Welcome To The Virtual Assistant Podcast!

Virtual Assistant PodcastThe Virtual Assistant Podcast is devoted to introducing small to medium size business owners to the possibility of becoming more productive and profitable through the principle of delegation.

I, Cliff Ravenscraft, hired my first virtual assistant in January of 2010 and it immediately changed the way I do business. Hiring a virtual assistant was one the best business decisions that I’ve made. I became so excited about my experiences that I decided to launch a podcast where I could share my virtual assistant journey and where I could answer other people’s questions about how they could benefit from having their own virtual assistant.

If you like this show, you may also like the Podcast Answer Man, Social Media Serenity, and Business Tech Weekly podcasts. Of course we invite you to please check out the complete list of our podcasts.

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Folks, this is it. This is the final episode of the Virtual Assistant Podcast. My goal when I started this podcast was to produce a show that would expose people in my community to the benefits that I have seen personally from hiring a virtual assistant, to answer people’ questions about this industry, and to lower the barrier of entry for those who might benefit from delegating tasks to a virtual assistant themselves.

I’ve spent months sharing my own personal journey and I feel that I’ve pretty much shared everything I have to share in this space at this point in time. I hope that you have enjoyed this podcast and I hope that you’ll check out http://PodcastAnswerMan.com and all my other podcasts at http://gspn.tv. Also, I’m sure I’ll litter this page with all sorts of other inks and buttons to all the other things I have going online.

I plan to keep the archives of these 38 episodes online as my gift to anyone who might benefit from them. If you think you could benefit from working with me in any of the services I provide in the field of podcasting, new media, and running a business online, please feel free to contact me at Cliff@Ravenscraft.org. Many Blessings!

This is episode is part 2 of 2 where I address the most common fears that people have when they consider hiring a Virtual Assistant. Below are the fears that people have expressed that I address in this episode:

– A little antsy about providing personal / financial information to some one out of my sight and possibly beyond extradition.

– Trusting someone with my confidential information.

– Trusting that someone else could learn my style and personality well enough to truly handle the work as well as I.

– Big mistakes. I feared that a VA would mess up in some terrible way damaging my business.

– Does the VA have a strong business background and technical savvy?

– Is the VA working full time from a professionally equipped home office or typing at the kitchen table while dealing with small children?

– Their website may look like they're a dream VA, but anyone can put anything they please on a website and, if they're in another country, who are you going to call to check them out? Even if they give you someone to call (unless it's a senior partner in a large business or someone whose existence you can check) you could be calling their brother or aunt.

– The word “Virtual” is also scary as people cannot understand how it could possibly work. Most people are also unaware of the vast amount of technology that is available today which makes working with a VA a breeze and any experienced and skilled VA will have that technology at his/her fingertips.

– Anyone considering using the services of a VA must thoroughly research potential VA services until they find one that will be a good fit.

– I've been working with VA's for 3 years. I suggest hiring from a company like contemporaryva.com. They have a boss to whom they answer as well as you. Plus they have a backup trained in case they out of town, get sick or quit.

– Experience has taught that VA's go MIA for no reason at all at the absolute worst times like the middle of a launch or before affiliates have been paid . . . They tend to allow their personal lives to take priority and don't have the safeguards in place that most business owners would.

– That they might divulge sensitive or proprietary information to others (i.e. competitors)

-That in the time it took to make arrangements with a virtual assistant, I could have the job done myself.

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Special thanks to Contemporary VA for sponsoring this podcast. This is the firm I, personally, use for my own business. I would not have had the time to produce this show without it making financial sense for me to do so. Their sponsorship has made this show possible. If you get a chance, thank them in any creative way you can think of. If you desire, this is the link to their contact page.

Please call TODAY with your questions on our voicemail hotline at 859-795-4067. Or use your voice memo application on your iPhone to record feedback or questions. Simply email it to feedback@gspn.tv.

