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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Virtual Assistant Podcast
Interview With Jason VanOrden Part 02

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In this episode of the Virtual Assistant Podcast, I'm excited to have Jason VanOrden of InternetBusinessMastery.com join me to share some of his experiences with using virtual assistants in his own internet based business. This episode is part 2 of 2 of our conversation. As promised, this second half of the conversation with Jason really has some great insights on how we can break through barriers that hold us back in the pursuit of the work we love. I love Jason's response when I asked him what I should do when I get to the place where I'm accessible to everyone via email and they are turning to me for that personal one on one interaction? Listen and learn what Jason means when he says Automate, Streamline, and Outsource?

Some of my notes from this first portion of the conversation include:
* ZenDesk.com
* Pelotonics.com
* CentralDesktop.com
* Mastermind Groups

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 [email protected].

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

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Virtual Assistant Podcast
Interview With Jason VanOrden Part 01

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In this episode of the Virtual Assistant Podcast, I'm excited to have Jason VanOrden of InternetBusinessMastery.com join me to share some of his experience with using virtual assistants in his own internet based business. This episode is part 1 of 2 of our conversation. Learn what type of work Jason has delegated to virtual assistants and how he found that help.

Some of my notes from this first portion of the conversation include:
* Elance.com
* oDesk.com
* GetReplaceMyself.com
* BestJobs.ph

One thing is for certain. You definitely want to tune in next week for the conclusion of this conversation. During the second half of our call, the conversation got into some pretty deep topics that were very helpful to me as I am at a crossroads in my own business journey.

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 [email protected].

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

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What Do I Do With All This Free Time?

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In this episode, Cliff shares his thoughts on what you could do with all the free time you have after achieving great success in delegating tasks to your virtual assistant. Also, in this episode, Cliff shares several ideas on how you can involve your Virtual Assistant in services that are offered directly to your clients to bring additional value to what you offer. These articles were taken from the e-course titled “Delegate Effectively In 21 Days” which you can get for free, from our sponsor's website at ContemporaryVA.com.

Be sure to tune in to the next two episodes which will include interviews that will provide some valuable insights that you don't want to miss.

Here is the text from the articles that were shared in this episode:

What Do You Do With The Free Time After You Delegate Things To Your VA?
Having all this free time isn't a license to go play Guitar Hero for several hours each day. (Well, I suppose you could but then you wouldn't get a lot of value out of your delegation!) In general, I'd suggest that there are 3 good things you can do with your newly freed time.

1. You can use the time to enrich your life. This might include spending it with family or friends, taking some much-needed time for yourself (but go easy on Guitar Hero!) and maybe cross some of those things off of your list of to-do's that you keep meaning to get to (there's that closet in the hall that needs your attention, right?). For example, Amanda enjoys marketing her business through social networking but she knows she could spend all day doing it. So she delegates 2 hours of it each day and spends that new-found time with her family.

2. You can use the time to generate new revenue in current billing cycles. If you recapture 2 hours of time by passing off work to your assistant, you can fill those hours with additional billable time that you might not have had time to do before. For example, Sam delegates his invoicing to his assistant and uses that extra 2 hours a week for revenue-generation by taking on 2 new coaching clients for an hour coaching each.

3. You can use the time to build your business to improve its value and the opportunities for the future. This might include more marketing, more vision-casting, more positioning, more branding. In other words, it's not immediate revenue-generating effort (as in number 2, above) but rather it is work that is focused on the big picture of your business… which will have an impact on the long term revenue generation of your business! For example: Janice delegates a major portion of her customer service interaction, freeing up two and half hours each day. She uses that time to grow her business and lay a foundation for a stronger future.

The secret is: You need to do something more valuable with your time. When you do, you'll derive the most value from your relationship with your assistant.

It's all about the service
Growing your business rarely happens because you do the same thing today that you did yesterday. Rather, businesses grow because you offer better service, more services, and a higher rate. A combination of expertise, reputation, and value somehow conspire to bring in more customers at a better rate.

Delegation can help here.

Often, the thinking is that a business' administrative work is for their VA while the value added work (the services offered) will be performed by the business owner themselves. But it doesn't have to be that way. If you had employees, you wouldn't think twice about including them on value added work. It's no different with VA's. It just feels different because we have years of ingrained habits that say employees have more to offer.

So, if that's the case, what can a VA do to help you deliver expanded value-adding services to help your business grow?

Here are a few ideas for you:

• You can improve the odds of converting prospects to customers with a newsletter or ezine. Have your VA evaluate several autoresponder software choices and report back to you. Then, set up the newsletter and have your VA write, upload, and distribute the newsletter. You might even have them work directly with your webmaster to get the sign-up form installed onto your website.

