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How Delegating Your Email Management Can Benefit Work-Life Balance

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Being overworked is a familiar sight these days. It’s increasingly common to see a parent ignoring children, a husband on a date with his smartphone instead of his wife, or a stressed-out millennial using their bus commute to catch up on emails. It’s no longer weird or unexpected to work through the weekend or not take time to breathe and reset. Though this seems to happen with increased frequency, the consequences of neglecting to strike a work-life balance are depressing. No matter your occupation, family situation, marital status, or age, reaching a healthy equilibrium between your job and your home life is imperative to your overall health and happiness. However, it’s often hard to find this balance when your email is constantly full of time-sensitive messages. Sometimes taking a break seems more overwhelming than simply pushing through your inbox, no matter what personal activities you have to sacrifice. If this sounds familiar, it’s probably time to hire a virtual assistant.

Ignore Your Inbox

A dedicated virtual assistant can make your life easier in many ways, but a major asset to work-life balance is their ability to manage your email inbox. With so many projects and deadlines on your plate, emails can be a less-important distraction that keeps you from getting your work done while you’re in the office. This distracted kind of productivity leaves many workers feeling overwhelmed, as they are not accomplishing their tasks efficiently. Upon leaving work, the situation can feel even worse. Though many tasks are easy to leave at the office, email is an aspect of work that follows you around. With smartphones and constant notifications, it’s hard to ignore incoming emails with time-sensitive questions or business inquiries. By hiring top virtual assistant services to handle your email inquiries and inbox, you have more free time to finish your tasks during business hours and arrive home without thoughts of unfinished business or unanswered emails.

Why Email Management?

Again, the best virtual assistants for hire will help your business in numerous ways, so why is email so important? According to Forbes, email is a major out-of-office stressor for most millennial entrepreneurs and employees. Emails that seem quick to answer or inconsequential add up quickly, causing the majority of free time to be still connected to work. Not maintaining a work-life balance is linked to chronic stress, leading to medical problems such as hypertension, digestive issues, cardiovascular issues, and poor mental health. Maintaining healthy boundaries between work and relaxing is imperative to overall health and wellbeing. Hiring a virtual assistant to manage and maintain your email eliminates one of the prime culprits of a broken work-life balance.

Personal Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant

Searching for a good virtual assistant is ultimately a selfless act. Though taking advantage of virtual assistant services benefits your company, more importantly, it has widespread and profound impacts on your personal life. Depending on your lifestyle, having a personal assistant leads to benefits such as:

  • More rest and quality sleep
  • Extra time for family and friends
  • Freedom to explore hobbies
  • Deeper personal relationships
  • A stronger sense of community
  • Fewer stress-related medical conditions
  • Better mental health

If hiring a virtual personal assistant to manage your email can have such profound effects with few downsides, why wouldn’t you hire one? It is impossible to work at your full potential when you’re overstressed and overworked. Nurture your personal life, so you are better poised to perform well in your job and make advances for your company.

Why Virtual Latinos is Right For You

When looking at top virtual assistant companies, it’s important to consider all your personal and professional needs. Virtual Latinos is the foremost agency for virtual assistants, giving you the perks of all other major agencies plus more. We pride ourselves on our diversity, with agents from El Salvador to Chile to Venezuela. Our Latin American foundation puts us in the unique position of being entirely bilingual, perfect for businesses and individuals with Spanish-speaking clientele. Due to Latin America’s proximity to the US, it’s easy to find an assistant in your time zone, eliminating a common outsourcing confusion. All our assistants are thoroughly reviewed and come highly recommended by our company. The vast majority of our assistants are college-educated, while their services remain significantly less expensive than competing agencies. We offer direct hiring options and agency-assisted hiring, so there are options to fit everyone’s preferences and comfort levels.

Why wait? Don’t waste another minute being less happy than you should be. Get your life back and take charge of your career with a Virtual Latinos virtual assistant today!

How to Improve Your Customer Retention Strategy by Hiring a Virtual Team

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Virtual Hiring Offers Incredible Potential for Your Customer Retention Strategy

One of the most important parts of operating any customer-focused business is ensuring your customers want to keep coming back to do more business with your team. One bad experience can completely spoil a customer’s image of a brand. Customer retention rates typically climb when a brand’s customer service department cannot provide positive experiences to customers who encounter problems with their transactions.

While many businesses invest in creating and maintaining internal customer retention departments or teams specifically assigned to resolving customer service disputes, hiring virtual assistants is a more cost-effective and reliable option for improving customer retention. Top virtual assistant services like Virtual Latinos can help business owners handle their day to day tasks, or break into a new market serving both English and Spanish speaking clients. This can instantly bolster an internal customer service department, enabling the entire customer-facing side of the organization to provide better experiences to their client base.

How Can Dedicated Virtual Assistants Improve Customer Retention Rates?

