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My husband has a tool in his tool belt that he swears he can’t live without called the multi-tool.  It has as wide a variety of uses as a Swiss Knife without all the bulky attachments and in his field as a handyman it has become invaluable in saving him time and getting things done just the way he wants them.  Real Estate Agents and busy Professionals have a tool like that available to them, which harnesses the power of technology allowing them to leverage time and get things done the way they want and need them.

The Virtual Assistant industry does away with the need to maintain offices and the attendant overhead associated while offering the best of both worlds.  Factor in technology and these services don’t necessarily need to be locally offered.  Outsourcing can be done quite successfully right here in the States without state boundaries being a limitation.  GhostbloggerMarie caught up with Michelle Anatasio, owner of  CT Virtual Assistance LLC  for an open discussion about the many benefits a Virtual Assistant provides the savvy Professional.

My company specializes in offering a range of virtual assistant, marketing consulting and concierge solutions to busy professionals, entrepreneurs and small businesses.  Our administrative, creative and technical services can be ongoing or per project basis.    I believe that we are offering affordable solutions and customized alternatives to the need to hire and fund in-house administrative, creative or technical staff.  Our services can be packaged or available a la carte.  We maintain some flexibility in order to meet the need of the client” Michelle shared.

As a value addition to most business models there are three main courses an offsite Virtual Assistant brings to the table:

1)     Relieving clients of tedious administration tasks so they can focus their attention on growing their business

2)     Substantial financial savings

  1. eliminating the costs of onsite staffing
  2. minimizing the need for equipment including repair/maintenance costs
  3. minimizing or even eliminating acquisition and storage of office supplies

3)     Clients receive greater flexibility and reliability for increased productivity when working with  a Virtual Assistant service company

Thought you couldn’t afford the help you need?  You may be very pleasantly surprised to discover that you can indeed afford and receive the help that will free you to pursue greater business growth with a Virtual Assistant corralling those administrative tasks that steal so much of your time.

Your comments and thoughts on this subject are welcome!  

Follow this link for more  information about Virtual Assistance and Michelle Anastasio.

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Wending my way through Windows 8

Even with all the talk of Windows 8 being so difficult I wasn’t concerned. After all, I had a perfectly wonderful laptop that came stuffed to the gills with software, a fabulous 17.3 inch screen, plenty of bells and whistles and was just barely 4 years old, so I had nothing to be worried about, right?  WRONG!  Who could have foreseen my darling husband deciding to store his guitar in the cupboard over the couch where I’d been working? Or it slipping out of his hands just as he lifted that heavy case above my open laptop sitting innocently on those cushions?
It put up a good fight, I’ll give it that. The screen blinked a few times before the picture went squewershed and a sound kind of like kineftdmgh came forth from it. A trip to every computer store in town soon revealed that the cost to repair outweighed the cost to replace. And then the fun really started.

* NONE  OF  THE  NEW  COMPUTERS  SEEM  TO  COME  WITH  SOFTWARE  ANYMORE
*ALL  OF  THE  NEW  LAPTOPS  ARE  WINDOWS  8 (unless you buy a Mac, but I can’t afford that until a lot more of you HIRE ME to write blogs for you!)

Now I must ask the all important question:
HAVE  ANY  OF  YOU  SEEN  THE  NEW  WINDOWS  8  OPERATING  SYSTEM?

There is a good reason many of the advance reviews have been less than glowing.  It’s more than just trying to get used to a new look.  This baby is a whole different Starship to navigate!  On a PC, those icons are a little harder to work with than the touch tablets, trust me when I tell you this.  The slightest wind, just breathing too close to them and they swoosh to a place far far away in windows land and you may never see them again.  There is no “back” button, no “undo” button, and there are no real directions to follow, either!windows 8

I will admit this much and no more.  In the first day of trying to work with it, it brought me to tears.  Twice.  And I like change, I like trying new things and I  LOVE challenges!  This was beyond a challenge – this was all out war!  My husband kept offering to take it back to the store and pay whatever it cost to repair my poor guitar abused laptop.  How sweet of him, but all that did was make me even more determined not to be beaten but to triumph over this.

Fellow new computer purchasers, TAKE  HEART!

I persevered for three full days, and now I can honestly say I am finding an appreciation for this new operating system.  The keyboard is still a bit too responsive, but I’ve discovered the escape button brings me right back.  In fact though, I do hope Microsoft makes some user friendly changes I can download.  Like eliminating the extra steps it now takes to accomplish what were quick and simple tasks in the 7 incantation.  And for goodness sake Microsoft, would it really hurt you to give us access to all our windows without our having to search for them?

Windows 8 – not easy to use, but easy to conquer if you’re determined!

Engaged vs Like – only one is a winner!

Is it Politically Correct to be on a PC these days or has everything gone mobile app?cellphone Just how smart are our smart phones? Does anyone fax anymore? How can we possibly keep up with all the newest and latest and greatest gadgets and sites and social platforms designed to meet our every need to share and tweet and pin and scoop and press and communicate everything to everyone including people we’ve never met in places we’ve never even heard of?

WE CAN’T.
Slow down, breathe deeply and don’t let it all get to you. Sure, just when you’ve finally figured out how to successfully send a tweet out with all the right hashtags (number symbol #) and designed a FB page that you can manage and stay current with-someone mentions something new and exciting and you’ve just GOT to be part of it if you want your business to grow and be seen!

RELAX!
If you tried to do even a little bit of everything that’s out there you’d cramp your fingers typing and permanently cross your eyes squinting and there would STILL be something “new and improved” and the NEXT BEST THING. You’d never have time to look at anything except a screen of some sort if you try to do it ALL. So don’t. Don’t worry about #nimble and #code canyon and #slideshare and #commun.it and #gaggleAMP and #Quozio and #Socialoomph and #hootsuite and #frogpond and everything else .

PICK ONE or TWO PLATFORMS that are working for you and take the time to learn them well enough to make an impact on your desired audience about your desired focus. It just isn’t possible to be everything to everyone. Get really good at one or two things. Then explore some other platforms and if viable to promote your interests -step in and get your feet wet.

Focus on engaged Social interactions rather than a large number of likes, fans or followers. You’ll discover sweet freedom and increased business as a result.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  LET FREEDOM RING!