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The Smart Business Owner's Guide to Virtual Assistance - How to Find, Hire, and Work with a Professional Virtual Assistant [Kindle Edition]

Tess Strand
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Smart Business Owner's Guide to Virtual Assistance lays out the professional expectations for both small business owners and virtual assistants in a 48 page eBook that will also teach you:
- Why a VA is not an employee (and how this benefits you!)
- The best places to find a virtual assistant online.
- How to maximize your RFP (Request for Proposal) submissions so you get the best responses from the best VAs for your project – every time.
- The ten most important questions to ask when first speaking with a prospective VA.
- Tips on the fine art of delegating so that you and your VA get the most out of your working relationship.
- The vast differences between a professional virtual assistant and an offshore VA call center.
- AND – you’ll also get a list of 50+ tools that will make working virtually a snap!

eBook Chapters include:
What is a Professional Virtual Assistant?
Where to Find a Professional Virtual Assistant
How to Submit an RFP that Gets Results
10 Questions to Ask a Prospective Virtual Assistant
How to Delegate to a Virtual Assistant
Do You Want it Done, or Do You Want it Done RIGHT?
PLUS we’ve included a hand-picked list of online resources: 50+ Tools for Business Owners Who Work with Virtual Assistants

This introduction to the world of virtual assistance will leave you better equipped to find, select, hire, and effectively work with a professional virtual assistant for the growth of your business.

Product Details

  • File Size: 274 KB
  • Print Length: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Virtual Assistantville (April 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #522,715 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By TSmith
Format:Kindle Edition
As a professional virtual assistant, I understand the client's perspective of deciding, researching, and finally, working with a VA. It can be an overwhelming task and transition. 'The Smart Business Owner's Guide to Virtual Assistance...' is an informative and smart guideline to help eliminate any anxiety. It explains the definition and true value of a virtual assistant, how to find and delegate to one; amongst other helpful information. It also provides over 50 tools to help the business owner succeed in working with a VA. I recommend this eBook to any business owner that is considering partnering with a virtual assistant. It will definitely help you make an educated decision.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful guide May 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I was at first going to say it was bare-bones, but that's not fair. There is nothing but meat in this e-book. No gristle and no fat. No bones about it. (sorry, I couldn't resist). I really appreciated the author's directness and giving usable advice as well as warnings/gotchas. I'm a freelance consultant, and often need to throw things over the wall and just get them done. I see now why things didn't work out so well for me. I probably made every mistake in this book. The good news is that now I do know how and what to do, and I'm looking forward to trying it again successfully. This book also gives suggestions of places for finding a virtual assistant. I thought it was a smart investment and am recommending it to other consultants who need reliable people to handle additional tasks but who don't want to hire employees.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great getting started guide April 17, 2012
By Sandy
Format:Kindle Edition
The Smart Business Owner's Guide to Virtual Assistance is exactly what it sounds like. If you're a business owner considering working with a virtual assistant this booklet can provide you with tips on finding a virtual assistant and a primer on the experience of working with a virtual assistant. Professional expectations for both small business owners and virtual assistants are clear and easy to read. The most valuable piece of this book is the 50+ Tools for Business Owners Who Work With Virtual Assistants; the list includes comprehensive descriptions/differentiations. I found it very helpful when shopping around for everything from social media managing platforms to file sharing services.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Strand's book, The Smart Business Owner's Guide to Virtual Assistance, fills a gaping void for DIY, small business owners. She's generous with tips regarding selecting the right VA for the job, her resources are excellent, and every page is chock-full of useful information. I've referred back to this book over and over again; it's practical and well-worth owning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Comprehensive, well organized, and very useful information! Everything I needed to make decisions about how I could use a VA to save time and grow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for VAs and Business Owners July 1, 2012
By Wendy
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Great Book. I think this book will put people at ease the first time they work with a Virtual Assistant. I can see how it would also be useful for the VA to read and see life from the other perspective. Both sides will benefit from reading as it quickly moves you through the various stages of the Virtual Assistant/Business owner relationship.
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More About the Author

Virtual Assistant Forums was created in 2007 as I discovered the virtual assistant profession for the first time and went in search of a friendly, encouraging community with REAL information (no work at home scams, get rich quick schemes, or $4/hr 'data entry jobs' allowed! Did you know that the average professional, skilled VA charges at least $35/hr?). I was looking for a place where I could network and collaborate with like-minded people and learn more about being a successful VA. Finding the need of such a site, I created, curated, and continue to develop Virtual Assistant Forums. As my own virtual assistance business has grown and flourished over the years, so has this amazing community of fellow VAs.

The site, although small at the beginning, served it's purpose immediately and quickly grew into what it is today: an active, welcoming, diverse, and dynamic community of success-seekers, thinkers, and small business owners from all over the world.

I continue to grow and develop VAF (as well as other useful virtual assistant industry resources) because there is nothing more gratifying than helping other people access the information, resources, support, and encouragement they need to start and run a successful home-based virtual assistant business.

I'm a business owner and entrepreneur, yes - but most importantly I'm the mama of a really cool five year old daughter.

Tess Strand
Founder, Virtual Assistant Forums
[You can network with me and other VAs every day at the URL above!]

Founder, Virtual Assistantville


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