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It Takes A Village to Build & Run A Business Presented by Donna Caissie, the ExtraOrdinary VAA in Collaboration with Kathr...
The Dream Be the boss Do what- ever I want Work with whoever I want ExtraOrdinary Assistance   http:  www.extra-assist.com
Reality Phone  Calls Meetings Networking Biz  Develop. Taxes Legal Book-keeping Web Presence Social Media ExtraOrdinary As...
What’s a Solo Entrepreneur to Do? <ul><li>Work Harder </li></ul><ul><li>Work Longer </li></ul><ul><li>Do Only the Importan...
Why Outsource/Offshore <ul><li>You can’t do it all yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Outsourcing saves you time. </li></ul><ul><...
Outsourcing vs. Offshoring <ul><li>Offshoring is cheap – dirt cheap. </li></ul><ul><li>The quality of the work is reflecte...
Offshoring Example <ul><li>GMA asks 3 offshore firms to find a hotel room during a specific week, in a specific geographic...
Outsourcing vs. Offshoring <ul><li>Outsourcing = Quality Work. </li></ul><ul><li>Outsourcing within your own country means...
What to Outsource <ul><li>Anything that isn’t business planning or development. </li></ul><ul><li>Anything that doesn’t di...
Outsourcing Examples <ul><li>Bookkeeping/Accounting </li></ul><ul><li>Web Design & Maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing...
I Need 10 People?? <ul><li>Many of the activities on the previous slide can be combined.  Example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>B...
Power Outsource <ul><li>What would you do, if I told you that one person could handle 7 of the 10 activities previously me...
A Virtual Assistant (VA) Can: <ul><li>Web & Blog Design and Maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing & Social Media Impleme...
Where to Find A VA <ul><li>VA Industry Web Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Word of Mouth </li></ul><ul><li>Classified Ads </li></u...
What to Know About VAs <ul><li>VAs are not employees; they’re business owners – just like you. </li></ul><ul><li>VAs work ...
Summary <ul><li>It takes the work of many to build and run a business. </li></ul><ul><li>Outsourcing saves time, money and...
Bonus <ul><li>For a list of VA industry web sites, go to: </li></ul><ul><li>http://extra-assist.com/find-va/ </li></ul><ul...
Questions <ul><li>If you have a question about this presentation, VAs or ExtraOrdinary Assistance, feel free to contact me...
Presenter Bio <ul><li>Donna Caissie is known as the ExtraOrdinary VAA. </li></ul><ul><li>Donna has more than 25 years of a...
<ul><li>© This presentation is the work product of ExtraOrdinary Assistance.  </li></ul><ul><li>You may distribute these s...
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  1. 1. It Takes A Village to Build & Run A Business Presented by Donna Caissie, the ExtraOrdinary VAA in Collaboration with Kathryn Watson and Getting More Clients
  2. 2. The Dream Be the boss Do what- ever I want Work with whoever I want ExtraOrdinary Assistance http: www.extra-assist.com
  3. 3. Reality Phone Calls Meetings Networking Biz Develop. Taxes Legal Book-keeping Web Presence Social Media ExtraOrdinary Assistance http: www.extra-assist.com Marketing Client Work Mailing Collections Sales Purchasing Shipping Return Emails Billing
  4. 4. What’s a Solo Entrepreneur to Do? <ul><li>Work Harder </li></ul><ul><li>Work Longer </li></ul><ul><li>Do Only the Important Stuff </li></ul><ul><li>Hire Employees </li></ul><ul><li>Outsource/Offshore </li></ul>ExtraOrdinary Assistance http: www.extra-assist.com
  5. 5. Why Outsource/Offshore <ul><li>You can’t do it all yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Outsourcing saves you time. </li></ul><ul><li>Outsourcing saves you money. </li></ul><ul><li>Independent contractors don’t carry employee baggage. </li></ul><ul><li>Outsourcing = Expertise. </li></ul>ExtraOrdinary Assistance http: www.extra-assist.com
  6. 6. Outsourcing vs. Offshoring <ul><li>Offshoring is cheap – dirt cheap. </li></ul><ul><li>The quality of the work is reflected in the price. </li></ul><ul><li>Offshore workers require a great deal of supervision. </li></ul><ul><li>Offshore workers require a lot of do-overs. </li></ul><ul><li>Offshoring is problematic because of language and cultural barriers. </li></ul>ExtraOrdinary Assistance http: www.extra-assist.com
  7. 7. Offshoring Example <ul><li>GMA asks 3 offshore firms to find a hotel room during a specific week, in a specific geographic location. </li></ul><ul><li>None of the offshore firms asked for clarification. </li></ul><ul><li>One offshore firm gave GMA reporter a listing of hotels in the specified area. </li></ul><ul><li>Offshore firm did not bother to check if any of the hotels had rooms available during the specified week. </li></ul>ExtraOrdinary Assistance http: www.extra-assist.com
