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Why Many Wants to Hire Moms?

virtual assistant mom[tweetmeme]It seems that that many and many internet marketers are relying on moms – they tend to hire more working mommies.  I have been observing this trend for quite sometime now.

What could be the reason for this?  I guess it is very simple; because they are mothers.  Society in general has very high respect for mothers.  We see them as responsible, caring and hard working.  That would mean they would do good in their jobs.  Can you imagine a mommy not doing her work for the day or doing a sloppy job?  I do not think so.  Well, of course there are a few exceptions.

And also, a great number of stay at home moms are those who worked in the corporate world or even executives already but because of the call of being a mom, they have to leave their jobs and take care of their families.  So in short, they are intelligent and well educated women.  And who will pass the opportunity of hiring these women in their businesses?

One of the primary factor of a great worker is that the person should be in a ‘happy’ state of mind.  If this is the case, you will get the full benefits of your staff.  Being a mom is a great feeling – and being a working mom would make them super happy.  To explain this further, being a mom is such a fulfillment already.  But since they also have to fill the missing spot in their life that they have to use their minds to something else.  That comes in the working at home solution.  They can be with their families and make their minds work – and of course earn extra dollars for their families.  How grand that would be.

So hiring a virtual assistant mom is a win-win solution.  You get to have motivated workers and in return, moms will have the satisfacation they are looking for.

I can say all these things from experience.  I have been a virtual assistant mom that clients would love to hire 🙂 and now i have my own business and i also hire mommies like me.  Oops, i may be siding too much on women here, but not offense meant to men.  They have their own strengths.. i might probably write something about that as well in my coming posts.

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Zarah Pimentel is firstly a really proud mom to a 5year old girl. She is a co-founder of Hire a VA, an SEO Company in the Philippines that outsources SEO Specialists and Virtual Assistants Philippines. She takes delight in with helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses by setting them free in doing tedious tasks and aiding them in more ways they could imagine. She has been featured in a number of magazines and a book entitled, How to Start a Home-based Business to Become a Work-At-Home Mom.

For more information about what she does, kindly go to her website, Virtual Assistant Mom.

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February 10, 2012 at 6:31 am 1 comment

How to Treat Your Virtual Assistant

[tweetmeme]For business owners, hiring a virtual assistant for the first time is a challenge. Especially if most of the staff he has are on-site. There is a big difference in treating those 2 kinds of staff.

The numbers of entrepreneur hiring a VA are growing everyday. Look at the numbers of the job posts that the outsourcing sites have – take a look at oDesk, Elance, onlinejobs.ph and others. Their business is booming.

But there is not much information on how to interact with your Virtual Assistants. They may come from anywhere around the globe – name it, they have VAs available. You can interview until you find ‘the one’ for your business. The one that can help you have more time for yourself, profit more and just be there when you need them.

But what is the proper way to treat a virtual assistant?

Normally, you hire a VA on a per hour basis, it could just e a few hours in a day, or half day or even on a per project basis. And then you should know the limitations, you just have to coordinate with them during those hours alone. These virtual assistants have several clients also, and they have their own schedules. For example: you have an office staff who sells insurance on the side. It is possible for the insurance boss to go to your office and ‘borrow’ your office staff even for a few minutes? Now you see the logic?

Another thing is that virtual assistants are human – they have feelings. It is allowed to become close to them, to talk to them outside of their work. It is okay to know them better personally. You may find this even helpful in the process. Remember that people who like what they are doing and who they are doing that for are more productive.

Trust. I know this should be gained. You should be able to trust your virtual assistant and if not, maybe you do not have the right VA for you.

And finally, give feedbacks. You should correct your VA, if she has done something wrong. Tell her, so that next time she knows what to do. Do not be shy to do that – that will be good for both of you. And do not forget to praise or acknowledge something good that your VA has done. A simple praise will go a long, long way, believe me on this.

So in short, when you hire a virtual assistant, treat them as your real staff – not just well, a second rate staff. And you will surely reap rewards in terms of dedication, support, loyalty and who knows, friendship as well.

Be happy… be successful,

Zarah

The author, ZSPimentel is a Working Mom and a co-founder of the company, Hire a VA which outsources Virtual Assistants and SEO Specialists at a very reasonable rates.

June 12, 2010 at 5:14 pm Leave a comment

Virtual Assistants are Gems for the Entrepreneurs

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Some people may raise their eyebrows and would comment, “What is that again? Duh!”

But you know, most entrepreneurs (if not all) need a Virtual Assistant or a few Virtual Assistants.. These VAs will be helping them to make their business grow, help them profit and of course give them time to do their ‘work’ and not just menial tasks as clicking follow on Twitter.

