Martie Cronje, a South African entrepreneur helping other SMEs to grow and thrive by providing virtual assistant support
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Using a virtual assistant can shave hours from your workweek, but knowing which tasks to delegate can be tricky, whether you’re starting or growing a business. Most virtual assistants are contract or freelance workers who do their jobs from home and focus on administrative tasks that are similar to those of an executive assistant or secretary. Websites that specialize in contract workers, such as odesk.com and elance.com, have thousands of listings for virtual assistants.
With the number of virtual assistants are growing, their expertise now runs the gamut, making it easier to find someone who fits your organization, says Jaleh Bisharat, vice president of marketing at oDesk.com, which is based in Redwood City, Calif. In 2012, oDesk had 25,000 postings for virtual assistant jobs, compared to about 2,500 in 2008.
Entrepreneurs can use virtual assistants for everything from making vendor or customer service calls to sending out thank you cards to prospective clients. It’s important to build trust, just as you would with a permanent employee. “They become a team member who just happens to work remotely,” Bisharat says. Not sure where to start? Here are 10 ways you can use a virtual assistant to improve your business.
Andrea exhibits a phenomenal aptitude towards creative design. She currently specialises in photography, website graphic design, including the design of logo’s, business cards, stationery and visual content for websites. She is hardworking and has an incredible eye for detail.
Martie is a highly motivated, extremely diligent, organised and driven individual. She has a very strong administration background and a keen creative interest. She enjoys bringing her administration skills and experience of over 27 years to Complete VA, coupled with building relationships with staff and clients. She has been exposed to various industries and is comfortable with all levels of communication, including staff, management, clients and vendors. In her role as Your Virtual Assistant she will be part of your team where she can make a difference, and use her previously gained skills and experience to provide the level of service which reflects the very high standards she sets for herself.
To assist with administrative and secretarial support, for example:
When you do not have enough time to run your business effectively and you are so busy fighting the fires that you barely have time to grow and expand your business.
When your business is running you instead of you running it and you are bugged down by too many routine tasks that need to be done on a daily basis.
When you don’t have a work-life balance anymore and you are so busy on a daily basis and even after hours, that you just don’t have time for anything else.
When you want to focus more on your core competencies yet more than half of your time is spend on non core activities.
When you need assistance but do not have the space and/or additional equipment to consider hiring a person to assist you.
Services can be purchased at an hourly and invoices at the end of every month.
Services can be purchased in 10-hour packages, payable in advance, at which time a discount can be applied.
An assistant is someone who supports or gives aid – a helper.
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