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This is episode is part 1 of 2 where I address the most common fears that people have when they consider hiring a Virtual Assistant. Below are the fears that people have expressed that I address in this episode:

– Paying for a virtual assistant.

– Having to re-do the work myself because the quality would not be what I would do myself

– Not using him/her for all the time I paid for.

– Not using my extra time to make more money to turn a profit and also pay for the assistant (i.e., working just to pay the assistant).

– Finding a VA with the requisite skills.

– Will they be responsive to e-mails and communicate regularly? (Every VA I've fired — 3 or 4 — have all been fired for being unreachable or unwilling to maintain regular contact…. never because they couldn't do the job.)

– Will they adhere to deadlines?

– Having enough work for them to do or being able to explain exactly what you want and having them deliver it as well as you could do it.

-It also seems like the overhead of writing a description/instructions for some tasks might take longer than doing the task myself.

– As a small business person and entrepreneur, productivity and profitability are king. I think one of the biggest fears we have is that the time effort and money invested won't pay off. It seems like a big effort to train someone and bring them up to speed.

– I worry I won't have enough for him or her to do and that in the time I'll have to take explaining everything I could've just done it myself, and done it better.

– That they'll do it wrong, which will only frustrate and stress me out, not to mention misrepresent me.

– I will spend the time training them and they will leave.

– I hire virtual assistants to perform administrative tasks, but my biggest fear is hirng a V.A. to perform bookkeeping tasks. It's something that I need, but I'm very reluctant to pass this along to anyone for fear of someone getting access to my account information.

– Hey Cliff, as an insurance agent (like you were in your former life), I'd really have to put some thoughts into what work assignments I could give them and not violate any of my state's insurance licensing laws. All of our personnel that work with our clients are properly licensed. Not saying it couldn't be done, would just have to be careful. You might have some unique insight into that since you are a former insurance agent and now use a virtual assistant.

-Another thought that comes to my mind immediately with a virtual assistant (or anyone on your payroll not working on your premises) would be the always subtle but recurring thought, am I truly getting “the work for the hours I'm paying/being billed for.” What accountability measures are/would be in place to ease that concern.

– Not sure of the cost, so no way to figure the return on investment.

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Special thanks to Contemporary VA for sponsoring this podcast. This is the firm I, personally, use for my own business. I would not have had the time to produce this show without it making financial sense for me to do so. Their sponsorship has made this show possible. If you get a chance, thank them in any creative way you can think of. If you desire, this is the link to their contact page.

Please call TODAY with your questions on our voicemail hotline at 859-795-4067. Or use your voice memo application on your iPhone to record feedback or questions. Simply email it to feedback@gspn.tv.

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– My New Virtual Assistant Aimee
– How much easier it is to train the second time around, already knowing what can be delegated.
– Coming to the end of the of this era?
– My thoughts on LastPass as a solution for keeping passwords secure.

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Special thanks to Contemporary VA for sponsoring this podcast. This is the firm I, personally, use for my own business. I would not have had the time to produce this show without it making financial sense for me to do so. Their sponsorship has made this show possible. If you get a chance, thank them in any creative way you can think of. If you desire, this is the link to their contact page.

Please call TODAY with your questions on our voicemail hotline at 859-795-4067. Or use your voice memo application on your iPhone to record feedback or questions. Simply email it to feedback@gspn.tv.

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In this episode, I share that I have made a decision on who will replace Andrea as my virtual assistant. I will share the list of questions that I used to interview virtual assistant prospects and what I was looking for as answers to those questions.

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Special thanks to Contemporary VA for sponsoring this podcast. This is the firm I, personally, use for my own business. I would not have had the time to produce this show without it making financial sense for me to do so. Their sponsorship has made this show possible. If you get a chance, thank them in any creative way you can think of. If you desire, this is the link to their contact page.

Please call TODAY with your questions on our voicemail hotline at 859-795-4067. Or use your voice memo application on your iPhone to record feedback or questions. Simply email it to feedback@gspn.tv.