Many variables influence customer retention rates, from market competition to the efficacy of marketing campaigns. Some of these factors are well outside of a company’s control, so companies need to focus on improving customer retention rates actively in every way they can. One of these areas includes the interactions between customers and company representatives. A skilled virtual assistant can help your business achieve this in a variety of ways:

  • Follow-ups with clients
  • Offering email and/or phone support to your clients and potential clients
  • Re-engaging lost or inactive clients
  • Determining opportunities to upsell products or services
  • Preventing potential issues by being proactive
  • Ensuring customers feel heard and valued

Customers may need to reach out to a company representative to handle simple questions about the products and services offered. When they do, they must have positive experiences to ensure they want to keep doing business with the company. Virtual Latinos offers both English and Spanish speaking virtual assistants, which are extremely helpful when companies need to ensure solid customer experiences.

Hiring a small business virtual assistant based in Latin America makes it much easier for any company to handle the customer service challenges that often arise. Hiring a top virtual assistant agency like Virtual Latinos is far more affordable than hiring and onboarding one or more new full-time employees, many of which may require entry-level training. Virtual Latinos can take the stress out of hiring and strengthen your customer retention strategy by providing fully trained virtual assistants who can assist with any business needs.

Onboarding Your New Virtual Assistants

Hiring a virtual assistant will entail some degree of training and onboarding to get the new sales virtual assistant accustomed to your systems. Still, this option is far simpler than investing in and maintaining an entire internal department focused solely on customer retention. This is especially true when a business owner leverages online virtual assistance services to their fullest potential by choosing a virtual assistant agency like Virtual Latinos.

A virtual assistant service like Virtual Latinos is especially valuable to any customer-facing business that deals with English or Spanish-speaking clients. Virtual Latinos find and pre-vet professional virtual assistants for companies that want to ensure solid customer retention in any market. Once your virtual team members get to know your systems, they can provide your customers top-tier service and support, regardless of your geographic location or timezone.

Improve Your Customer Retention Strategy With Virtual Latinos

Every business has a unique customer retention strategy built around its market, goals, and average customer types. A customer retention strategy must identify the points of contact most likely to result in customer service issues and opportunities, solving the former and capitalizing on the latter as swiftly as possible. When customers have problems that are solved quickly and painlessly, this is a positive experience. When customers are provided even more value than they originally expected thanks to great customer service, this is an even better experience.

These are just a few examples of how the right customer service agents can make a tangible difference in your customer retention rates. For companies serving diverse markets, Latino virtual assistants from Virtual Latinos are especially valuable in enhancing new customers’ experiences in different areas, strengthening the brand, and giving the business a firm foothold. Virtual Latinos has a solution for every business.

Choose Virtual Latinos to Boost Customer Retention Instantly

Are you ready to start providing your customers with better, more valuable experiences with your brand? In that case, Virtual Latinos is ready to help you improve customer retention by providing virtual assistants in Latin America who can assist with helping you meet and exceed your customer service needs. Contact Virtual Latinos today to find a virtual assistant ready to provide your customers with better experiences.

How to Improve Your Online Presence by Hiring a Virtual Assistant

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We live in an extremely fast-paced society, where companies and businesses are expected to respond to current events and user-generated content within minutes. Online posts are often greatly delayed, giving the impression that those responsible for said content are entirely disconnected from their target base. However, monitoring various social media platforms and creating dynamic, engaging content is an extremely resource-intensive task, especially for small businesses with other priorities.

Hiring a virtual assistant from Virtual Latinos can be the perfect solution. They offer high-quality work and unique skills necessary to successfully maintain a vibrant online presence, which in turn frees up you and any other staff members to focus on the bigger picture. Working with our virtual assistants is also extremely affordable, allowing you to enjoy the benefits without overextending your budget.

Why Is a Strong Online Presence Important for Business Owners?

In an increasingly global society, establishing an online presence is an essential part of running a successful business. The high volume of online traffic means that promotional efforts online are often far more effective than in-person strategies. Online platforms also present you with a unique opportunity to build relationships with your clients. Over the past several years, brands that have made themselves more personable online have seen tremendous success in increasing their customer bases. By responding to trending topics and interacting with user-generated content, they appear more human and, as such, more trustworthy to potential consumers, improving people’s perception of your brand in a powerful way.

However, you must handle your online presence with care. Marketing mishaps online can often have long-lasting repercussions. If you’re going to make yourself available on the Internet, people will expect you to be fully available. Failing to be responsive, attentive, and consistent in creating additional content can easily lead to a lack of confidence from users, making them less likely to work with your brand in the future.

What Kinds of Tasks Can a Virtual Assistant Handle?

