Entrepreneurship

How to Contract a Virtual Assistant

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Hiring a Virtual Assistant, what you need to do before you decide to hire/contract/work/invest on a VA for you and your business.

Question: Your business is growing, right? Great!

 

But do you have the tools, processes, and procedures in place to hire/contract people in order to continue that growth without overwhelming yourself?

 

Well, now’s a great time to take charge and see where you may need help, as well as what processes and procedures you need to put in place to get this process started!

Here are somethings to ponder...

So, if your thoughts are to grow your business (today or in the future), you have to understand that it’s going to require lots and lots of work, if you want this contracting/recruiting process to work!

 

Things you must consider before you decide to hire employees, or recruit freelancers because (trust me), they will either “make you or break you”…YES, I SAID IT!

 

Also, keep in mind that it’s your responsibility not only to hire/contract employees, freelancers, contractors, management, etc., but it’s also your responsibility to train, mentor, but more importantly to have processes and procedures in place, because otherwise instead of moving forward you will be taking steps back!

 

💡TIP 1: Don’t line people up without having the right procedures in place.

💡Tip 2: Really understand your Biz growth and what you need and where you want to go.

💡Tip 3: Set your processes in place; recruiting, HR, administration, etc.

 

 

  • Lining people up before having processes in place will ONLY create chaos, confusion and in the long run problems.
  • Many of use don’t have an HR degree, or experience and therefore we may not be good in the whole recruiting and training process and that is why creating these processes and procedures will come in handy. (I created my own internal processes and procedures and therefore have been tested and proven to work effectively for all business sectors)
  • So, if you decide and envision your business growing, it is very, very important to have these procedures in place for each department, each staff member, etc.

These are just some basics to ponder, but it requires more than just this…

 

I hope you find these growth strategies helpful when you decided to hire help. These three simple tips make such a huge difference when it comes to getting the right person for the job, trust me, I’ve been there!

 

For more guidance and specific tips for your situation, that’s where my coaching can be even more useful – so contact me today, let’s chat and see how we can work together and get your processes and procedures in place, so that you can #BOSSUPANDRISE and be that #CEOHUSTLER you’ve always dreamed of!

Daily Life

Happy International Women’s Day

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International Women’s Day was originally called International Working Women’s Day, which is celebrated every 8th of March of every year.  It commemorates the movement for women’s rights.  This is a global day whereas all women celebrate the:

Social, Economic, Cultural and Political Achievements of ALL WOMAN!

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This year we are asking all woman to #beboldforchange and on this day: “On International Women’s Day, let us all pledge to do everything we can to overcome entrenched prejudice, support engagement, and activism, and promote gender equality and women’s empowerment” – UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres

We, woman, are like superheroes! Many of us work from home, at home, or a corporate office and many of us our day NEVER end.  Especially those of us who have a husband and children.  When we are done working, we come home to work some more, i.e., cooking, cleaning, washing, bathing our kids, homework, etc… So, on this special day, I ask everyone to say #thankyoumom #thankyouwife #thankyousister #thankyoufriend for being who we are and going above and beyond to help those who need help, to help our children, our husbands, our friends!

We are: warrior-princess6

Entrepreneurship

Bilingual Virtual Assistant (VA)

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Did you know that using a virtual assistant can save you hours from your workweek?
However, before you contract a virtual assistant make sure that you have a clear idea of which tasks you would like to delegate and outsource.
My services are on a Contract / Freelance basis, but my work is 110% to par to those of an executive assistant, secretary, supervisor or manager.  So you can rest assured that, I WILL NOT take on a task that I am NOT able to successfully complete.
As you know there are hundreds of overseas virtual assistants, however, you will be High Demand for Interpreters and Translatorshappy to know that I am here local, in the U.SA.
So if you are a Small Business, Entrepreneur, or even a Fortune 500 business, I’m able to assist you with all your business needs!
As your virtual assistant, I will provide you with Top Notch services at all times!
I have over 25+ years of office experience and over 15+ years as a small business entrepreneur, so you can rest assure that you will be prompt, professional, experience services at all times!
My Virtual Services will assist you with;
  • Business Set up / Establecer su negocio
  • Business Support Services / Servicios de Apoyo e Administración
  • Answering Services / Contestar su llamadas (English / Spanish)
  • Online Research / Investigación en línea
  • Bookkeeping / Contabilidad e Administración
  • Database Entries / Las entradas de base de datos (computación)
  • Email Management / Gestión de correo electrónico
  • Scheduling / Programación
  • Recruiting / Reclutamiento
  • Customer Service / Servicio al Cliente
  • Sales / Ventas
  • Marketing / Mercadeo
  • Administrative Services / Servicios Administrativos
  • And more… / Y más
 

