

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How This Founder Created a Virtual Assistant Company to Employ Military Spouses Worldwide

Michelle Penczak, military wife and founder of Squared Away, a virtual executive assistant company … [+] which employs military wives. Lauren Lewis Photography It is an act of heroism to join the army to defend the country. Serving the country nets low wages and an incredible amount of time away from family members. About 52% […]

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“Benjamin” applies to be your AI-driven virtual assistant

Few advisers have heard of Benjamin, but the company launched a year ago as a tool to streamline back-office workflows for financial advisors. Today, the technology is being relaunched as an end-to-end artificial intelligence-based business support system for RIA companies, or as the company describes on its website: “The world’s first AI assistant created for […]

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Amazon’s new products include a flying security camera for your home, a virtual assistant for kids

Amazon released its latest line of connected hardware at a virtual event on Thursday, and also took the opportunity to address ongoing privacy concerns over its virtual assistant Alexa. A new command, “Alexa, delete everything I’ve ever said,” will clear a person’s request history to Alexa. Users can also enable a new setting that will […]

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GV Launches MyBlueLaker Virtual Assistant App – Grand Valley Lanthorn

Grand Valley State University has launched MyBlueLaker Virtual Assistant, an app that gives users personalized answers to GVSU-related questions. The app can answer questions about class schedules, student account balances, on-campus dining locations and times, campus events, bus routes, building times, and countless other topics . “This can be useful when a quick response is […]

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Why should you consider hiring a virtual assistant

I do not hide my disdain for marketing automation. It might sound like a tongue-in-cheek statement for a technology marketer, but I think the loss of real human interaction could skew the field — and the American consumer agrees with me. As technology and automation have created the field of marketing technology at an accelerated […]

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Hiring a Virtual Assistant for Entrepreneurs: Why Letting Go Is So Hard

For many entrepreneurs, hiring a virtual assistant is something that sits at the bottom of their “to do” list for months or even years. They know that delegating is a powerful tool. They’ve heard stories of others who have freed up time from their schedules, made more money, and grown their business by leaps and […]

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Santa Rosa Credit Union Launches Virtual Assistant to Facilitate Digital Transactions

One of the new faces at Community First Credit Union is a real go-getter. In fact, she’s available 24 hours a day digitally to answer a wide range of questions the nearly 60,000 members of the Santa Rosa-based credit union might have – from a balance inquiry to helping pay a bill. Maggie is a […]

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How I Hired a Virtual Assistant, Stopped Wasting My Time, and Got 10x Results

If you’re not using virtual assistants, you’re probably wasting most of your time. Below I’ll show you how I used VAs to start two separate businesses at over $10,000 per month in revenue in the first three months (one at $25,000 per month) and much more. For entrepreneurs reading this, chances are you sometimes feel […]

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Adventist Health launches Virtual Assistant and Symptom Checker | The Delano Disc

Adventist Health announced the launch of the COVID-19 Virtual Assistant and Symptom Checker on the Adventist Health website, an easy and accessible way to check symptoms and get information about COVID-19 via online chat . “During this unprecedented time of uncertainty and constant change, Adventist Health understands the critical need and our responsibility to provide […]

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What to do when your virtual assistant isn’t working

A good virtual assistant is an incredible help for your online business and can mean the difference between stagnant profits and huge growth. Many entrepreneurs cannot survive without them. However, sometimes there are issues that need to be addressed in order for your VA to be the valuable asset you need. Before you start pointing […]

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Good communication is essential when working with a virtual assistant

Good communication is essential in any relationship, but when your team is virtual, it is crucial. We all know that a team is only as good as its leader and your communication skills have a major impact on your leadership effectiveness. Luckily, even if you’re not a born communicator, you can start learning these skills […]

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How to find and hire your ideal virtual assistant

Where to find the ideal candidates You’ve decided it’s time to outsource some of your job duties to a virtual assistant, but now you’re wondering where to find them and once you’ve found potential candidates, what’s the hiring process like? As this is a virtual position, you probably won’t get the response you want by […]

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The importance of delegating to a virtual assistant

Internet has created many things since its introduction. As time passes and the internet continues to grow and change, more and more conveniences are created. For example, a person now has the opportunity to graduate from a top university, from the comfort of their own home. Plus, many jobs that once required staying late at […]

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Microsoft is building a virtual assistant for the job. Google is building one for everything else — Quartz

In the early days of virtual personal assistants, the goal was to create a versatile digital companion that was always there, ready to take on any task. Today, tech companies are realizing that doing it all is too much, and are instead doubling down on what they know best. For Google, that means allowing Google […]

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Can we trust Facebook with a virtual assistant?

Facebook is working on its third virtual assistant. That Facebook is pursuing a voice-based, artificially intelligent interface is hardly surprising. A list of the eight largest global companies by market capitalization contains the complete list of the seven major players in the virtual assistant market: Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Alphabet (Google), Facebook, Alibaba and Tencent. The […]

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Outmoded? Here are 11 tasks to outsource to your virtual assistant

Isn’t it weird that getting started is always very difficult? You can realize you absolutely have to start outsourcing certain tasks, hire a fabulous virtual assistant and mentally prepare to shift workloads…but pulling the trigger can feel overwhelming. Are you assigning the right tasks to your virtual assistant?Should you keep some of this work on […]

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What is a Virtual Assistant?

You’ve probably heard the terms “virtual assistant” Where “VIRGINIA” getting pushed around by your fellow entrepreneurs… but unless you’ve started working with a virtual assistant yourself, you may not yet know what it is, what it does, or what it does. it can potentially do for YOU! Totally understandable, especially since different virtual assistants offer […]

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7 common mistakes to avoid when working with a virtual assistant

Virtual Assistants (VA) are remote desktop assistants. They provide administrative, clerical and support services that can range from scheduling conference calls and sending invoices to more complex public relations, marketing and project management tasks. Here are seven common mistakes to avoid when working with AVs. 1. Hire for tasks instead of filling roles Outsource a […]

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Virtual assistant, virtual reality passes real tests at Civitas Senior Living

Civitas Senior Living, a management company based in Fort Worth, Texas, is testing a virtual assistant and virtual reality in the Lone Star State. The company has partnered with Capitol Seniors Housing, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate investment acquisition, development and management firm, and CT Home, a smart home technology company specializing in custom solutions […]

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4 Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant

mohamed_hassan /Pixabay Successful and growing businesses sometimes need to hire additional staff. But hiring extra help adds overhead and cuts into your business profits. Not only that, but sometimes you don’t really need full-time help. These are just two of the reasons why a company hires a virtual assistant instead. In fact, there are a […]

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Virtual Assistant Definition

What is a virtual assistant? A virtual assistant is an independent contractor who provides administrative services to clients while operating outside of the client’s office. A virtual assistant typically operates from a home office, but can remotely access necessary scheduling documents, such as shared calendars. People employed as virtual assistants often have several years of […]

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5 Social Media Tasks You Can Outsource to a Virtual Assistant

Are you a busy entrepreneur or a small business owner overwhelmed with social media marketing? When you reach out to colleagues to ask how they do it all, outsourcing is often the answer. However, entrepreneurs generally find it difficult to delegate part of their business. As I mentioned in my previous messageThe question I often […]