Entrepreneur Tip – How to Kill the Competition

Entrepreneur Tip – How to Kill the Competition

Oh boy oh boy.  There just appears to be more and more of them out there.  You know what I’m talking about .. more of those … your competition.  Those that are doing the same thing as you are. Those that offer similar services and from the looks of it, they are way more successful than you. What can you do?

Yes, it can be intimidating but it doesn’t have to be.  You should embrace your completion and in doing so, you always come out on top.  Here are some ways to do just that.

How to kill the competition

  • Be the best.  I could almost stop right now as that’s the main thing.  By being the best and always offering exceptional service going over and above for your clients, you become the go to person in your industry.  Your clients will reward you with more work and definitely more referrals and most importantly when someone asks who can help with those tasks, you’re the name that first comes to mind.  The competition doesn’t stand a chance to get in on your territory.
  • Let others know that you are the best.  Being the best is one thing, but if only you and your cat know, it’s not going to help.  You need to get out there and market.  Think how you feel when you see a competitor showing up on your google alerts. Well instead of being jealous, you should be out there also marketing so you too show up there. Also, be active online.  Potential clients are out there on social media, watching what you do, so be sure to get recognized.
  • Develop your own style.  Sounds simple, but find what works for you and continue to do more of that.  Don’t change how you are doing things simply because it looks like that’s how THEY are doing it.  Be true to yourself and your skills and you’ll always come out on top.
  • Continue to grow. No matter how fabulous you are, it truly does help to continue to grow your skills and learn more.  Things are constantly changing and when you can stay on top of it, you win.
  • Work with your competition.  Say what????  Yes, you heard that right.  Build bonds with your competition. Often times you will discover that your competition truly isn’t your competition at all, but more of another business, offering similar services, who would love to connect. Work on building real relationships with them.  What you don’t want to do is go to them and say, “Hey I do the same thing.  Send me work!” YIKES.  Instead say, “Hey, I’m (insert name!).  I’ve heard a lot about you and it seems we offer similar services.  I’d love to know more about you and what we can do together.”

See how easy it is to kill your competition and hopefully these tips help. Love your thoughts as well. Post away!

Diana Ennen is the President of Virtual Word Publishing, http://www.virtualwordpublishing.com and co-author of So You Want To Be a Work-At-Home Mom: and VA the Series: Become a Highly Successful Sought After Virtual Assistant. Email her for her free PR Informational Package at Diana@virtualwordpublishing.com.  Posting is free to be reprinted as long as this bio remains.

Become a Virtual Assistant – The Perfect Opportunity for Work at Home Moms

Are you sick and tired of the 9-5 grind and working outrageous hours for peanuts? Are you one of the unlucky ones who had their hours cut or lost their job completely due to new health care regulations? If so, it’s time to take your power back. It’s time to become a virtual assistant and use your vast knowledge, skills and experience to become your own boss and finally make the kind of money you deserve.

So what is a virtual assistant and why is this the perfect opportunity for work-at-home moms? A virtual assistant is a highly skilled professional who provides administrative support and other specialized services to businesses, entrepreneurs, executives, sales professionals, and others who have more work to do than time to do it. Virtual assistants partner with clients to help make their businesses and lives run smoother. It’s the perfect opportunity for work-at-home moms because it gives the much needed freedom and flexibility in the career schedule while juggling a busy family life. You work as little or as much as you want, whenever you want. How you establish your business model is completely up to you—you’re the boss!

What does it take to start your own virtual assistant business? Continue reading

Entrepreneur Tip – Balance – I’ve got this, or do I?

Many entrepreneurs struggle with this issue. How can you do it all?  With the challenges of running a successful business and family commitments , it can be a daunting task. But it doesn’t have to be.  Here are a few recommendations to achieve more balance. We hope you find them beneficial.

Balance Tips for Entrepreneurs – Utilize your calendars and to do lists daily – Your calendar and your to do list should be your best friend.  I find that by keeping everything there I feel in more control and feel more empowered when I cross things off the list.  I also realize that I actually can finish all that I have to do when I write it down.  So often when it’s in my head I’m thinking it’s a billion times worse, but by writing it down I get that control. Plus, who doesn’t love checking things off.

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6 Tips For Operating a Successful Virtual Assistant Business

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6 Tips For Operating a Successful Virtual Assistant Business

Operating a successful virtual assistant business takes a lot of hard work. Done right, your hard work can prove extremely beneficial to build your business on a solid foundation as well as add to your bottom line.  These tips are sure to help.

  • Don’t work for free. More and more new virtual assistants are working for free as interns to get the experience, and hopefully land the client long-term. Continue reading

Three Tips to Propel in Your Virtual Assistant Business

 Looking for ways to propel your home-based virtual assistant business?  Whether you are just starting out or have a full practice of clients, here are tips to help you get the word out and help you to become the go to virtual assistant for your specialty.