The primary purpose of adding a dedicated virtual assistant to your team is to improve your business by allocating your resources more efficiently. While the virtual assistant takes care of your online platforms, you can focus on expanding your business, developing new products, and building new partnerships. This arrangement works because virtual assistants are armed with the tools to accomplish what you need from them without constant monitoring or hand-holding. Top virtual assistant services encompass a wide variety of tasks to help make your life easier. These include:

  • Creating social media accounts and profiles
  • Researching the interests and preferences of your target audience
  • Generating regularly scheduled content
  • Addressing user-generated questions or comments
  • Revising existing content to ensure it remains relevant
  • Monitoring external content that references your brand
  • Tracking the results of your online efforts and help you adjust your social media strategy accordingly

Where to Find Affordable Virtual Assistants

Virtual assistants are an incredible resource, but not all virtual assistants are the same. At Virtual Latinos, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with the premier team of assistants available. Our staff has personally vetted every member of the team via a detailed system that looks at each individual’s education, work experience, and digital marketing skills. In addition to being highly qualified, the fact that our virtual assistants work remotely from Latin America offers unique benefits. All our assistants are fully bilingual, meaning that they can handle all the usual demands of your business while giving you increased access to any feedback from your Spanish-speaking customers.

Hailing from Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, and several other Latin American countries, our assistants can earn a comfortable income in their local currency while remaining extremely affordable to US employers. They are 40% to 75% less expensive to hire than virtual assistants in the US. Depending on your needs, you can hire a virtual assistant for as little as $5 per hour. This arrangement is so beneficial to both parties that becoming a virtual assistant with Virtual Latinos is a highly sought-after position. Furthermore, despite the distance, virtual assistants from Virtual Latinos work in the same time-zones as US employers, so they will always be available when you need them most.

If you’re prepared to make a splash on the digital stage and revitalize your online presence, look no further than hiring a virtual assistant from Virtual Latinos. Our assistants will work diligently alongside you to help develop a winning social media strategy to promote your brand successfully. Invest in yourself by investing in a virtual assistant and contact Virtual Latinos today to get started.

Client Highlight: Q&A with Productivity Expert Marcey Rader

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We’re happy to start this new series of questions and answers with some of our Virtual Latinos Clients. For our first guest, we got the honor and privilege to chat with Marcey Rader from Raleigh, North Carolina, founder of Work Well. Play More! Marcey shares some of her wisdom on being able to reach and live a productive, clutter-free, healthy lifestyle, as well as tips on how to help other business owners and entrepreneurs to grow their businesses

Q&As:

  1. Please share a brief description of your business, how you got started, and why you chose it?
    I own a productivity and health coaching and speaking company. Before starting my business seven years ago, I worked in pharma/biotech clinical research for fourteen years and was a corporate trainer and training manager. People were always asking me how I did it all – work, ultra-race, have a relationship and shut down with inbox zero every night. It made sense to do what came naturally!
  2. What types of businesses or people do you work with?
    Many of my clients are in the pharma/biotech space, but I’ve worked from manufacturing to finance, from North Dakota to Dubai. People in all businesses want boundaries, better focus, and healthy behaviors in their lives. I work with small business owners as well as corporate professionals, typically manager level and above.
  1. What are the top 3 keys to your business success?
    I surround myself with key people. When I was starting, I thought I couldn’ afford a virtual assistant. I firmly believe that because I hired one early on, I am much farther along than other people that started at the same time. It allows me to focus on the big picture. I’m also very persistent, but not in a pushy way. I have systems for follow-up that work well for me. Lastly, I take time for myself. As much as I love what I do, I know that the creative part comes from being away from the business.
  2. Who would you consider your key team members or key roles for your business success? (Marketing, Sales Specialist, Admin, Cold-callers, etc?)
    My full-time virtual assistant has been with me for five years. She does all of my website, marketing materials, and administrative tasks. I know how to do these things on my own, but they are not an effective use of my time. I recently hired a concierge for client-facing activities. A concierge means my clients receive an even higher level of service, and I can focus more on coaching and speaking than program logistics.
  3. What unique value propositions do you offer your clients?
    We declutter the mind, body, and business one habit at a time.
  4. How do you measure your business success, and how do you try to improve it?
    My client’s success is our success. I have a strong track record of promotions, business growth, and health improvements with all of my clients. I also have eight Specialists on my team, all of whom own their own business. Being able to give them work means I’ve been successful. And of course, there is always revenue. Tangible success is also paying all your bills and having plenty of money to sock away and even play!
  5. If you could go back in time 10 or 20 years, what would be the #1 tip of advice you’d give yourself?
    At 36, I was starting to hit a low point where my job was killing me, I had gone into early menopause from a high-intensity, high-stress lifestyle, and my marriage was suffering. I was the primary breadwinner and thought there was no way I could leave my job behind. I would tell myself to walk away. Your health and marriage is a priority. You’ll find a way to make money, and you’ll be happier doing it. It won’t be easy, but you’ll be more fulfilled in your life.
  6. What’s the #1 tip you’d give other entrepreneurs or business owners looking to grow their business?
    Hire a virtual assistant! Don’t wait another day.
  7. Would you recommend others to hire a virtual assistant (VA)? and if so why?
    I recommend it several times a week. I am a strong advocate of working in your line of genius and giving others opportunities they may not have. That’s why I like working with Virtual Latinos, because I know I am giving someone work in a country that isn’t as economically strong as the US.
  8. What are the best tools and systems you recommend for working with a VA?
    I like Asana for project management, Google Chat for instant message, and Voxer for voice and text messaging.
  9. Do you have any tips or advice for anyone who’s starting to work with a VA for the first time?
    Start capturing video screen shares of all the tasks you are doing to handoff. The video makes the training more accessible, and since you are doing it anyway, it doesn’t take up much more time.
  10. What do you think about the future of businesses in regards to hiring VAs as part of their team?
    I don’t like the term virtual assistant because it’s underwhelming. They are so much more than assistants. I think COVID-19 has put to rest the fear of hiring people remotely because so many people had to go remote. It doesn’t matter if they are down the street or a time zone away! Anyone can hire and feel confident with a virtual assistant.

