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!

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4 Simple Tips to Help Entrepreneurs Get The Sleep They Need for Success

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4 Simple Tips to Help Entrepreneurs

Get The Sleep They Need for Success

Start Your Own Business

By fAVIOLA VALENCIA-ARANDA

Are you losing sleep due to your small business goals? Well, you could be derailing your efforts to reach those goals faster. Sleep is crucial for your health and wellness — and even your success. So, here is how you can help yourself get more of it.

 

Your Tech Could Be Keeping You Up

 

Being a successful small business owner often means being attached to your laptop and smartphone. But if you make a habit of bringing those devices into your bedroom, you could be disrupting your sleep quality.

 

The bright blue light emitted from cell phones, computers, tablets, and televisions prevents your brain from producing the melatonin needed to fall asleep soundly and stay there for enough time.

 

Getting those devices out of your room is a good first step to enhancing your sleep levels. While most tech should be banished from your bedroom, some smart devices are actually made to help you sleep.

 

If you have problems getting your business to-do list out of your head, using a noise machine can help calm your brain, or you could look into a vibrating alarm clock so you are not jolted out of your dreams by noise.

“Selfcare is so important for the daily and business life, so take care of yourself, we only have 1 life, so let’s take care of it the best we can! – Faviola”

Quality Sleep Is Key to Your Success

In business, a busy schedule is prized. However, if your schedule as an entrepreneur is getting in the way of your sleep hygiene, you could be impacting your success.

 

You need sleep in order to focus on getting your business up and running and to keep yourself healthy enough to do your best every day. So, freeing up some of that work time for more sleep can actually be more beneficial for your business.

 

If bouts of insomnia are keeping you up, know that sleeplessness is common among entrepreneurs too. All the emotions and thoughts that are racing through your head can make it hard to wind down, even when you schedule to sleep. If you cannot get the seven to eight hours you need every night, at least take steps to improve your sleep quality. Keep your bedroom cool and dark so you can get the most out of the rest you do get.

 

Your Night Routine Plays a Critical Role

Even if you get your tech out of the bedroom and schedule time for sleep, it still may not be enough.

 

Your nighttime habits before bedtime affect your sleep quality as much as what you do in your bedroom. Try winding down your work assignments earlier and getting into bed so that you can get an earlier beginning to your day.

 

If your usual nighttime routine includes checking emails and answering phone calls, you may need to adjust those practices too. In order to get the rest, you need to be successful, you have to guard your personal time.

 

Set out-of-office hours that will give you time to unwind before crawling into bed. Doing so from the start will help you maintain that positive balance between your work and life as you become more successful.

But Your Health Routines Have an Impact Too

The way you care for yourself during the day matters just as much too.

For example, many entrepreneurs reach for the most convenient food and beverages to keep themselves going. Before you reach for that high-fat snack, however, you should know that it could end up keeping you awake.

 

More fat and processed foods in your diet can lead to disruptions in necessary sleep processes, as well as digestive issues that can make you too uncomfortable to sleep. An imbalanced gut can lead to an upset stomach, constipation, and other problems that can make it harder to sleep.

 

So, think about meal prepping some healthier options, and also consider getting in daily workouts, which will help you sleep better too.

 

Sleep is not an option, especially if you hope to start and run your own small business. Your brain needs sleep in order to focus and get those crucial business tasks done.

 

So, if you are looking for long-term sleep as an entrepreneur, make sure that better sleep hygiene is listed on your shortlist of life and business goals.

 

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Social Media Frenzy

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Social Media Frenzy "Hype"

How to Overcome Online Social Media Barriers

Social Media 2019

 

How many are you overwhelmed with ALL this Online Social Media “Hype” going on!

 

Or maybe you’re confused and even feeling stressed and even depressed because you are doing everything in your power to grow your online business?!

 

BUT…

 

Just when you think you “nailed it” and you’ve mastered it, SOMETHING NEW COMES UP, right?!

 

SO…

 

Now, you have to go back to the drawing board!

 

I know how you feel because for a minute I was just like you – going through those same challenges. 

 

And more, so because I was seeing all these profiles with only (10 images) with 100K+ followers or those with (no images) and 20K+ followers, so I would ask myself…

 

How in the world are all these people doing it?

 

How come I post and post and no “real interaction”, no “real followers”, why isn’t my account growing, etc…And then…

I FIGURED IT OUT!

  1. People where BUYING FOLLOWERS!
  2. They were doing the “FOLLOW/UN-FOLLOW” method to grow faster!
  3. BUYING LIKES!
  4. And they were BUYING LARGE FOLLOWER accounts!

So, then I continued to research and figured out that It’s the QTY of FOLLOWERS, it’s the QUALITY of REAL FOLLOWERS!