Attend Networking Events

Attend networking events regularly where your target audience might be.  It works!  For example, at a recent event the host and main speaker recommended attendees partner with a virtual assistant to help grow their business. Continue reading

Virtual Assistant Coaching – Summer Special

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Ready to jumpstart your virtual assistant business?

We’d love to help.  During the Month of July, you get $75.00 off our coaching packages.  That’s right  $75.00 off.  (Normally $495.00 and during July only $420.00

What do you get!  LOTS!

You get …

* 4 hours of coaching with me (once a week we talk for one hour while I show you how to grow your virtual assistant business)

* Email support

* Our PR Success Class (5 weeks of PR training) (Value $275.00)

* Review of your PR materials

See our coaching tab for more  information …  http://dianaennen.com/virtual-coaching/

All of this for only $420.00  …

Diana Ennen

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Entrepreneurship Highest in Decades – One Industry, Virtual Assistant Industry Leads the Way

Entrepreneurship Highest in Decades –One Industry, Virtual Assistant Industry Leads the Way

According to a recent study by Babson College and Baruch College, U.S. entrepreneurship rates have climbed to their highest level in more than a decade. Some attribute this to the fact that after the financial crisis of 2007, hundreds of corporations went belly-up and workers either lost their jobs or realized there was no longer financial security.  Others feel it’s because so many are realizing the huge potential of self-employment.  No matter the reason, one thing is clear, more and more are becoming entrepreneurs. And one industry that continues to lead the way is the Virtual Assistant Industry, which was voted as one of the most popular businesses to start, according to a recent article in Home Business magazine (December 2012 issue).  In fact according to Google Trends, since 2004 the number of individuals searching for “virtual assistants” has risen 650%.

So what is a virtual assistant?  A virtual assistant or VA is a highly skilled professional who provides administrative support and other specialized services to businesses, entrepreneurs, executives, and others who have more work to do than time to do it.

Well-known authors and leaders in the virtual assistant industry, Diana Ennen (VirtualWordPublishing.com) and Kelly Poelker (Another8Hours.com) have been paving the way for virtual assistant hopefuls.  As authors of the best-selling virtual assistant bible, Virtual Assistant the Series; Become a Highly Successful Sought After VA, Ennen and Poelker recently commented on the continued rise in this industry.

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The authors stated, “Now is the perfect time to become a virtual assistant, and here are just a few of the reasons why:

  • Not only are small businesses appearing in record numbers, but they are growing at record rates and as these businesses grow, they need support. A virtual assistant is the ideal source for that support because they come to the table with the knowledge, skills and expertise needed to provide critical services.
  • Social media is an important element of any business success today and most business owners do not have the time or skills to do it properly, thus losing time and money.  VAs can be instrumental in this area, which can lead to greater exposure and increased profitability for those businesses.  From keeping up with the latest Facebook additions to offering tips on what to post to continue to build a brand, VAs excel in this area.  Because of that, virtual assistants now can add the social media niche to the other niches they can specialize in.
  • Technology is advancing and improving faster now than ever before and small businesses often find it difficult to keep up. As more and more are utilizing tablets, smartphones, and many other devices, a business needs to be set up properly for this mobile marketing and a virtual assistant can provide those tools.  From helping to get a website mobile friendly to assisting with mobile marketing, virtual assistants and virtual assistant teams bring businesses into the 21st century plus providing great opportunities for tech savvy virtual assistants.
  • Because VAs typically work on a contract basis from their home offices, they are less expensive and less cumbersome than having to hire an employee and provide office space, equipment, benefits, salary, etc. In today’s economy, these aspects of working with a VA are becoming more and more attractive to small business owners and entrepreneurs. So the potential for virtual assistants continues to rise.

The growth of small business combined with the massive increase in people using technology and the internet creates an atmosphere that’s perfect for those who wish to become a virtual assistant regardless of the stage of career they are in. For young workers it can be the one and only career they have. For seasoned professionals it can be the result of a re-invention of themselves; and it works well for military families, families with small children or empty-nesters.

The good news is that there is training available to help anyone who has the desire and the commitment to make it happen.  Visit http://www.va-theseries.com today for more information on the virtual assistant industry and training, or to order the best-selling training book, Virtual Assistant the Series; Become a Highly Successful Sought After VA.

For additional information on starting a VA business or media interviews contact Ennen or Poelker at authors@va-theseries.com or (954) 971-4025.

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Tips for Getting Clients for your Virtual Assistant Business

Want to get more clients for your VA Business … here are some of the things that I do. Love to see your recommendations as well.

I do get a lot of clients via word of mouth and I highly recommend that. But there are so many other ways to get clients. One of the main things to consider is that clients are often looking at you long before they hire you so keep a professional image. So always be sure to look your best online and offline. That can help tremendously. Become the expert they need in the niche your excel at by showing you know what you are doing, I do that my constantly writing on my topic, social media, networking at events, and connecting with others who might give me referrals. But most importantly, make sure you are doing it right.

