STOP! Collaborate & Listen!How to work collaboratively with other Virtual Assistants
Who We Are Carol Mikel Rebecca Thompson· A virtual assistant since 2006 · Facebook & Stuff (its what I do)· General admin /social media · Social Media Specialist· Passion for business · Certified HootSuite LOVER· Constantly learning new skills · Believer in Pay Forwarding· Live a little SW of Houston · Lives in a suburb of Houston
DefinitionsAccording to Wikipedia:Competition:A contest between individuals, groups, animals, etc. for territory, aniche, or a location of resources. It arises whenever at least twoparties strive for a goal which cannot be shared.Collaboration:Working together to achieve a goal. It is a recursive process wheretwo or more people or organizations work together to realizeshared goals, (this is more than the intersection of common goalsseen in co-operative ventures, but a deep, collective, determinationto reach an identical objective).
Why We Decided On ThisVAs dont know how to truly collaborate VAs dont really TRUST other VAsPeople ask us all the time "how do you..." Today we will tell you "How"
Ways to Collaborate Same Niche Different NicheA potential client wants a local Sub-contract to another VA youVA and you are not trustYours and clients personality Not your specialtydont mix Referral BonusesYour skills are not asspecialized as what a client Work with someone at a lowerneeds rate to learn a new skill under their watchBreak a huge project intosmaller bits
Why CollaborateBuilds trust between the term "Colleagues"More support for the ClientMore income for BOTH people involvedGain new skills
How To CollaborateCommunication is KEYShared Google DocsProject space for joint projectsSkype meetingsFace to Face meetings (if local)Be respectful of the other persons thoughts and ideas
What To Look ForYou need to find a VA who fits your quirkinessLook at how they workTalk to them and see if there is a connectionBe Yourself and EXPECT the same of themDo they respect your thought process and understand itSimilar tastes and still bring in their own style too
Where to meet other VAsLocal Places Networking Events Meetup GroupsOnline Places Forums Organization WebsitesJust like anyone else, VAs can be found EVERYWHERE
QuestionsEven though we dont have all the answers,we would love to answer questions for you. Collaborative Effort on behalf of Rebecca Thompson and Carol Mikel STOP! Collaborate & Listen!