6 Reasons to Hire an “Awesome” EVA

Are you a small business owner, entrepreneur or the owner of a non-profit organization? Do you need help, but you’re just not ready to hire permanent full-time administrative support? Did you know that the right Executive Virtual Assistant (EVA) can handle everything from making travel plans, scheduling appointments, organizing emails, to developing your social media marketing strategy?  We will demonstrate 6 reasons why it’s time for you to consider hiring, not just any virtual support person, but an “AWESOME” Executive Virtual Assistant (EVA) of your very own.

  1. Flexibility & Value – There’s a great degree of flexibility with an EVA, which makes hiring possible for business owners.  Once you’ve established what your needs and your budgetary allowances are, check out the various payment options Harlem World Palm has to offer.  The overall advantage and value is the following:
  • You don’t have to incur costs for benefits or other employee-related expenses
  • You don’t get locked into a long-term contract and
  • EVAs are administrative professionals used to supporting senior-level executives and will work on projects and establish a routine which is conducive to your busy schedule.
  • The most important value an EVA will provide to you and your business is “Time!” We take away those repetitive & time-consuming tasks, allowing you the time to concentrate on your bottom line & enjoying life with family, friends & loved ones.
  1. Different Levels of Expertise – Executive Virtual Assistants (EVAs) may perform basic and specific projects like data entry, email management and marketing. They may also handle higher-level support, such as a Virtual Business Manager capable of consulting you on organizing & creating processes and forms that would benefit the expansion of your business.
  1. Stay Connected with Customers – There are two critical and time-sensitive tasks that must be present in any business, large or small, 1) responding to customer communications and 2) having a social media presence. You must dedicate necessary resources necessary to stay on top of both. Some consumers still forward complaints via snail mail or email, but most consumers will reach out to you in a post on your company’s social media page. Nevertheless, it’s important to have a quick response time to resolve complaints quickly.  Having a person dedicated to being your “Social Media Eyes & Ears,” can help you protect your brand and stay responsive to your client base.
  1. Increased Efficiency & Productivity – Some EVAs have specific areas of expertise such as legal, communication, marketing, content writing, technology, social media, etc. General EVAs may have experience composing & managing emails & correspondence, appointment setting, client follow up, basic administrative tasks, etc. When hiring an EVA, it’s important to do so with an understanding of the experience, abilities & skill set you’ll need most to ensure they will be a good fit. Be realistic; while you may get lucky with someone who may be highly skilled, it’s not likely you’ll find one person to do the job of several people.
  1. Delegate, Delegate & Delegate – Entrepreneurs & Small Business owners are used to being CEO’s (Chief Everything Officers), doing everything themselves. This strategy wears thin very quickly, especially when you’re putting in 100-hour work weeks. Although working with an Executive Virtual Assistant (EVA) will require an initial investment of time, thought and training, it will be worth it in the long run. Start by developing a “thorough” job description. The clearer you can state your needs, the more successful the experience will be for both of you.
  1. Growing Your Business – Did you know that in the early stages of this profession, EVAs were known as Secretaries a.k.a. “Keeper of Secrets?” Although we are no longer referred to as a “Secretary,” we do value your privacy! At Harlem World Palm Consulting, we work with the highest of integrity & confidentiality. Your privacy is of the utmost importance to us to the point we’ve included verbiage in our service contract agreement. It’s imperative to build relationships and trust the people around you. In any relationship whether personal or professional, we recognize trust is “Everything!”  You may start an EVA with simple tasks, but as time goes on, you will become more comfortable delegating additional responsibility. This is a great way to test-drive support staff and identify trustworthy people who can develop into key players in your business going forward.

I hope this series has provided you with a better understanding of the role of an Executive Virtual Assistant and the value we bring to your business and your life!” To learn more or if you’re ready to grow your business & “Simplify Your Life,” visit us at www.nangeladolberry.com and click Book Now! Don’t forget to 👉🏽Follow👈🏽 @HarlemWorldPalm on all social media networks… Virtually yours!

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Let’s Netflix and Build

It has been estimated that there are approximately 500,000 movies currently in existence. There are so many great inspirational movies to motivate you in building a successful business. You may find most of them on Netflix or perhaps you’re like me and still purchase DVD’s and have a DVD player. For the most part, movies are very entertaining, however, as an Entrepreneur or Small Business Owner, who has time for that, right? Well, I’ve discovered some valuable lessons and become increasingly more motivated in building my business from watching certain movies.

If I had to pick one movie out of the 500,000 that really resonate with me, hands down it would be “Sparkle.” The movie begins in Harlem, New York in 1958, and follows the girl group, Sister and the Sisters, which is made up of three sisters: Sister (Lonette McKee), Sparkle (Irene Cara), and Delores (Dwan Smith). Then there’s a “treat” for the ladies… Stix (Philip Michael Thomas), Sparkle’s love interest. Some may view this as a love story but I believe it is more of a rags to riches story. This movie also reminds us that we all have choices in life no matter what conditions we were raised in and we should not give up on our dreams. As an entrepreneur, at times, we may have to get off our path temporarily to focus on immediate needs like providing for our family but we can still work on our goals at the same time. Your mindset will determine your choices in deciding on your path to success 1) Fast & Risky or 2) Slow & Steady (Strategic) ~ Keep in mind that whatever path we’ve decided to take, we have the strength to overcome adversity. My mother used to say, “Whatever don’t kill you, will make you strong.” We are resilient and have the power to be successful with perseverance and hard work! Check out my website for some of my personal challenges… http://nangeladolberry.com

So the next time someone make a suggestion to “Netflix and Chill,” tell them “Let’s Netflix and Build!” with the “Top 10 Movies for Entrepreneurs” by Patrick Bet-David! http://youtu.be/LdnGeRyoKXU

Mompreneurs: We Werk, Werk, Werk, Werk, Werk!

A “Mompreneur” is defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur. Some may say that Moms are the next thing to God! (I agree) Most of us, as Moms, are designed to juggle so many tasks for our family, friends and loved ones. For single mothers, the regular tasks performed on a daily basis are doubled, tripled and sometimes quadrupled! Oftentimes, Moms are “Senior-Level Executives” as we conduct the role of the President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of our household. Some Moms may not have a tangible college degree in those areas of business but are graduates of “Life University.” Therefore, it’s no surprise to me that most “Moms Makes Great Entrepreneurs” and have many skills that are important in managing a successful business. (http://nangeladolberry.com/)

We are effective Communicators, Leaders and Mentors with great Networking and Marketing skills, etc. I could go on and on with the many attributes we possess as Moms but if you’re a Mom, have a Mom or interacted with other Moms, you already know that we “Werk.” According to a 2016 report from the Small Business Administration, there are 28.8 million small businesses. Based on a 2015 report from Pew Research stated that women own about 36.2% of small businesses in the US. Out of all the women-owned businesses that exist, it is estimated that 1 in 3 are owned by Moms. Considering small businesses represent more than 99% of business in the US and employ almost half of all private employees, the role of a Mompreneur in regard to our economy and our lives are extremely important.

Check out this quick video titled, “14 Reasons Why Moms Make Great Entrepreneurs” by Patrick Bet-David – https://youtu.be/3drPxI_KwGM