Listen. We get it. Life gets inexcusably busy. Adulting is hard and free time – what’s that? – is as elusive as that dastardly Elf on a Shelf that you can never find from last year.
In case you blinked and missed some of our best blogs this year – or just blinked and missed most of 2018 like we did – we’ve rounded up our top five best virtual assistant blogs of 2018 for your reading pleasure. (Or should you need an escape over the holidays from a well-intentioned Aunt Mabel who won’t stop asking when you’ll ‘settle down.’)
“These days, we count over 400 Virtual Assistants among BELAY’s ranks. Some work part-time hours while others carry a fuller load. On average, a BELAY Virtual Assistant may serve up to 3 clients, while many tend to 1-2 clients at a time.
“Becoming a Virtual Assistant with BELAY is no easy feat. It’s a bit more competitive than just filling out an online application and getting an offer the following week. With nearly 3,500 people applying for a BELAY Virtual Assistant spot each quarter in 2017, we take our job seriously about who makes the cut. In fact, only 1-2% of applicants are offered a contract making it harder to become a contractor with BELAY than getting into an Ivy League school. (It’s true!)”
Read more about how to become a VA with BELAY here.
“When you and your colleagues share one roof, it’s infinitely easier to create an atmosphere of trust and camaraderie. There’s just something about spending 40 (plus) hours with the same people day in and day out to help bring everyone closer together.
“But what can you do when some – or all – of you work virtually and rarely – or never – see your coworkers IRL?
“You just have to think outside the box a little to find a different approach to team building – and BONUS! Virtual team building doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive.
“Sure, there are the tried-and-true virtual team-building ideas, like stressing the importance of communication and having regular face-to-face video conferencing. But those day-to-day approaches teeter on, well, humdrum and ordinary.
“And you’re not ordinary, and neither is your team, right? RIGHT.
“So we scoured the world wide web for some super unique ways to build team rapport and relationships, even if miles or even oceans separate you from your work fam.”
Read more about remote team-building activities here.
“Before becoming a BELAY Virtual Assistant, Kristen Iaffaldano covered a lot of ground in her career — both literally and figuratively. She began her professional journey working as a communications manager for a mid-sized Christian publisher in South Carolina. There, she helped bring the organization into the digital age, by planning, coordinating, and implementing their very first electronic communications program.
“She developed the program on a variety of fronts, including email outreach, internal messaging, and web content. She even established the voice and branding for each of the organization’s four different imprints, and helped launch their social media presence.
“And if that sounds like a lot for one plate, Kristen disagrees. At the same time, she was also writing for a handful of websites as an independent contractor.
“It was then that Kristen first got a taste of independent remote work; and she immediately saw its appeal. So, when she heard about BELAY (then eaHelp), she was eager to apply. Her unique experience made Kristen a perfect fit, and five years ago she became one of our very first VAs to serve for-profit organizations.”
Read more about a day in Kristen’s life here.
“These days, 60 percent of companies offer their workers options to telecommute. That’s according to a 2016 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey. And by that same year, more than 40 percent of employees spent at least some of their time working remotely.
“Clearly, telecommuting is reaching critical mass.
“But if that’s not enough to convince employers and managers that incorporating offsite workers in their organization is no longer an experiment, how about this? By Gallup’s estimates, more than one-third of all employees would quit their jobs and take their skills elsewhere if the new position allowed them to work from where they want at least part of the time.
“The onsite vs. offsite debate brings unique considerations when it comes to one role in particular – the administrative or executive assistant. Why? Because the concept of hiring a remote assistant who works offsite – known in the industry as a virtual assistant – is still newfangled territory for some businesses.”
Read more about reasons to hire a remote executive assistant here.
“A quick Google search of ‘things to outsource to a virtual or personal assistant’ yields some very impressive – albeit overwhelmingly lengthy – lists.
“‘137 Tasks You Can Outsource To A Virtual Assistant’ and ‘98 Tasks You can Affordably Outsource to Virtual Assistant Services’ and ‘100 Tasks You Can Outsource to a Virtual Assistant’ and the lists go on … and on … and on.
“Because when you actually stop and think about all the things you do on a daily basis, all the things begin to add up – and quickly. So it’s no small wonder that any lists rattling off all the things a VA can do are seemingly endless.
“We’re all probably acutely aware of all of the administrative tasks we handle every day that can be outsourced to a virtual assistant – answering phones, replying to email, managing your calendar et al – but there are also so many other ways a BELAY VA can make your life easier. More organized. Better.”
Read more about the personal assistant services you can outsource to your BELAY VA here.
So, there you have it: Our own little BELAY elf delivered five perfectly packaged best-of-the-best blogs for your reading enjoyment.
We have so enjoyed serving each and every one of you in 2018 and look forward to serving many more in 2019!
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