We have an appointment with the pediatrician Thursday at 9 a.m. I need to let his teachers know he’ll be late for school. Or do I tell the front office? Did I submit that proposal to our New York office? Darn. I forgot to switch the clothes from the washer to the dryer. Did I call our managing partner back? I’m traveling for work in two days – what do I need to pack? That reminds me I need to pick up our dry cleaning. Did I rent a car yet? Shoot. That reminds me I never submitted my expense report from my last work trip. That also reminds me – I should place a grocery order before I leave. Should I pre-make dinner before I leave, too? I wonder if my mother-in-law can step in to help with the kids’ music lessons while I’m out of town. I need to ask tomorrow. UGH. I have to start writing that manuscript. Can’t keep putting it off. I have to bring homemade cookies for the bake sale tomorrow. Oops – did the homeroom parent mention that anyone has allergies? It’s trash day tomorrow. It’s Devan’s anniversary Tuesday. Must get a card. A gift, maybe. Did I pay that bill? I should call to confirm. What time is the soccer game this weekend – am I the snack parent this week? Gosh. Any allergies? I can never remember. I should schedule a meeting with our CPA ahead of tax season before she books up. Don’t we have a birthday party this weekend – what are 10-year-old girls into? Need to find out. Marcie’s been under the weather – I need to remember to call her tomorrow to check-in.
What time is it, anyway?
Go to sleep. Stop thinking. Worrying. Just … stop. And go to sleep. If you fall asleep now, you’ll get almost four-and-half hours of sleep. Well, now it’s four hours of sleep. You can survive on that. Just go to sleep right now. Three hours is enough, too, I guess …
Where are you coming up short?
Is your inbox completely out of control? Does your ‘to-do’ list feel neverending? When did you last have time to dream big dreams?
Do you monitor your markets, watch what competitors are doing and saying, and collect feedback from current clients?
How many business opportunities do you miss because of your chaos? Are you the lid on your company’s growth?
You shouldn’t have to do everything. And now you don’t have to.
Let’s get really real here: As a busy leader, it’s probably been too long since you were fully present. You know how we know? Because we’ve been there. Life has a sneaky way of getting in the way of our best intentions: bringing big ideas to life, growing our business, establishing healthy boundaries, self-care, putting family first. We know what we’re supposed to do – but often, we just can’t quite figure out how to do it all. But as with any struggle or obstacle in life, the first step is admitting you have a problem: You may not have everything under control.
You know who can help you get everything ‘under control?’ A BELAY Assistant. And our contractor acceptance rate is lower than Harvard’s – 4.5 percent for anyone wondering – with our contractor acceptance rate at 3.93 percent. That means more than 96 percent of our applicants don’t make the grade. But those that do? Oh, they’re special. We’re talking creme-de-la-creme, knock-your-socks-off special – and they’re ready and waiting to help you reclaim the most valuable asset in business: more time to focus on what matters most.
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From ‘I’m Fine’ To Actually Fine With A Social Media Manager
This is the third and final installment in a three-part blog series based around the pervasive lie women tell themselves: 'I'm fine.' You know – the thing we often say when we're drowning and refusing to ask for help? Yeah, that one. For context, consider this. A group of women was asked, “What gets in the way of you asking…
From ‘I’m Fine’ To Actually Fine With A Bookkeeper
Here is how BELAY COO & CFO Lisa Zeeveld would argue her case to a woman denying her need for a bookkeeper – and how they can help her actually be fine.
The Truth Behind the Response, ‘I’m fine.’
We all say it; sometimes we mean it and sometimes we don’t. Today we will explore why it’s a popular response, why society views it as an acceptable answer, how we and the members of our team can have more honest, vulnerable relationships, and what we can do when we’re not fine.
From ‘I’m Fine’ To Actually Fine With A Virtual Assistant
Here is how BELAY CEO Tricia Sciortino would argue her case to a woman denying her need for a VA – and how her VA has helped her actually be fine.
You’re Not ‘Fine.’ Save Your Sanity With A Social Media Manager.
Are you a female executive stuck in the weeds with social media? Learn how a top female executive used a Social Media Manager to take her to the top of her game.
You’re Not ‘Fine.’ Save Your Sanity With A Bookkeeper
We know you’re a superwoman, but let us show you how to level down your stress – and level up your game – with a Bookkeeper today.
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We get it. Handing over the decision on who will work with you is a tough one. But what we also know after helping people just like you is that you don’t have time to devote to screening and setting up interviews. We have a proven system to match you to someone equipped to handle everything you need to accomplish.
Of course! We want your Virtual Assistant to be an engaged member of your team!
No, we only offer a full-service solution and flat-rate pricing.
No, you will have one dedicated Virtual Assistant that we match you with based on your needs, industry, personality and working style.
Your Client Success Consultant will be there to help. You’ll work together to find a new match and keep your downtime to a minimum. If there are any minor hiccups, we will address them and find a solution.
That will be between you and your Virtual Assistant. If there are times you know are slower, then let your Virtual Assistant know that would be a good time for time off. Commit to over-communicate with each other so work can be done ahead of time and productivity doesn’t lapse.
No, our Virtual Assistants are available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Your Virtual Assistant can ebb and flow your hours throughout the month. We just shoot to come in at the contracted amount at the end of the month. If they go over, we simply bill the extra hours, but they do not roll over to the next month. We track and report on those during onboarding to make sure you are at a good amount of hours for the work needed.
It happens all the time! We know it’s a possibility that you’ll get to the place in your business where you want to expand your W-2 team, and we love nothing more than knowing we helped you find your first (or second or fifth) hire. Talk to your Client Success Consultant about the details.
A Virtual Assistant can handle your calendar, appointments, manage your email accounts, post social media, proof and edit documents, book travel arrangements, coordinate between clients and/or team members, research and coordinate almost anything you need!
It depends on how many hours you are contracted for. You can have specific times where your phone can be forwarded to your assistant. If your Virtual Assistant isn’t able to answer at that moment, they can return calls and triage those messages. If you need a full-time receptionist, we recommend Ruby Receptionist – we use them and love them.
Yes, they are there to support your communication with your team and clients.
You know your product best! They can relieve other admin and support tasks that will allow you added time for those calls.