I’ve noticed a trend in small businesses and CRM use: many people start by using a spreadsheet or invoicing software like QuickBooks and think they’ll be fine. You may think you don’t need a CRM because you have plenty of contacts in QuickBooks or on a spreadsheet. In my experience, no matter how big your business is now, you should be using a CRM.
Here at Trusty Oak, we have a special place in our hearts for authors (who are often also speakers) because we love learning and we believe reading is a critical element to an entrepreneur's professional development. Of course, we also love working with authors, and there are several ways virtual assistants can help them with their personal brand and book promotion. Read on for eight ways to use virtual assistants for authors and speakers and estimated costs.
Nerd alert: this post is loaded with geeky excitement over the "coolness" of my favorite productivity tool. If that's the kind of "cool" you're into, read on.
Productivity isn’t doing more; it’s doing more of the right thing.
There’s an outdated notion in business that just won’t die. It’s the idea that productivity means doing more things faster, marking off mile-long to-do lists and plowing through tasks all day long. According to this mindset, a productive person multitasks, moves quickly, and never stops.
The thing is, science and our day-to-day experiences show this is exactly how not to get work done. The multitasking, Bluetooth-wearing, fast-talking businessperson may look and feel wildly efficient, but how much of what they’re doing falls into the category of busywork?
Have you ever woken up full of energy, ready to tackle your workload and clear out your schedule, only to stutter and fall into procrastination come 2pm? Yeah, it’s a bummer - you can be using the best apps on offer, but if your head’s not in the game then you’re not getting anything done.
Entrepreneurs and business owners are driven people who aren't scared to work hard, burn the midnight oil, and sacrifice to make their dreams a reality. They're skilled and ambitious, and frankly, they're our favorite kind of people to work with. On the other hand, entrepreneurs often share the same Achilles heel: their greatest strength has a flip side that can be their greatest vulnerability. This strength is a work ethic that doesn't quit; this vulnerability is the tendency to do it all alone.
Have you ever written something and submitted or sent it, only realizing afterward that your message contained an embarrassing typo or mistake? I certainly have, and the worst times are when you can't hit edit! Whether you consider yourself a writer or you just need to send a professionally worded business email, I think I've found a tool that could help us both avoid some grammar related errors and up our writing game.
My name is Charis Dillon and I am one of the virtual assistants at Trusty Oak. I work with clients and do many different things, from marketing emails to posting blogs, but my main focus is social media, graphic design and branding. I run all of the social media sites for Trusty Oak as well. I love working for Trusty Oak because this company is so much different than any other company I have ever worked for. Our CEO, Amber, cares so much for the people that work for her company, but not only that, she cares about our happiness and wants to make sure that we are doing what we love.