If you are a business owner that is wearing too many hats; hiring someone to help you every time you need a hand, is just impractical. You have to deal with multiple individuals and pay out a little here and a little there — totally messing up your budget!
A much smarter idea is to hire someone to support you in an ongoing, collaborative relationship. This way they know your goals, you have consistency and you pay once a month for it all. And because it is a collaborative partnership, it gets better and better the longer you work together.
Every business has four parts to it. Business Development, Working with Clients or Customers, Marketing and Networking, and the one most people find tedious and boring; Administrative work. Those are the things that EVERY business needs to do to stay organized in order to increase revenue and grow the business. And that’s where Administrative Specialists like me, shine.
But just because that is MY area of expertise it doesn’t mean it is the only thing I can do. I can help with the implementation of your Marketing and Networking efforts. We can work together and brainstorm to map out ideas for your Business Development. And there are parts of your work with Clients and Customers that I can handle as well; reducing your workload, giving you back more time and space to focus elsewhere.
Examples of Services:
- Calendar Management
- Formatting or updating
- Client Relationship Management
- Prepare and send Welcome kits
- Update Blog
- Publish Newsletter
- Database Entry & Management
- Social Media Management
- Reputation Monitoring (Online)
- Draft Correspondence
- Electronic File Management
- Internet Research
- Marketing Support
- Proofreading and Editing
- Word Processing
These are just the “Hard Skills” that I bring to the table. Hard skills can be learned fairly easily. On the other hand, “Soft Skills” are those that are most valued and much harder to learn. And, ironically, easier to dismiss when doing a self-evaluation.
Below are some of the valuable, less tangible, “Soft Skills” that I readily bring to the table:
- Critical Thinker
- Problem Solver
- Able Minded
- Able to Grasp Complex Concepts
- Sense of Humor
- Self Motivated
- Great People Skills
One of the great things about working with others is the opportunity to discuss the business at hand – to brainstorm ideas. When you are a solo professional, you often need another viewpoint from someone that knows your business. That is just one of the many advantages of working in a collaborative relationship with an Administrative Professional. I get to know you and your business and how it is run. We can discuss ideas and I can offer another perspective, but always with your business in mind. Remember: When you succeed, I succeed.
What Others Have to Say
“Cheryl Harless is one of the most able-minded, capable
administrative professionals I’ve had the pleasure to work with.”
~Danielle Keister – Founder, Administrative Consultant Association
“If you need a Virtual Administrative Assistant, look no further. Cheryl
brings professionalism and skill to the table, making you look AWESOME!”
~Patricia Reszetylo – Owner, Equine Teleseminars.net
“Cheryl is always professional, courteous and above all very knowledgeable
with current marketing techniques, computer technology & business growth.”
~Judy Castillo-Marshall – Owner, IN A PINCH Business Services
“Whether it was writing letters on behalf of the organization, laying
out a newsletter, editing articles, or updating our database that had
been compromised by too many inexperienced hands, she took on the
challenge and proved invaluable in her service to our organization.”
~Charles D. Anacker – Executive Vice President, Angelcare
See the Full Testimonials Here
I choose to work with a few select clients who pay a monthly retainer. Retainer packages are individualized based on each client’s needs, and based on the value I provide. However, the minimum amount of time I work with any one client is 10 hours per month. Anything less does not allow me to provide a truly meaningful level of value and support.
That being said, when I will take on one time projects when I do not have a heavy schedule, or full retainer client load. You can learn more about that HERE.
How it all Works
You may be wondering how I can be of assistance without being in your office, or at least in the same town. The technology to work at a distance has been around for a number of years and much of it is very user-friendly. And because there are so many options, together we will find the ones that work best. Most of the time, however, it only requires emailing each other – it really is that simple!
Because I can only work with a few people at a time, I ask potential clients to fill out a brief Client Application to work with me, and then schedule a complimentary, One-on-One Fit and Strategy Session. This will help us to determine if we are well suited to work together, (this is really very important) I’ll give you strategies that you can implement in your business whether or not we end up working together. The links are on the left of every page!
Once we start working together we will conduct a work study. Don’t worry, it’s painless! It will help me to learn your business quickly and ascertain how I can be of the greatest service to you. The first 3 months are usually the adjustment period, where I get to know the specifics of your business and you learn to let go of the tasks that are eating away at your time. From there on it should be smooth sailing!