Here’s Why You Should Consider Hiring a Virtual Assistant to Grow Your Cleaning Services Company

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If you run a cleaning business, you have probably noticed that as your business grows, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep up with some of the details and menial tasks involved. You may be overwhelmed by tedious work that you don’t have the time for, work that’s necessary to keep things running smoothly. You have likely realized that you need more help, but hiring local help for these duties can be expensive and impractical. If you haven’t considered it before, it may be time to think about hiring a small business virtual assistant. These experienced professionals are a cost-effective choice that you can hire to perform part-time services to reduce the workload on your full-time staff. This increases your employee productivity, and in turn, improves your bottom line.

How Do You Know if You Need a Virtual Assistant?

When you are trying to decide if you should hire a virtual assistant, it is vital to look at the duties your assistant could take on to make your job easier and give your staff more time to focus on their priorities.

Look at the Duties a Virtual Assistant Can Perform

  • Answering phone calls and providing quality customer service, including special service requests, rescheduling, sales, quote callbacks, and handling complaints
  • Advertising your business on social media
  • Focusing on high-priority tasks
  • Answering customer questions on your website chatbox
    Managing your accounts receivable, invoices, payments, emails, and following up with clients who are behind on payments
  • Managing your payroll
  • Checking with customers on their satisfaction and encouraging them to leave positive reviews, and in the case of poor reviews, working with the client to see how you can improve their experience
  • Sending customer surveys to gain additional feedback
  • Implementing new software programs and assisting with training staff on these systems
  • Assisting with your hiring process by listing open positions, collecting applications, and scheduling interviews
  • Scheduling customers next cleaning appointment
  • Ordering new cleaning supplies
  • Tracking cleaning supplies inventory
  • Scheduling cleaning staff
  • And more!

How Do You Train a Virtual Assistant to Meet Your Needs?

Every business is different, and it is vital to have a plan for preparing your virtual assistant for the tasks you expect them to perform so that they can help your business become more efficient and bring in more revenue.

Training Tips for Your Virtual Assistant

  • The first step in ensuring that your virtual assistant will handle the jobs you expect of them is to list the tasks you want them to perform. Create a task list and prioritize the more important items, so they know which items should be completed first. It may benefit you to choose the daily tasks that take up the most of your time that you could spend on more meaningful endeavors. Be sure to pace your training program so that your assistant doesn’t feel overwhelmed right off the bat.
  • Train your virtual assistant on the specifics of the way you like your phone answered, and prepare them with a list of commonly asked questions and the responses you wish them to provide to clients. It is easier to have this information in a well-organized folder than asking them to memorize responses right away.
  • Be sure that your virtual assistant knows what you expect of them in terms of phone call response time and how quickly you expect them to respond to emails, text messages, and other communications. Be careful not to set unrealistic expectations—your virtual assistant is human, so don’t expect more than you would from any other employee.
  • Take time in the first few weeks of working with your virtual assistant to get to know them and build a trusting employer/employee relationship. Have weekly meetings to check in and see how things are going with them. Monitor them from a distance so that they don’t feel that you are micromanaging, and be understanding if they make a few mistakes at first.

Call on Virtual Latinos to Help You

Once you see the benefits of hiring a virtual assistant for your cleaning business, doing so will help your business to grow. Virtual Latinos is one of the top virtual assistant services that can connect you with college-educated, bilingual virtual assistants from countries like Uruguay, Argentina, and Mexico. Our company has built a reputation for trustworthy, cost-effective virtual assistants that improve customer service, employee productivity, and help businesses grow. Call us today at (619) 317-1198 or visit our website to find out how we can help your cleaning business.

Virtual Assistants: The Key to Customer Service Success

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The daily routine of running a business can be very overwhelming. When you don’t have the proper support to allow you to run things efficiently, you lose track of items in your inbox, end up late for meetings, and see your level of customer service fall below your standards. If you find that you are facing these issues, it is time to consider hiring a virtual assistant. You will see a difference right away in your productivity, but more importantly, your customers will be more satisfied.