So…I STOPPED STRESSING OUT and STOPPED trying to be like the “Other Guys”!

  1. Yes, the “Shadow Banned” is REAL!
  2. The “Algorithm” is REAL!
  3. You can grow your account Organically, it just takes time!

Also, you DON’T NEED TO SPEND 100’s and 1000’s to START or GROW YOUR BUSINESS online!

 

Do the Basics, the BASICS ALWAYS WORK!

 

STOP TRYING TO BE THE “GLITTERY, GLAM, GORGEOUS, EXPENSIVE” ENTREPRENEUR!

 

It all comes with time and patience, don’t put your Business at Risk before you even get it off the “ground”…Baby Steps always work!

 

With over 1,000,000,000 of Instagram users and over 2,000,000,000 of Facebook users and millions of online users your potential to grow your business with FREE marketing online!

 

So, STOP “going here and there” and downloading “this and that”, find a platform you like and learn it and stick to it, and eventually, your Biz will start to grow…

Here are some free;

INSTAGRAM TIPS:

  1. Post Consistently.
  2. Build and set the mood.
  3. Be unique and ALWAYS be Yourself.
  4. Use hashtags, as well as community, motivating and positive tags
  5. 80/20 post rule (20%personal and 80% valuable business) posts
  6. Max 30 hashtags
  7. Set Good Bio

Ready to Learn and set your SM Accounts today?!

 

Sign up for my SM Entrepreneur Group Training...Spaces are Limited!

This is a Live Training and I will go over the Step-by-Step process with you and we will set everything up online during the training, so be ready and prepared!

 

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Getting Started in the Gig Economy

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How to get started in the Gig Economy

Ready to Start or Grow Your Own Business doing what you Love? This is a Good Read, let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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By FAVIOLA VALENCIA "THE CEO HUSTLER" PROVIDING ELITE SERVICES 4 YOU.

THANKS TO BLOG CONTRIBUTOR LUCY REED

Are you tired of clocking in and out of your job every day? Do you long for the freedom to work around your own schedule? The freedom the gig economy provides helps millions of people work on their time while making enough money to support their dreams. However, working through the gig economy isn’t for everybody. It takes resources, dedication, and discipline. Read on to help determine if finding a job as a freelancer is right for you.

 

What Is the Gig Economy?

 

First of all, what even is the “gig economy?” This is a modern term we use to define a workforce where organizations contract independent workers for short-term working engagements. Oftentimes these workers find their “gigs” through technological platforms that help connect freelancers with people or companies that are looking for temporary help. Predictions estimate that by 2020, 40 percent of American workers will be freelance, independent contractors. Popular gig economy websites include:

“Don’t let anything or anyone take your Vision and Dreams away…Boss Up and Rise, The CEO Hustler”

  • Uber
  • Lyft
  • Turo
  • HopSkipDrive
  • AirBNB
  • OneFineStay
  • OpenAirplane
  • ToolLocker
  • ParkingPanda
  • Closet Collective
  • Postmates
  • Amazon Flex
  • TaskRabbit
  • Upwork
  • HelloTech
  • SpareHire
  • Freelancer
  • Etsy
  • Feastly
  • Udemy

Freelancing has its benefits. It allows people to work from wherever they are without having to adhere to a regular office schedule or regulations. However, there are definite drawbacks to working a gig. Freelancers have to be in charge of things other companies outsource to human resources departments.

 

If you want things such as health insurance and a retirement package, you will have to do the research and invest in them yourself. Furthermore, independent contractors in the United States work through 1099 contracts, meaning they get paid in full, and state and federal taxes are not withheld. When working as a freelancer, it is important to set aside money for tax payments while also tracking business-related expenses for deductions.

 

Getting Started with Gigs: Resources, Dedication, and Discipline Deciding what kind of freelancer you want to be that will depend on the resources you have.  Resources refer to both the things you own and the services you provide.  If you don’t have a car or a driver’s license, you can’t drive for a rideshare company.

 

The same thing goes for freelance work such as copywriting — if you don’t have the technology to connect with people online or the writing skills to do the task, there’s not much chance for you in that field. To decide what kind of gig is right for you, do a self-assessment of your assets to determine what works best for you.

 

Beyond your resources, you have to have dedication and discipline. Without a boss breathing down your neck, there is no one to hold you accountable for completing your work. If you want to freelance, you have to be a self-starter who sees your projects through. If you don’t manage your time effectively, you will end up disappointing your clients and failing to get hired again. Furthermore, you won’t make enough cash to make your living as a freelancer.

