Earn More, Work Less With Virtual Assistants

By
Services for Real Estate Pros NMLS #470728

Michael Russer, aka Mr. Internet, wrote an excellent column that I came across in the online edition of RealtorMag.  He makes the argument that hiring a qualified virtual assistant is a smart way to increase business productivity and production.

He writes that successful businesses focus on three phases: lead generation, lead conversion, and business support.  It's the last phase where virtual assistants can be most helpful.  Virtual outsourcing is a way to extend yourself without hiring employees and carrying overhead.

You can read the entire column at http://www.realtor.org/rmotechnology/askmrinternet/columns/1008_mrinternet_virtualassistants.

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the truck to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Topic:
ActiveRain Community
Groups:
Assistants Corner
Oregon Realtors and other Real Estate Professionals
Real Estate Virtual Assistants Group
Running a Brokerage
The Art Of Marketing You
Tags:
mr internet
michael russer
virtual assistant
va
business productivity

Comments 12 New Comment

Anonymous
Post a Comment
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the woman to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Show All Comments
Anonymous #1
Anonymous
Anonymous

Thanks for the Info. Anything that gives me more time to spend with the wife and kids would be great!

July 23, 2010 04:48 PM
Rainer
235,152
Carla Morin
Brookfield

Good post.  Thanks for the info Rick.

July 23, 2010 04:58 PM
Ambassador
2,032,155
Todd Clark
Broker - Beaverton, Oregon Real Estate Expert - (503) 524-9494
Keller Williams Realty

No medical, dental, unemployment insurance, no sick days, the list goes on and on why a virtual assistant is a smart move.


July 24, 2010 03:23 AM
Rainmaker
101,432
Matthew Naumann
Goose Creek, SC Real Estate Agent
Exit Realty Charleston Group

Rick,

Great Post.  There is some definite advantages to using a virtual assistant.

Thanks for sharing,

Matt Naumann

July 24, 2010 08:15 AM
Rainmaker
894,076
Rick Obst
Rick Obst

I find that most agents are unfamiliar with what a virtual assistant can do and are afraid of adding expense to their business.  The advantages may be obvious, but the decision to take the plunge and use a virtual assistant seems to be a difficult one for agents to make.

July 24, 2010 10:17 AM
Anonymous #6
Anonymous
Anonymous

If people would simply assign a dollar value to their time, they would quickly realize that some things are better done, and less expensively, by a support team. I write six blogs for other people who don't have the time to blog but understand its benefits. When I send them something, they inevitably rework it some to make it their own, which usually consumes less time than having to think, research, and write it.

July 27, 2010 08:35 PM
Rainmaker
894,076
Rick Obst
Rick Obst

Russel, The trick is to add a team member who is professional and competent.  We can't know everything or handle all of the tasks and responsibilities that we need to cover.  Delegation and outsourcing can vastly increase a business' productivity.

July 28, 2010 10:36 AM
Rainer
190,992
Andrew Jones
LA Beach Cities Homes 310-399-3740
Horizon Pacific Realty

Hey Rick.

I'll have to look into this more. Thank's for the ideas and link.

P.S. Don't forget to use a transaction coordinator once you've landed a sale so that you can keep focused on selling.

August 05, 2010 02:30 PM
Rainmaker
894,076
Rick Obst
Rick Obst

Andrew, Several of the agents I work with use a transaction coordinator provided by their brokerage so that they can concentrate on prospecting and their current clients.  I have handled transactions for agents before, but prefer to focus on marketing agent listings and their business.

August 06, 2010 10:12 AM
Rainmaker
1,226,725
Al & Peggy Cunningham Brokers, Brampton Ontario Homes For Sale 905-450-5500
RE/MAX Realty Services Inc.

Thanks for the link Rick. This does make sense. We had 'live' assistants for years and recently cut back to doing it ourselves.....WAY too much to do, so all of it doesn't get done. Will be checking out this option.

August 07, 2010 07:49 AM
Rainmaker
894,076
Rick Obst
Rick Obst

Good virtual assistants are as busy as the agents they work with.  Good agents don't have the time to train or hand hold their assistants.  It's nice for agents to say "This is what I need" and let a professional virtual assistant handle the details.  I may only physically talk to some of my clients a few times a month, but we communicate often by e-mail so that we coordinate our efforts.

August 09, 2010 06:02 PM
Rainmaker
190,021
Jackie - computer-training-atlanta.com
770.498.7333

Rick - great article that illustrates the value of virtual assistants. Michael Russer has long been a fan of virtual assistants.

August 23, 2010 06:39 AM
Anonymous
Post a Comment
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the woman to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Show All Comments
Rainmaker
894,076

Rick Obst

Rick Obst
How can I help you?
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the folder to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase: