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ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT MONDAY: What Virtual Assistants Do For Associations!

ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT MONDAY:  What Virtual Assistants Do For Associations!

Every Monday, we share with you information about managing non-profit associations.  In this week's "Association Management Monday," impact Virtual Services  explains what a virtual assistant (VA) or Virtual Executive Administrator can do for your non-profit association!

The truth is ALOT!  Oh-Daddy-Oh, here's the short list...

WAY OUT WEDNESDAY: Pimp Your Biz on Periscope!

In the 50s, the popular phrase, "Way Out" meant "innovative."  impact Virtual Services loves that era, the phrase and its meaning.  That is why every Wednesday, we devote our social media communication to innovative ideas through the "Way Out Wednesday" BLOG Series.

Association Management Monday: Impact Virtual Services KNOWS Associations

Each Monday, we commit our social media posts and blog to the non-profit associations we currently manage and those with which we will partner in the future!  This week in "Association Management Monday," we chat about how impact Virtual Services KNOWS associations!

FUN FACTS FRIDAY: O-Daddy O! Vintage/Tech Fusion for Impact Virtual Services

The workplace can be stressful.

IMPACT Virtual Services chooses to mix in some fun for a nice balance!

That is why we are introducing you to a new weekly series of fun, funky and sometimes freaky facts pertaining to IMPACT Virtual Services and the Virtual Assistant/Virtual Executive Administrator industry.

WAY OUT WEDENESDAY: Leveraging a Virtual Assistant for Your Business

In the 50s, the popular phrase, "Way Out" meant "innovative."  impact Virtual Services loves that era, the phrase and its meaning.  That is why every Wednesday, we devote our social media communication to innovative ideas through the "Way Out Wednesday" BLOG Series.

This week, how to leverage a virtual assistant or Virtual Executive Administrator (VEA) to build your small business is our focus!

TECH Tuesday: Make Your Business Tech-Savvy

Any business you start requires... technology.  We are dedicated each Tuesday at impact Virtual Servicesin our blog series, "Tech Tuesday" to share with you what's happening with technology and how trends may impact YOU!  So, this week we will cyber chat with you on how to make YOUR business Tech-savvy!

IMPACT VS TECH TUESDAY: 5 Best Technologies for Your Business!

Tech Tuesday

  Some say, the key to getting rich is... starting your own business.  Founder and CEO of impact Virtual Services did just that in 2006, "It's a risk.  It's a leap of faith," Fisher said.  "But if you set yourself up with the right tools for success, the possibilities are endless!"  Our friends at Lifehack.org agree.

Here is their top 5 Best Technologies list for your small business to increase profit and stay ahead of your competitors:

1. Augmented Reality Devices

2. Wireless Conference Rooms

3. The Internet of Things

4. Cloud Computing

5. Wearable Technology

 

Full Article

impact Virtual Services exclusively hires its Virtual Assistants/Virtual Executive Administrators from within the U.S.  Its global headquarters is located in Madison, Wisconsin.  CONTACT SALES TEAM to hire your new VEA!

FUN FACTS FRIDAY: To Tweet or Not to Tweet, Best Social Business Practices

Fun Facts (1) impact Virtual Services knows using Snapchat is fun and popular so, we’re taking a look at the social phenomenon in this “Fun Facts Friday” post!

According to BusinessInsider.com, daily use of the app is slightly edging out Twitter for the first time in social media history (as short or ever-changing as that is).  Ready for this?  Snapchat’s daily use tops off around 150 million snaps, compared with Twitter's 140 million daily tweets.

Thinking you should shift your business social media strategy to Snapchat?  Not so fast.  Twitter is still more attractive to advertisers because users are more engaged with content, with one-third of brands marketing on the platform at least once a month, compared to 4% on Snapchat.  That's also according to Business Insider.

We already knew this within impact Virtual Services’ Social Media Services division, but enjoy sharing with you for “Fun Facts Friday!”

impact Virtual Services exclusively hires its Virtual Assistants/Virtual Executive Administrators from within the U.S.  Its global headquarters is located in Madison, Wisconsin.  CONTACT SALES TEAM to hire your new VEA!

THINK FAST THURSDAY: IMPACT VIRTUAL SERVICES NOW HIRING!