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In this episode, I share that I just learned this week that Andrea, my virtual assistant, has given notice and after the end of the year, she will be leaving Contemporary VA to pursue another job opportunity that she couldn’t pass up. I share my thoughts on how I felt initially about this and how I plan to proceed with finding someone to take over the work that I had Andrea doing for me.

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Special thanks to Contemporary VA for sponsoring this podcast. This is the firm I, personally, use for my own business. I would not have had the time to produce this show without it making financial sense for me to do so. Their sponsorship has made this show possible. If you get a chance, thank them in any creative way you can think of. If you desire, this is the link to their contact page.

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I Hate Getting Forms In The Mail From Government Agencies!
I hate getting forms from the government in the mail. My CPA handles most of my business reports and filings. However, occasionally, I will receive a form in the mail that says stuff like if I have more than ten employees within any given month, I must fill out an annual report online and warns of very steep penalties if I don’t immediately respond.

What do you do when you get a form like this, where you are almost certain that it does not pertain to you, but you’re just not sure? Well, if you are me, you give it to your VA and ask them to look into it.

In this case, I simply set the letter down on my desk, and I used the JotNot Pro iPhone application to take a photo of the document. It then turned it into a “scanned” PDF document. This program can “scan” multiple pages by taking multiple photos and put them into a single PDF.

I then created a “case/project” in HighRise and attached this scanned document and asked Andrea to please conctact my CPA to see if I need to do anything with this. I then filed the form away and will wait till I hear back one way or another from Andrea.

Why didn’t I just call my CPA? Because I can never get them on the phone right when I need them and I don’t want the hassle of letting that document sit on my “to do” list.

Benfits of Hiring A Virtual Assistant Over An Employee
– A Virtual Assistant is almost always there when you need them.
– You only pay for the hours when you need your VA.
– No expenses such as benefits or vacation pay.
– No requirement for office space.
– VAs use their own equipment!
– They are always upgrading their education at their own cost.
– Virtual Assistants are almost always connected to other people who can help you.
– A Virtual Assistant can do things that you are not skilled enough to do.
– You can hire as many or as little Virtual Assistants as you want depending on how much work you have on your plate.
– Many Virtual Assistants are often willing to work outside normal office hours.
– There really are so many more benefits!

Other Questions Covered In This Episode:
– How far in advance should you let your VA know you need them to work over a holiday

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Special thanks to Contemporary VA for sponsoring this podcast. This is the firm I, personally, use for my own business. I would not have had the time to produce this show without it making financial sense for me to do so. Their sponsorship has made this show possible. If you get a chance, thank them in any creative way you can think of. If you desire, this is the link to their contact page.

Please call TODAY with your questions on our voicemail hotline at 859-795-4067. Or use your voice memo application on your iPhone to record feedback or questions. Simply email it to feedback@gspn.tv.

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How Your Virtual Assistant Can Help You Survive The Holidays
1. VA can set travel arrangements for you.
2. You can give your VA your holiday card list and the VA can mail out your cards/newsletter.
3. Your VA can have gifts sent to your clients
4. If you’re planning a holiday party, your VA can get those arrangements set up.
5. Your VA can either shop online for you or at least find the sites with the best prices for your gift list
6. VA can search the Black Friday postings and alert you for the stores you are interested in.
7. If you are going to be doing a lot of cooking, the VA can look up some new holiday recipes for you.
8. VA can prepare your holiday ezine for you and make sure that’s scheduled to go out.
9. VA can send out “thank yous” for any gifts you receive.
10. Your VA can schedule tweets to cover the days that you won’t be online!

Other Questions Covered In This Episode:
– How far in advance should you let your VA know you need them to work over a holiday

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Special thanks to Contemporary VA for sponsoring this podcast. This is the firm I, personally, use for my own business. I would not have had the time to produce this show without it making financial sense for me to do so. Their sponsorship has made this show possible. If you get a chance, thank them in any creative way you can think of. If you desire, this is the link to their contact page.

