Debra-Kaye Elliott

Helping You Manage Your Business


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Build Your Business

Build Your BusinessAlthough it’s now 2017, there are still many people who look down on others for launching their own businesses, believe it or not. Those from the traditional, old-school type of thinking believe that everyone must have a J-O-B (8am-4pm, 9am-5pm), instead of trying to improve themselves and become entrepreneurs. Then there are others who “encourage” people to start a business, then in the same breath tell them to get a job – instead of supporting their entrepreneurship journey. Family, friends and acquaintances always say “You started a business? That’s great! What are you doing?” But I bet when you respond and follow-up with “I’m doing some promotion and seeking new clients. Could you help me get the word out and keep me in your list of referrals?” you’re greeted with crickets. And I’ll bet you again that whether you offer a product or service, those same individuals need what you provide and want you to give them for free or a hefty discount. That’s right, forgetting that when they shop at the supermarket they can’t ask the cashier for discounts – they either take it or leave it. They forget or ignore the fact that you’re running a business.

The saying “Surround yourself with people who support you” rings true in every aspect of life, including business. Many who seem happy for you secretly fear your success. It’s up to you to decide what you want, focus on your goals, surround yourself with like-minded individuals and remove yourself from the naysayers.

How do you handle the obstacles that stand in the way of your business’ growth?

Share your thoughts and tips in the comments below.


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Outsourcing: 20 Tasks You Can Delegate to Virtual Service Professionals

Outsourcing: 20 Tasks You Can Delegate to Virtual Service ProfessionalsThe wave of entrepreneurship is ever-increasing, as more individuals would rather work for themselves than be corporately employed. The desire for more freedom, work-life balance, and the ability to share one’s “zone of genius” leads many to embark on the journey of entrepreneurship. This equals to a world of Do-It-Yourselfers – thinking they can do it all on their own. However, what really happens is forgotten meetings, overdue projects, stress and fatigue; to name a few. Many solopreneurs have a fear of delegating overwhelming tasks to a Virtual Service Professional (Virtual Assistant, Executive Assistant, Virtual Support Provider, Virtual Service Provider), although they’re struggling to manage the daily operations of their businesses. They know they need help, but refrain from hiring that help while everything crumbles around them.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Virtual Service Professionals partner with you to relieve you of time-consuming tasks and help your business run smoother. What can you outsource? Here are 20 activities that you can delegate today:

1. Calendar Management
2. Email Management
3. Research
4. Call Handling
5. Transcription
6. Proofreading/Editing
7. Travel Booking
8. Customer Service
9. Accounting/Bookkeeping
10. Database Management
11. Graphic Design
12. Social Media Management
13. Copywriting/Editing
14. Blog Management
15. Community Management
16. Website Building/Maintenance
17. Project Management
18. Email Marketing
19. Podcast Management
20. Webinar Management

With the consistent expansion of needs in every industry, the skills of Virtual Service Providers are rapidly growing to meet them. Review your business operations and identify non-income generating activities that can be taken off your hands. Task-delegation will enable you to focus on your clients and business growth.

How can a Virtual Service Provider help you in your business?

Share your thoughts and tips in the comments below.