How Can a Virtual Assistant Help You Improve Customer Service?

When you want to hire a virtual assistant to improve your customer service, it is essential to consider the skill set you are looking for in your virtual support professional. Virtual assistants are experienced professionals who can take care of tasks ranging from handling the phones to paralegal assistance and project management. Here are a few benefits our clients find when they hire a virtual assistant.

External Communication Point

If you run into problems at the office or things become backed up to the point that you miss calls, a virtual assistant gives your customers another point of contact. Even if they are only able to leave a message, they will be happy to have gotten an answer.

Paperwork Organization

When you are forging new client relationships, there is always a great deal of documentation and paperwork such as contracts and proposals to track. A virtual assistant can distribute all your paperwork and gather it promptly to keep things running efficiently.

Invoicing

A virtual assistant can stay on top of your invoicing and reconciliations so that you can reach out to clients promptly and resolve any issues.

Client Relations

Virtual assistants can reach out to your clients when you are stuck in a meeting or running late, can reschedule appointments, even meet with your clients’ assistants to compare notes and ensure that you are on the same track with meetings and project plans. Your virtual assistant can also keep your client details up to date in your customer relationship management software (CRM).

Additional Point of Contact

When you hire a latino virtual assistant, you give your clientele another way to reach out with questions and concerns when you are busy. They can offer assistance with topics they are familiar with or get the client in contact with you if it is necessary. They are also able to keep track of your social media and email accounts so that urgent issues are addressed promptly.

Is a Virtual Assistant Necessary When Other Staff Can Do the Work?

Employers often don’t realize that their employees’ productivity is stifled because they feel overworked. As a business grows, many staff members take on additional hours to get their work done, but they have trouble focusing on their tasks because the overtime becomes overwhelming. The issue at hand is that most times, employees will not tell their employer that they feel overworked, so the cycle continues. Hiring a virtual assistant is a great way to stay ahead of the game, keep your employees happy, and help everyone be more productive. On top of that, you are more likely to keep your valued staff when they feel like their workload is less, and that is vital to keeping your business consistent and your customers happy.

What Is the First Step When You Hire a Virtual Assistant?

When you decide on a virtual assistant that you wish to hire, you should send them a letter that lays out what you expect from them and what their duties will be. They should sign off on the letter as an agreement to the conditions of their employment with your company. You can tailor the letter to your specific needs, but here are a few details you should be sure to include:

  • Note that they must be in a quiet place, free from distractions if they will be answering phone calls for your business.
  • Know the bandwidth necessary to access your internal systems, and inform them that they must have the internet strength to accommodate your systems.
  • Inform them that you must be able to contact them during the agreed time frame that they will be working each day.
  • Inform your new employee that work attendance is mandatory during their scheduled hours, and that missing work may result in a warning call.
  • Discuss the possibility that your virtual assistant’s power may go out, or they could lose internet access, and how this will be handled should it occur.

If you seek a virtual assistant to improve your company productivity, be sure to reach out to Virtual Latinos today at (610) 317-1198. Our virtual assistants from countries like Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala can be a great addition to your team.

5 Ways Virtual Assistants Can Fast-Track Your Insurance Company’s Success

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In today’s digital era, brick and mortar locations are quickly becoming increasingly irrelevant. After all, most clients simply check the status of their insurance policies or submit claims via mobile apps or online websites. That leaves you with staff taking up most of the real estate in your offices. But is this arrangement necessary? Or is it time for you to take your business to the next level?

If you’re looking for a solution that will cut expenses, reduce your workload, and help you become more digitally savvy, the answer is easy: Hire virtual assistants. After all, not every task in your company requires an insurance license, and once hired, managing your virtual assistant is a breeze. Said assistant can take care of all the busy-work in the office, freeing up your schedule to tackle more important tasks, and when you’re working with Virtual Latinos, they can do so at a fraction of the usual cost.

What Benefits do Virtual Assistants Provide to Insurance Companies?

1) First Point of Contact for Clients

Clients will have questions every time a policy update is mailed. They’ll have much more trust in your company if you’re able to respond to those questions promptly. But balancing other responsibilities means you won’t always be available to take that call. Hiring a virtual assistant allows you to keep the lines of communication wide open and helps your clients feel like you are genuinely invested in hearing what they have to say. Our Virtual Latinos are in places like Colombia and Honduras, which have the same time zones as the US, so they’ll have no trouble receiving calls during US business hours.

After speaking with a client, the assistant can determine if the situation has been satisfactorily resolved or if the caller needs to be redirected to the appropriate division of your company. The ability to screen these calls cuts down on the number of interactions you need to address, while still giving your clients the impression that your company is there for them when necessary.