  8. 8. Outsourcing vs. Offshoring <ul><li>Outsourcing = Quality Work. </li></ul><ul><li>Outsourcing within your own country means no language barriers, no cultural misunderstandings. </li></ul><ul><li>Outsource workers need little supervision; they already know how to do the work. </li></ul>ExtraOrdinary Assistance http: www.extra-assist.com
  9. 9. What to Outsource <ul><li>Anything that isn’t business planning or development. </li></ul><ul><li>Anything that doesn’t directly contribute income to your business. </li></ul><ul><li>Anything that isn’t your core area of expertise. </li></ul>ExtraOrdinary Assistance http: www.extra-assist.com
  10. 10. Outsourcing Examples <ul><li>Bookkeeping/Accounting </li></ul><ul><li>Web Design & Maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing Implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Blog Design & Maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Product Fulfillment </li></ul><ul><li>Billing/Invoicing & Collections </li></ul><ul><li>Legal </li></ul><ul><li>Tax Preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Administrative/Secretarial </li></ul><ul><li>Social Media Implementation </li></ul>ExtraOrdinary Assistance http: www.extra-assist.com
  11. 11. I Need 10 People?? <ul><li>Many of the activities on the previous slide can be combined. Example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bookkeeping, Accounting &Taxes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web & Blog Design and Maintenance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Billing, Invoicing & Collections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing & Social Media Implementation </li></ul></ul>ExtraOrdinary Assistance http: www.extra-assist.com
  12. 12. Power Outsource <ul><li>What would you do, if I told you that one person could handle 7 of the 10 activities previously mentioned? </li></ul>ExtraOrdinary Assistance http: www.extra-assist.com
  13. 13. A Virtual Assistant (VA) Can: <ul><li>Web & Blog Design and Maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing & Social Media Implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Product Fulfillment </li></ul><ul><li>Billing, Invoicing & Collections </li></ul><ul><li>Purchasing </li></ul><ul><li>Calendar/Schedule Management </li></ul><ul><li>Communications Management </li></ul><ul><li>Much More </li></ul>ExtraOrdinary Assistance http: www.extra-assist.com
  14. 14. Where to Find A VA <ul><li>VA Industry Web Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Word of Mouth </li></ul><ul><li>Classified Ads </li></ul><ul><li>Referral of trusted associate or friend </li></ul><ul><li>Freelance Websites </li></ul>ExtraOrdinary Assistance http: www.extra-assist.com
  15. 15. What to Know About VAs <ul><li>VAs are not employees; they’re business owners – just like you. </li></ul><ul><li>VAs work in collaboration with you, not for you. </li></ul><ul><li>A professional VA has many years of office, administrative and secretarial experience. Many also have technical experience. </li></ul>ExtraOrdinary Assistance http: www.extra-assist.com
  16. 16. Summary <ul><li>It takes the work of many to build and run a business. </li></ul><ul><li>Outsourcing saves time, money and headaches. </li></ul><ul><li>Outsourcing is the village you need to build and operate your business. </li></ul>ExtraOrdinary Assistance http: www.extra-assist.com
  17. 17. Bonus <ul><li>For a list of VA industry web sites, go to: </li></ul><ul><li>http://extra-assist.com/find-va/ </li></ul><ul><li>For a FREE outsourcing needs analysis, go to: http://bit.ly/ezjzLo </li></ul>ExtraOrdinary Assistance http: www.extra-assist.com
  18. 18. Questions <ul><li>If you have a question about this presentation, VAs or ExtraOrdinary Assistance, feel free to contact me at [email_address] . </li></ul>ExtraOrdinary Assistance http: www.extra-assist.com
  19. 19. Presenter Bio <ul><li>Donna Caissie is known as the ExtraOrdinary VAA. </li></ul><ul><li>Donna has more than 25 years of administrative, secretarial and office management experience </li></ul><ul><li>Contact Donna at [email_address] . </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the ExtraOrdinary VA on LinkedIn & Facebook . </li></ul>ExtraOrdinary Assistance http: www.extra-assist.com
  20. 20. <ul><li>© This presentation is the work product of ExtraOrdinary Assistance. </li></ul><ul><li>You may distribute these slides only if you leave them intact, make no changes and make no deletions. </li></ul><ul><li>All rights reserved. </li></ul>ExtraOrdinary Assistance http: www.extra-assist.com
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