As an entrepreneur whose business is built around the marvels of computers and the Internet, I am what one would classify as a ‘computer geek’. I wear the title with pride. I introduce my clients to a variety of on-line and electronic alternatives to the so-called traditional ways of doing business. Here at the conference table I’ve discussed some of those alternatives. I’ve also discussed the technophobia that some people have to deal with. Much of it can be traced directly to horror stories of hackers and identity thieves. And while it can’t be denied that these situations occur, there are a few simple steps that can alleviate the fear of it happening to you.
Some people call it thinking outside the box, while some call it professional creativity. Ingenuity in the business world can be the difference between being in business and being successful in business. The question has been and always will be, how do I set my business apart from the rest?
The fourth and final installment of my series of articles entitled “Top 100 Ways a Home Office Warrior can Utilize a Virtual Assistant” has been published over at the Internet Magazine for Home Office Businesses, The Home Office Warrior. Check out the ways you can gift yourself with virtual assistance this holiday season.
Lots of people put things on hold during the holiday season. Diets go by the wayside. Budgets are forgotten. And businesses generally put any changes off until the New Year. As a home office professional, if you’re doing the same thing you are missing out on giving yourself what could possibly be the best Christmas present ever. What present might that be? How about the gift of time or less stress? You’ve been reading about virtual assistants, perhaps you found a few things on the Top 100 list that you could use some help with. But you’re waiting until the New Year to look into it further.
With the rising price of gas, even the most steadfast ‘brick and mortar’ business junkies are exploring the home office alternative. For those of us who consider the Internet one of our favorite ‘hang-outs’ the idea of working remotely doesn’t cause us to bat an eye. But for those business people who still are struggling with acceptance of e-mail as a viable form of communication it can seem downright ludicrous. For example, how in the world can a business not have an office complete with receptionist and employees without seeming unprofessional?
The third installment of my series entitled 100 ways for a home office warrior to utilize a virtual assistant has been published over at The Home Office Warrior, the Internet Magazine for the Home Office Entrepreneur.
All of this talk about virtual assistants hasn’t convinced you yet? Still believe that your business requires in-house employees? If you’re still dragging your feet, check out the Book Review at Home Office Warrior. The book is called The Obsolete Employee by Michael J. Russer and it may just change your mind.
Old school businesspeople swear by word of mouth as the best way of marketing a business. While I believe this is still true, word of mouth no longer is restricted to one person telling another about their personal experiences with a given company or business. It used to be that if you had a good experience you’d probably mention it to friends, family and acquaintances the next time the opportunity arose. And although it certainly generated business, in today’s technological world it gets bigger and better. Are you asking how yet?
I really liked the points made in the article Hiring a Virtual Assistant at WomenEntrepreneur.com. I hope the more articles like this that are out there, the more businesspeople will see that virtual assistance is not only a smart option, but a true profession that they can entrust their businesses to.