2) Manage Your Schedule

In addition to being that first point of contact when clients call or other staff members reach out, your assistant can also take care of your scheduling. By reviewing your calendar and availability, an assistant can add meetings to your schedule as needed. Instead of wasting your time trying to figure out how to squeeze in three appointments in a busy week, you can simply check your schedule every day to confirm what’s scheduled and leave it at that.

If circumstances change and rescheduling is necessary, your assistant can take care of that too. By reaching out to the affected parties to confirm the meeting is being rescheduled, you show that you respect people’s time.

3) Research and Data Collection

While you concentrate on taking care of any urgent situation, your virtual assistant can spend time performing research and collecting data. For your operation to run successfully, it’s crucial to have access to updated marketing information. Working with a virtual assistant agency enables you to keep track of upcoming trends and industry changes and stay competitive in the field. With Virtual Latinos, most of our assistants have robust marketing backgrounds, making them uniquely qualified to handle this task.

Virtual Latinos’ virtual assistants are fully bilingual, college-educated, motivated individuals. Their skills in English are equal to their expertise in Spanish, and they can handle complex documents full of technical language with little issue.

4) Data Entry

In the insurance industry, there are large amounts of information you will collect from clients during their time with you. Most of this is submitted via filled out forms. And while a lot of the process is becoming more automated, there are still quite a few things that a machine can’t do. A dedicated virtual assistant can take the time to pore over paperwork and perform the necessary data entry services for quotes, claims, and other such processes.

5) Social Media Management

Social media is the ultimate tool when it comes to promoting your company and your brand. But using social media properly involves a lot of time and commitment. What users love about the platform is the interactivity, which entails ensuring they have a constant cache of fresh, relevant content prepared and can respond to comments to your posts regularly. Virtual assistants can take care of providing these updates and scheduling posts to prevent your page from becoming stale. They are also able to take the time to respond to comments, as well as take note of any trends across social media that might have an impact on your company.

Hiring the Right Virtual Assistant for You

With so many choices for virtual assistants online, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. We help simplify that choice by providing a unique service within the industry. Not only are the assistants on our team thoroughly vetted and hand-picked to ensure they are incredibly qualified for the task, but they’re also far more affordable than any alternative. Given the differences in costs of living between the US and, say, El Salvador, the same dollar amount that would be considered extremely desirable for a paycheck in Latin America is simultaneously extremely affordable in the US. With Virtual Latinos, you can hire virtual assistants for as little as $5 per hour, though we have multiple pricing options for whatever your needs may be.

In addition to being cost-effective, our assistants’ language skills will allow you to grow your business even further, providing better support for any Spanish-speaking clients and partners. Spanish is the second most spoken language in the country, and being unable to provide services in Spanish is a considerable setback.

When you’re ready to take the next step for your insurance company, all you need to do is reach out to us so we can get started on pairing you with the best virtual assistant for your needs. Contact us today!

3 Tips For Productively Managing Your Remote Team!

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Leverage These 3 Tips for Managing Your Remote Team

Remote work is more than just a fad. As the COVID pandemic continues to sweep the globe, many experts predict that remote and virtual work will only increase in popularity, even after workers are allowed to return to the office. Employers are increasingly discovering that remote teams are often more productive. However, effective management of these teams is essential. To make the most of your virtual assistant(s), we recommend applying the following tips to effectively manage your remote teams:

1. Schedule Regular Check-Ins

There are a few different ways to check in with your remote virtual assistant, even if they’re located in Peru. Several tools can help you communicate readily with your virtual assistant, such as Slack, email, and phone. However, face-to-face interactions can also be helpful. We like tools like Google Team Hangouts and Zoom. Virtual check-ins:

  • Lead to more effective troubleshooting. When you and a virtual assistant are tackling a business task, problem-solving is much more effective face to face compared to email.
  • Create better non-verbal understanding. While Slack can be an effective form of communication, it can also be impersonal. Video platforms like Zoom can help you connect better with your virtual assistant, even if they’re located in Honduras.

Regular communication over multiple channels is essential to make sure your team is meeting your expectations. Even the best virtual assistant will benefit from direction and dialogue. Making your expectations known and tracking progress is crucial to the success of your remote team.

2. Have Measurable Objectives and Outcomes

To help your team stay on track and manage your own expectations, work to create measurable outcomes and objectives for your virtual assistant. For example, if your virtual assistant primarily helps with marketing, identify time-phased targets that they should be meeting (for example, gaining X more social media followers). Set your dedicated virtual assistant up for success by clearly delineating the tasks they are responsible for, why they are important, and make sure they understand how you will measure success. Define the scope of each task, desired deliverables, and the timeline for completing each task. This will help you all keep on track, even if you are working hundreds of miles apart.

At the same time, it’s also crucial to avoid micromanaging. It’s not possible to manage every aspect of your remote team’s work, and less stress is likely one of the reasons you hired a dedicated virtual assistant in the first place! Don’t focus on things like hours worked or online time. Focusing on outcomes and deliverables can help you manage the success of your virtual assistant and identify new tasks as necessary.