Please call TODAY with your questions on our voicemail hotline at 859-795-4067. Or use your voice memo application on your iPhone to record feedback or questions. Simply email it to feedback@gspn.tv.

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* Not All VA’s Provide Equal Value
* Administrative VA v/s Experience Web Help
* The need to communicate expectations
* Milestone Reports
* Tracking Time
* How to avoid going over the amount of hours you have on retainer
* What to do when it’s just not working out

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Special thanks to Contemporary VA for sponsoring this podcast. This is the firm I, personally, use for my own business. I would not have had the time to produce this show without it making financial sense for me to do so. Their sponsorship has made this show possible. If you get a chance, thank them in any creative way you can think of. If you desire, this is the link to their contact page.

Please call TODAY with your questions on our voicemail hotline at 859-795-4067. Or use your voice memo application on your iPhone to record feedback or questions. Simply email it to feedback@gspn.tv.

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Topics Covered In this Episode:
-How can my VA help with my podcast production?
-Can I hire VA to do job that I know little about?
-Tried out Manymoon.com. I give my thoughts.
-I upgraded to Highrise Plus Plan
-Andrea researching dental options for my daughter.
-My use of Mindmapping with Mindmeister.com

My Webinars:
Thesis Configuration Webinar: http://thesis-setup.eventbrite.com
Podcast Equipment Setup & Podcasting Workflow Webinar: http://studiosetup.eventbrite.com

Want to learn how to do effective Mind Mapping?
My friend and client, Jay Carter, is going to be doing a webinar on effective Mind Mapping. Thursday, November 11th Promo Code “GSPN” will get you 10% off!
http://gspn.tv/mindmaptraining

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Special thanks to Contemporary VA for sponsoring this podcast. This is the firm I, personally, use for my own business. I would not have had the time to produce this show without it making financial sense for me to do so. Their sponsorship has made this show possible. If you get a chance, thank them in any creative way you can think of. If you desire, this is the link to their contact page.

Please call TODAY with your questions on our voicemail hotline at 859-795-4067. Or use your voice memo application on your iPhone to record feedback or questions. Simply email it to feedback@gspn.tv.

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Killer Phone Skills:
I share the story of Andrea calling the phone company for my parents' insurance agency and how their Internet speeds got doubled without any additional cost!

Want to learn how to do effective Mind Mapping?

My friend and client, Jay Carter, is going to be doing a webinar on effective Mind Mapping. Thursday, November 11th. Promo Code “GSPN” will get you 10% off!
http://gspn.tv/mindmaptraining

A Potential Tool For Managing Projects:
I talk just a little bit about https://manymoon.com

How To Use Your VA To Get Free Stuff:

How I’m using my VA to contact companies to get free products to review for my podcast(s).

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Special thanks to Contemporary VA for sponsoring this podcast. This is the firm I, personally, use for my own business. I would not have had the time to produce this show without it making financial sense for me to do so. Their sponsorship has made this show possible. If you get a chance, thank them in any creative way you can think of. If you desire, this is the link to their contact page.

Please call TODAY with your questions on our voicemail hotline at 859-795-4067. Or use your voice memo application on your iPhone to record feedback or questions. Simply email it to feedback@gspn.tv.

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Are you a VA who would like to learn how to configure the Thesis Theme for your clients?
http://podcastanswerman.com/thesistraining

Plan A Foiled – A Call For Plan B:
Have you ever had a brilliant idea, of how your life can be simplified by having your VA take over one of those repetitive tasks that you simply do over and over again, only to be foiled by a technical limitation? This is what has happened to me this week.

Last week, on episode 0027 of the Virtual Assistant Podcast, I had a brilliant plan laid out in my mind about how my assistant would process my podcast recordings for me. The idea was pretty simply. I would simply put the audio recordings into a shared DropBox folder. This would upload my file to the server and then download it into that shared folder on her desktop. She would then use Adobe Audition to process the file the way that I would teach her to do it. She would then upload the file to my media host and post it to my various sites.

