Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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