The most important thing is to be passionate about your business and be very good at it, continuing to learn and grow. When you are the best at what you do, clients want to work with you now and for years to come.

We Were Quoted in Home Business Magazines – Hot Businesses to Start in 2013 – A Virtual Assistant Business

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Kelly and I were thrilled to be quoted in the December issue of Home Business Magazine – Hot Businesses to Start in 2013 … http://homebusinessmag.com/digitaleditions/dec_2012/ page 16).

What did Home Business Magazine say about starting a Virtual Assistant Business?

Here are a few excerpts from the article that we were quoted in:

With more companies working with fewer employees business are flocking to find the right virtual assistant for their team. Virtual Assistants work as independent contractors from their home offices. They use leading edge technology to communicate work assignments via the Internet, e-mail, or disk transfer. Traditional methods such as regular mail and overnight shipping are also used.

While most Virtual Assistants will never meet their clients, it is not unusual to find a VA providing pickup and delivery service in their local area. Most Virtual Assistants now realize the amazing power of the Internet, and their client base spans globally. A Virtual Assistant partners with his/her client and learns about the client’s business to become a trusted and valued member of the team. At the same time, the Virtual Assistant only charges for time on tasks, so it ultimately saves the client in overhead expenses while affording them the necessary time to take care of more business.

Virtual Assistant services include: publicity and marketing, article and press release writing and distribution, social networking updates, legal, medical, and general transcription, bookkeeping, web design, and administrative tasks.

A little about us. Diana Ennen and Kelly Poelker are both leaders in the virtual assistant industry, with a combined history of more than 40 years as small business owners, themselves. They are the co-authors of numerous books including the best-selling book Virtual Assistant – The Series, Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA. Together they remain on top of the latest developments in the virtual assistant (VA) industry and have been featured on Fox News, CNN Radio, Wall Street Journal, Woman’s World and many more.

We would absolutely love if you could spread the word and mention this on your facebook pages, twitter feeds, newsletters, etc. Thanks so much! Diana Ennen

Virtual Assistants – When is it time to hire a coach?

You probably started your virtual assistant business with big hopes of success. You figured as soon as others knew you were in business they would be flocking to you. Yes, you were ready. Success was yours.

However, even though you put up your shingles, “Open for Business” a funny thing happened. No one came. So you go back to the drawing board again and become a little more vocal this time. “Hey, I’m opened, come and get it.” That should do it. But unfortunately it doesn’t.

So many make this mistake. They think with the right services the clients will be able to find you once you get started. Unfortunately instead of that lovely emails you receive of “you’ve got a payment” you can still hear a pin drop and no one is contacting you. Now what do you do?

Believe it or not, this happens to a lot of virtual assistants and other business owners thinking that once you open you can just get down to doing the work. The clients will automatically come running. But that’s not always the case. In fact, that is rarely the case. You need to get out there and promote your business and also you need to be set up for success, well before you send out that first marketing piece.

And that is why you might need a virtual assistant or business coach. Someone who can take you step by step through the process and help you not only get those clients, but also be set up correctly so once you get them, the day-to-day operations of your business run smoothly. Let’s talk about what a coach can do for you.

What can a virtual assistant coach or business coach help with? Here are just a few things:

• A coach will make sure you haven’t forgotten any of those vital business basic steps needed to start your business. Bookkeeping, licenses, business plans are just some of the topics to be discussed and figured out.

• A coach will help you decide with your skills and experience who would be your ideal clients. Then the coach will help you put the steps into place to land those clients. Marketing your business will be a big part of what you will be doing together.

• Your coach will review your pricing and figure out the best way to set up your business, whether you would benefit with going with packages, blocks of time, retainer rates, etc.

• A coach can review all your media including your website, media, blogs, and make recommendations. This alone is worth its weight in gold. Once you get out there marketing, if your site and branding doesn’t convince clients you have what they need, then you can be not only wasting your time and money, but burning bridges down the road. Those potential clients may never come back.

• A coach will be your best friend at times and your worst enemy at others. Yes, they will be there for you when you do things right, but they should also be there for you and guide you gently when you don’t. By helping you prevent many of the mistakes that they might have made themselves, you learn the best way to do things.
This all sounds good, but how do you find a good coach? The main thing you want to consider is to find one you feel confident in by reviewing their business. Is it one that you would like to mimic? Do they walk the walk and talk the talk? You want someone who you respect and know they have your back as well as the skills needed to help you success. Once you know what you’re looking for, go out there and connect. Your business success is waiting!

Diana Ennen, President of Virtual Word Publishing, www.virtualwordpublishing.com has been in business for over 25 years and is eager to help coach you to better success.  Email for her free informational package diana@virtualwordpublishing.com. Article is free to be reprinted as long as bio remains.

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Do you have tips on starting your business and the challenges you had?  Let’s hear them!