SophieZo, LLC

Virtually There For You

The Beauty of Delegation

Owning your own business is hard work. Many people leave their J.O.B. to enjoy the freedom working from home provides. Then, they end up working just as much as they did in that dreaded J.O.B they left behind. When they try to do it all, they become overwhelmed and disillusioned with it all.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. That’s the beauty of delegation. A Virtual Assistant can do the everyday tasks that keep you from enjoying the freedom to do what you do. You can get back to following your passion, spending time with family and friends, and taking vacations without worry that the business will fall apart while you’re gone.

Whether you’re a coach, mentor, consultant, writer or internet marketer, you can hire a Virtual Assistant to help you run the business while you do the things you enjoy and make more money, too. A Virtual Assistant can manage your emails, blogs, social media accounts, phone calls, appointments and more. Get out of overwhelm and bask in the beauty of delegation. You’ll have more fun and enjoy you business more than you ever imagined.


December 11, 2009 Posted by | Virtual Assistant | Leave a comment

7 VA Tips for Entrepreneurs

  1. Your Virtual Assistant can proofread your newsletters, ezines, articles, blog posts, ebooks and website.
  2. Record your blog, ezine and newsletter content for your Virtual Assistant to transcribe, proofread and edit.
  3. Your Virtual Assistant can manage your schedule/calendar, confirm appointments, and send reminders to you via email.
  4. Your Virtual Assistant can provide customer service via email and phone.
  5. Your Virtual Assistant can manage your social media posting tweets and updates to your Twitter and Facebook accounts regularly.
  6. Your Virtual Assistant can be your brainstorming partner when creating new services, products and programs.
  7. Your Virtual Assistant can make travel arrangements for your business trips and personal vacations.

December 5, 2009 Posted by | Virtual Assistant | 2 Comments

Let’s Make Your Teleseminars Fun and Interactive

I recently co-hosted a teleseminar with Katherine C.H.E. regarding her latest program. It was an interesting and fun experience. Afterward, I thought it would be something I could do for entrepreneurs on a regular basis. Instead of hosting your teleseminar alone simply reading your material from notes, why not add a co-host who can introduce you and ask key relevant questions to aid you in presenting your material?

As a Virtual Assistant, I can introduce you and ask pertinent questions to provide an interesting interactive call for your listeners. All you need to do is provide an outline of your content and information from your bio. I will create the intro and the questions to be asked on the call.

Another benefit of this service is that I can also assist you in promoting your teleseminar on my Twitter and Facebook accounts. Together we can design tweets and updates that I can post with the link to your landing page. This brings in more participants and grows your list as well.

Finally, as a dictation specialist, I can transcribe the call. The transcript can be offered to your clients who learn better by reading rather than listening. That transcript can also be repurposed into blog posts, newsletter material, and even information product content. The possibilities are endless.

If you are interested in using this new service I provide, please feel free to email me at, send a tweet to @SophieZo, or send me a message on Facebook: I look forward to helping you get your work out there in a fun and interactive way.

November 21, 2009 Posted by | Virtual Assistant | Leave a comment

Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant

1. No overhead:  Your Virtual Assistant buys their own computer, desk, chair, printer, fax, office supplies, insurance, pays their own taxes, and has their own office space in their home or office building they rent.

2. More free time:  For every task you delegate, you give yourself more free time to devote to your business, family, and life.

3. Less stress:  Your Virtual Assistant can do the tasks you don’t enjoy or don’t do well alleviating the stress you feel when doing them yourself.

4. More income for you business:  Your Virtual Assistant frees you up to do the things that make money whether that is attracting/coaching new clients, holding live events or teleseminars, or creating new products or services. They are an independent contractor not an employee. You only pay for the hours worked rather than a yearly salary that includes paid vacations and other paid time off.

5. Brainstorming partner: Your Virtual Assistant can be your brainstorming partner when creating new products, services, live events or teleseminars to bring more income to your business.

November 9, 2009 Posted by | Virtual Assistant | 2 Comments

Announcing My New Business

My business has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few months. I have new clients and formed a partnership with a group of fellow Virtual Assistants. It’s been very exciting.

Having said that, I am excited to announce my new business. I will now be known as SophieZo, LLC Virtually There For You. I look forward to continued growth and success in the months ahead and into 2010.

Thank you to everyone who helped me get here. Your support means the world to me!

November 3, 2009 Posted by | Virtual Assistant | Leave a comment

Tips for Hiring Your First Virtual Assistant(s)

1. Take one to two weeks to “follow yourself” through your day.

2. Write down everything you do during your business day.

3. Note how long each task takes.

4. Review your list and determine which tasks are too time consuming, difficult to do effectively, and/or are not fun to do.

5. Decide which tasks you can delegate to the Virtual Assistant(s) you intend to hire.

6. Check Google, Twitter, Facebook and ask fellow entrepreneurs for referrals for Virtual Assistants they know.

7. Contact the potential Virtual Assistants you find who may be compatible and qualified with the skills you require.

8. Conduct interviews.

9. Choose the Virtual Assistant(s) that best suits your needs, personality and business model.

Once you complete this process, enjoy your new-found time to grow your business, make more money and relax. Enjoy your business the way you intended to in the first place.