However, I didn’t take into account the limitations of Internet bandwidth on her end. You see, I live in an area where we have an abundance of options for internet. In fact, my studio has 3 ISPs accessable at all times. I have Cable Internet for my main computing with a steady 10mbps down and a good 3mbps up. I also have a DSL connection that is pretty much dedicated to my streaming of live audio and video on Thursdays. My DSL connection has a steady 4mbps down and an average of .6mbps up. Those connections are running at all times. Then, if things get really bad and the electric goes out, I can fire up my laptop and my Virgin Mobile Wireless MyFi device which gives me speeds that are around 1mbps Down and about .6mbps up.

My assistant, however, does not have an abundance of options when it comes to Internet connectivity. She has “Line of Sight” wireless broadband access. In her area of the country, this and Satellite are her only options. While on the phone with her, we did a speed test and found that she’s getting about .4mbps and about .2mbps up speed.

At this rate of speed, the transfer of the unprocessed files from my computer to her computer and then the transfer of the processed files from her computer to my media host would make the process quite impractical. The two main issues would be the amount of time required for the transfer of files and the the fact that this would consume all of my assistant’s bandwidth which would keep her from doing other work via the internet.

There is a backup plan that I may decide to pursue. I have an extra windows based system, here in the studio, that I no longer use. I could put the files on that computer, which would take almost no time at all to do. I could then allow my assistant to log in via LogMeIn and use the software on my computer to process the files. She could then use my bandwidth to upload those files to my media server.

I am going to give this some thought and see if I am ready to give Plan B a try. The issue here would be that she would be using my Cable internet bandwidth while I was on a Skype conversation with a co-host.

Interview with Dean Soto:
In this episode, I interview Dean Soto, an entrepreneur who has hired as many as five virtual assistants to build a business from the ground up. I share a casual conversation with him about where he came up with the idea of hiring so many VAs. We talk about how he used http://onlinejobs.ph to find the virtual assistants who help him do his web development business.

Also in this interview, we talked about a service at https://manymoon.com that helps him manage projects. I have since looked at this service and have not found it to be very intuitive. I am going to give it a little more time and watch the tutorials to see if I can find out why so many people like this service.

Dean recently interviewed me on his podcast. To find out more about Dean’s business and to hear the interview he did with me, check out the following link:
http://www.prosulum.com/2010/10/18/014-stbs-podcasting-as-a-business-w-cliff-ravenscraft/

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Special thanks to Contemporary VA for sponsoring this podcast. This is the firm I, personally, use for my own business. I would not have had the time to produce this show without it making financial sense for me to do so. Their sponsorship has made this show possible. If you get a chance, thank them in any creative way you can think of. If you desire, this is the link to their contact page.

Please call TODAY with your questions on our voicemail hotline at 859-795-4067. Or use your voice memo application on your iPhone to record feedback or questions. Simply email it to feedback@gspn.tv.

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My New Show Notes Process:
I’m back to using Google Docs to process my my show notes for my podcasts. Google docs has been improved a great deal with the real time collaboration and sidebar chatting ability. I’ve created a single document for my all my shows and simply give my co-hosts access to add to the document. This way, when we are done recording a show, I just put the link to the file where I uploaded it and my assistant has my complete show notes immediately!

Andrea Finished My First Draft of My First Ebook:
This week Andrea finished a project that I had given her where she had one of my video training tutorials transcribed. She then went through the tutorial herself with the transcript and turned it into a rough draft of my first ebook.

Link Mentioned In This Episode:
http://ConnieAndSheilaTalk.com

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Special thanks to Contemporary VA for sponsoring this podcast. This is the firm I, personally, use for my own business. I would not have had the time to produce this show without it making financial sense for me to do so. Their sponsorship has made this show possible. If you get a chance, thank them in any creative way you can think of. If you desire, this is the link to their contact page.

