Grow, Leverage and Streamline Your Business Through a Virtual Assistant
Six months ago we made one of the most important decisions in 2009 and that was teaming up with Anne Marie Malfi as our virtual assistant. Many of you might already know Anne Marie as she is one of top bloggers in the Active Rain Community. I met Anne Marie at the Real Estate Bar Camp Philadelphia and already "knew her" from interacting with her on her blog. So when the time came to look into working with a virtual assistant, I already knew Anne Marie was the person to call !
Since working with Anne Marie, our client base has grown, we are able to leverage more of our time and our business has become more streamlined. We are thrilled as the benefits have exceeded our expectations. Each of these items are huge benefits to raise the bar of your business and take it to the next level.
1. Grow - When you get the to the point where you need to do something because you cannot keep up with it all no matter what you do, you know it is time to grow your business. This can be growing a team, hiring a licensed assistant or working with a virtual assistant. In our case, the virtual assistant made a lot of sense because her work helps not just Stephanie and I, but our entire team. Further, much of her work that she does for us she can do much quicker than both of us combined ! She is amazing, as most good virtual assistants are !
2. Leverage - One of the biggest benefits for us is that our time is freed up to do what we do best which is do more listing appointments, show more properties to clients, have more time to negotiate and manage a deal and so forth. By having Anne Marie, we have more time to do the activities that enable us to maximize not only our production, but client service as well. Or it simply might allow that much more time with your family or to be able to make it to the gym a couple of times a week.
3. Streamline - Often times if you get behind on something, you have fear or anxiety that something will not get done or it will slip through the cracks. This causes a lot of worry ! Having a virtual assistant ensures that many of those tasks and action steps are done and alleviates all the worry. Further, they get done in a way where it maximizes client service due to the consistency and presentation.
When I first joined Active Rain, I really did not know what a virtual assistant was or what they did. It is amazing what you learn here in the Rain and the people you meet. Also, if I did not join, I would not have come across Anne Marie's blog. In addition, if I did not go to the Real Estate Bar Camp Philadelphia, I would not have met her in person. My point is that Active Rain is a great place to learn and to network in addition to blogging. And definitely take advantage of those meet-ups and networking opportunities when they come up in your area. The rewards they can bring to you for your business are numerous ! And if you are interested more about what a virtual assistant can do for you, simply go to and subscribe to Anne Marie's blog ! You will be glad that you did !