Are You Keen To Grow Your Business In 2019?

grow your businessWith Christmas now come to an end, you’re probably feeling that you’ve indulged a little too much, so making a New Year’s resolution list will of course make you feel much better. As well as setting personal goals, it’s just as important to set business goals for your business too, to enable you to take your business to the next level.

So, if you’re a brand new business just starting up, own a small business and need some support or a budding entrepreneur, then hiring a Virtual Assistant should most definitely be on your list of new year’s resolutions.

The overhead costs involved in hiring permanent staff, providing them with desk space and equipment to carry out the job, as well as tax, national insurance, employee benefits sickness, holiday pay and pensions are all excellent reasons why you should take the plunge into hiring a Virtual Assistant and it is by far a cost effective and flexible way of operating your business.

By hiring a Virtual Assistant or Virtual PA,you’ll reap the rewards of having a highly skilled and experience Executive PA, who only works for the hours you pay them and with ever increasing diaries and social lives, the Virtual Assistant is here to help you with not only your work life but your personal life too.  Also, we often specialise in other skills too, such as Marketing and Event Planning.  There’s not much a Virtual Assistant can’t do!

A Virtual Assistant can assist you with your day to day business tasks, manage your social media, marketing and planning those all important events.  We’re also happy to help with household chores, such as walking the dog, purchasing gifts for a loved one and collecting the dry cleaning.

It’s entirely up to you how you utilise your Virtual Assistant’s skills and don’t be afraid to ask them what they are capable of doing.  They may even suggest easier ways for you to work, by implementing different ICT systems, thus saving you time and of course money.

Virtual Assistants are keen to help small businesses to grow and stand out in the business world and to enable them to operate more efficiently, enhancing productivity, thus enabling them to free up time to look after current customers and most important of all gain new customers!

So, what are you waiting for – The Alternative PA would love to hear from you.

Call us on 07888 679118 or email thealternativepa@outlook.com to arrange an informal chat and discuss how we can support your business.

For more information visit www.thealternativepa.com and check out our testimonials page.

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Run a competition to boost your audience

A great marketing tool
Ever thought about running a competition to boost your business and audience reach?  A well thought out competition can be a great marketing tool to include as part of your overall marketing strategy. If it’s difficult to think of what you may want to offer as a prize, especially if you are a business who offers a service, then why not team up with a client or supplier you know, who may be happy to collaborate with you. Running a competition gives you PR coverage, increases your audience reach and enables individuals to engage with your business.

Why run a competition?
Competitions are a fantastic way of marketing your business to the big wide world. This can be done via social media, your website, e-shots, and working with the local press.  If you are a new business, it’s an excellent way of getting your product or service out there and testing the water so to speak!

The prize
The prize must be attractive to your potential audience and obviously the better the prize, the more likely people are to enter the competition. Make sure you let your audience know what the prize is and if you are teaming up with a third party, make sure they are tagged or included in the competition information, so they gain publicity too.

Drawing a winner
To make it fair, a great way of picking a winner is to use Random.org which uses an algorithm to select a random number/winner. People use Random.org for holding drawings, lotteries and sweepstakes.

Gain ‘liker’s and leads
Make sure if you’re running a competition on Facebook, that you adhere to Facebook’s competition rules. When you are posting your competition, make sure as part of the competition that you ask people to ‘like’ and ‘share’ your post as well as whatever you would like them to do as part of entering.  This will increase your number of ‘likes’ on Facebook. Look at running a competition as another way of gaining potential leads and you never know, you may well get an enquiry from your first competition.

Don’t drop off the radar

Best of luck!

 

10 things a Virtual Assistant can help you with in the Summer Holidays

With not long to go now until the Summer holidays, it’s an extremely busy time for everyone, especially for small business owners and entrepreneurs. There are passports and paperwork to get organised, last minute holiday purchases to be made, not to mention a whole stack of work that needs to be completed before you jet off to the sun!

There’s a stack of work to be done before you jet off to the sun

When you think about it, the lead up to your holiday can be one of the most stressful times of the year.  For many of us, it’s extremely difficult to leave work behind. But there is a way you can avoid the stress and last minute panic. A Virtual Assistant can step into your shoes and take care of your business, giving you the reassurance to know tasks will be dealt with and clients looked after in a professional way.

Let us step into your shoes…

Hire a Virtual Assistant!
A Virtual Assistant can help you with a wide variety of tasks, helping you to fully switch off and enjoy your holiday.  Leave your mobile phone behind and let us take care of your business for you whilst you spend time with your family and friends.

Here are 10 suggestions for tasks that you can delegate to your Virtual Assistant to make your life a little easier before, and during, your holiday:

1. Managing your diary
Lunches, dinners, important meetings, it can seem never ending!  We can keep track of all the invitations and enter them into your diary and set reminders so that you are aware of what you are doing and where you need to be!

2. Keeping on top of your emails
That feeling of dread when returning from your holiday to hundreds of emails in your inbox can be eliminated.  We can help with managing your emails for you, sifting out the important ones and responding to any urgent enquiries, saving you time when you return.

3. Managing your important business calls
Leave your mobile phone at home and let us manage your calls.  The last thing you want to be doing is answering a business call when you’re relaxing by the pool. We offer a professional service allowing you the time to relax and switch off.

4. Updating social media
We all look forward to shutting down our laptops and switching off from work for a couple of weeks when we’re on our holiday, however, we still need to be active on social media. We can schedule your social media content for you so that you don’t drop off the radar.

Don’t drop off the radar

5. Marketing
You’re exhibiting at an event later in the year and you require some marketing materials designed and printed.  Brief us with what your requirements are and we can arrange this all for you, ready for you when you return.

6. Newsletter
Got something to shout about? Provide us with a draft with your latest news, tips and offers and we can send out a summer themed newsletter to your mailing list for you. Now is a great time to send a newsletter wishing your clients a happy summer.

7. Chasing outstanding payments
Have a few outstanding payments due from earlier in the year? Now’s the time to chase them. We can send out a few polite, gentle reminders to tidy up your books, ready for your return.

8. Last minute travel arrangements
You’re off to spend 2 weeks in the sun but you still need to book your train tickets to the airport and book some important travel arrangements for a conference you are attending when you return. Let us take care of the arrangements for you.

9. Project management
You are working on an important project and you need to keep on top of progress, chasing suppliers, ensuring important deadlines don’t slip while you’re away.  Brief us before you go and we can happily manage this for you, ensuring milestones are met and completed.

10. Delegate!
These are just a few ways that we can support you and your business with. Give yourself permission to delegate, switch off, relax and enjoy that all important time with your family and friends.

Relax and enjoy!

For more information how we can work with you and support your business, please call 07888 679118 or email thealternativepa@outlook.com.

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“Working with Debbie as my PA is a delight. She has so many talents; she is very organised, capable, flexible and proactive. She performs a number of duties for me: full PA support, market research, designing marketing materials, social media and assisting with projects. She also helps me set and keep to milestones which move my businesses forward. I have every confidence in allowing her to be client- facing too. She has made a huge impact in making my business run more smoothly and she is such a pleasure to do business with.”
Judith Hogarth, Health and Well-being practitioner, Dendra

“In our business we often have unpredictable peaks in workload,  for example foreign delegations seeking to visit us with little notice. Thankfully, we are able to use to Debbie to plan, arrange and oversee their programmes and we are 100% confident things will be done correctly, efficiently and professionally”.
Matthew Anderson | Managing Director, TVET UK

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