Please call TODAY with your questions on our voicemail hotline at 859-795-4067. Or use your voice memo application on your iPhone to record feedback or questions. Simply email it to feedback@gspn.tv.

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This episode is certainly different from previous weeks. As I shared in the beginning of the episode, the original plans for this week's episode had to be set aside. This episode was pretty much put together off the top of my head as I answered a question from Dawn Stratton from StrattonVA.com. I certainly hope that this episode is entertaining, educational, encouraging and inspirational.

Do you have some tasks that you are considering handing over to a virtual assistant but don't know where to begin? Why not give me a call at 859-795-4067 and let's see if we can give you the first five or so steps to get you moving in the right direction.

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Special thanks to Contemporary VA for sponsoring this podcast. This is the firm I, personally, use for my own business. I would not have had the time to produce this show without it making financial sense for me to do so. Their sponsorship has made this show possible. If you get a chance, thank them in any creative way you can think of. If you desire, this is the link to their contact page.

Please call TODAY with your questions on our voicemail hotline at 859-795-4067. Or use your voice memo application on your iPhone to record feedback or questions. Simply email it to feedback@gspn.tv.

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In this episode, Cliff interviews Chris Ducker from VirtualBusinessLifestyle.com. Chris has more than ten years of experience in the world of Virtual Assistance and shares some valuable insights for businesses who are looking to delegate to a VA.

Have you taken the time to ask yourself the questions that Chris brought up in this interview? They are “What do I do that I do not like to do?” “What do I do that I am not good at doing?” “What do I do that I simply do not want to do anymore?”

It really is amazing how much of the work you do that can be done by someone else. The biggest question is how do you train someone to do the tasks that you do when you simply don't have the time to train them? We discuss that in this episode.

Also in this episode is the story of someone who hired a Virtual Midwife.

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Special thanks to Contemporary VA for sponsoring this podcast. This is the firm I, personally, use for my own business. I would not have had the time to produce this show without it making financial sense for me to do so. Their sponsorship has made this show possible. If you get a chance, thank them in any creative way you can think of. If you desire, this is the link to their contact page.

Please call TODAY with your questions on our voicemail hotline at 859-795-4067. Or use your voice memo application on your iPhone to record feedback or questions. Simply email it to feedback@gspn.tv.

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I actually forgot that I had a virtual assistant and needed to be reminded by a friend of mine. Listen to this episode to hear the full story of how a very important task, that is certain to be extremely profitable, almost didn't get done.

Also in this week's episode, I provide some ideas of things that you can have your Virtual Assistant do for your when you run of things to delegate.

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Special thanks to Contemporary VA for sponsoring this podcast. This is the firm I, personally, use for my own business. I would not have had the time to produce this show without it making financial sense for me to do so. Their sponsorship has made this show possible. If you get a chance, thank them in any creative way you can think of. If you desire, this is the link to their contact page.

Please call TODAY with your questions on our voicemail hotline at 859-795-4067. Or use your voice memo application on your iPhone to record feedback or questions. Simply email it to feedback@gspn.tv.

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In this episode, Cliff shares an update on how things are going in his own Virtual Assistant journey. One valuable insight that he shared was how he has communicated how he would like to budget 30 hours that he has on retainer equally among each of the weeks of the month and how each week should be budgeted so that there is always a minimum amount of time for the priority tasks that are expected each week.

Also in this episode, Cliff catches up on the audio feedback from the listener feedback hotline.

Michael called in to tell us about Backupify.com

Roy called in to ask about how to find a personal VA that shares your values.

Dean called in to ask about ODesk (Affiliate Link Here)

David called in to share his thoughts on the concept of “Link Building.”

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Please call TODAY with your questions on our voicemail hotline at 859-795-4067. Or use your voice memo application on your iPhone to record feedback or questions. Simply email it to feedback@gspn.tv.

