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VA Tips: Taking Days Off? How?

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All work and no play could also make any Virtual Assistant tired and unproductive. Of course when we say play, it means taking at least a few days vacation just like any ordinary employee would do especially when the going gets tough at work. Being a VA is also stressful like any 8-hour job, perhaps even more stressful because of the complexity of the job per se. But the question is, “Is it possible to take days off especially when you work with clients overseas and most probably than not have different holiday schedules like yours?”

Of course it is possible! All a VA has to do is to abide to these following rules in order for him/her not to sabotage his/her client’s business once the vacation materialized:

1. Advance notification- if you have worked before in a corporate world, you are probably aware of this. Telling your client in advance that you will be off from work for a couple of days would give him time to prepare. He/she can even hire a temporary substitute for you if your position cannot be vacant. For Virtual Assistants, a week notification would do and if you have been an effective employee, your boss would probably approve your request for a vacation.

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2. Do all tasks in advance- once your client gave you the go signal to go on a vacation, be responsible and finish all your pending tasks. While you are away, your client may or may not hire a substitute for you to do your job therefore it is better to do it in advance. You can do task that is due for next or couple of weeks in order to ease your client from the burden of not having his/her VA around.

3. Keep your mobile with you all the time- mobile phones are a necessity to every VA and even when you are on a vacation, make sure you have it with you. It’s either your client might give you an emergency call or send an urgent email. Since mobile phones have Internet access nowadays, you can easily make a quick peek on your inbox for important and urgent messages. Your mobile phones would also serve as a medium for you and your client even when you are away as it makes communication still intact.

4. Keep your promise- when you name the date of your return to your client, make sure that you keep it. Remember, your client is waiting for you as well as his business. As said earlier, be responsible and be true to your word.

After your vacation, you surely are more energized and more psyched to work so make up with your client for the days that you are away. Be more productive once you resume working so you could be granted for another vacation when you feel the need to or as deem necessary.

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Benefits of Sharing Free E-book On Your VA Website

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Websites are created both for personal or business purposes and most often than not, each websites want to be on top of the list when it comes to Page Ranking and over all performances. There are lots of ways where you can make your VA website reach the highest level when it comes to search engines but the most effective and proven is when you create free e-book/s on your website.

Benefits of sharing free e-book on your VA website:

1. Becoming more expert

If you spend time creating and sharing e-book/s for your website, your readers and new visitors would think and know that you are an authority when you talk about your website’s niche or subject. When creating an e-book, you get to expand your knowledge about the topic hence giving an in depth information about Virtual Assistant and other related topics. It gives more value to the services you are offering to your VA website as well.

2. Attract Visitors

Sharing a free e-book will also open the gates for new visitors and will make your regular readers stay longer on your VA website and even share it to their friends through different social media. Good thing is, during the e-book download process, you can gather email newsletter subscribers and add them to your potential readers.

3. More visitors and readers to your VA website can lead you to more business opportunities. You can monetize your blog by accepting link and display ads or even sell products to your website. There are also affiliate programs that you could join once you have an established and known website. If you gain an enormous amount of generated traffic, you can also attract Direct Advertisers that is willing to pay you in exchange of their banners or logo placed anywhere on your site.

Just like blogs on VA websites, e-book/s are also important and a must have. Sharing knowledge and information about your site’s niche is one thing that your readers would surely appreciate—especially when they are free and are easy to share.

 

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Rise of the Warriors – The Chaos Invasion, Free MMORPG Game Available for iOS Gamers

Rise of the Warrior brings a chaotic perpetual world where players massively combat against thousands of others to the iPhone and iPod Touch gamers. This mobile multi player online role-playing game offers a strategic fight system that renews the traditional text-based game.

The Monkey Twins Studio Inc., Canada based independent mobile application developer just released Rise of The Warriors, massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) for iPhone and iPod touch this summer. Wrapped with addictive storyline, The Monkey Twin Studio promised that Rise of The Warriors (RotW) will bring magnetic game-play where players can hardly put their devices aside.

