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Overwhelmed with Busy Work? Maybe You Should Hire a Virtual Assistant

As your business grows, it can become increasingly difficult to find time to do things that you used to be able to do, like schedule meetings, answer customer emails, and do a much-needed update for your website. This can be especially difficult for those business leaders who like to have a hand (and a voice) in everything that their company does, but at some point, it can become unsustainable. You are overwhelemed with busy work!

When you’ve reached the point when you’re so swamped with busy work, you might want to consider hiring the services of a virtual assistant. Here are a few services that a virtual assistant at CVA can offer and how you can start the hiring process today.

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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Micromanage at Work

Your business is your baby. You spent long nights, weekends, and dedicated everything to its success, especially in the early years. It’s completely understandable that you are protective over it and that you want to have a finger on everything that’s related to your business. But should you micromanage your business?

Now that it’s been a few years and your business has grown, you might have hired a few people to work for you regularly or hired a few contractors who complete tasks for you on occasion. Although it might be tempting to redo their work or just skip asking them to do anything altogether, this would be a huge mistake.

Micromanaging, or controlling every aspect of a business no matter how small, is a really bad precedent to set at work.

Here are just a few reasons why you shouldn’t micromanage at work—and how to effectively assign tasks to employees, assistants, and contractors.

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Should I Write an eBook?

Owning a small business makes you an expert at something. Yes—you are the expert. Whether it’s grooming dogs or building houses or creating a marketing strategy for a company, you are an expert at whatever it is that you’re doing.

Being an expert means that you should share some of your knowledge with those who are, well, less knowledgeable. One of the best ways to do this is to write an eBook and make it available to your customers or any potential new clients.

You might not have ever considered writing anything before but writing an eBook can be a very valuable marketing tool—and writing a book is quite an accomplishment in itself.

So, should you write an eBook? Here are a couple of reasons why you should.

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The 3 Most Common Grammar Mistakes

Whether you consider yourself quite the wordsmith or you can barely text, having good grammar is an important professional skill you should have. While no one is expecting you to be a Dave Eggers or Jane Austen-level writer, you should at the very least be able to send a professionally worded email without grammar or spelling mistakes.

This is especially crucial when you are trying to reach out to new clients or business contacts because you don’t want them to draw any conclusions that you are incompetent based on any bad grammar or spelling.

To protect yourself from any embarrassing email mishaps, let’s go over what the # most common grammar mistakes are so you can avoid them. (Don’t have confidence in your abilities? You might want to consider hiring a virtual assistant who specializes in copyediting/copywriting services.)

Sentence Fragments

Everyone speaks in sentence fragments in everyday language, but in a professional writing setting they aren’t appropriate. Don’t remember what a sentence fragment is? Let’s take it back to seventh grade English class and refresh ourselves.

A sentence fragment is a string of words that doesn’t have an independent clause. A fragment may be missing a subject, verb, or sometimes even both in dire situations.

Example of a sentence fragment:

We offer a lot of meal options. (complete sentence) Such as vegetarian and meat meals. (sentence fragment that has no independent clause)

Not Using the Correct form of Their/There/They’re

Although they may sound the same spoken aloud, their/there/they’re couldn’t be more different from each other. Using any of them inappropriately may make your reader raise their eyebrow, so let’s make sure we get it right.

Their: Their is the possessive case of the pronoun they. It shows ownership of something. They left their backpack at school.

There: There is an adverb that describes location or place. She loves Paris. She went there last year on spring break.

They’re: They’re is a contraction of the words they and are (hence the apostrophe). They’re going to find you a seat at the restaurant.

Misusing the Apostrophe When Writing Its/It’s

Another common grammar mistake is misusing the apostrophe when writing its/it’s. You only use the apostrophe when it’s a contraction (putting together the words it is or it has). When you just have its without an apostrophe it becomes possessive.

I can’t wait until it’s Summer. (correct usage of it’s)

Isn’t it cute when the dog chases its tail? (correct usage of its)

photo credit: Antp93 – Anthony Perez

4 Tips to Increase Productivity

With an increasing amount of pressure to get more things done in a shorter amount of time, it often seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day. So, how do you ensure that you’re productive enough during the day (minus drinking all of the coffee that they sell at Starbucks)?

Here are a few tips to increase your productivity (and work less hours at the office).

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Tips for Successfully Working With Virtual Teams

One of the biggest perks of working in our modern, digital age is the ability to work remotely. Allowing employees to live and work anywhere in the world, while also giving employers the ability to hire the best talent no matter their location, working remotely can be a big advantage for companies.

There can be drawbacks to remote work though that can frustrate companies, employees and clients, including delayed responses due to working in different time zones, lack of coordination and collaboration, and limited employee engagement.

That’s why its necessary to follow a few simple rules on how to best engage virtual employees and teams, so your business gets the most out of this innovative new workplace trend.

See below to discover tips on making the most of your virtual employees.

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