Regardless of your job, email can be an overwhelming task to deal with every day. In fact most people find that this is the one place that they fall short, in trying to keep up with all the emails they must sort through, the spam they get and must delete and all the mails that must go out on a daily basis. If there is one thing that most people that must use email in their jobs could wish for it would be help to tame their email box. Personal assistants may not be something that you think you can have access to, but at Ask Sunday anyone can hire a personal assistant.
Personal assistants can help you with both your incoming and outgoing mail, have them answer your client emails, send out weekly emails to clients or those that you hope will become clients. Have your personal assistant clean out your spam box and take care of other emails per your instructions. At Ask Sunday you can get the help you need for a price you can afford, try out our services for 3 hours to see if they meet your needs for free.
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The self-employment bug is in the air…and it’s highly contagious.
How do we know?
The explosive growth of coworking spaces. These airy, light-filled, lease-free flexible office arrangements are popping up in droves and teeming with entrepreneurs who gather to collaborate and innovate.
A recent Forbes article suggests a record number of Americans scratched the entrepreneurial itch in 2013. Data released by Babson and Baruch Colleges suggests that last year 69% of new businesses in the U.S. started at home and that 15 to 20% of our workforce is engaged in running a startup or a more established business.
We can personally attest to a surge in demand from our clients for small business tasks such as website development, logo design, social media scheduling, and PowerPoint creation.
Once we became a trusted resource, clients wanted a one-stop-shop. In addition to handing off those pesky time-consuming tasks that we happen to love (like negotiating with your phone carrier on overage charges, or seeing if “unbundling” your cable is even an option) clients wanted us to sort through their inbox and file them accordingly (how nice would it be to open up Outlook and see a big fat goose egg–zero–emails!).
We were only too happy to oblige. We hustled back to the drawing board, built up the team we needed to sufficiently add to our repertoire, and launched our Premium Service offerings.
Now, we’re proud to be a go-to resource for affordable outsourced business services.
As we send each of you off with a newly launched website or punched up logo, we’re silently applauding you. We’re rooting for you. We want to see you succeed. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of five actionable business books that’ll provide you (or the newly minted entrepreneur that you love) with the advice, insight, and tips they need to persevere.
Afterall, coming up with the idea is the easy part, where entrepreneurs often fall short, is in the execution. You’re the glue that holds it all together. You’re going to need to become a master delegator, persuader, communicator, team builder, and goal setter. Our top 5 picks address each of these issues.
1. The Four Hour Workweek, Timothy Ferriss
Whether you’re in a soul-sucking job, or trapped underneath your own business, Tim Ferriss teaches you how to “escape the 9 to 5, live anywhere, and join the New Rich.” He’ll break you of misconceptions, such as the need to work 40+ hours per week to be successful, and instead advocates newfangled ideas such as a series of “mini retirements.” He’ll show you everything you need to establish a business that runs without you, and get you focused on how to streamline, eliminate distractions, and automate.
2. Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill
One of the best-selling books of all-time and an acknowledged wealth-creating tool, Think and Grow Rich has sold over 70 million copies–and for good reason. Napoleon Hill, a former advisor to President Roosevelt, spent 20 years interviewing 500+ of the world’s most successful businessmen (the likes of Andrew Carnegie), packaged his extraordinary findings, and unlocked the secret to success for millions. He refused to see success as the result of luck or background or even intelligence. Instead, the common thread he uncovered was persistence and the refusal to recognize failure. Each of the magnates he spoke to possessed a deeply held belief that they’d achieve their dreams, and they were unflappable in their determination. With his 13 “Laws of Success,” Hill deconstructs the mental barriers we place to acquiring wealth and lays out a roadmap to success.
3. The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, Stephen Covey
This #1 best seller sets up your framework for personal effectiveness. The seven habits are simple rules for life, but also timeless principles and powerful tools. This book focuses on cultivating personal development, so that you can become more effective in how you work and relate with other people. At the heart of the book, is a deep appreciation of the fact that we’re all interdependent, we need each other to achieve our best outcomes.
