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Equifax Breach Causes Concerns

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I’m sure you’ve all heard about the latest news with the credit reporting agency, Equifax, but in case you haven’t heard here is the scoop.

Equifax was recently hacked and that caused a  security breach that affected more than 145 million people in both Canada and the US.

 

Now you would imagine for such a lack of security on vital personal information of people that there would be some consequences, but such is not the case for Equifax.

Not only did they receive no penalties, or fines but they have acquired a 7.5-million-dollar contract with the IRS to provide taxpayer and personal identity verification services.

 

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The Benefits Of A Virtual Receptionist

billionphotos-2911124Our Virtual Future – Why You Should Have A Virtual Receptionist

So we’ve talked about the benefits of using a virtual assistant to help you with a wide range of tasks, but today I wanted to inform you all about a more specific form of a VA: the virtual receptionist. The perks of having a virtual receptionist are plenty, but yet many business owners are not even aware that the service exists. You may have had your website virtually designed or your bookkeeping performed remotely, but it’s not surprising if you haven’t heard of a virtual receptionist.

What is a virtual receptionist, anyways?

The term might make you visualize a robot, sort of like Siri or Alexa. But the truth is that virtual receptionists are real people with the ability to interact with and relate to other people. Their focus is to help you maintain a professional image for your business.

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When To Hire A Virtual Assistant

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As a new business owner, you may be tempted to try to handle all of the day-to-day tasks yourself. By definition, entrepreneurs are hard-headed, stubborn and independent people, and often they are reluctant to let anyone else help out with the business operations. I fully respect the business owners that are willing and able to take care of the mile-long to-do list, but at the same time, there will (or should) come a time when it’s just not feasible to put off hiring extra help.

Any business should have a plan for growth and success, and with this comes the need for assistance with various tasks. So – fellow entrepreneurs, I’m sorry to say it, but eventually you will need to consider looking for someone that you can trust to take on those important responsibilities.

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your VA

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How to Work with Your VA to Get the Most Out of Their Assistance 

Virtual assistants are virtual in that they provide their services to clients remotely. For some business owners, this causes concern regarding how much work is really being done. Using a VA can save your business time and money, but only if they are making sure that the tasks you delegate to them are being completed in a timely manner. There are a few ways that you can make sure you are working with a VA in the most productive way.

 

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How to Effectively Outsource Social Media

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Why Outsource Social Media?

Social media is an important part of keeping your current and potential customers updated on the goings-on of your business. It is a simple way to engage customers without requiring too much of their time. Management of social media accounts is easily outsourced to a virtual assistant. However, it is important to keep in mind the voice in which you want your brand to communicate your message to audiences. Anything that a VA posts to your business’ social media accounts influences the opinion that your audience has of your business. It is important to know how to effectively manage your social media with the help of a virtual assistant in a way that will best represent you and your brand.

 

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How To Stay Focused In Your Home Office

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The Secret To Staying Focused In Your Home Office

If you own a home-based business, or if you work for a company that gives you the freedom to work from home, you’ve doubtless run into one of the downfalls: the seemingly endless distractions that interrupt your work flow on a daily basis. While you can’t ignore the perks, like making your own hours and forgetting that super strict dress-code, it can also be hard to ignore the side effects.

Between kids, dogs, neighbours, chores and even the T.V, you may have found that many of your valuable work hours are diminished before you know it. Especially if you are used to having a straight schedule and tight deadlines, this illusion of freedom is a huge adjustment. If you sometimes find yourself missing your old cubicle, don’t fret! Read our helpful guide below to help you stay focused and get things done.

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What Types Of Music To Listen To While Working

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Not Sure What To Listen To?

For anyone working from home, you know the challenges of ignoring or eliminating distractions. Between the endless noises that interrupt your work flow to the difficulty separating work tasks from home chores, it can be difficult to get in a full 8 hours. Even working in a quiet office can have its own kind of interruptions.

Inevitably, this leads many to turn to music to help them focus. Especially with repetitive tasks, such as filing paperwork or data entry, music helps the time go by and allows you to complete these tedious tasks much faster. But when it comes to the tasks that require a higher level of focus or concentration, it may seem like there is no perfect playlist. Music that is too slow or too fast may actually decrease your productivity! We’ve compiled a list of different kinds of music you can listen to that are proven to increase productivity.

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What to outsource to a Virtual Assistant

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Reduce The Burden On Yourself – Focus On What You Do Best 

Entrepreneurs are a different breed of people. The broad range of skills they acquire over the course of their life is impressive, and their seemingly never-ending energy tends to rub off on others. This usually leads to the business owner assuming many of the responsibilities of the company, and often they will work 80-100 hours a week. Entrepreneurs tend to think that every task associated with their business must be completed themselves, or there’s the risk of something going wrong. And, while this is truly commendable, it usually takes a toll on not only the business owner, but the business itself as well.

 

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How to choose a Virtual Assistant

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Having Difficulties Choosing A Virtual Assistant?

With the help of our ever-growing technology sector, almost every role can be performed remotely by a qualified Virtual Assistant (VA). While there are some positions that require face-to-face contact with the business owner, there are many areas such as website design, SEO and copywriting that can be subcontracted without complications.

Choosing a VA can be difficult and without careful consideration, can be a huge waste of time.

Check out our helpful guide to see how you can choose a VA that suits you and your company's needs.

 

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Why you shouldn’t make Starbucks your business meeting place

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Starbucks: The Go-To Meeting Space

Starbucks has become a sort of meeting hub since it introduced WiFi back in 2003, giving friends, family and business owners a place to meet and share stories and ideas. I’m sure we can all recall an interesting conversation we had in a coffee shop, whether with a complete stranger or an acquaintance. And while good memories can be created here, it’s important to remember that it shouldn’t be used as a personal office.

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