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WORKING WITH A VA: MONEY SAVING STRATEGIES YOU CAN USE TODAY

The most important rule of thumb in any business is that time is money.  Therefore, saving time saves money!  Since the ability to create infinite time eludes us, the next best thing is finding ways to be more efficient with the time available.

How we maintain a happy productive partnership:

1. SYSTEMS-

  • Having systems in place & being organized are crucial
  • We can help defining & implementing systems if needed

2. JOB DESCRIPTIONS-

  • Start every project with a defined scope of work, clear expectations & timeline
  • Delegate
    • If it is hard for you to let go- start small- you can always add services later

3. COMMUNICATE-

  • Whether by e-mail, text message, web conference, phone or other means
  • Use the methods most comfortable for you & your VA
  • Stay on top of updates
  • Continue to brainstorm new ideas
  • Confirm receipt of information

4. MEET-

  • Schedule Weekly & Bi-Monthly update meetings
  • Keep your VA on track
  • Build rapport by sharing up-coming events & challenges
    • Your VA wants to support you when things get crazy
    • The more lead time we have the better we can help

5. PLAN-

  • Create goals & establish deadlines
    • Take time to establish new goals for your business
    • Set deadlines and share them with your VA
    • Incorporate tasks or projects you have been putting off
      • Now is the time to move those BIG ROCKS

6. FEEDBACK-

  • Provide constructive feedback
  • Acknowledge jobs well done
  • Suggest changes or solutions to items that are not working as you would like
  • Having everyone on the same page makes the process go more smoothly
  • Your VA will learn your preferences & expectations for accountability & progress

7. INVEST-

  • Working with a VA is an investment
  • Initially the relationship may require patience
  • Once established the rewards can be immense & long term
  • Let your VA help you & enjoy the results
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Laura Pence Atencio

As Founder and CEO of Social Savvy Geek, LLC., Laura Pence Atencio is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and business owners meet and exceed their goals. She is committed to providing the most engaging and effective strategies in online marketing by combining traditional business networking and marketing fundamentals and best practices with current and engaging online marketing methods and tactics. Laura has worked with some of the top names in Internet Marketing and has consulted with entrepreneurs, businesses, and nonprofits in the US and abroad. She is the author of the popular article, 10 Tips to Build Your Twitter List Now, which has been published both online and in print in the US, Australia, and New Zealand. A lifetime student herself, Laura has achieved certification as a Computer Administrative Specialist at Beta Tech and has studied Art Education, History, Art History, and Criminal Justice at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is fascinated by learning, sharing and growing, not just in business, but in life. She participates in US Masters Swimming and has ranked in the top 25 nationally in her age group in both the 50 and 100-yard backstroke. She served in the VA Army National Guard as a Combat Engineer in the 229th Engineer Battalion. She never meets strangers, only friends not yet made– an attitude that serves her extremely well in the networking world, both online and off. She currently lives in Denver, CO with her husband, 3-year-old daughter, and German Shephard.