Step 3: Assure The Right Fit

Not everyone can work remotely with success. As such, it is essential to ensure that you have the right person for the tasks you are looking to fulfill. The best virtual assistant:

  • Has the ability to prioritize
  • Can readily adapt to new tasks and environments
  • Is collaborative
  • Communicates well
  • Is independent and self-motivated
  • Has superb organization
  • Is reliable
  • Has a result-oriented mindset, and;
  • A strong work ethic.

To succeed in a virtual environment, it is also essential for a virtual assistant to be tech-savvy. Remote work technology is rapidly evolving, and your business may also rely on proprietary applications, customer relationship management software, and website software. It is essential to find a virtual assistant who, even if they don’t have relevant certifications, is open to learning about new ways of working. To discover these qualifications when hiring a virtual assistant, try holding interviews over multiple channels like email, Zoom, or Slack. Using a multitude of methods can help pinpoint a virtual assistant’s skills. Email, for example, can test their writing ability and responsiveness, while video chatting can determine a candidate’s level of non-verbal communication and cultural fit with your needs.

Find The Perfect Remote Worker With Virtual Latinos

Remote workers are productive and help you run your business more effectively. Whether you are looking for someone to take on general administrative tasks for a specialized assistant to help with marketing or sales or need help with payroll, we have an assistant who can help. Using our Virtual Latino directory, you can browse by certification, location, and more. Our virtual assistant agency can also help you find the perfect candidate for your needs. Our virtual assistants are located all over South and Central America, including countries like Peru, Mexico, Venezuela, El Salvador, and more. To learn more about the services we offer, please contact us or read about our process.

Benefits Start-ups and Entrepreneurs Can Enjoy With a VA

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Why Hire a VA – Benefits for Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs

Budding small business owners have a lot on their plate and often manage every aspect of their business. If there is one area in which entrepreneurs and solopreneurs struggle, it is with the delegation of tasks and hiring of staff. With business constantly in flux, it can be difficult to know when to hire someone to take on a new role. When your business is still growing, scalability is essential, which is why more new small businesses are turning to virtual assistants.

What Is a Virtual Assistant?

A virtual assistant, or VA, is an external “hire” that can take on as few or as many business tasks as you require. Some hire VAs as independent contractors or freelancers, but business owners are increasingly turning to virtual assistant agencies for their hiring needs. With an agency, you pay a membership fee and have access to a database of fully vetted, experienced talent. If you don’t want to go through the hiring process yourself, an agency can help you find the perfect fit for your business.

As remote work increases in the United States and around the world, so does the popularity of virtual assistance. Entrepreneurs, in particular, can stand to save time and money with a virtual assistant. Find the help they need with a virtual assistance agency.

Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant

A recent study found that, compared to hiring a full time employee with benefits, a virtual assistant can save entrepreneurs almost 80% on operating costs each year. The reasoning behind this is simple:

  • VAs are responsible for all their own operating costs, such as their workspace, equipment, and internet subscription.
  • VAs are scalable. You can hire them temporarily when you need their services or adjust hours per week based on demand.
  • Save money on training, recruitment, and retention. Hire a virtual assistant based on the skillset that you require. Also, hiring near-shore represents lower costs than hiring US-based VA’s

What Can a Virtual Assistant Do For Your Small Business?

A virtual assistant can help you tackle any business task, based on the skillset that you require. Some small business owners hire a dedicated virtual assistant to manage one aspect of their business, such as social media management or project management. Others hire VAs to take over repetitive or general business tasks such as stock tracking, order fulfillment, or customer service. Hiring a virtual assistant is not only scalable but means you are able to fulfill any task that you require. When you hire a virtual assistant through an agency, you have a hassle-free recruitment process, the agency helps you find and interview top applicants for you to decide which is the best fit for your business.

Ways a Virtual Assistant Can Help You Free Up Time In Your Workday

An affordable virtual assistant can not only help save your business money, but it can also free up more hours in your workday, allowing you to focus on innovation. Use a virtual assistant:

  • To collect data. Your customer relationship management (CRM) software, social media channels, and email produces a lot of data that can lead to insight about your customers. Your VA can help identify trends through data collection that helps your business thrive.
  • To manage your inbox. Answering emails 24/7 can be exhausting, especially when your business is in its infancy. Put a VA to the task of answering email inquiries on your behalf, while sending high importance or sensitive inquiries for your personal review.
  • To manage your calendar. Networking is essential for any new business owner. A virtual assistant can help you identify and enroll in networking activities and manage your itinerary along the way, from airfare and hotel to recommended restaurants.
  • To take over your social media. A consistent social media presence is essential to your business success, and a virtual assistant can help craft posts and bulk schedule their publication. Be sure to find a virtual assistant with specific experience with social media, content creation, and other relevant skills.
  • Creating newsletters or other forms of content creation. A virtual personal assistant can help you craft content for your email subscribers or even send out handwritten holiday cards.