October 26, 2009 Posted by | Virtual Assistant | 2 Comments

I Love What I Do

I truly love what I do. Today’s events reminded me just how much. My daughter is 10. She is a gymnast. Almost three years ago, she injured her ankle. Since then it has flared up on occasion. After her first meet in September, she experienced one of those flares. We did the usual treatments, visited the pediatrician, and even took a full week off from the sport.

Upon her return, she felt better. By the end of the second week, it hurt in a new place and worse. She wasn’t even working out fully yet. Today, we went to the orthopedic doctor as recommended by our pediatrician. She has a new injury due to compensating for the injured ankle. The doctor found a stress fracture in her fibula a few inches above the ankle. She is now on crutches. That means no more riding the bus to school and only attending gymnastics for strength exercises to keep her strong to continue her sport in full in 4-6 weeks.

What does this have to do with my love for what I do? Everything. As a professional Virtual Assistant, I set my own hours and make my own schedule. I will be driving her to and from school and gymnastics as well as a few more appointments. If I were working a regular JOB, I’d have to miss work and possibly pay, too. As a Virtual Assistant working from home, I can work any time day or night to cover anything I miss during the day to take care of my daughter.

Working from home allows me the flexibility I need to care for my family when they need me. I don’t have to make arrangements with a boss to leave early, come in late, or even miss full days to do that. I can be there for my kids and my husband as needed. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

October 20, 2009 Posted by | Virtual Assistant | Leave a comment

Who Can Use a Virtual Assistant?

Anyone in business can use a Virtual Assistant. They not only assist you with daily business tasks, but they also perform personal tasks as well. A business owner can utilize a Virtual Assistant for many daily tasks to help the business run smoother and make more money. Many VAs also perform personal tasks as well. Whether you have an internet-based business or a brick-and-mortar business, a VA can help you lighten your load in almost any area you can imagine.

A Virtual Assistant can pay the bills, manage your email, perform marketing tasks to include social media management, receive phone calls, and provide customer service to your clients. A VA can also pick up your dry cleaning, send flowers & gifts, pick up a few items at the grocery store, and make dinner reservations.

Business coaches, consultants, writers, information marketers and CEOs are just a few of the most likely people in need of a Virtual Assistant. Hiring a VA can make life easier for you in so many ways. Start your search today. The sooner you hire a Virtual Assistant, the sooner you can do what you love most and make more money, too.

October 12, 2009 Posted by | Virtual Assistant | 1 Comment

Delegating to a Virtual Assistant Is Key to Success

Business is booming all over despite the economy. Entrepreneurs are running fast and hard to build their businesses every day. The hard part is keeping up with the daily tasks. There are so many things to keep track of. There is social networking, email, phone calls, bills to pay, customers to attend to and more.

How does the successful entrepreneur manage it all? They delegate the daily tasks to a Virtual Assistant. By doing so, they are free to build their business and serve their clients to put more money in their pocket and help others do the same. They aren’t spending all their time on the day-to-day grind. After all, they started their business to be free of the daily grind.

If you’re too busy running your business instead of growing your business, you should consider delegating tasks to a VA. Take a week to document what tasks you do regularly that are not fun or too difficult to manage. Make a list of the tasks you would like to get off your plate. Search for virtual assistants on Facebook, Twitter and the worldwide web who offer the services you need. Interview and then hire one (or more) that fits your needs.

When that is done, enjoy the freedom you now have to do what you love most. Follow your passion, grow your business, or take a vacation. Do the things you enjoy that you haven’t had time for. Have fun and be free to live!

October 2, 2009 Posted by | Virtual Assistant | 1 Comment

Three Tasks a Virtual Assistant Can Do for You

Owning your own business requires a lot of hard work. You have so many things on your plate. If you are spending more time on the little stuff and not enough time on your passion and making money, you could use a Virtual Assistant (VA). A VA can handle a number of daily tasks many of which are not fun for you to do anyway.

1. A VA can manage your email. If your inbox is overwhelming you, a VA can sort it, answer what they can, and forward anything requiring a personal response to you. This is especially helpful if you have more than one email account. Many business owners have different accounts for different aspects of the business. A VA can take over all of them for you.

2. Social networking and blogs are the latest technology for marketing you business. It can be a time-consuming endeavor. A VA can manage your social networking sites, post your updates and information, and reply to messages sent to you.

Your blog posts can be uploaded on a regular schedule by a VA. You can write your content for multiple posts and have your VA post each one on the date you specify. If you don’t like to write you can also hire a VA to write the blog posts for you.

3. Customer service is a large portion of every business that sells products or services. A VA can provide customer service via email and/or phone. Handling questions, payment problems and providing general sales information can all be done by a VA.

Passing these tasks off to a Virtual Assistant will allow you more time for the activities you prefer. You can take time off, spend time with your family, follow your passion, and do things to make more money. After all, you started your own business to do what you love, make more money, and have more time for you. A VA can get you back to doing all those things quickly and easily.

September 27, 2009 Posted by | Virtual Assistant | 2 Comments