It is no secret that these are uncertain and unprecedented times that we are living in and living through. And it is certainly a time where we as VA’s can really use our skills to their highest level and show our clients and business the love that they definitely need and deserve right now.
As a virtual assistant it is easy to get caught up in the chaos sometimes and lose our way a bit when it comes to what we do for a living as well as how we assist our clients. It is easy to lose focus when circumstances throw a curve ball and when that happens – many things can fall through the cracks and deadlines fall behind, and so it snowballs. That is why I have certain tools which I make use of regularly that help me to show my clients business love to help us both be successful, no matter how challenging things may seem.
Below I will discuss a few of them and how I have found they help me in my day to day dealings with client work. But before I get to those technical things ….
This could possibly be the most important tool to use at this present moment in time. It may be the only thing that gets us through the day, most days.
I am extremely grateful to be able to do what I do on a daily basis. I am grateful that I have developed so many useful skills, and still developing because every day presents a learning opportunity.
I like to express gratitude for the clients I have that allow me to be a virtual assistant. I am grateful that I am healthy and of sane mind (most of the time) to be able to create and collaborate and learn and be productive.
Being grateful and showing gratitude daily is possibly one of the biggest way I show myself, my business and my clients some love. If I am in a state of gratitude and feeling at peace and happy with life, it will show in the work produced, it will show in the fact that I try to go the extra mile whenever possible, and it will show in the end result.
Now let’s get to the more intricate tools out there.
The tools to success
I know that staying organized and on top of the tasks at hand is the key here. It helps me stay focused and it helps me provide my clients with what they need, when they need it.
Below are some tools for time management, project planning and scheduling which I have taken the initiative to get and use in order to help me and my clients.
Hootsuite – A social media scheduling tool. It is super versatile and allows me to schedule out content weeks in advance. It allows all platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram amongst others. Using this tool means that my clients get their business in front of social media audiences at the right time and in the right place.
Toggl – To keep me on track. This is a timing tool which allows you to add projects and clients and you can keep track of time spent and how productive you were in the various tasks. It allows me to streamline things and also shows the client where the time is being used.
Canva – This is my favorite and the one I invest money in to ensure that I can work well with clients who need graphics designed and who perhaps would like me to collaborate with them via the team/folder share function of Canva. Canva also has a paid for version and has recently given PRO Canva subscribers access to over 6 million images, templates and more. You can even create animation and videos, the sky is really the limit with Canva. Even if you are not a pro at design, Canva will make you look like one.
To wrap it up
Although there are many technology based ways to show love to your business and clients, the most effective way is to stay true to yourself, show gratitude, feel grateful and feel the love.
Here is to us and overcoming challenges using the power of LOVE!