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Entrepreneurship

Overcome Language Barriers

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Professional Spanish<>English Interpreter

This is the age of globalization.

Yes!!!

Did you know that different countries around the world interact with each other to carry out different kinds of services and transactions?

However, the culture and language associated with each country are different. In order to carry out a smooth and fluent transaction in any field, it is very important to understand how to bridge the gap in order to facilitate accurate communication.

This is very essential because, without proper interaction and communication, nothing can be possible.  However, in today’s date, if you are planning to carry out any international business transaction, you should not be afraid of the new language because Faviola Valencia can ideally perform this job for you by providing Spanish and English Interpreting and Translation services Just 4 You!

With the help of proper interpretation, not only would you be able to carry out important business transactions by eliminating the fear of the foreign language, but at the same time, you can also be assured that by using my services it would also reduce the possibility of any form of miscommunication or misunderstanding.

You would be able to get the exact idea behind your client’s words, and this would also apply to your client. In addition to that, you can also be assured that apart from eradicating the language barriers, the cultural barriers would also be removed. Nothing can, in fact, be better than this.

The relationship between you and your international clients would absolutely be smooth and sweet. This, in turn, would further enhance the growth of your business. Whether you are related to the medical industry, or you are related to the insurance industry, in any case, you can be assured that Faviola Valencia will perform the main task of interpreting the language for you. This would definitely progress your work to a great extent. Moreover, you would also be able to carry out important negotiations in relation to your business.

There are many professional companies that offer the services of interpreters. Since the function and role played by Elite Services 4 You is of primary importance for the growth and development of your company, therefore, you must choose the interpreters very carefully. You must check out the necessary skills, expertise and the experience of the interpreters before hiring or contracting them.

Make sure that the interpreter you are choosing for your company can deliver the necessary interpretation services precisely and flawlessly. The only accurate interpretation would help in the proper development of your company.

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Entrepreneurship

New BRAND more SERVICES

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After working as a Corporation under Hispanic Services Interpreters in early 2000 and ONLY catering to the Hispanic Community I decided in 2005 to re-brand and change my name to International Language Interpreters, Inc dba IL Interpreters and expanding my services and offering over 100 languages worldwide.

Things were booming, jobs were created (hired 8+ full-time employees), trained and contracted hundreds and thousands of interpreters, everyone was working, things were GREAT, the business was great and then…!

S*** happens!

In 2006/2007 unbeknownst to me (not knowing) that the economy was on the verge of collapsing my business started to suffer!

There were budget cuts, not being paid by insurance companies, or general businesses, businesses closing, etc.  And, at the time, unfortunately, 90% of my business was with the State, County and Insurance Companies! I had made the mistake that I said I would NEVER make “put all my eggs in 1 basket”.

So, despite the decrease in payments and work I tried and tried to keep up float to make ends meet, to make things right, but just like many businesses I, unfortunately, was unable to continue because I wasn’t being paid, the business slowed down and I since I didn’t have investors, angel investors, and no longer had equity in my home things got to the point that we were literally “robbing Peter to pay Paul”; we had to lay off 8 Full-Time employees and; we could no longer pay our bills, my interpreters, my health started to diminish,  interpreters started to bash me, and to make matters worse, I was dealing with a bad pregnancy, my son in a body cast (due to femur fracture, my father slowly dying of Glioblastoma, almost losing my home, and to make it worse, I was still recovering from an auto accident and unfortunately I made the decision to shut down my business!

