Can you believe Thanksgiving is over and wham, December will be here bright and early next Monday morning? Are you thinking about your holiday card and gift lists? Me too. That’s where the inspiration for this post came from. I wanted to share two helpful holiday ideas.
Idea #1: Did you know the holidays are the perfect time to reconnect with business contacts? Remember all of those business cards you’ve collected at Chamber of Commerce events, seminars and other networking functions? Wouldn’t it be great to send holiday cards to all of them? It’s the perfect way to remind these contacts about you and your business. You can even tuck in a special offer of some kind for the holidays or new year. What? You haven’t put the information from those cards into your address book yet and there’s no way you’re handwriting all of those addresses on cards? You don’t have to. Find a virtual assistant who can scan all of your business cards and convert them into an electronic format so that you can easily print labels for all of them. For example, my business, Clerical Advantage, offers this service and is able to convert the scanned business cards into Outlook, Plaxo, vCard, PDF, RTF or CSV formats. So go ahead, make that huge stack of business cards work for you.
Idea #2: We all have those hard to buy for types on our Christmas list, don’t we? We’re always looking for that truly unique gift to give them. This year, give the gift of extra hours. You heard me right. Give the people on your gift list extra time to do the things they love by giving them a gift certificate for virtual assistance services. Wouldn’t your boss be impressed if the office got together and purchased them a block of several hours? And what teacher wouldn’t love to receive an hour or two of assistance? In fact, just about anyone will love you for giving them the gift of time. Most virtual assistants allow you to purchase as little as one hour of service and may also offer affordable packages as well.
Think outside the brightly wrapped box this holiday season by using a virtual assistant to help you with your holiday tasks or give their services to people on your gift list. You’ll be glad you did!