Think Fast Thursday "THINK FAST!"  It's what they would say in the 50s when someone was about to throw something your way.  So.... THINK FAST!  impact Virtual Services is HIRING!  We are looking for the very best of the best to bring on as Virtual Executive Administrators with expertise in non-profit management, association management, support for small and medium-sized businesses, support for entrepreneurs and social media mavens!  Oh-Daddy-Oh, if you think you've got what it takes... CLICK HERE!

IMPACT VIRTUAL SERVICES: TECH TUESDAY & WHY SOCIAL MEDIA?

Tech Tuesday

impact Virtual Services offers social media services!  As part of our "Tech Tuesday" series, we are committed to sharing the latest industry trends with you as well as outlining how impact Virtual Services can help YOU!

Why Invest In Social Media?

GAIN CUSTOMERS

START SPEAKING THE LANGUAGE

  • 90% of people search for businesses online. We integrate your social media marketing to improve your search engine optimization, making it easy for your customers to find you.

TALK ABOUT COST EFFICIENT

  • Shop our competitors. We offer more experience at a better value! Most smaller companies struggle with the upkeep of their online presence which is why we provide a cost-effective solution or your needs.

75% OF BUSINESSES USE FACEBOOK and THERE ARE 347 MILLION USERS ON LINKEDIN

  • 3 out of 4 of your competitors are already utilizing social media communications. We will exceed your goals and expectations, creating a custom strategic plan to implement, report, and manage your social media tasks.

YOUR CUSTOMERS ARE ONLINE AND INTERACTING

  • Your customers are spending more time on the internet than ever before. Taking advantage of the promotional power of a social media strategy increases your customer interaction and creates top of mind awareness.
  • Twitter gets more than 400,000 new users every day. (Source: Twitter Business Basics)
  • LinkedIn has over 100 million members in over 200 countries and territories. (Source: Linked Press Center)
  • On YouTube, over 4 million people are sharing content to at least one social network. (Source:YouTube Press Center)
  • 50% of active users log on to Facebook in any given day. (Source: Facebook Statistics)

IMPACT VIRTUAL SERVICES: Way-Out Wednesdays!

Way Out Wednesday (1) IMPACT Virtual Services is re-vamping the way we do social media to better serve you with "Way-Out Wednesday"... every Wednesday on OUR BLOG!

In the 1950s, "Way-out" was an expression used when someone found a concept innovative.  We of course think IMPACT, the idea of Virtual Assistants or Virtual Executive Assistants is WAY OUT!  It's our business to make your business or non-profit association run more smoothly with on-demand and hourly assistance.

Founder and CEO Jodi Fisher loves the fusion of vintage 50s with her modern day technology.   You will see this peppered throughout our media!

Please follow us.  Share your thoughts.  Let's be social!  It is after all the "Way-out" means of modern communication!

 

 

IMPACT Virtual Services: Let's Get Social!

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impact Virtual Services is re-vamping its social media a bit to give you messages with PURPOSE!  We strive to help make your work life easier through the services and information we provide.  That is why each day of the week, you will find themed messages through our various social mediums to better serve you and guide you to the latest industry information.  Here is what you can expect:

Mondays

“Association Management Mondays” (dedicated to current and future IMPACT Virtual Services non-profit association management clients)

Tuesdays “Tech Tuesdays” (dedicated to social media, web services and emerging technologies useful to you)

Wednesdays

“Way Out Wednesdays” (dedicated to industry-relevant news for any business owner or association seeking Virtual Assistants or Virtual Executive Administrators)

Thursdays “IMPACT Job Jive” (dedicated to the most recent employment opportunities within the IMPACT Virtual Services team)

Friday “Fun Facts Friday” (this will take us wherever the mood takes us as we head into the weekend, but IMPACT Virtual Services assures you…. It will be FUN!)

impact Virtual Services was founded in 2006 to offer on-demand and hourly assistance to businesses and non-profit Associations.  It exclusively hires its Virtual Assistants/Virtual Executive Administrators from within the U.S.  The global headquarters is located in Madison, Wisconsin.  CONTACT SALES TEAM to hire your new VA/VEA!

 

IMPACT FUN FACTS FRIDAY: Daddy-O! Vintage/Mod Fusion!

Fun Facts Friday with The workplace can be stressful.

IMPACT Virtual Services chooses to mix in some fun for a nice balance!

