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Virtual Assistants and Virtual Offices Save in Overhead

    • 11 posts
    October 28, 2008 8:32 AM EDT
    As a business coach, one of the first things I tell my clients is keep your overhead down. Working from home and using contractors instead of employees will help bootstrap your business in a way that works.

    I also recommend that my clients don`t bootstrap themselves to the point that their functionality is impaired. Case in point, the use of virtual assistants and virtual offices. When you have a new business, chances are you will need some type of actual live receptionist to assist you with things like appointment scheduling, SEO work, returning calls, generating thank yous, etc. And, if you are officing out of your home, chances are good that you do not want your business meetings to be held at your breakfast table.

    Outsourcing assistants and office space is beyond a trend now. It is becoming the standard. And with the services being so affordable, it seems like a no-brainer to add them to your budget...saving the cost of an employee and office.

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    • 5 posts
    December 30, 2012 4:35 AM EST

    I completely agree. If there arent enough hours then prioritise your workload accordingly. This is where I outsource a lot of my non priority stuff

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    • 32 posts
    October 30, 2008 5:49 AM EDT
    As a business owner, I have always tried to follow this advise as much as possible:
     
    Work ON the business and not IN the business.

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    • 57 posts
    November 6, 2008 4:41 AM EST
    I`m too small right now to need those services -- I`m certain that there are others in the same boat.  But what I`ve done is setup a virtual phone office -- it seems like we`ve got a location when you call as there are extensions (and you can setup departments which is great if you`ve got a mobile sales staff) and it directs the calls to another number.  So a caller selects the person they want to call, and then the call gets forwarded to my cell phone, or my partner`s home phone.  If we don`t pick up, or choose not to take the call, they leave a message on our system.  It`s fabulous. Not to mention very cheap (as it saves on phone bills).  I use gotvmail (http://gotvmail.com/rae?r=8776199489  -- that`s a promotional number that gets you free setup).

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    • 3 posts
    July 28, 2013 8:43 PM EDT

     

    Couldn`t agree more, love this approach. You can pay 150 bucks a month for an outsourced secretary (which I do) which might cost a little less than a full time employee. Not to mention benefits, insurance, 401k, and all that.

     For reasonable and reliable service you can go through http://www.randomchatus.com.

    • 18 posts
    October 11, 2012 5:38 PM EDT

    I had bad experiences with home-based Virtual Assistants before. They usually gave me lousy last-minute output so I decided to look for a company that provides office-based skillful VAs that are being monitored, assuring entrepreneurs like me that my VAs are being productive and are working full-time. A friend referred www.hireinthephilippines.com to me and I'm currently working with one of their VAs. So far, I am happy with their work.

    I hope this information could help those who have VA problems.