At the time I was sad, disappointed, hurt, I went through a bad depression, I was so miserable, in pain, just suffering so much due to all these horrible circumstances, but…I #nevergiveup

After a few years of major struggles and the closing of the Corporation and going through all the devastating events – years later the economy started to pick up and it started to get better!

Now, during this time frame, I didn’t stop #hustling I continued to do what I love; “Interpreting and Translation, Training, and Coaching” and was ready to #BossUpandRise

So for the last couple of years, I continued to provide services in both English<>Spanish.  I continued to receive calls from some of my loyal customers (and those that survived the crash) requesting services and for “other languages and services”, but I decided I would NOT provide these services any longer, so to avoid these calls and since I had made the decision to no longer offer services in “Other Languages” in 2014.

So, I decided to Re-Brand Myself, so that I could just reflect my own personal services in my own language.

So, here I am providing services to my customers and adding these additional services to make up for the “other languages”, I’ve decided to include the following services in English <>Spanish.

These services include but are NOT limited to:

  • Interpreting Services

  • Translation Services

  • Transcription Services

  • Over the Phone Interpreting Services

  • Virtual Administrative Bilingual Services

  • B2B Referral Marketing services

  • Referral Services for the Hispanic Community and Limited English Speakers

  • Training and Coaching for aspiring Interpreters and Entrepreneurs
  • Health and Beauty products through Herbalife #1 Healthy On the Go Meals…

I’ve also been working very hard to provide you with an easy to use website specific to your service needs “All In One”.

I’ve been working on my website for over 8 months and I’ve finally completed the site!

Please visit the links for information regarding my services and this wonderful industry, products, and services. I will continue to post articles, information relevant to Elite Services 4 You Products and Services and the language service industry.

Hope you enjoy my site and stay tuned for more information, news, and updates…Happy 2016!!!

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Entrepreneurship

Are you looking to start your own business

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Are you looking to start your own Interpreting or Translation or General business?

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First and foremost keep in mind that starting a business is NOT EASY, but it’s also NOT IMPOSSIBLE!  If you have the right mindset, ideas, planning in place – you can be very successful!

  1. Do you have an idea, concept, service or product that you want to sell?
  2. Have you done research and know what you need to put this idea to work?
  3. Have you taken into account all the ups/downs, cash flow problems that may arise with a business?  If not, it is important to be prepared for the ups and downs and especially the “cash flow” that can break your business!
  4. Do you have a; business plan, strategic plan, etc…in place?  If not, I will provide you with all the resources to make sure that you get all your licensing, permits, insurance, etc…in place!

Well, I Invite you to Check Out my Video and Learn More about Entrepreneurship and Starting a Business

Spanish Interpreting and Translation Services

Now, if your looking to Starting an Interpreting and Translation business then this is a whole new “ball game” it’s NOT EASY, but again it’s NOT IMPOSSIBLE!  

First and foremost you have to know the industry, you have to know if you are able and experienced to do both.  You have to find your nitch, your target market…It takes more than just knowing a “second language” to be a “Professional Interpreter / Translator”

Many interpreters and translators forget the important things about the business.  They forget that if you are a “Freelance Interpreter / Translator” based on the City, State, County that you live in, you are required to:

  • Invest in a business license
  • Obtain liability and errors and omissions insurance
  • Establish a contract/agreement for your services
  • Have a little sales and marketing experience in order to market your self
  • Some basic accounting experience in order to properly invoice and collect for your services
  • These are just a few key points that many “Freelancers” forget to obtain.

Follow my blog and learn more about the do’s and don’ts of this billion dollar industry, so that you don’t end up like “the other guy”…Not adhering to the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

CHECK OUT MY INTERPRETING VIDEO BELOW

Learn how to become a “Professional Language Interpreter / Translator”

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