4. The E-Myth Revisited, Michael Gerber
Seen as guiding light for successful businesses, the most often quoted piece of wisdom in this book is: “work on your business, not in it.” Gerber offers business owners a much needed shift in perspective, encouraging delegation, and counter intuitive to most entrepreneurs, encourages them to set up systems that allow their business to run without them. The book’s Amazon review covers it quite nicely: “Gerber walks you through the steps in the life of a business from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolecence growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial stage.”
5. How to Win Friends & Influence People, Dale Carnegie
Good relationships are the foundation of a successful business, and that’s what makes this book a great read for small business owners. You will need to excel at working with people. If done incorrectly, managing employees can be one of the most draining tasks a business owner faces. Ever wonder how to establish loyal relationships with the people that work for you, and get them to do what you want…without being a dictator? Dale Carnegie masters the art of “influence” and persuading others to emotionally invest in your business.
When the idea first came out for people to hire themselves out as virtual assistants, the business world was amazed, it was a novel but brilliant idea to have what is now popularly called a virtual assistant that can take care of many of your more mundane and repetitious tasks freeing you up to take care of more important work during your work day. Now a virtual assistant can cost a great deal more than you want to pay, if you are not careful and shop around.
You can get a virtual assistant through Ask Sunday, we offer highly affordable prices and the more hours you buy per month the better your price is going to be. Our virtual assistants can offer you a wide range of services such as data entry, blog posting and taking care of daily repetitive tasks so you don’t have to.
If you know someone that is busy all the time and never seems to have time for themselves or to get everything done they have to do, then you may have come across the perfect gift for them. They may have everything else in the world in abundance but the one thing that they are sure to be in short supply of is time. Give them extra time to use however they want and there are sure to be grateful. The best way to give them that spare time they needs is with personal assistants.
At Ask Sunday we offer you the ability to buy a subscription for a friend or family member. Virtual personal assistants are affordable and a great way to ensure that your friend gets a gift that they are sure to use and love. Visit our site to learn more about getting a personal assistant for someone you care about as a gift.
Everybody likes to get stuff for free, how about getting some extra time in your life for absolutely free? Would that gift be priceless? What would you do with that extra time? At Ask Sunday we offer 3 hours of our award winning virtual assistant services for free, just for signing up. You can try out a virtual assistant and get an extra 3 hours of your own time to do whatever you want.
Ask Sunday is so confident that you will love our service and want to keep using it, that we are willing to give you a free trial just to see for yourself. Once you have signed up you will have one week to use your 3 hours, you can have virtual assistant services for a long list of tasks that can help you with everything from your office work to personal tasks that you have been putting off.
Could you really use a personal assistant to take care of some of the details of your daily life but you simply cannot afford one? Now you can get a personal assistant at a price that almost anyone can afford, by hiring a virtual assistant for just the hours you need each week. Because you do not need to hire your assistant full time, you pay more affordable rates, and you do not need to pay all of the expenses related to having a full time employee.
At Ask Sunday we offer three packages of hours each month, you choose the one that fits your needs best, the more hours you buy the better your hourly rate will be. We also offer a 3 hour free trial so you can see if our service is right for you, simply sign up and use your 3 hours in the first week.
Nothing is worse than having an assistant that is always gone or busy doing other things when you need them, it can be worse than frustrating to have an important project that needs to be completed and have your assistant call in sick when you need them to fill in the gaps. The great thing about a virtual assistant service is that you don’t need to wait on a particular virtual assistant unless you really want to.
At Ask Sunday you will have a primary virtual assistant assigned to you, as well as a secondary or back up assistant that will be full trained on your account and ready should anything happen with your primary assistant. You will never need to go without the help you need, and you will never pay more than what the job costs. Visit us at Ask Sunday for a free 3 hour trial to try out our services.
We know we’re preaching to the choir on this one, but we can honestly say that business owners today have way more responsibilities than ever before.
Some of us may wistfully long for what it must have been like to start a business in 1975 or even 1985, where essentially, all a business owner needed to get started was a physical brick and mortar location and a landline (okay, we’re exaggerating for dramatic effect!).
