How To Benefit From Virtual Assistants (100+ Ways!)

By Diana Barnum

Check out the dozens of ways good virtual assistants can help with your projects. Many popular ways they can help include:


creating and sending invoices to clients

posting / logging monthly transactions into spreadsheets / bookkeeping software

balancing and reconciling account statements and books (credit cards, loans, checking, savings, Paypal, eBay, etc.)

sending payment reminders

bill paying (for workers, contractors, suppliers, utilities, etc.)


scheduling, confirming & rescheduling appointments

backing up data regularly

Completing daily To Do tasks

regular reminding of important tasks and dates

sending out the appropriate cards or gifts for special events

managing lists of necessary office supplies and ordering refills

coordinating and following up with travel plans

coordinating other workers / outsource / virtual assistants and other helpers


keying in data into spreadsheets / database (business cards, telesales info, etc.)

sending introductory, sales, referral, follow up and other business communications and materials (example: to new prospects, leads, clients)

sending scheduled materials out as well (holiday promos, birthday cards, etc.)


tracking marketing efforts and summarizing the results in a report

contacting your leads and lists for missing contact information

sending faxes

emailing newsletters (ezines), announcements and broadcasts


reviewing mail and email for sorting and deleting

responding to help desks / support and other communications

forwarding & tracking items to you and / or your clients

order fulfillment, preparing packages and mailing out items


setting up and maintaining blogs, websites, forums and other means of online presence

establishing and growing your newsletter / ezine and subscription database

posting announcements and newsletter / ezine issues to your subscriber base / list

completing Internet research

writing, recording, editing, revising and submitting content to publishers online & off (articles, press releases, audio, video, podcasts, etc.)


writing, revising, posting online and printing out of resumes and cover / introduction letters

reviewing candidates resumes and summarizing each for your review

helping plan, create, coordinate and instruct about your products, services, business procedures, etc. with helpers / workers, staff and client training.


preparing PowerPoint presentations

preparing workshop / seminar participants beforehand with materials

working after presentations with follow up materials

summarizing results in a report


creating of private label rights (PLR) materials; i.e. ghostwritten items that you can slap your name and branding on and call your own: ebooks, reports, articles, blogging, videos, audio, podcasts, etc.

marketing for your products, services and events keeping in your budget range for promotions online and off

placing follow up faxes, emails, sales calls

creating and mailing feedback and other surveys and questionnaires

gathering testimonials, tracking the responses

blogging, forum posting, using eBay, Craigslist, Social Networking, MySpace, Squidoo, OnlyWire and many other means to spread the word online.

summarizing project work in reports


designing and printing brochures, matching letterhead, business cards and other marketing items

creating designs for and ordering labels, letter head, flyers, pens, pencils and other promotional items

crafting content & / or gathering it including interviewing, researching stats and quotes, laying out, printing and mailing newsletters / ezines (online & off)

designing, printing and mailing out awards, certificates, handouts, CDs and more for workshop & seminar attendees


researching travel plans, destinations, hotels, car rentals and more

researching affiliate programs, joint ventures and partners to team up with for your projects and then following up and reaching out to them to hook up.

finding info for catering, presentations, speeches, apparel, and more

fact finding for your reports, quotes, stats, articles, ebooks, presentations, speeches, videos, audios, podcasts and more

learning about decorating, entertainment, party / host gift ideas

gathering clips of published articles (online and off)

performing library research


receiving phone calls & faxes to allow you more time to do other things

forwarding important messages via email, text messaging or other means

retrieving voice messages and replying and / or coordinating responses with your team so that you know that things are taken care of while you are busy elsewhere with other things


using word processing to key in / type letters, articles, ebooks, memos, etc. from recordings or other note formats

typing of reports, video and audio scripts, workshop / seminar notes and more from recordings or other note formats

extra services like editing, proofing, spell and grammar check, conversion of documents (to Adobe PDFs, PowerPoint slides, Microsoft Word, for example.


Just ask! Seek customization.

Grow your business with plenty of help outsourcing with virtual assistants and teams. Learn more from: and see how you and your business can benefit now.

About the Author: Diana Barnum, Editor of Moving Ahead Weekly Ezine, “Helping You Advance with Business Support Service Info.” Get help for your projects at



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Writing A Business Plan Free: The Key To Creating A Successful Real Estate Investment Business

By Simon Volkov

Several options exist for writing a business plan free. The Internet is a great place to start, as is your local library. Both the Internet and public libraries offer books and resources to help real estate investors develop their business plan. Some online companies offer free versions of business plan software, while others charge a fee.

When writing a business plan free, seek out software and business books that focus on real estate. If possible, locate reference materials on various niches such as rentals, property management, commercial real estate, foreclosure homes or house flipping.

Most real estate business plan software offers templates that can be customized to suit your needs. Microsoft Word offers free business plan templates both within the software program and online. Business software can also be purchased through office supply and electronics stores.

Writing a business plan is essential for success. By taking time to construct a plan, you will be better able to see the “big” picture and determine what actions steps are required to achieve your goals.


Business plans can shine a light on areas which will require additional help. Few people can manage all aspects of running a business. Even if you plan on flying solo, you should have a team of people who can help with some aspects of the business. You might need to hire an accountant, marketing rep, web designer or virtual assistant.

Business plans are crucial if you plan to obtain financing through lenders or private investors. Few people are willing to loan money to business owners who don’t have a solid plan in place.

If you are uncertain of which direction to take your real estate business, using business planning software can help narrow down your choices. Some software contains preprogrammed questions about the types of investment opportunities that interest you. Answering these questions can help users determine if they should focus on rental properties, wholesaling, house flipping, or commercial investments.

When developing your plan it is important to remain focused on the needs of your business. For example, a startup company business plan will focus on different areas than a plan being used to expand an established business.

Developing a strong business plan requires time and patience. The average plan consists of between 20 and 30 pages of information, graphs and charts. It discusses major aspects of the business, key personnel, goals, action steps, and an exit strategy.

At minimum your real estate business plan should include an executive summary, company mission statement, details regarding the products or services offered, market analysis, strategy and implementation techniques, management team and financial projections.

Business plans are intended to be reviewed and updated on a regular basis. There is no point in creating a plan if you don’t refer to it. Review your plan at least every three months to determine where you are and what you need to do to stay on track. Taking time to write a business plan can be your ticket to success, so take time to do it right and refer to if often!

About the Author: Simon Volkov is a successful real estate investor, author and guest speaker. Simon shares insider-secrets about building a real estate investment business and discusses strategies for

writing a business plan

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