Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

3 Myths You Should Know About Freelance Business Proposals

I recently asked my Twitter friends (Reggie and Daniela) if they'd be interested in knowing how I go about giving proposals to clients and I got a great response. However, it got me thinking. Rather than just make a single post about proposals, it'd be better to make a series. And what better way to…

022 STBS: Entrepreneur Q and A Forum with Doug and Abner

Alright.  I have been super excited to be able to do this.  It's definitely the first of it's kind on the show. Anyway, today I got the chance to have a collaboration Q and A call with to guys that - when I met them had no clients AT ALL in their busines - and…

Say "No" to Spec Work - Unless You Own a Business

John Coates over at the Freshbooks blog has a really good article on why as a designer you should avoid participating at places like 99Designs to find work.  "Crowdsourcing" venues like this are becoming ever more popular, and are great place for designers to gamble (yes, gamble) on the hopes that their valuable time spent…

Day #16: Should I Let Them Know I Outsource?

I once got asked by a prospect, "so who are you going to use to get this done?" Inevitably, you are going to need to make the choice between letting your prospective client know that you outsource or not.  Personally, I don't tell people who I use virtual assistants to do work for me unless…

Day #12: Creating a Plan to Pay for Your Virtual Assistant

Now, you probably have a lot of ideas brewing and have hopefully hired a virtual assistant already. However, DON'T OVER HIRE! It's very tempting to hire a bunch of virtual assistants for specific tasks, but the last thing that you want to is be in the position where you are spending more money than you…

Day 11: Building your Business Model

I firmly believe that the majority of freelance style businesses can be outsourced in some way, if not totally. The problem is that most people who start a business think the wrong way.  In order to build an effective virtual assistant business model, you need to think like a CEO! If I do the work,…

Day #10: What If They Can't Do It?

Inevitably, you are going to run into a situation in which your virtual assistant can't complete a job that you give them.  Sometimes it's because they don't have the training, other times it;s because they don't have the talent.  Either way, you are going to have to deal with it. Lack of training for your…

Day #9: Training Your Virtual Assistant Staff

The most common problem that people face with their new virtual assistant is training.  For the most part, even if a virtual assistant has experience with tasks that they'll be doing for you, they have no experience at all with the way you work.  If you don't have a good training program, I can promise…

Day 8: Giving Your VA a Difficult Task

As mentioned in yesterday's post, when you hire a new Virtual Assistant the very first thing that you should do is give them a difficult task (I got this great piece of wisdom from John Jonas). The task should be something that directly affects your business, it needs to be something that is just not…

How to Get Your Virtual Assistant to Take the Initiative

Although I have other things that I need to write about, I really wanted to share this because it was just so cool.  So in order to get my business model ebook done quickly, I hired a virtual assistant to ghostwrite it for me (for the most part).  Now, I gave her a bunch of…

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