That is why we are introducing you to a new weekly series of fun, funky and sometimes freaky facts pertaining to IMPACT Virtual Services and the Virtual Assistant/Virtual Executive Administrator industry.

IMPACT Virtual Services Founder & CEO Jodi Fisher loves, and we mean LOVES the style fusion of 50s vintage and modern technology.  You will see this "feel" splashed throughout our company brand!

So, Daddy-O (means of addressing a person such as "dude" or "lady"), we will check in with you next Friday for another IMPACT FUN FACT!

Have a great weekend!

IMPACT Virtual Services is HIRING the BEST of the BEST!

Now Hiring!

IMPACT Virtual Services is HIRING!

Now Hiring!

5 Reasons to Hire a Virtual Assistant!

The attempt to be a one-person-band when building a business is daunting to say the least.  Exhausting.  Frustrating.  Overwhelming.  We could go on, but you are likely nodding yes, Yes, YES if you are a new or growing business owner or non-profit association with BIG lists and little time.

This, is where the growing trend of hiring a “Virtual Assistant” or as Founder and CEO of IMPACT Virtual Services Jodi Fisher calls them, “Virtual Executive Administrators.”  Fancy right?  They really are!  Fisher says, “VAs, or VEAs are truly advantageous to have in your corner.”  These are individuals with skills and training which allow them to take on your workload and hit the keyboard typing or the phone… calling… or whatever task you need to hand off!

Here are the Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Virtual Assistant:

1.You Are Overwhelmed Handling Administrative Tasks

If you find yourself devoting most of your precious time on tedious admin tasks, rather than focusing on the bigger picture, it’s time to bring in a Virtual Assistant.  Boom!  Yes, it is that simple.

2.Save Money

Time is money and…. Money is money.  When you are paying a full-time employee salary + benefits, you are SPENDING money from your business or association coffures.  When you hire a Virtual Assistant or Virtual Executive Administrator, you do not pay taxes, rent for additional office space, nor any of the overhead associated with a larger on-site staff.  You SAVE money!

3.Only Pay for the Time Spent on Your Business Tasks

If you do not need a full-time employee nor can afford one, rather than hiring a temporary employee from a staffing company, it is better to go for an on demand Virtual assistant who you grow to trust the handling of tasks crucial to your business or association

4.You are Not a Jack of All Trades

Each item on that business-building “to-do” list  requires a specific set of skills in order to be completed well. YOU cannot do everything. However, a Virtual Assistant is backed by a team of experts who can… literally… do… anything!  Tasks such as social media marketing, SEO, website management, etc. are perfect time-consuming tasks for delegation to a virtual assistant with a specialized skill set.

5.It’s Cool.

It is indisputably cool to have an on-demand virtual assistant or Virtual Executive Administrator in your corner.  You can smile, rather than grimace as your business or association booms and you have that expert in your corner to just handle it.

IMPACT Virtual Services exclusively hires its Virtual Assistants/Virtual Executive Administrators from within the U.S.  Its global headquarters are located in Madison, Wisconsin.  CONTACT SALES TEAM to hire your new VEA!

 

 

Struggling to Make Deadlines? Don’t Hire, Outsource.

Most small businesses operate under the tried and true adage of “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” What happens when the amount of work to be done is starting to eat into your profitability? Outsourcing is a solution that can revitalize your business. Here are a few reasons a business owner should consider outsourcing:

  • You’re free to focus on the core day-to-day operations of your business. For many businesses, small and large alike, the primary motivation to outsource is that it shifts work from the owners, managers, and employees so they may spend their time on activities that directly generate income.
  • Potential to improve growth opportunities. Resource availability is a key component to the expansion of operations and increased profitability.
  • Increasing efficiency and effectiveness of your business. In most cases, outsourcing allows access to expert talent. Outsource service firms can offer innovative approaches, the latest technology, and creative, cutting-edge solutions previously unavailable to your business.
  • Pad your bottom line by cutting your expenses. A skilled contractor can generally perform work less expensively and more efficiently than a full-time employee can. Best of all the costs associated with hiring, training, and maintaining employees are eliminated, along with taxes and benefits.

Here is what you can outsource to increase profitability and improve efficiency all while maintaining the integrity and structure of your business.

