Quote: Content Creation

Quote: Content Creation

“Content should ask people to do something and reward them for it.” – Lee Odden

 

“Make the prospect a more informed buyer with content.”Robert Simon

Content creation is one of my favorite tasks that business owners outsource to me. The ability to take their idea or brand and turn it into a creative piece of art in the form of words is fulfilling.

When you choose to outsource your content creation to a virtual assistant be sure to choose someone who will not just put words on paper. Or on a screen!!!

There is an art to content creation! Whether the content is used to inform, a call to action, to sell a product/ service, or to entertain. Allow the creativity to be to such a degree that it sparks interest in the reader.

For more information or assistance with creating content, feel free to comment or email me at themilitantvirtualassistant@gmail.com.

My Continued Service To You!

My Continued Service To You!

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.  – Mahatma Gandhi

 

Skills are either learned or are innate! A calling, if you will! As a pre- teen before I knew what a Fortune 500 company was I knew I wanted to wear a business suit and carry a briefcase. I knew that was not my calling! At that age, a child tends to migrate to what they see as being cool. They start to get their first inclinations of what they want to be when they grow up.

Then high school came along! Freshmen year introduced me to JROTC. Finally, I found my calling! By my sophomore year JROTC undoubtedly removed the briefcase and replaced it with a uniform and the need to serve my country. Once I graduated, I was off to begin my career in the United States Navy. My greatest accomplishment in life!

Finding My place in Service.

Once I finished my service in the Navy, my need to be of service did not end. Like I stated earlier, some skills are learned, and some are innate! I needed to figure out a way to efficiently serve others. The epiphany came in the form of a client comment. As a freelance writer and virtual administrative assistant, I worked with a few loyal customers who loved how I assisted them in running their businesses. One of my clients who referred to me as “The Fixer,” stated Chronicles Administrative Support Services was not an accurate depiction of me and the way I handled business. He elaborated on how he felt about my service. After interviewing other clients, I began my rebranding process.

The Birth of A New Call to Service.

After a week of brainstorming and reviewing the opinions of those I interviewed, The Militant Virtual Assistant finally was born. The Militant Virtual Assistant is a representation of how I service businesses. The foundation is Honor, Courage, and Commitment! To honorably service companies as if they were my own. The courage to go the extra mile and to be a support system for the entrepreneur and the commitment to efficiently help set goals and see them out to completion. The military pillars that are a part of my psyche, I now utilize to motivate entrepreneurs to live out their dreams of being a successful business owner.

Why Militant VA?

As an entrepreneur and business owner, I put myself in the position of my clientele. What do they need the most? It is not just a person to handle calls, check emails or keep them on schedule. Entrepreneurs need more hours in a day! They need to be in two places at once. I pride myself on the ability to keep longer than usual hours; my hours are flexible. I have clients who call or text me on weekends and late in the evening. I have had a realtor showing a house, while I negotiated another deal while texting numbers with them. I feel many Virtual Assistants (VAs) drop the ball by keeping bankers hours and unavailable on weekends. Entrepreneurs rarely take a day off! I am not just there to service the business. I learn the business to become an asset to the company which allows me to aid in its success efficiently.  When my client is successful, I am successful!

Initially, I thought nothing would be as satisfying as my military career. I can honestly say The Militant Virtual Assistant fills that void. I get to do what I love for a living which is not considered work but living out a dream.

 

 

Social Media Growth: It is an Organic Thing!

Social Media Growth: It is an Organic Thing!

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From little seeds grow mighty trees.

 

How many times have you logged into your social media accounts to find direct messages offering to sell followers? Too many! As a business owner are you ever tempted to take them up on what seems like a beneficial offer? To be honest, the thought has crossed my mind! Although, once I give thought to the real value of the investment the urge quickly dissipates. I recall all of the reasons why I prefer organic growth.

Organic does not just do the body good!

 When you mention ‘organic’ to people who are not in the marketing industry, they immediately think about a better way of eating. Well, just like there is a healthy way to eat. There is a healthy way to market on social media. Organic marketing is the use of online tools to engage and share relevant content with your target audience to increase the businesses following and promote growth. Organic marketing may sound like a mouth full, but it is the best way to grow your business. 

 Recently, I read an article where the author stated organic social media was dead. They thought paid social media as the way to go for marketing growth. I disagree with the claims that say naturally growing your social media following is less efficient. Good things come to those who patiently wait and persevere. As business owners, authors, bloggers or just ordinary people who like social media we all desire popularity for one reason or another. What are your goals? Attract customers, sell or promote your book, or grow your blog. It is best to Market to those who share your interest or has a need for what you have to offer. Consider the quality of contacts you want to draw.

Why go organic?

Who does not prefer quality over quantity? It is better to have 10,000 genuinely interested and engaged followers on your social media sites than 20,000 disengaged. Ask yourself, how many of the contacts you purchased are loyal to your cause?

  • Will they share your content?
  • Recommend your services?
  • Buy your products?

If these acquired contacts are not a benefit to your social media growth, then it is just meaningless numbers. A show of numbers is not the path to a field of dreams if those goals involve actual growth and accomplishment.

Organic marketing is not just about the figures. Build solid relationships by sharing and creating compelling content. The natural form of marketing will ensure the following:

  • Regularly engaged contacts.
  • Drive traffic to your social media sites.
  • Create leads and possible sales.

There is not a proven social media marketing strategy for community growth. Although, marketing organically increases your chances of success. Consistency, perseverance and patients are ingredients that will boost growth.

I challenge you to invest time in organic marketing before making the final decision to purchase followers. You will be surprised to see how much more beneficial organic marketing is for your social media growth.

