We have helped hundreds of small business owners get started with a virtual assistant (VA). Often we are able to predict whether a business owner will have success with their VA. It usually comes down to how the business owner envisions working with and delegating to their VA. If the business owner thinks, “I’ll send it to my VA as it comes up,” that is when things do not work out. It’s during those times when you do not have time to stop and think about how a VA might be able to help. Further, you don’t have the time to stop and train someone. If you have been in that boat before, the following might sound familiar:
As a small business owner, having affordable and easy-to-use tools is critical to running your business successfully. So many are on the market these days with more coming online all the time. As of May 2018, these are our personal favorites that we use internally at Freedom Makers.
Our 3 criteria for making the list:
-Must have a free version. Small business owners don’t have time to waste with setting up a program just for a free two-week trial. All of these software have a free version you can use until the time is right to upgrade.
-Must be subscription based. Cash is king for small businesses. While a monthly payment is more expensive, it’s nice to have the flexibility if necessary. Furthermore, with new software coming available all the time and with the constant adapting and changing small businesses go through, it’s imperative to have the flexibility subscriptions provide.
-Must be easy to use and quick to set up. Most small businesses have limited resources (time, money, and energy.) Anything that makes it easier for small business owners--like quick setup--is a win in our books.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued the first proclamation for a day dedicated to military spouses, Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Since then, the Friday before Mother’s Day has served as this important day where we honor the contributions and sacrifices made by military spouses. We recognize their commitment and support help to keep our country safe.
Though our country has set this day aside to honor military spouses, there is no denying that military spouses face unique employment trials and tribulations. According to a survey done by Blue Star Families, 79% of military spouses reported a negative impact to their career due to being a military spouse. Be it promotion, licensing issues or lack of appropriate employment milspouses face an unemployment rate of between 18-30% which is much higher than the national unemployment rate.