Joined: 03 May 2006
|Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:07 pm Post subject: PR for SVA
|Continuing from the posts on the old board we have a great press release from Michelle of Executive Assistance:
Dump the PA - Hire a VA!
Is paperwork stopping you from growing your business? Do you wish you had a bit more time to spend on doing the things that got you excited in the first place? Building a business can turn into an exhausting treadmill if you aren't careful. The more business you do, the more administrative tasks you have; the more time you spend on administrative tasks, the less time you have to focus on generating new revenue.
Wouldn't it be great if you had an assistant that was always ready to work for you, but only when you need him or her?
Presenting the Virtual Assistant
Allow me to introduce the Virtual Assistant, a new breed of office manager that has evolved due to the eruption of more home-based businesses working over the internet. The virtual assistant provides practical solutions for small businesses and the perfect solution to manage administrative projects.
Because the virtual assistant is self-employed, invoices only by hours worked or tasks completed, and is dependent upon referrals and steady work flow from existing clients, s/he can be the perfect solution for a busy business. The success of their business depends very much on the success of your business.
A virtual assistant offers several advantages over a paid employee. When you hire a virtual assistant you get all the benefits of outsourcing - no employee tax and benefits issues, coupled with the loyalty and steadiness of a company employee.
Traditional staffing solutions don't work for everyone for a variety of reasons. Temps are a transient solution, and they can be expensive. If you need someone only a few hours a day or week, a temp can prove more costly in terms of training than s/he is worth.
Full time employees also come with a host of issues. Not only must you provide equipment and furniture for them, you also have financial obligations, and employer liabilities. It is estimated that the true cost of an employee is over double and sometimes triple the cost of their annual salary in terms of benefits and liabilities.
Virtual Assistants are already computer trained, and can quite happily manage your personal or your business life. Your virtual assistant can write your letters; create your presentations; manage your books, your email, your calls and your appointments; organise your meetings, your travel and book your hotels; create your spreadsheets and help you grow your business. You can train your virtual assistant to go beyond administrative support to client development and marketing support. The service that can be provided by a virtual assistant is limited only by imagination.
So how do you find a VA?
You would be surprised how quickly this industry is growing. If the job/project you have in mind does not require physical proximity, then you have the whole world open to you.
To help you find the right Virtual Assistant for your needs, the Society of Virtual Assistants (www.societyofvirtualassistants.co.uk ) manages a database of its members and their skills. Whether itís a one off piece of data entry you need or you want someone to manage your office then make the SVA your first port of call.
If you are an existing Virtual Assistant and are looking for a home then the Society of Virtual Assistants (SVA) would love to hear from you. Having started as a Scottish based organisation, www.scottishvirtualassistants.co.uk , the organisation has now expanded to include all UK assistants.
Imagine running your business through the Internet using high powered talent from all over the world. You save time, money, and effort. Virtual Assistants broaden the possibilities for your business in ways that are just not possible in traditional modes of doing business.
The SVA offers:
* A database searchable by skill-set
* Full contact details of all Virtual Assistants
* All Virtual Assistants listed in the directory adhere to a strict code of conduct so you can be assured that your Virtual Assistant will perform to the highest standards.
For Virtual Assistants:
The SVA offers:
* Member resources
* Free website listing
* Help with starting a Virtual Assistant business
* Online networking forum
* Advice, tips and help for new & established Virtual Assistants
For further information please visit www.societyofvirtualassistants.co.uk or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by www.executiveassistance.co.uk
And we have some new business cards being printed up with one side with information for clients and the reverse will have information for virtual assistants. (I'll post the proofs here before we go to print).
If you would like some of these business cards to hand out to people, or to give to other VAs who approach you, or to give out via organisations in your area like Business Gateway, Chambers, other professional organisations etc please let me know and I'll post some out to you.
If you'd like to volunteer to try and get this press release used and a bit of PR for the Society then please feel free to download it and use it. Or if you prefer please email me on: email@example.com and we can send you the word document and supporting logos etc.
Any other ideas to get the new name out there?????