• You can strengthen relationships with current customers by providing an “insiders only” newsletter that your customers receive. Include discounts, affiliate recommendations, and premium advice. Have your VA create the newsletter and send it out.

• Offer 24/7 telephone, email, or chat response service. You might want to cover your communication channels during the day, but you might want a VA to cover them when you're away. (Note: This might require multiple VA's).

• Add even more value. While you're working on a project, have your VA researching opportunities or risks related to your clients. Review the report and add your own recommendations, then submit a report to your client with the information.

• Offer additional services but, if appropriate, have your VA do the work. One example might be that of a freelance writer who writes an ebook for a client and has their VA write a handful of articles at the same time.

• If your VA is really dialed in to your business and the work you do for customers on a day to day basis, work with them to create a proposal template and have them spend a bit of time each month or each quarter recommending additional work you can do for the client

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 [email protected].

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

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No Task is Too Small

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In this episode, I share some recent tasks that I've given Andrea, my own personal VA, to do for me. These tasks include researching details on refinancing my home mortgage, handling the details of a back-ordered item for one of my customers, and following up with existing clients to generate more consulting calls for my weekly schedule.

Also in this episode, I have the honor of speaking with Holly Kile (@hjkile on Twitter) about her experiences of being a virtual assistant. I loved the inspiration that she gave me in the area of having my virtual assistant help me create e-books for my business.

Below are the articles that I read in this episode:

Low Value Work

The truth is, if you look at your to-do list, you'll probably spot several items that are important to your business but aren't critical to be done by you right now. Let's call this low-value work. (It still needs to get done and it's still important to your business, of course, but there are more important tasks to do).

In fact, in many cases, this low-value work is the work that business owners try to do in the evenings or weekends, saving the daytime to do the serious high-value work like talking to customers.

So, here's where the math comes in: If you divide the money you make by the number of hours you work, you'll get your approximate hourly rate.

Now, if you hire someone else at a lower cost than what you're “earning” per hour, you can give them that low value work.

Now here's where it gets exciting: With that recaptured time, you can focus on the higher value work and earn even more!

Here's an example: Let's say that you determine that you earn $45/hour and you work 35 hours a week. So you earn $1575 per week.

But you realize that you spend 5 of those hours doing low-value work like data entry, customer service, and administrative tasks.

So, in reality, you're working 30 hours on high value work (the revenue-generating stuff) and 5 hours on low value work (which rarely generates revenue).

If you hire an assistant for $20/hour and give them your 5 hours per week, you'll spend $100 to get that low value work done. Do you think that saving 5 hours per week is worth $100? Most entrepreneurs would agree when they do the math!

Stay with me here while we do even more math. (Trust me, you'll love this part).

Since you earn your $1575/week in only 30 hours of high value time (remember, the other 5 hours was low-value, non-revenue generating), your effective hourly rate is actually $52.50. ($1575/30).

If you spend those extra 5 hours doing more high value work instead of the low value work, you'll generate an additional $262.50 that week ($52.50 x 5)! So, you spend $100 to give someone else the administrative stuff and you focus on your business to earn even more.

You pay for them, you make more money, and there's a good chance that you're getting rid of the annoying tasks that you don't like doing anyway.

How Do I Determine What to Delegate?
3 Strikes Method

It works like this. For every task you have, simply ask yourself the three following questions and your answers will collectively determine whether you can delegate the work or not:

Question 1: Is it something that you don't personally have to do that someone else can do or be trained to do for you?

Question 2: Does the alternate person that could do it for you have an hourly wage less than your billable wage?

Question 3: Could you use that spare time on revenue generating activities or to increase your quality of life?

If the answer is “yes” to all three questions, it should be delegated.

If the answer is “yes” to two of the questions, it might be something that you want to think about delegating and revisit in awhile.

If the answer is “yes” to none of or only one of the questions, you might want to keep it for yourself.

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 [email protected].

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

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Everyone is Hiring a VA

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In this episode, we received calls from two more individuals who have hired a virtual assistant as a result of this podcast. Have you hired a Virtual Assistant or are you thinking about it? Call and let us know your story at 859-795-4067.

I shared a few quotes that I pulled out of the “Delegate Effectively In 21 Days” e-course that you can find over at ContemporaryVA.com.

“When you learn to delegate effectively, you'll find more time than you ever imagined you had! You'll pass off projects like a pro and you'll receive them back completed and exactly how you want them to be. Spend your newly “free” time growing your business, enjoying time with loved ones, or relaxing by the pool.”

“Delegating effectively sends the RIGHT work to the RIGHT person who has the RIGHT combination of skills and time to do the job. For example, as a business owner, you're the right person to be building your business. You're not the right person to be doing data entry.”