Our point is, nowadays, if you want to establish credibility as a business owner, there are few “must-dos.” These include: having a website, creating a blog or another content distribution vehicle, SEO optimization, utilization of third party review site such as Yelp, and participating on social platforms.
Bottom line: having an online presence is one of the most important things you can do to promote your business. What’s the first thing you do when you hear about a new business? You Google them, of course. I don’t know about you, but when a small business owner has no website, or equally as bad, an outdated or a non user-friendly interface, my opinion of their brand plummets.
What we’re trying to say is that we know you have a long, ever-growing list of To Do’s. Take a deep breath. We can help you build your business and manage your online presence.
First, let’s review why good entrepreneurs hire virtual assistants like us in the first place.
We support you in a way no one employee could.
Your business needs vary from graphic design to web development to social media know-how. However, most startups and small businesses don’t need full-time employees in each of these areas. Worse yet, imagine trying to hire one single employee who has all the skills you need?
At this point in your business’ growth, you need a team of experts, not the expense of a single employee…and, that’s exactly what you get when you hire Ask Sunday. When you sign on with us, you gain access to the varied skill sets of our entire team. Your VA serves as your go-to point person, leveraging the expertise of our full staff to get whatever it is you need done.
Want to grow your business? Forget what your loved ones look like? Time to delegate!
Chances are you’re guilty of uttering this phrase: “No one can do it as well as me!” You’re probably right about that, but the fact remains that if you want to scale your business (and keep your relationships in tact), you have to find reliable people to whom you can outsource non-core tasks.
Outsourcing to our reliable team is the perfect, affordable solution.
Ready to get started? Wondering what specifically to send our way? We’ve created this handy list of ways we’re currently helping our clients, broken down by category.
- Search travel sites to compare travel dates, book airfare and hotel, and provide research on local activities and pricing.
- Find the perfect birthday or anniversary gifts for your mother, niece or significant other to save you from looking like that overly busy person who forgets important dates!
- Find a reputable dog walker to take out Oliver, your much loved furry family member, when you’re burning the midnight oil at the office.
- Make reservations for two at a nice restaurant (with gluten free options) and send you twenty email reminders so you don’t miss dinner with your better half.
- Order iPhone chargers and other things you need on Amazon so they arrive at your doorstep!
- Transcribe your interviews/meetings so you can review them later, in peace.
- Manage your calendar and set up meetings. We’ll make sure you don’t over (or double) book!
- Go through your email inbox and file accordingly/get it down to that magic, unheard number: 0.
- Provide email customer support at all hours of the day and night so you can get some sleep.
- Handle data entry tasks so you can stop beating your head on the desk and move on to other, more strategic tasks.
GRAPHIC / WEB DEVELOPMENT
- Design or refine your logo.
- Create beautiful PowerPoints that’ll kung-fu wow them at that trade show presentation.
- Design infographics-the hottest new way to convey information-and other graphics, for use on social media.
- Create additional web pages for your website as needed.
- Create opt-in and landing pages so that you can capture those email addresses!
- Perform hashtag and competitive research on Twitter. Become a #hashtagmaster.
- Create personalized banners and headers for Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.
- Content calendar ready to go for the month? Good job planning ahead. We’ll get them scheduled in Hootsuite, Sprout Social or your tool of choice.
Gold Jewelry Buyers – Choose Gold Jewelry Buyers Online
There are dozens of gold jewelry buyers to choose from, you will find them on the street corners, in your local mall and nearly everywhere you look. Jewelry stores are buying gold now and so too are pawn shops. The reason for all this interest is the rising price of gold that is changing scrap gold from dust collectors into real ways that people can make a few extra dollars. But your best bet when selling gold is to look online.
Gold jewelry buyers online offer you a much better price and easy service. They do not have the overhead that buyers in your town have, and because they have a much bigger audience they can generally offer you a much better price for your gold. IT does not get any easier than going to a gold buyer online either, at The Gold Clerk we send you a packet to return your gold in, once we receive it your gold it usually takes less than a day to get your money back to you.