Category Archives: Project Management

The Blog Project Template That I Use

When it  comes to web development, my ideal type of project is a blog or website that is not necessarily geared toward e-commerce.  Unfortunately, things can either get very complicated with most "project templates" that are out there for developers, but they can also get pretty vague. Keeping things a little looser than norml is…

021 STBS: 5 Mistakes That You Should Avoid With Virtual Assistants

Happy new year! Alright, so in this episode we are going to talk about some mistakes that EVERYONE makes when hiring and leveraging virtual assistants and how to avoid them.  Most of these are common sense, but some take some time and experience to evade. The problems you'll face I am certain that most problems…

Easy Way to Get Started Off Right With Your Virtual Assistant

Entrepreneur and Consultant, Paul Tran, recently read my e-book and had the following question: In the book you mentioned giving your VA a raise when they've (a) survived the probation period; and (b) completed the difficult 1st task. Were you planning on giving them less than they ask, and raise it up to their asking…

Day #27: How to Give a Task to My Virtual Assistant?

This question came to me from Paul Tran, and is fantastic!  We already looked at project management from a high level perspective, but how do you actually give tasks to your virtual assistant, and what do you say? Lay out the expectations first Aside from the initial email that I send, I also make it…

Day #25: Automating Your Product Business

Automating a product business is much easier to do than a service business. Unless you are delivering a physical product, you can have a product-based business up and running in a few hours. Yes, your site won't be ultra bling bling, but it can sell something. Build your business in an hour Yes, you can…

Day #24: Automating your Service Business

While you may not be able to create passive income right off the bat with your service business, there are some very quick ways that you can start the process of automation.  Some of these tips are dependent on the type of business you are in, but most are universal. Create standard operating procedures As…

Day #22: Passive Income with Your Virtual Assistant

The highest summit of delegation is finding a way to make passive income with your virtual assistant.  Now, I have to admit that I am new to this aspect of delegating, but it is very possible to take the talents and skills of your virtual assistant and use them to create products that you can…

018 STBS: Project Management Tools for Virtual Assistants

In this episode, I answer a question from Doug Noble from Noble Ride Bells.  Doug asks about what project management tools are good for virtual assistants. Building a foundation Rather than just going full-bore into a project management system with your VAs, I would highly suggest using something like Google Apps to create a foundation…

Day #19: Quality Control

Now that the project is underway and you are managing the work being, without a doubt you'll run into situations in which your virtual assistant does something the wrong way.  It's okay, it's your job to get them back on track.  Here are some quick tips to do that. They don't think like you do…

Day #18: Managing the Project

You don't need to be a PMP to manage a project using a virtual assistant.  Although it may seem daunting at first, It's actually really easy (as long as you've completed the design process). Establish a baseline of fall-back tasks While your main goal is to get the project done, sometimes you'll run into pauses…

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