So you’re a solopreneur, a lone-wolf small business owner, an entrepreneurial virtual assistant (or at least dreaming about being one) because you are tired of working for someone else. Perhaps you feel the itch of doing your own thing and playing by your own rules and running your own schedule. Of course you do! Most of us in the solo, freelance, or small business world have such aspirations – making our own schedule landing at the top of the list. But what if the control is all a lie.Read More
Let’s stop buying into the myth that solopreneurial enterprises are only made up of success piled upon more and more success. Just because we are the only ones responsible doesn’t mean success is imminent. Quite the contrary: success is never a given. But, there are some things regarding solopreneurial success that is a practical guarantee.Read More
The crew here at Team CMVA is made up of individuals; each of us have our own unique qualities, skills, and goals. We are a mix of entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, freelancers, and small business owners. Whatever you call us (or label we put on ourselves) we all likely started our individual journeys with one thing in common: failure.
Many people starting out in the solopreneur venture assume...
Summer is leaking through our fingers and pumpkin spice everything is nearly upon us. Summer is nearly gone and if you find yourself wondering where the time went, take heart. We are here to help -- because taking advantage of your summer may just be the thing you need to carry you through those (quickly coming) winter work days. Yeah, Christmas is fast approaching.
Need some ideas on how to make the most of your summer remnants?
We've got you covered. Click below to read!Read More
Getting paid is a thrill, cash flow is a must, but actually keeping track of clients and invoicing can be a whole new level of nuts. Thankfully, there are some really fantastic and effective online hacks…uh...tools to help keep us all a little more sane and paid. We are rating these from good, better, to best but really all three will do the trick.
Congratulations. You’ve have come to the last lesson in our Team CMVA Virtual Assistant summer school series. There will be no diplomas or ceremonies or cheesy speeches. Instead we leave you with solid proof of why this virtual assistant thing is the real deal and how the Virtual Assistant industry is changing the face of the entire business world.
It’s Week 3 of our Virtual Assistant Summer School Session and we are turning up the heat in the classroom with this week’s topic: How a VA works. These are nuts and bolts, peanut butter and jelly, coffee and cream…you know, the things that make the world go round in beautiful order. A Virtual Assistant is only as good as the systems they have in place so let us break it down for you.Read More
Class is back in session this week! Put down that fruity cocktail (or top it off…whatever your pleasure…) and get ready for week two of VA summer school! This week we quickly outline what makes an EXPERT Virtual Assistant. If you are a VA, these are the things you should be working towards and embodying. If you are looking for a VA, let this list be a test for your next hire.Read More
Helloooooooo summer!!!! Okay, okay… summer officially begins June 20 but we are gearing up for a special month. This is your Virtual Assistant Summer School session. This is where we will be getting back to the basics of the life of a Virtual Assistant, why people use people like us, what value we add, how we do what we do, and more.
If you are a new VA, an aspiring VA, a seasoned VA, or maybe considering hiring a VA, this month is for all of you! So, welcome to our little summer starter and refresher course: Virtual Assistant 101.
Earlier this month we started sharing about our core values at Team CMVA… you know, the catalyst for how we operate on a daily basis…our soul, if you will. Our core values aren’t anything revolutionary. In fact, they are quite simple. Maybe that’s why they work. We round this out with our fourth and final core value: Be of Service.
Have you ever been a part of a team that just doesn’t work? It doesn’t work well, it doesn’t work together, it simply doesn’t work. I think we all have. Even a group of wonderful people can make a pretty crappy team. That’s because there is so much more to being a team than just the abilities of the individuals.Read More
Our clients love that we are really, really good at what we do. We continue to amaze them each day with our attention to detail, quick turnaround, and white-glove service. Providing giant value isn’t just about doing work on point and by deadline – that’s just a service, like having your tires rotated or getting a decent cup of coffee. No, we provide the kind of value that includes an extra shot of espresso and just the right amount of coconut milk. We don’t just do the job, we provide giant value in four ways.
I love businesses who know who they are, what they do, and why they do it. They ooze confidence and are usually the most efficient at providing quality service or products. But putting all your eggs in one basket isn’t always the best strategy… consider Blockbuster. If you aren’t going forward you’re going backward, especially in business. Keep growing through diversification the right way.Read More
Getting customers is one thing. Keeping them is something entirely different. And burning this candle at both ends is something you need to be doing in order to see growth for your business, no matter what kind of business it is. Here are four things to do to get new customers and better engage the ones you already have.Read More
Your time as a small business owner and solopreneur is so precious. You are pulled in a million different directions all at once. Sometimes the most basic things become the hardest. So let’s talk about it. This week we want to highlight the importance of growing your business through the monotonous, sometimes boring, and often tedious parts of your business – admin – and how to get help.Read More
As we consider ways to grow our business this month, I want to first take a look at our foundations. Our foundation for growth is our “thing.” It’s what we are good at, it’s what we love doing, and it’s what makes us a little bit different. I’m going to suggest three things to consider as you look at ways to grow your business starting at the foundation.Read More
Our customers and clients are our bread and butter. They aren’t just a resource financially but they are the reason we do what we do. They become a part of who we are and their “whys” become our “whys.”
But do they know that? Do they know how much you care? Do they know how much you love them and appreciate their loyalty?Read More
Ready to start working on SEO but not exactly sure where to start?
Whether you are a business owner or someone interested in learning more about how to implement a search engine optimization strategy for your site, this will serve as a great initial check-list on those first “Must Do’s.”Read More
You could have the dream job, running your dream business, getting dream results ... and still be miserable. When you are working with the wrong people, even the perfect job can seem like purgatorial punishment.
But finding people you love to work with is only half the equation. The other half? Do people love to work with you? Consider this a refresher course on how to find and how to be someone you love working with.Read More
The thing about trends is that they are always changing. As a good small business owner, you have a responsibility to your customers and yourself to not get left behind in the changing tides. And they change, more often than you think. That’s why we are sharing seven top trends we predict will make a huge difference for small business owners in 2017.