Some time ago, I wrote a post on the top concerns that potential clients have when working with a Virtual Assistant. In our company, we try to soothe any concerns that clients may have by pre-educating them so that they know what to expect. Sometimes, however, you have to be a fly in the ointment. There is no instant magic. We don’t wave our magical wands and all of a sudden, after the first day, the client has gobs of more free time. It takes a collaborative effort that is finely honed over time. Often times, the scenario demands that the client might have to slightly re-adjust or get used to a different way of doing things. Our ideal clients know this going in and are willing to partner with us to achieve substantial results.
When perusing the web on Virtual Assistant topics, you will often see the words “team”, “partner” and “collaborate”. You might also see “trusted resource”. That is what makes our profession so special. We are much more than a clerical assistant. We strive to grow with your business as we grow in educating you to work smarter, not harder.
The key word is communicate. Our ideal client is a great communicator and can reach out to us as a sounding board or a fellow brainstormer. When we can clearly understand your need, we can clearly help to adjust your workflow so that you can achieve that need. For instance, our company was one of the first Mac Virtual Assistant companies. We are experts in all things Apple and we specialize in assisting our clients to work better the Apple Mac way using their existing software and hardware. My point is, that once we know your motivation, we can begin to assist you.
So, are you in the market to work with a trusted collaborator, virtually? Be prepared to communicate, share, give and take. You will, in time, see a world of difference!
Author bio: Taryn Merrick is a Professional Virtual Assistant and Online Business Manager (OBM). As Principal of Merrick Management And Media Services, she has over 20 years of administrative management experience. Taryn works to promote the Virtual Assistant industry and to make it stand out as a true profession of excellence. Her style is easy going, yet precise, with emphasis placed on exceeding customer expectations, client communication and satisfaction.
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