Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Delegate Your Way to a More Productive Business

As business owners you are no doubt always looking for the most effective way to spend your time. It is important to truthfully assess how productive hours are spent on a daily basis. Keep in mind that there is a distinct difference between busy and productive. Busy entrepreneurs can quickly get caught up in the “busywork” of running a business. Tasks such as checking emails, handling invoices or other payments, making travel arrangements, preparing handouts (instead of preparing your presentation), etc. can rob one of many productive hours each day. These tasks, though necessary to keep a busy running, are not the elements that provide the sustainability to keep a business growing.

With that said, here is a word that any student of business has heard heard millions of times – DELEGATE. Of course it would be in the best interest of your business if you could focus your more productive hours on the things that yield the most return. Ask yourself, “What limits me?” and make sure you find ways to address those limitations. It may be a good idea to start setting times monthly to access and readjust if necessary – check-in with yourself and your business to make sure you are staying on track. By delegating some of these tasks to someone with a lower rate per hour, the busy entrepreneur is free to concentrate his/her hours on more productive tasks; therefore seeing an increase in productivity, prospects, clients, and income.

Monday, April 21, 2008

What does a Virtual Assistant do?

The International Virtual Assistants Association defines a Virtual Assistant (VA) as “an independent entrepreneur providing administrative, creative and/or technical services. Utilizing advanced technological modes of communication and data delivery, a professional VA assists clients in his/her area of expertise from his/her own office on a contractual basis."

VAs are used by many different types of professionals for a number of different services. For example, some VAs specialize in assisting Realtors® with transaction coordination, logistics regarding open houses, etc. Yet some assist speakers with RSVPs for seminars, PowerPoint presentations and handouts.

However a busy professional chooses to use their VA is really a matter of customization. What do you need to hand off to someone else so that you can concentrate on the core competencies of growing your business? No doubt, the answer to this question is different for everyone.

administrative partners, llc offers a wide variety of virtual assistant services – from the basic administrative duties such as proofing and sending letters to more involved areas of business growth such as contacting clients on the professional’s behalf. Visit our website to find out more about the services that we offer, and stay tuned for additional services in the near future.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Administrative Partners, LLC - Virtual Support for the Growing Business

Welcome to the resource for busy business professionals on how to use a Virtual Assistant (also known as VAs). Virtual Assistants have the potential to become valuable assets to any business. However, many people who need us, don’t quite know it yet. This blog’s goal is to educate everyone on the power of a Virtual Assistant to assist you in growing your business.


Tamika R. Johnson, MBA, Principal

administrative partners, llc - Virtual support for the Growing Business