According to Daniel Tremblay, the Creative Director behind The Monkey Twins Studio Inc., “Rise of The Warriors is a game that changes the way in which text-based MMORPGs are played by adding interaction during the fights. We strongly believe that way can be more convenient for players as it means no more tap the button and get the result. IPhone and iPod touch gamers can also expect simplicity yet challenging unique game-play they may have never seen on other MMORPG games.”

Rise of The Warriors offers an extraordinary experience of the realm where players must go through the deep of the chaotic invasion, train themselves on the training zone and combat other players in deadly duel. Players are led to accomplish mission by mission while fighting all bloodlust foes from goblins to orcs, ogres to dark elves along their path. The primary objective for players is to rise amongst the warriors and become the last warrior standing.

 Core Features:

  • Duel other players LIVE
  • Original touch-feel in each fight by using the skills.
  • Eight different dueling styles with specific skills: War Dancer, Pit Fighter, Ranger, Soldier, Monk, Berserker, Thug and Marine.
  • Three different avatars to customize characters
  • Five Noble Houses to join: Northwood, Blackrose, Dragor, Helrohann and Tremblay.
  • Build and upgrade the Camp, which consists of: Headquarter, Armory, Training court, Stable, Dock, Alchemy Lab and Shrine.
  • Browse over a huge map for missions, training, challenges and bonus.
  • Perform numerous heroic missions in a fantastic storyline.
  • Unlock rare weapons, armor, potions and blessings.
  • Challenge fantastic creatures in the Monster Pit and get more rewards.
  • Fight for a FREE bonus everyday.
  • Easily find and duel Game Center friends.
  • Tag other warriors to find them quickly.
  • Send messages to other warriors.
  • Gorgeous graphics
  • Medieval music and sounds
  • Real time updates.

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Rise of the Warrior Website

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Rise of the Warriors is available for FREE download on the Apple Application Store worldwide. An updated version with more improvements and advanced features will soon follow the first version.

About The Monkey Twins Studio Inc.

The Monkey Twins Studio Inc. is an independent mobile application developer based in Quebec, Canada that focuses on building creative and strong character mobile applications.

For press and interview inquiry related with this release, please contact:

rieni@themonkeytwins.com

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Virtual Receptionist – Are You Ready for the Trend?

virtual receptionistAnswering calls while you manage your business can be time consuming and could drain your energy. Traditionally, hiring a receptionist to answer all your customers’ inquiries on the phone and taking some personal calls for you could be the best thing to do. And as we become more accustomed to digital and virtual technologies, Virtual Receptionists were introduced to the market and is now on the test run whether it could be the latest trend.

Why not? People had accepted and embraced Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry today so why not Virtual Receptionists? Nevertheless, there is a difference between a Virtual Receptionist and a call center agent (as what we usually call people who works in BPO industries). A call center agent merely takes calls and answer queries while Virtual Receptionists, acts in the name of your company’s name and do more than taking calls and they are as follows:

* Most Virtual Receptionist works 24/7 for a company.

* They answer customers’ inquiries.

* They take messages and relay them to the person involve either through emails, SMS and other forms of communications.

* Virtual Receptionist can route calls for the other members of the company.

* They can make bookings and ticket scheduling.

These are just few tasks that a Virtual Receptionist can do for you. Small businesses and some professionals hire Virtual Assistants to take charge of their ringing phones while they perform their professional and personal duties such as:

1. Doctors and small clinics- patients call in, ask for appointments or ask to speak personally with the doctor. The Virtual Assistant can hold the call, seek permission if s/he can transfer the call, get back to the caller and route the call.

2. Lawyers- clients can call anytime. Virtual Assistants can be instructed to take names, reason for calling and information on how the lawyer can contact him/her. If the person wishes to talk directly to the lawyer, a warm transfer can be done as per the lawyer’s permission.

3. Architects and Engineers- normally these professionals work by projects. They can have their free time bonding with their family or friends while their Virtual Receptionist take calls from their clients and route them to their mobile phones or relay messages via e-mails or SMS.