“Consider that no one is good at everything, so you can send work that you're not good at to someone who is good at it.”

I also share how I ran out of my allotted number of pre-paid hours in June and how I felt when I got the invoice charging me for the overage.

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 [email protected].

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

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Virtual Assistant Podcast
Tech Tools For Collaborating With Your VA Part 5

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In this episode, I shared some thoughts on what to do when you have a retainer with a virtual assistant and not enough work to fill their hours. Also in this episode, we hear from Carole has found great success in using VA's in her animal rescue business. We also got a call from Josh who said that as a result of listening to our podcast, his wife has now joined the ranks of Virtual Assistants.

The Tech Tools covered in this episode were HighRise CRM and HootSuite.com.

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 [email protected].

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

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Tech Tools For Collaboration Part 4

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In this episode, I take several calls from folks in the community who have successfully found virtual assistants who are helping to radically improve their businesses. It's important to note that these people are just like you and I. You can do this!

Technology Tools Mentioned In This Episode:
* Dropbox
* Quickbooks Online
* Jott

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 [email protected].

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

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Tech Tools To Help You Collaborate With Your VA Part 3

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In this episode, I give some thoughts on training your VA on workflows when it seems that it would just be easier to do the job yourself. I also answer a share my thoughts on ways that a Virtual Assistant would be helpful to a road warrior sales person.

Also in this episode, I continue my series on technology tools that help you collaborate with your virtual assistant.

Products Mentioned:
Google Voice
Outliner for the iPad
Screenflow
Camtasia

For those of you who are still in the process of trying to figure out what to delegate, I suggest taking a notebook and logging every single task that you do over the course of a few days. Then, review that list and highlight anything you believe that someone else could be trained to do for you.

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 [email protected].

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

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Tech Tools To Help You Collaborate With Your VA Part 2

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In this episode, I share some exciting events that happened in my business as the result of the hard work of my own Virtual Assistant. I also shared thoughts on three more tech tools that could help you in your collaboration with your virtual assistant. The tools I mentioned were GoToMeeting.com, LogMeIn.com, and Tungle.com. To wrap up the show, I share some really exciting feedback from listeners who are experiencing some amazing results in their business as the direct result of using a virtual assistant after being inspired by this podcast.

For those of you who are still in the process of trying to figure out what to delegate, I suggest taking a notebook and logging every single task that you do over the course of a few days. Then, review that list and highlight anything you believe that someone else could be trained to do for you.

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 [email protected].

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

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Tech Tools To Help You Collaborate With Your VA Part 1

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In this episode, I share some voice feedback from Jay Carter. He shared some thoughts on how having a virtual assistant could be beneficial to those who have been diagnosed with ADHD. He also had a though that becoming a virtual assistant could be a great choice for those who have disabilities that have stood in the way of them obtaining a traditional job.

The main focus of this episode has been for me to share tech tools that can be useful in collaborating with your virtual assistant. It appears that this will be a bit of a series of episodes on this topic as I have a lot of tech tools to discuss and how I use them with my own virtual assistant.

The tools I shared in this episode:
* Google Calendar
* Google Docs & Spreadsheets
* Google Mail / Gmail
* Google Apps For Businesses

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Also, in this episode, I share the failed attempt to use my virtual assistant to delegate a task that should have been pretty simple. However, I also share what happened and why I feel this attempt failed. I believe with this evaluation, I'd be able to approach a similar task in the future and would be able to effectively delegate this task to my virtual assistant.

For those of you who are still in the process of trying to figure out what to delegate, I suggest taking a notebook and logging every single task that you do over the course of a few days. Then, review that list and highlight anything you believe that someone else could be trained to do for you.

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 [email protected].

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

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How do I decide what to delegate to my VA?

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In this episode, I share with you that you may already have experience with what it might be like to hire a virtual assistant and not even know it. I answered a call from Lee who wanted to know how to go about finding a Virtual Assistant.

The focus of this episode is answering the question of how do I decide what to delegate to my virtual assistant?

The main points I shared are:
* Start with income generating activities first.
* Delegate the things that you like the least (or hate most)
* Delegate the things you simply are not good at doing!
* Delegate the activities that take up the most of your time.

For those of you who are still in the process of trying to figure out what to delegate, I suggest taking a notebook and logging every single task that you do over the course of a few days. Then, review that list and highlight anything you believe that someone else could be trained to do for you.

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 [email protected].

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

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Mike And Natalie From The Philippines

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I went back and forth on whether or not to release this episode for three reasons. First is due to the fact that it was only two weeks ago when I covered the topic of off shore virtual assistants in the Philippines. However, I do believe talking to the folks who actually work as a virtual assistant from the Philippines offers a completely different perspective on the matter.