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Virtual Assistant Podcast
The Independent Virtual Assistant Perspective

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Up to this point, most of the content related to virtual assistants has been from the perspective of hiring a VA associated with a Virtual Assistant firm, like our sponsor, Contemporary VA. In this week's episode, I interview Diana Ennen to get the perspective of the Independent Virtual Assistant.

Diana Ennen is the President of Virtual Word Publishing where she specializes in PR and Marketing and VA and PR coaching. She's also the co-author of numerous books including Virtual Assistant – The Series: Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA as well as So You Want to be a Work-at-Home Mom: A Christian's Guide to Working at Home

Diana has been featured in numerous media including CNN Radio, Fox News, Forbes, Family Circle, Readers Digest, Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, USA Today, Woman's World, and more. One of her true passions is helping others start their own business and she remains extremely active online mentoring and providing expert advice on business start-ups. She is a wife and mother to three terrific kids and a very supportive husband.

Special thanks to Contemporary VA for sponsoring this podcast. This is the firm I, personally, use for my own business. I would not have had the time to produce this show without it making financial sense for me to do so. Their sponsorship has made this show possible. If you get a chance, thank them in any creative way you can think of. If you desire, this is the link to their contact page.

Please call TODAY with your questions on our voicemail hotline at 859-795-4067. Or use your voice memo application on your iPhone to record feedback or questions. Simply email it to feedback@gspn.tv.

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ODesk As An Outsourcing Option And For Providing Your Services

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This week, I'm delighted to bring yet another interview to provide a unique and refreshing perspective on the topic of delegating and outsourcing. Deborah Richmond, owner of TekkBuzz, is an internet marketing strategist and social media consultant. Her marketing experience in the corporate world combined with her knowledge and love of social media give Deborah an enthusiasm for the marketing power of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Deborah works with companies and entrepreneurs, helping to develop a social marketing plan that they can follow to pump up their profits.

Deborah has hired virtual assistants as well as worked on projects as a virtual assistant through Odesk.com. Her experiences as both an employer and contractor give her a unique perspective on the topic of outsourcing. I hope you enjoy this episode!

Thinking about checking out ODesk? Please consider clicking THIS AFFILIATE LINK TO ODESK.

Special thanks to Contemporary VA for sponsoring this podcast. This is the firm I, personally, use for my own business. I would not have had the time to produce this show without it making financial sense for me to do so. Their sponsorship has made this show possible. If you get a chance, thank them in any creative way you can think of. If you desire, this is the link to their contact page.

Please call TODAY with your questions on our voicemail hotline at 859-795-4067. Or use your voice memo application on your iPhone to record feedback or questions. Simply email it to feedback@gspn.tv.

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Try Until You Find The Right Virtual Assistant That Works For You

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Today I am joined by Jacqueline Sinfield who is an ADHD coach. Jacqueline is a registered nurse, qualified counselor and has a degree in psychology. Jacqueline was diagnosed with severe dyslexia when she was twenty-eight. Her struggles with dyslexia have aided in her work with clients who struggle with ADHD. Jacqueline’s book “Untapped Brilliance: How to Reach Your Full Potential as an Adult with ADHD” shares with readers how to reach their full potential as an adult with ADD or ADHD tendencies. You can find out more about Jacqueline by visiting her website UntappedBrilliance.com

Jacqueline shares with us her experience in finding the right virtual assistant. It took Jacqueline three attempts before she found the right VA for her. As the old saying goes “The third time is a charm!” Here are some of the topics we discussed:

* How long did you stick with your first VA?
* What was it that made you think the VA was not a good fit for you?
* Was it a personality conflict or a lack of skills required for the tasks?
* How did you go about asking for a different VA?
* How long did you stick with your 2nd VA?
* What was it that made you think the 2nd VA was not a good fit?
* How is it that you didn't give up?
* What convinced you to try a 3rd time?
* What would you say to someone who tries 3 times and strikes out all three times?
* How are things with your current VA?
* What do you like most about what they do for you?
* What advice would you give someone who is looking for a VA in regards to setting proper expectations up front?
* Do you think there would have been anything you could have done or said to avoid wasting time up front, working with VAs that were not a fit for you?
* Just Do It.