 

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The Importance of Delegation for Business Success

The Importance of Delegation for Business Success

Delegation is the assignment of any responsibility or authority to another person to carry out specific activities. – Wikipedia

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 Are you a business owner who’s business growth has gone stagnate? Do you feel like; there is so much to do but not enough time in the day? Many entrepreneurs feel the same way. At this point, it is time to do things differently! Your success and the growth of your business depends on it. There is a way for you to overcome these obstacles!

Empower yourself through delegation.

 Most business owners are not comfortable seeking assistance with the daily operations of their business. They feel as if they are relinquishing power of the relevant company activities to another. In fact, delegation is empowering for the business owner who is knowledgeable in the concept of effective delegation of projects and responsibilities. The skills you need for proper delegation will take time and effort to develop. Increase the amount of work you complete on a daily basis and save money. Give someone the authority to assist with your business tasks and operations. There are a couple of skills you must acquire to accomplish these goals.

  • Trust- Believe in the person you appointed to complete company tasks.
  • Communication- Effective teaching and articulation of what is required.
  • Honesty- An open line of constructive conversation and critique by both parties.

These skills will take the time to develop. Communicate with your administrative assistant, be honest, inform them that this is your first time delegating tasks. A good assistant will work with you along the way.

The advantages of delegating work.

 Delegating work to subordinates or virtual assistants can be very advantageous. You deserve the peace of mind that accompanies the knowledge that someone has your best interests at heart. A trustworthy partner working for you that cares as much about the growth of your company as you do. Productivity is essential to business growth. It allows you to devote time to handling more important tasks. Wouldn’t it be great to have the ability to network with potential clients and other entrepreneurs? You will feel a sense of accomplishment after spending the day attending seminars, mixers, and tradeshows. Keep these advantages in mind when choosing someone to assist you.

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Overcome the Disadvantages of delegating.

I understand the apprehension you feel when it comes to assigning tasks to assistants or subordinates. Letting go of office duties you have completed on your own for so long. You are afraid to entrust the responsibility to someone new. When weighing the cons of the delegation process, a million thoughts of why you should not plays in your head.

  • Worried you do not have time to train an assistant efficiently?
  • Will the subordinate have a lackluster attitude towards the task?
  • Could they care as much about your business dealings as you do?

You want to ensure the person you hire will deliver the best results! You can overcome these and other barriers by keeping an open mind throughout your interview process. Choose someone with the skills you need and with whom you feel you can communicate effectively.

It is important that you stop allowing the fear of delegation to stunt the growth of your business. Delegating work to subordinates or a virtual worker will be the best decision you can make. If you need additional information regarding outsourcing read “What to Outsource When Starting Your Business.” Feel free to contact me for assistance and ‘like’ me on Facebook.

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The 5 Biggest Mistakes New Freelancers Make

The 5 Biggest Mistakes New Freelancers Make

An awesome post from a by a fellow freelancer Alexis Chateau.

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A lot of people think of freelancing as the low-risk alternative to getting a day job. Who doesn’t want to set their own hours, be their own boss, and blog in bed with a cup of coffee on the side? With no day job to tie us down, we can travel the world; and make money from our blog, while we sleep. Right?

But for most freelance workers around the world, that’s not the life we lead – okay, maybe some of it. But there’s a lot of hard work involved; and clients are often very much like employers, but without the health benefits and paid vacation time.

Thus, many workers realise too late that being an entrepreneur in any form, is not the walk in the park they thought it would be. Here are the five biggest mistakes that usually land them in trouble.

1. Failing to Ask for a Fair…

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Re- branding your company?

Re- branding your company?

“A brand is not so much about rational arguments but the way that the company resonates with people emotionally.  Marketing is about values!”  – Steve Jobs

How do your consumers feel about your company? Do they have an emotional connection with you and your business? The above quote by Steve Jobs is not only thought provoking and as a business owner I can relate to it as well. That is why I chose it!

Are customers noticing qualities in your company that does not line up with your brand? Maybe the growth of your business in not what you expected. Adverse business reflections would be a good reason to consider re-branding. “Re-branding is the act of changing the corporate image of a company or organization.” Keep in mind, changing the company brand is more in depth than just changing your logo.

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Re-branding? How will this affect my business?

 This is a question I had to mull over when deciding to re-brand. Most companies consider re-branding when they notice a decrease in sales; they lose their competitive edge, or when they feel the current brand is inconsistent with the direction in which the company is moving. Time to call a meeting. Before you jump into the deep end, think long and hard. Re-branding can breathe new life into a disintegrating business. Although, re-branding without a clear strategy can have an adverse effect. Weigh your options, be sure your company will benefit from the changes.

Out with the old, in with the new.

 Now that you have decided to make some changes to your brand there are a few questions you should ask yourself.

  • What are the intentions of my new identity?
  • What do you hope to spark in the mind of your consumers and competitors?
  • Are you authentically building value?

The last question is the most important. Only make changes that would help in the growth of the enterprise. After all, you are laying a new foundation. Authenticity and consistency are valuable traits for any business.

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Surviving the blunders of re-branding.

 Most CEO’s think of company’s like Airbnb, Accenture, and AOL, their re-branding strategy failed miserably. You are not them! Your fate will be different. Customers love honesty and transparency, answer their questions. Connect with your consumers and audience, communicate how the new brand will be better for everyone. Follow through on your promises.

Successful re-branding.

At the end of the day, your brand strategy is what is important. Be true to yourself, don’t be blinded by the current logo, new product image, or beefed-up website. Stay in tune with the businesses values, products, and services. You are an entrepreneur, and the success of your business is important to you. Always be true to yourself and your customers.

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