 

Tips for Freelancers

 

So you’ve determined your best route for gigs and you are ready to get going — great! Set yourself up for success with these helpful tips:

 

  • Set up space where you live for a home office. Even if your gigs take you out of the house, you need a space where you can organize your documents and schedule. Make sure you have your wiring and communication needs met in this area and personalize it with custom chairs, desks, and other furniture. Establish rules in your home office that provide structure and discipline in your working area separate from the relaxation and fun you have in the rest of the house. 
  • Connect with other freelancers. Not only can they provide you with helpful tips and social support, but they may also be able to connect you with other clients in need of your services. 
  • Don’t neglect your branding. Any time you advertise your services, you should stick to a particular set of visual rules that will create a visual imprint in a potential client’s mind.

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The gig economy provides freedom and flexibility to work on your own schedule, but there are drawbacks as well. Budgeting for insurance, retirement, and taxes are just a few of the responsibilities a freelancer has to do on their own. However, if you have the resources, dedication, and discipline, there is nothing stopping you from pursuing a career you love!

Learn More on How To Start Your Own Business Today!

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Entrepreneur Cafe Exclusive Members Only Group

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AND!…

You also know that it can and will be stressful and overwhelming, right?

 

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As a former CEO who started her business from the ground up – TRUST ME, I know what you’re going through and that is why I created this space to help aspiring entrepreneurs and interpreters “Kick Start” their career and business!

 

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I started, built and grew my business from the “ground up”…YES, literally from the “ground up”…So, I know exactly what it takes, what to do and what not to do in order to Start and Grow your Business.

So, if you have a special skill,a product or service that you want to use to Start Your Own Business…that’s awesome!!! but what’s even more AWESOME is that in your case unlike me, you don’t have to do it alone!

Because after a few months of dealing with my own struggles, pains, and headaches with my Start Up Biz, I was so fortunate to have developed, strategies and grow my business…

Yes, I was fortunate enough to have contracts with the State of California, State of New York, Colorado, City of Sacramento, City of Los Angeles, Hospitals, and many non–profits, fortune 500 companies and businesses across the USA…

 

So, yes I know about Sales and Marketing, Management, Procurement, Contracting, etc and therefore I made it my Vision and Mission to develop something awesome, something that would help entrepreneurs just like you start their own journey without the struggles and headaches…So, here we are…

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Biz Start Up Tips

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Get your Biz Start-Up Tips…

As the end of the year is coming I want to share a bit more about Who I Am, What I Do and What I Provide and to share My Love and Passion for both Interpreting and Entrepreneurship.

So let me ask you; do you have a Special Skill?

Do you have a Product or maybe a Service that you want to share with the world? or;

Maybe you are Bilingual and want to Start Your Own Business?

So, if you answered yes to all of the above, let me ask you one more question; How would you like to use those “special skills, products and/or services” to create additional income and start your own business?

So many of you who already know me know that I’ve been on both sides of the aisle.  I started off as a freelancer working with agencies (and still work) with a couple of agencies. After a few months working as a freelancer and seeing the do’s and don’ts and the “Good, Bad and Evil”, I decided I no longer wanted to continue to work as a Freelancer and working for “pennies on the dollar” and personally I didn’t like the process and demands of agencies especially since I was a “Freelancer / Independent Contractor” and NOT an Employee.  Therefore, I decided to venture off on my own.

So as an Entrepreneur and Former CEO who’s been on both sides of the aisles and someone who started and built her business on her own, here are a few tips to get you started, learn from the voice of experience, learn from someone who started and built her business from the “ground up”.

Yes! I started my Biz 18+ years ago helping businesses tap into the Hispanic Market. I helped businesses “Break the Language Barrier in Communication”.

I built my business from the ground up, yes literally from the ground up…I built a team of 10 staff employees and a cadre of over 2,500 freelance interpreters and offered services in over 150 languages around the world. I built my services around my clients’ needs; Interpreting, Translation, OPI, Transcriptions, and Coaching…I had contracts with the State, County, City, Federal, Hospitals, Insurance, Law Firms, Nonprofits and so many more…and I can help you too!

But, in order to make my business work and grow I had to make sure I was ONLY contracting and training the best of the best; therefore I was able to help and continue to help “Bilingual Individuals” and those with “Specials Skills, Products and Services” Start their Own Business and I can help you too!

So here is what you need to know if you decide you want to venture out on your own…You need the “Basics”

Resume

Business Plan

Strategic Plan

Training

Experience (gain experience as a volunteer)

Affiliations or Organizations

Terminology

Now, these are some basics to learn and know if you decide to start.  You can also join my list and get your Freebies and learn more about my Training and Coaching.

#BossUpandRise and become the #CEOHustler you always dreamed of!

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