The second reason is due to the audio quality of the connection that I had with Mike and Natalie. We were using a Skype conference call to put this call together. As you will hear, we had to deal with a pretty bad connection. I did my best to minimize the poor audio quality.

The final reason why I had second thoughts about releasing this episode was do to the fact that it clearly shows just how much of a naive American that I have been in my adult life. I hope that this episode will help others, with an American centric worldview, to have a broader perspective on other peoples and cultures in the world.

I hope that you find the information in this episode to be insightful and that you will be able to apply the information in your own pursuit of more effective delegation.

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 [email protected].

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

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Heather Villa From Contemporary VA

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In this fourth episode of the Virtual Assistant Podcast, I have the privilege of interviewing Heather Villa from Contemporary VA. As you know CVA is our sponsor for this podcast. Heather's desire was not for this to be a commercial for their services, even though they are the sponsor. However, I certainly wanted to have Heather share the options that are available from CVA as I really think that many people from the gspn.tv community would benefit from the same things I have benefited from by using the services they have to offer.

I hope that you find the information in this episode to be insightful and that you will be able to apply the information in your own pursuit of more effective delegation.

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 [email protected].

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

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Would A VA Be A Good Fit For A Pastor?

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In this third episode of the Virtual Assistant Podcast, I answer a question from Troy, in Kentucky, who wanted to know if he could hire a Virtual Assistant for a one off project rather than having a VA on a monthly retainer with a minimum number of hours like I have set up with Andrea, who is my virtual assistant.

Also, in this episode, I share an email that I had received from my friend, Joe, who is a Pastor. He asked two questions. First, as a pastor, would it be possible to hire a virtual assistant to help with project and team management in a ministry setting? If so, what are some things that he should consider? Joe's second question was about whether or not a virtual assistant could help in the life management aspects of being a pastor.

I hope that you find my answers to these questions insightful and that you will be able to apply the information here in your own pursuit of more effective delegation.

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 [email protected].

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

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A First Look At Hiring An Offshore VA

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In this episode, I take a call from Brent who asked about the advantages and disadvantages of hiring a Virtual Assistant from outside the United States. Since my own experience in hiring a Virtual Assistant is limited to hiring a domestic VA, I sought out a person to interview that could give me a greater understanding of some of the issues related to hiring a Virtual Assistant from outside the United States.

I will say that my interview with Gilbert Ballow, VP of Business Development for StaffVirtual.com, really helped give me a broader perspective on the topic at hand.

In this interview, the following topics are addressed:

* What is the difference between a Virtual Assistant and a Virtual Specialist?
* What is Labor Arbitrage and how does it apply to my business?
* The benefits of having a virtual assistant that works after normal business hours.
* The service based work ethic in other countries in contrast to that in the States.
* What about speaking good English?
* What about security of sensitive financial information and passwords?
* Does hiring an offshore VA hurt the US economy?
* What type of work can a virtual assistant who lives outside the US do for my business?
* What sort of pricing are we looking at when we consider an offshore VA?

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.

Call in 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 [email protected].

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

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Virtual Assistant Podcast
What Is A Virtual Assistant?

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Welcome to the first episode of the Virtual Assistant Podcast. My name is Cliff Ravenscraft and I'm a workaholic. I'm also a perfectionist and a total control freak. Put all of those traits together, on top of the fact that I launched my own business, just a few short years ago, and you'll quickly come to understand why I might be the perfect person to launch a podcast devoted to the industry of Virtual Assistants.

I am not an expert on this subject. I just hired my first virtual assistant in January of this year (2010). I believe that I still have many of the same questions as you might have about how to be effective and efficient in the use of hiring a Virtual Assistant. I am launching this podcast for me, as much as I am for you. I plan to share my own journey in using Virtual Assistant services.

My desire is that this podcast will help you become more productive and more profitable, in your business, through learning how to delegate more effectively.

This show is sponsored by Contemporary VA, the firm that I used to hire my own dedicated VA. In this first episode, I share a little of my own story and how I came to decide that I needed a virtual assistant to help me move forward in my own business. I also share an interview that I did with Andrea, my virtual assistant.

Listener Questions In This Episode:
How do you handle Passwords and Security when working with a VA?
How do you find a Virtual Assistant who doesn't need to be trained on everything?
How did I find Andrea, my VA?

Links Mentioned In This Episode:
http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/about
https://gspn.tv/passion
https://gspn.tv/passion2

Call in your questions on our voice mail hotline at 859-795-4067. Or use your voice memo application on your iPhone to record feedback or questions. Simply email it to [email protected].

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

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