Business Brain Food

Why Every Business Owner Needs a Virtual Assistant

Every business owner needs a virtual assistant (VA) to help with tasks that weight them down. Focus on your genius juice and take everything else off your plate! VA services are a practical, ethical, and reliable way of doing things. Get things done in a different way!

Outsourcing work through VAs frees up your time to work on other areas of your business. VAs can do tasks that are imperative to your business that you can’t do, don’t need to do, or don’t want to do. Tasks include calendar management, email management, travel arrangements, data entry, transcribing audio/video, graphic design, and social media management. There are so many questions that come to mind when hiring a virtual assistant. How does it work? How much does it cost? How do you train them? To answer all of your questions, check out Chris Ducker’s book Virtual Freedom and contact Tom Secuya. Tom Secuya manages a team of virtual assistants in the Philippines through the Carve company. Carve is an outsourcing agency that supports clients remotely and provides virtual assistance and virtual assistants. In this podcast episode, Tom shares his knowledge and experience about utilizing VAs. It can be very beneficial to your business to have a VA – it is a great return on investment! In this episode of Business Brain Food you will learn:

** Benefits of outsourcing

** Tasks performed by VAs

** Help desk and project management tools

** Why to provide quality and quick feedback

** Importance of providing VAs with training and tools

** Outsourcing internationally vs. locally

** Hiring directly vs. through an agency

** Different durations (full-time, part-time and on-demand VAs)

Resources mentioned in this episode:

** Downloadable PDF: 105 Tasks to Outsource

** Ben Fewtrell: Twitter/#bbfood

** Carve: carve.ph

** Tom Secuya Email: tom@carve.ph

** Chris Ducker: www.chrisducker.com

** Virtual Freedom: www.virtualfreedombook.com

** 2048 App: itunes.apple.com/us/app/2048/id840919914?mt=8

** Zendesk: www.zendesk.com

** Fresh Desk: www.freshdesk.com

** Voxer: www.voxer.com

** Viber: www.viber.com

** Scrum by Jeff Sutherland: www.amazon.com/Scrum-Doing-Twice-Work-Half/

Do you have a virtual assistant?

As a business owner, discover the benefits of outsourcing! Also, if you are enjoying these Business Brain Food podcasts, then make sure to share them via social media sites or email the links to family and friends. A lot of time and effort goes into producing each of these podcasts with the goal in mind of the more people we can inspire about business the better. You can help us do just that! Until next time, have a profitable day. Cheers, Ben Fewtrell (02) 9811 5000

Direct download: BBF054_Why_Every_Business_Owner_Needs_A_Virtual_Assistant_with_Tom_Secuya.mp3
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