Special thanks to Contemporary VA for sponsoring this podcast. This is the firm I, personally, use for my own business. I would not have had the time to produce this show without it making financial sense for me to do so. Their sponsorship has made this show possible. If you get a chance, thank them in any creative way you can think of. If you desire, this is the link to their contact page.

Please call TODAY with your questions on our voicemail hotline at 859-795-4067. Or use your voice memo application on your iPhone to record feedback or questions. Simply email it to feedback@gspn.tv.

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Should I Hire A Virtual Assistant To Blog For My Business?

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In this episode, I interview Holly Kile from Contemporary VA to investigate how she has helped business owners by creating a blog for their businesses. In the discussion, we discuss whether or not you should disclose whether or not someone else is blogging on your behalf. There are many valuable benefits that blogging offers small businesses. I hope that you find some insights and inspiration by listening.

Special thanks to Contemporary VA for sponsoring this podcast. This is the firm I, personally, use for my own business. I would not have had the time to produce this show without it making financial sense for me to do so. Their sponsorship has made this show possible. If you get a chance, thank them in any creative way you can think of. If you desire, this is the link to their contact page.

Please call TODAY with your questions on our voicemail hotline at 859-795-4067. Or use your voice memo application on your iPhone to record feedback or questions. Simply email it to feedback@gspn.tv.

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What Does It Take To Become A VA?

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We have received in and answered a great deal of questions about what a virtual assistant is and how they can can help you to be more effective, efficient, and profitable in your business. Please continue to call us at 859-795-4067 with your questions, comments, and testimonials for future episodes.

Today, we answer a question that has come up a good deal and it is “What does it take for someone to become a VA?” What are the skills and educational requirements of becoming a VA? What about benefits like health insurance? How long would it take to be able to book a full-time schedule of VA work? We cover all these questions and more in this episode of the Virtual Assistant Podcast.

Today's featured guest is Heather Villa. Heather is the founder of CVA (Contemporary Virtual Assistance). CVA is also the generous sponsor of the Virtual Assistant Podcast. While this show is an entirely independently produced production of PodcastAnswerMan.com and gspn.tv, I could not pull off this weekly show without both their financial support as well as the resources provided to me in helping find the answers to all your questions!

Special thanks to Contemporary VA for sponsoring this podcast. This is the firm I, personally, use for my own business. I would not have had the time to produce this show without it making financial sense for me to do so. Their sponsorship has made this show possible. If you get a chance, thank them in any creative way you can think of. If you desire, this is the link to their contact page.

Please call TODAY with your questions on our voicemail hotline at 859-795-4067. Or use your voice memo application on your iPhone to record feedback or questions. Simply email it to feedback@gspn.tv.

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Turning Customer Service Over To Your VA

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In this episode, I have the privilege of talking with Aaron Dragushan. Aaron is an entrepreneur that creates web applications who has successfully delegated all his customer service work to a virtual assistant.

Links Mentioned In This Episode:

* Freedback.com
* ask500people.com
* freedomvoice.com
*RingCentral.com
*Inteliphone.com
*Grasshopper.com
*Google.com/voice
*Google.com/a
*HighRiseHQ.com
*http://twitter.com/dragushan

Special thanks to Contemporary VA for sponsoring this podcast. This is the firm I, personally, use for my own business. I would not have had the time to produce this show without it making financial sense for me to do so. Their sponsorship has made this show possible. If you get a chance, thank them in any creative way you can think of. If you desire, this is the link to their contact page.

Please call TODAY with your questions on our voicemail hotline at 859-795-4067. Or use your voice memo application on your iPhone to record feedback or questions. Simply email it to feedback@gspn.tv.

Know someone else who needs to hire a VA? Send them an note with a link to http://VirtualAssistantPodcast.com.

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