But there are also times that VAs know more than their employers. Yes, this happens a lot already. Those people starting their business and would like ‘instant’ knowledge, without getting into e-books, videos, etc… they hire experienced Virtual Assistants to guide them.

And you know what, clients trust their Virtual Assistants more. Why is that? It is because there are really PRECIOUS VAs out there that clients can depend on and cannot live without (a little exaggeration here…).

Again, why is that? Because VAs are also educated people – a large chunk of VAs are mothers who stopped working in the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom. And being a VA will give them an opportunity to go back to working again. They are called the VA Moms.

So now we know that Virtual Assistants are really important on any business. Anybody needs an extra hand, especially if the hand can give you somebody valuable in return – TIME!

So the next time you need to Hire a VA – choose a company that is reliable and has proven track record already… and has an ability to give you a GEM Virtual Assistant.

Be happy… and be successful,

Zarah

The author, ZSPimentel is a Working Mom and currently a co-owner of the company, Hire a VA which outsources VA and SEO Specialists at a very reasonable rates.

May 4, 2010 at 11:31 am 2 comments

Hire a VA: Is This for Everyone

[tweetmeme]Virtual Assistant… we know that they are, well, virtual assistants. Meaning, they do work virtually for a client. Okay, that is already an established fact.

But who may hire a VA? Are those with online business alone, like internet marketers or network marketers? NO! Everybody may get the services of a virtual assistant.

Anybody that has things that needs to be done but cannot find time to do it is a candidate for hiring a virtual assistant. So this means almost everybody! The tasks can be as simple as researching where is the nearest car dealer that offers green Toyota Prius or as complicated as doing your 30-page company’s website.

Nowadays, brick and mortar businesses are already taking advantage of the services of a VA. This will mean less cost for them – no vacation or maternity leave benefits, no lunch breaks and even no extra furniture or space in their office. They can just give out instructions online, give a deadline and the task will be done.

Another example is a housewife. She may need somebody to tutor her kids and she cannot do it herself – for any reason at all. Yes, you can tutor somebody online – with the use of Skype or Yahoo Messenger and webcam. This have been happening already… believe me!

We can conclude that whatever tasks any person wants to be done (that he cannot do by himself), he can hire a VA. No matter how menial or how complicated the task is, there is always a virtual assistant that can do the job.

Finding the perfect VA for your task is another matter. But as there are many outsourcing services online, you can surely get the services you wanted.
So now, do you think you need to Hire a VA?

Be happy… and be successful,

Zarah

March 6, 2010 at 6:48 am Leave a comment

Be One of Us!

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“Honey, can you give me 2 hours to work and we will play again, okay?” This maybe what a Virtual Assistant Mom tells her 4year old daughter… Cool huh!

Are you still wondering if virtual work environment is for you? Let me give you a glimpse of what a Virtual Assistant’s day is like – and be the one to judge.

This is a schedule of a VA-friend who happens to be a mother also.

7am – She will have breakfast with daughter and husband. Fixed her daughter and sends her to school.

10am – After the coast is clear (lol), husband is at work, daughter is at school, she will start working for 4 hours as a SEO Specialist. She may take a break to have her lunch or have it after her shift.

2pm – Daughter will arrive and attends to her. Play and even takes a nap with her.

4pm – This is what she calls, ‘daughter time’. An uninterrupted 3 hours of play, stories, tv, swimming or whatever they would want to do.

7pm – Dinner with the whole family. Dad arrives from work, chat about the day for all of them.

8pm – Tucks daughter to sleep, kiss dad goodnight.

9pm – Work for another hour for a Data Mining project.

You can see in her schedule that she has about 6 hours work as a VA and yet it does not interfere with her “Mommy Duties”.

Being a Virtual Assistant can make you go places – you can go to Sydney, Paris, New York, Malaysia… virtually. You get to talk to different types of people from different cultures. You can learn from them and they can also learn from you. And with all of these incentives, the biggest one is that – you get to work at home, with your kid by your side, and earn a little extra for the family.
Where to start looking for a VA job? There are more outsourcing companies out there, oDesk, Elance, LimeExchange, and even Craiglist. There are limitless opportunities for you – you just have to make the first step.

Come, join us, Mommy. Be one of us!

Be happy… and be successful,

Zarah

The author, ZSPimentel is a Working Mom and currently a co-owner of the company, Hire a VA which outsources VA and SEO Specialists at a very reasonable rates.

March 4, 2010 at 6:35 am Leave a comment


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