How to Use Virtual Assistants to Grow Your Business – Chris Ducker

Chris DuckerWould having a Virtual Assistant free you up to grow your business? Chris Ducker thinks so.

Do you ever find yourself thinking there’s just not enough time in the day? Or there are certain tasks in running your business that you hate doing, or you aren’t very good at, or that you shouldn’t be doing any more because they’re keeping you from growing your business?
If that’s the case, a virtual assistant may be your ticket to freeing up your time and succeeding with your business.
This week Chris Ducker stops by and walks us through how you can find and get started with a virtual assistant to free you up to do the work that matters.
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Big Ideas:

  • Decide if you need a Virtual Assistant (VA). Create a three column sheet and label it thusly:
    • What do I do every day that I hate?
    • What are things that I can’t do that will help me grow my business?
    • What should I not be doing any more so I can focus on higher return activities?
  • Chris thinks every entrepreneur needs a “General” VA. Someone to handle your emails, calendar, travel itinerary, transcripts and more.
  • Break in a new VA with a specific project. If you’ve never worked with a VA, or you’re breaking in a new one, give them a very specific project to get to know them.

Show Notes:

  • The Agents of Change Digital Marketing Conference: Whether you come to Maine or watch in the comfort of your own home or office, be sure to check out the 2nd annual conference all about search, social & mobile marketing! Save $25 on your physical or digital pass with the discount code TMAP. 
  • ChrisDucker.comWhere you can check out Chris’s great “New Business” blog, podcast and other resources. 
  • Virtual Staff FinderWant to get started with a VA right now? No better place to get some great VA matchmaking services than Virtual Staff Finder.
Pat Flynn, Chris Ducker & Rich Brooks

Pat Flynn photobombing this pic of Jason Stratham and Steve Jobs.

Rich Brooks
Digital Marketing Consultant

13 Podcasting Tips from The Experts

13 Podcasting Tips From The ExpertsI considered calling this article “13 Expert Podcasting Tips from The Experts,” but it felt too Spinal Tap for me.

If there is such a thing.

There’s a “Podcasting Renaissance” going on right now. Businesses and Internet marketers are realizing the benefits of having their own podcast…their own Internet radio show.

The benefits of podcasting are plentiful:

  • Creating a podcast is simple and inexpensive (although you can certainly make it difficult and expensive if that’s how you roll.)
  • You have a captive audience, because people often listen to podcasts while they’re doing something that keeps them from reading or watching videos, like driving in their car or running on a treadmill.
  • You are quite literally inside your audience’s head, and they feel like they know you.
  • People subscribe to your podcast, so it’s delivered to them automatically, not unlike an email newsletter.

Since I’m no podcasting expert, I decided to tap some friends who were. Here are expert podcasting tips from 13 professionals who are knocking it out of the park.  Keep reading!