Find a VA to Help Your Business

The point of a virtual assistant is to free up time in your workday. Hiring help virtually can be completely scalable and affordable – a must for budding businesses. If you are looking to expand your business but don’t want to commit to a full time hire, a virtual assistant can be the perfect solution. Find your perfect virtual assistant by skill set, certification, or any other qualifications you require. Going through an agency helps ensure that you have fully vetted, qualified talent whenever you need it. Our virtual assistants are fully trained, vetted, and ready to help from locations like Ecuador, Guatemala and the rest for Latin America. To learn more about how Virtual Latinos can help your business grow, contact us.

Why Do Latino Professionals Choose to Work as Virtual Assistants?

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Why Being a Latino Virtual Assistant Is So Sought After in Latin America, and Why The Hiring Rates Are So High

Virtual assistants in Latin America are on the rise – and for good reason. As more and more people turn to work remotely, it should come as no surprise that this trend is swelling throughout Latin America, as well. Working in relative geographic and cultural proximity to the United States, Latino virtual assistants already have a leg up on virtual assistants from overseas; they already know how to navigate adeptly between languages and cultures.

What are some other reasons professionals in Latin America are choosing work as virtual assistants for US-based companies?

  1. Pay scales in the United States are much higher than those found throughout most of Latin America. This means, for example, that a college graduate located in Quito, Ecuador can make up to 300% more than they would in-country. Working remotely is simply a smart professional decision for many.
  2. Working remotely saves time, every day, by cutting down on daily commutes. In congested cities across the world, commuting can take hours out of a day. Imagine having to navigate traffic in a city of 22 million people, like Mexico City. It makes sense that so many would opt-out of this in favor of working remotely.
  3. Being paid in US dollars means that their income’s currency is stable and won’t fluctuate as much in value. Rapid inflation and currency devaluation in parts of Latin America are real issues for many. If you could choose a paycheck in the more stable USD, rather than in Venezuelan bolivars, wouldn’t you? Again, it’s the smart choice.
  4. Being a virtual assistant allows for an opportunity to use their English skills on a daily basis and to develop professional contacts in the US.
  5. Professionals working remotely also get the added benefit of being able to provide more stability for their families and spend more quality time together as they’ve cut out lengthy daily commutes.
  6. Latino professionals choose to work as virtual assistants for US-based companies because they are able to learn and develop new skills that are not always available in their home country. Examples include utilizing certain software programs, apps, and tools. It’s often a welcome challenge for Latino professionals to expand their knowledge.

How hiring a virtual assistant can ease your everyday business burdens

When you hire virtual assistants, you’re hiring a top-quality assistant whose literal job is to make yours easier. In essence, virtual assistants can help with anything in your business that can be done remotely. Every business’s needs are unique and a little different, but the scope of things a virtual assistant can do for you are wide and adaptable to your specific needs.

Consider some of what they can do for you:

  • Virtual assistants can answer client calls and respond to questions the clients may have. They can also act as a receptionist, making sure you get only the most important calls. This ensures your time is used more efficiently, as you won’t be dealing with simple questions like business hours or whether you have a certain product in stock.
  • Virtual assistants can make any outgoing calls you need placing to current clients or to potential customers who may require your services. They can confirm appointments, place orders, or even organize catering over the phone.
  • Managing social media posts, comments, and questions are tasks that most small business owners realize takes a lot of time and energy. Rather than have an in-house staff member (or yourself) glued to social media seven days a week, a virtual assistant can easily manage those tasks for you remotely at a fraction of the cost of hiring an in-house team.
  • Virtual assistants can take over the logistics of scheduling and appointment booking. This leaves you more time to focus on your services themselves. Many small business owners know how much of a major time-sink these necessary activities can be, sometimes occupying hours within a single day.
  • If you hire a virtual assistant, they can also relieve you of the burden of sending out and responding to emails. This could include handling invoices, receipts, sending out your digital newsletters, or responding to any customer inquiries that may arrive in your inbox.
  • A virtual assistant can also compile research for you, whether that be general market research, competitor research, or anything else.
  • Hiring a virtual assistant also means never having to conduct website maintenance yourself again. Whether or not you’re tech-savvy, simple website updates shouldn’t be occupying your or your in-house staff’s time. Let a virtual assistant take care of that for you.
  • A virtual assistant can also easily manage projects and help coordinate the many moving parts and people that go into each one. Remote team coordination is just one of the many things a virtual assistant can do.
  • Most digital assistants are also well-versed in digital marketing, and a high proportion of them have university degrees in that area. Let an experienced professional take this off your marketing team’s plate for a reasonable rate.

Virtual Latinos is the first and leading virtual assistant company dedicated to offering hand-picked virtual assistants from Latin America. Let us help you connect with a professional virtual assistant today.

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