Have you encountered a Virtual Receptionist before? How would you compare your experience of dealing with them over a face to face conversation with a real receptionist?

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Can We Trust VA Confidential Data?

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Trust is imperative in every employer-Virtual Assistant relationship. There are certain precautions on the part of the employer that needs to be considered before hiring a Virtual Assistant. Just like in the corporate world where pre-employment requirements are demanded, VA’s should be obliged too to provide necessary documents to further verify their identities. The purpose is the same—to ensure that the employee is competent for the job and most of all can be trusted.

Nevertheless, employers should be very keen in choosing their Virtual Assistant. Sure, these workers cannot steal any office supplies or any tangible items from you but what at risks are your business’ confidential information and data. It is normal for VA’s to be given access to company’s website, passwords, Social Media accounts and others which are important because this is where his/her tasks would start. The following parameters would greatly help any employers in looking for VA’s that can be trusted:

1. Provide a non-disclosure agreement for your VA

Your company’s information need to be intact and should not be in the hands of unauthorized person. An agreement that he/she would not disclose any data to other people should be signed and sealed. Passwords, access to Social Media Accounts and other log in information should be on his/her tasks’ execution only and not be used for personal interest.

2. Verify his/her identity

You may be working remotely with your VA but it is just right to know who you are dealing with especially when your company or business is at stake. Ask for identification like ID cards, passport and other document that could verify his/her identity.

3. Ask for credentials and other proof of competency

Do not just settle for his/her CV. Whatever written in there should be backed up by certificates, recommendations and other proof that s/he is capable of doing the tasks of a VA.

4. Perform a background check

Employers can ask for people s/he had worked before. Find out if s/he had a good working relationship from previous employers. From here, you would know if you can fully trust your hired VA.

Find a VA that can make you sleep soundly at night knowing that your business is in safe hands.

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What Can A VA Do To Manage Your Online Shop?

virtual-assistant-online-shopDon’t you just love shopping? Because I do! And I can sense from here that you too is answering a resounding yes at the back of your mind. No matter how tight you are on your budget, shopping always find its way to be on your to-do list whether it’s shopping goods for your home, stuff for yourself or toys for your kids. Actually, one of the reasons why people get deprived of buying products is time (money is secondary) and this is why e-commerce stores or online shops in layman’s term were invented.

The industry of online shops is obviously booming especially with people from all around the world as their market. Because of the wide reach of customers, more and more online shops are created and promoted everyday through different social media. However, people who venture into this kind of business often fail because of the wrong impression that online shops are easier to handle than stores that are made from bricks and mortar.

Stores we see around the blocks, where people could just come in and go to look and buy your products is far different from online shops. In an online shop, you need to drive people INTO your store and engage them in buying your products. You can be an experienced entrepreneur and handling a retail business could be easy for you but bringing it online? That could be stressful.

But instead of learning all the process and give away your precious time, why not hire a Virtual Assistant? In this day and age, VA’s are the fairy god mothers of most online shops because they could do things for your shop that you couldn’t possibly imagine. They are experts in multi-tasking hence giving more justification on their salary rates.

Important tasks that a VA can do for your online shop:

1. Daily admin

Your VA can monitor 24/7 your online shop even without your supervision. No matter what time a customer would feel like shopping or inquiring for your products, your VA would be there to assist them. You can be updated from time to time about the activities happening in your online shop like how many customers come in, how many items were sold and other pertinent info about your business.

2. Order processing management

Most VA’s are knowledgeable about the latest order processing system suited for online shops which are probably new for you. Online carts, online invoices and other virtually converted tasks can be executed by your VA.

3. Social Media Management

VA’s can bring your business at the topmost list by engaging in different social media. This is actually one of their basic tasks. Sure you know how to create accounts but they are skilled to bring it to the highest level, driving more people and customers into your online store.

4. Online Marketing

VA can sell your products with their own advertising and promotion techniques. They can create promos and online contests to market your products. For your business to be virtually visible, creating blogs and writing articles related your products is advisable and the best part is– most VA’s are writers too.

Get your business up and running with the help of a Virtual Assistant. Hire one now!

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