Let’s Bounce!

You know how bartenders are also psychiatrists, if we really want to be honest about it? One of the many benefits of a Virtual Assistant is you now have your very own confidential sounding board. That may seem like a small thing, but it’s not.

Let’s say you have a presentation to a potential client coming up. You are rightfully focused on each slide of the presentation deck, what you’ll say and the points you want to be sure to cover. It might be beneficial to have a second set of eyes review the presentation and provide valuable feedback from the perspective of the audience. Your VA could point out something you hadn’t even thought of.

You know how someone else’s energy can dictate how you feel about a situation? Typically we think of negative examples of someone who is so obnoxious they suck the life out of the room. But the opposite can also be true. Some people have a sunny, bright disposition that is contagious. They can have a profound impact on a situation. Over time you and your VA will be able to balance each other out. It can be a real benefit to have support in your corner, or an out-loud belly laugh just when you need it the most.

Have you ever been in a situation where you had to make an important decision and wanted the opinion of someone else? When it’s an important decision, you want to make sure you have considered every angle. What if you have focused so much on one aspect that you completely forgot about an obvious aspect that could potentially be a deal-breaker? Insert capable and thoughtful VA here. Your VA can listen and provide feedback that could be valuable in this situation.

There are many benefits of a Virtual Assistant. Which one could most benefit you?

Kris Jamieson

Keep That Confidential, Please

As a business owner or executive, you likely deal with confidential information often. You also need help with tasks involving that sensitive and confidential information. One of the many benefits of having a Virtual Assistant is confidential projects can be handled without others in the company being aware. This can prevent having to navigate the politics that may come when employees handle certain information.

Let’s say it’s bonus time. Great! That’s a wonderful way to show employees you care, and that they are valuable to you. But what if you don’t want anyone to know the amounts others receive? What if you have certain employees who have gone above and beyond this year, and you want to give them more without hurting anyone else’s feelings? A VA can help facilitate these tasks, and isn’t an employee, so isn’t offended by any amount anyone receives.

Now let’s say you need to let someone go. That’s never easy. There are many pieces of information that need to be kept highly confidential. Your Virtual Assistant can help prepare documents, contact attorneys, conduct interviews with other employees, and help gather needed information.

Now let’s say you want to surprise your spouse with a party or dinner or special gift. That’s awesome! That task can be handled by your VA vs an employee. It’s a personal item, and you may want to keep it confidential. Your employees don’t necessarily need to know what you’re planning, or how much it costs.

What if you are outgrowing your current office space and want to look for something new? Employees may have different ideas than you do about how things should look and where people should sit. Maybe you want to make the decisions, and not have to justify them to the company. All of the details can be handled by your Virtual Assistant. Your VA is there to help and isn’t the least bit offended when someone else gets an office.

Not only can a VA help you be more efficient, your VA can be a business partner who keeps things confidential and has no emotional ties to the outcome. Your VA can become an integral part of making sure sensitive information stays that way.

 

Kris Jamieson

mackenziedoheny.com

Gig Economy is changing workplace culture, creating opportunities for freelance workers to be side-by-side with full-time employees

This article by Forbes depicts the 10 workplace trends you can expect in 2017 and it’s no surprise that #2 is a blended workforce.  More and more business owners and entrepreneurs are hiring 1099 workers to boom their business without the overhead costs and Virtual Assistants are becoming one of the higher-valued type of contractor in this new culture.