4 Unexpected Social Media Platforms to Grow Your Brand Awareness

It’s no surprise that social media marketing is crucial to business growth in 2018. After all, we’re living in a digital world — one where there are 2.62 billion social media users worldwide, according to Statista. Coupled with reports that show 93 percent of marketers place a high value on social media as a business growth tool and more than … Continue Reading

7 Ways A Virtual Assistant Will Benefit Your Small Business

You’re probably already aware what a virtual assistant is. But just in case you’re not, in a nutshell a virtual assistant is someone who can provide you with business support, without costing you any additional overhead. For small business owners and entrepreneurs, working with a VA is a more cost-effective solution than employing someone in-house … Continue Reading

15 Blunt Truths About What It Means To Be A Virtual Assistant

Because you don’t need any formal qualifications to become a Virtual Assistant, there’s often confusion and misunderstanding in the VA Handbookers Facebook group around what being one entails, and it’s sometimes described as being an ‘easy side gig’, I thought I’d explain what it actually means to be a Virtual Assistant. What it means to be a (good) … Continue Reading

Why Charge More for Your Services

We’ve talked before about how to raise your business rates, and whilst daunting, it is something you should be doing year on year (until you realistically can’t raise them any further without a truly niche offering). But have you considered why you should charge more for your services? Yes, there’s the one or two obvious reasons – you haven’t had a decent … Continue Reading

5 Qualities Every Successful Administrative Assistant Needs

Successful businesses rely heavily on top-notch administrative professionals. A shrewd administrative assistant is the wizard behind the company curtain, the one who keeps the office running efficiently. In addition, skilled office professionals are constantly on the lookout for innovations to benefit the company. The best administrative professionals aren’t just supporting players. They add value in … Continue Reading

Now Hear This: 7 Ways to Boost Your Listening Skills

Listen up executive assistants and office professionals – in almost every aspect of your job, whether taking minutes, planning events, training staff or acting as your boss’s gatekeeper, listening skills are one of your most valuable assets. Many professionals forget about this crucial element of effective communication. But here are seven tips for mastering the … Continue Reading

5 Administrative Skills and Attributes Every Office Professional Should Have

An OfficeTeam and IAAP survey reveals some surprising truths about PA success… Administrative professionals are valued for their ability to wear many hats. Often their jobs require high-level responsibilities, ranging from planning large-scale events and representing senior managers to creating presentations and analyzing financial data. But what skills and attributes are must-haves for today’s support … Continue Reading

What Makes a Great Assistant? O. C. D

Anyone can be an Assistant, right? It’s not that easy, not everyone succeeds. It requires many things – patience, approachability & reliability to name a few. Aside from this though, there are 3 important traits a great Assistant needs to have: O for Organized: Let’s face it, you’re either organized or you’re not. It’s something every … Continue Reading

Virtual Assistant Skills – unique to the industry!

Virtual Assistant Skills:  “I’ve been a PA for 26 years – I don’t need told how to write a document” – except this aspiring virtual assistant most definitely did need told, because she had just completed our virtual assistant skills spelling test and had spectacularly failed it leaving in misspelt words, inconsistent formatting and hadn’t known … Continue Reading

Today’s Administrative Assistant Has Power

(Excerpt from Become an Inner Circle Assistant book, Joan Burge) For the first time in history, the administrative professional’s job description hints at the full engagement of cognitive powers. When the job description includes identifying goals for the coming year; meshing them with your executive’s goals and department and organization goals; being prepared to track progress at specific … Continue Reading

5 Tools to Help You Automate Your Work

One of the greatest advantages organizations achieves from automating various processes is saving time, among other resources. In the entire history of human development, the need to make work easier, faster and even cheaper comes naturally. This is what has led to various discoveries and developments of tools that automate work. Phenomenal examples include manufacturing, … Continue Reading

Leadership Skills for Executive Assistants

I have always said, “You do not need to be a manager or senior executive to be a leader. Every executive assistant and administrator can be a leader and should be a leader.” Leadership is often defined as a set of characteristics such as being ambitious, broad-minded, dependable, forward-looking, intelligent, mature, and honest. Kouzes and … Continue Reading

The Virtual Assistant: A Startup’s Secret Weapon

The biggest secret of highly productive people isn’t in any way ground breaking, but it is most often forgotten: They don’t try and do everything themselves. In theory, delegating work sounds like a fairly easy mantra, but in reality it’s a huge challenge for heads of startups and small businesses. For starters, it’s difficult relenting … Continue Reading

Hiring a Virtual Assistant Grew My Business, and Changed My Life

Let’s say you’re an ideas person. You have approximately 17 ideas a minute and aren’t famous for the, er, completion of your projects. You have what I have: creative chaos brain, which means you get easily overwhelmed and your ability to prioritize effectively basically disappears and everything starts to look important. When I launched Baby Got Booked … Continue Reading

3 Ways Virtual Workers Make Organizations More Effective

As the American workplace evolves, more and more companies are thinking of ways to increase productivity without reducing the caliber and engagement of their teams. Additionally, there is increased pressure on venture-backed startups to operate leaner until they can generate revenue. As a result, many companies are turning to virtual employees, found through sites like … Continue Reading

10 Things to Outsource to a Virtual Assistant

Using a virtual assistant can shave hours from your workweek, but knowing which tasks to delegate can be tricky, whether you’re starting or growing a business. Most virtual assistants are contract or freelance workers who do their jobs from home and focus on administrative tasks that are similar to those of an executive assistant or secretary. … Continue Reading