  1. Administrative tasks. Everything from scheduling and travel arrangements to data entry and email management can be expertly managed by a virtual assistant. While these tasks are vital to the operation of the business, they are not core business activities.
  2. Lead generation and customer service. Making sales calls is a numbers game, the more contacts made the more potential for leads and sales. Once the initial outreach has been made, closing the sale can easily be handled by an internal sales team. A skilled salesperson is better utilized for closing sales and the management of clients, rather than cold calling. It can also be beneficial to outsource customer support rather than maintain a qualified support staff.
  3. Accounting and financial responsibilities. Accounting firms or individuals can help with many financial related tasks from bookkeeping to accounts payable and receivable. Outsourcing the processing of payroll can significantly reduce cost, not to mention the accompanying headaches.
  4. Marketing. Effective marketing of a business determines how the consumer perceives both the brand and company reputation. A marketing firm or contractor can offer valuable outside perspective that an internal staff cannot.
  5. IT operations. It is often extremely expensive to handle IT operations in-house. The average business has limited ability to manage all of the IT needs that are necessary to operate. IT is a maintenance and repair function, not a core business activity.
  6. Human Resources. Talent recruitment and human resource tasks can easily be managed by an outside agency. External agencies are often more skilled at advertising, screening applicants, and checking references. Using an HR or employment agency to manage employee benefits is also wise, these professionals stay up to date on all the latest employment laws and standards.

Typically the best way to locate high-quality prospects is through recommendations from your professional network. A referral from someone you know and trust is a much more reliable gauge of quality and is usually based on the level of skill and not simply the cheapest cost.

5 Tasks a VA Can Do To Help Your Business

Think of a Virtual Assistant (VA) like any assistant, but with lower costs, no overhead, and more capabilities.  Anything you could wish for an assistant to handle for you, a VA can handle too.  Here are some great items that you can easily hand off to a VA.

Think of a Virtual Assistant (VA) like any assistant, but with lower costs, no overhead, and more capabilities. Anything you could wish for an assistant to handle for you, a VA can handle too. Here are some great items that you can easily hand off to a VA.

  • Repetitive/Daily Tasks - We all have them. Each business and individual is different, but there are certain tasks each of you do every day for yourself and your business. Think about your day and write down tasks you find yourself doing day in and day out. These tasks are IDEAL for a VA to do for you. With a little direction, you could be saving a few hours each day and maximizing the time you have to work on other tasks.
  • Correspondence – All of us correspond with our clients/customers and potential clients/customers daily. Much of this correspondence is basic, template, and very repetitive. We also have many questions to ask our clients/customers each day. This correspondence takes time and can be a process. Both of these types of correspondence can be easily outsourced to a VA. Let the VA know what information you need, who you need to contact, and send them on their way. Some good examples of correspondence are:
    • Follow up on billing related issues
    • New project start questionnaires
    • New client information
    • Project or task related questions with clients
    • Calendar coordination and planning
    • Drafting and formatting letters and emails
    • And much more!
  • Website Maintenance & Monitoring – Do you have changes to your website pages? Want to post new content and/or images? Need to promote an upcoming event? If you can update your website, so can your VA. Giving your VA insight into your business and interests can help them craft content for you, investigate content areas your audience wants to hear, and ensure content is kept up to date, so you don’t have to! Do you have a contact form on your website? Your VA can monitor that too.
  • Social Media – It is hard to find time every day to send out tweets, update your Facebook page, respond to messages and discussion threads, accept or reject LinkedIn invitations, create and post blog articles, and generally interact with your clients/customers online. Keeping all the social media outlets up to date takes time. If this is something you don’t have, or you find yourself falling behind, having a VA control your social media can be key for you. Don’t lose the opportunity to connect, but instead trust someone to manage those connections and keep you informed with what is going on.
  • Finances/Billing – Often I hear people complaining that their receipts are in a pile waiting to be sorted, they need to file an expense report, or need to follow up on outstanding payments from customers/clients. These are simple tasks that a VA can do for you.

All of this doesn’t mean you may not be involved in these activities, but often it takes a few simple questions from your VA, some training on what you and your business are all about, and the desire to want assistance. In the end, you’ll save time and make more money by focusing on what you do best, and not focusing on the nominal day to day activities that bog you down.

Read more about the benefits of a Virtual Assistants.

...and how VAs can save you money!