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Why We Love our Clients and Why They Love Us Back

Virtually Empowered

For those of you who do not know me, I am a Transformational Coach and Business Strategist. I am also the founder of Virtually Empowered, LLC.

At Virtually Empowered, I have the opportunity to work with a variety of service based businesses with heart, soul and passion for what they do and the gifts they offer.

What makes us special, is that the business was designed with the client in mind, and I know the client very well because it is me. We are unique in the aspect that my clients have an opportunity to incorporate both transformational coaching and business coaching into their virtual assistant needs creating a fully customized package for where they are in their business.

I believe strongly in serving the clients as a whole rather than parts, which is why it was so important that I put in place a powerful dream team to cover the back end of the business.

We love working with our clients because each is so individual and has incredible gifts to bring forward in the world. Where every business created serves a purpose, know that we are helping someone to bring their services forward is so rewarding.

I often work with my clients to create strategy and growth in their business, but very often because there is a HUMAN behind the business, we are working through personal struggles and bumps they are facing.

When you are in a service based business you are expected to show up at 110% everyday, and when you are in a personal upheaval that will be challenging. This is why I have always said I work with the client as a whole, not just a business.

I believe not only that it serves my clients needs by getting through the obstacles they are facing, but it creates a union and special bond in the relationship that is very rare in the virtual space.

The reason I say that this business was designed around my client, and my client is me, is that when I first launched my coaching practice ten years ago, I craved having a mentor as well as someone to help with the day to day tasks.

Each time that I worked with my coach, it simply gave me more work to do, and it was work that I either did not have time for or did not enjoy. I have already been in the trenches of the work, and that is why I see my clients so clearly and understand what they need.

Now my clients will work with me on the strategy, while utilizing the team for implementation.

If you are struggling in your business, need to define your strategy or simply just need help with implementation and daily support please do not hesitate to reach out.

You can schedule an appointment here: www.virtuallyempowered.com where will will discuss if a coaching package, virtual assistance package or customization is the right fit for you.

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5 Reasons to Know if You are Ready to Hire a Virtual Assistant

You have been toying with the idea of getting help, but where do you begin? As you sit back and look at your calendar, you have run out of space to add reminders. (Ok not the best example, I know, that space is REALLY SMALL) .... 

You have a sticky note somewhere with today's to do list, you have lipstick scribbled on the mirror so you do not forget to feed the dog (poor Waldo!) 

You are feeling overwhelmed, have lost control, and time is just flying as you manage the backend of your business. As a matter of fact, you have spent so much time on your day to day work that there is very little time to connect to your passion and the reason you started your business.

Working with my clients, gives me an opportunity to really understand them and build a relationship. No quickies here! 

Since I began offering Virtual Assistant Support in conjunction with my Coaching and Strategy Session, the number one thing I have discovered is that when there is SO much to do, it is overwhelming to determine where to behind when you want to hire a virtual assistant. 

I believe strongly on starting with the foundation. If we can get your backend automated, organized and in order then we can start to build and grow. I believe in planning for the best. If we implement a marketing strategy that takes off, are you really prepared to handle in when the clients come pouring in? 

Here are some of the most common areas that we begin.

1. Inbox Overload - At one time you suffered from Shiny Object Syndrome, it was an emotional roller coaster of highs and lows followed by burnout. You grabbed everything you could get your hands on, registered for freebies, signed up for courses, you know how the story goes...

The result. You now have 7.5 MILLION unread messages, no folders, and missed the offer to guest star on Oprah because it went to SPAM! You do realize that was your opportunity of a lifetime, because you were going to be a co-star with Tony Robbins and Ellen Degeneres. But, that is in the past now so let's not dwell there.

Goodness Gracious - You need help!!

So what would have happened if you had a virtual assistant on your team? Well first of all, we would restrain you from subscribing to anything ever again. (Don't worry it is only $3 pink furry handcuffs- I am sure you will break out eventually) And while you are on lockdown, your virtual assistant will clean up that inbox! 

Imagine Folders! 
Imagine no missed emails! 
Imagine Oprah wants to interview you SO bad that she gives you a SECOND CHANCE and you do not miss this one! 

2. Social Media Madness Your intention was to get your message out there. You sat down Sunday night, planned out your content for the week (kudos this has been on your to do list for 4 years). 

It is now THURSDAY and you have not posted ANYTHING, ok lies- you posted a super cute cat photo when he was snuggled in a jar that was only 4 inches wide. You meant to post on your Social Media Platforms, you really did you just forgot. I mean it happens right? Sure if you only missed this week, because you were distracted by the new pj's you bought your cat and the other 51 weeks of the year you nailed it - then you are in good shape. 

The reality is you forget more often than not, Your Social Media and Online Presence has been neglected for some time now. It does not make you a bad person, you simply only have so much time in a day. 

Now, what would that look like if you had a Virtual Assistant? You will see consistency, brand recognition, growth and even better CLIENTS! It is no secret, if you put yourself out there, clients will come! 

3. You insist on doing it ALL and learning yourself - I commend you for your passion to learn and dedication to complete it all, but the reality is more than likely even after you take that 8 week class to learn custom coding so that your website hosted on Wix can light up like Times Square on New Years Eve, what they did not tell you in the beginning of the class was this was a Wordpress class and you do not even know how to install a theme on a wordpress site so you are stuck with your non-flashing black and white Wix website that is lost in cyberspace because it has not been optimized for Google. 

What would have happened if you hired a Virtual Assistant? Well first of all, we would have talked you out of the website that flashes like New Years Eve in Times Square, simply because your viewers would go blind but also it would probably slow down how long it takes for your page to load.

I do not know about you, but I am from New York and if your page has not loaded in 5 seconds, I am outta here! In 5 seconds a New Yorker can speed read the newspaper, while drinking coffee and driving. (shh that was another secret) Your assistant would also recommend moving over to Wordpress and optimize your site because keywords and SEO optimization drives traffic, not a site lit up like Times Square. 

The benefit of having a team of experts is so that you do not have to figure it out, you have time to appear on the Oprah show, you can focus on your clients and your assistant gets to do what they love! 

4. You decided it was time to run with the big dogs and run Facebook Ads YOURSELF - It was a rainy Friday night, your date stood you up, maybe you had an extra glass of wine so you were feeling overly courageous and had nothing else to do, other than post more cat pics on Facebook which distracted you from the week of social media you had planned for your business. So you said. 

What the heck - LET'S GIVE FACEBOOK ADS A TRY

You spent 4 hours trying to figure out what a pixel was. (And still are not sure) 
You crafted 4 genius images for your ads that talked all about your upcoming retreat for $10,000 that lead to your sales page to pay in full. (with a small discount of course) 
Your copy was great, so you thought. You talked about all of the pain points of your clients, (Because that was what you were taught on youtube two years ago when you had the flu)

What happens next? 

Your ad is declined, you do not know why so you keep resubmitting it. Until the Facebook Genie gets so angry that you did not read the TOS, that he stops you from ever hitting enter again and suspends your account INDEFINITELY. Great, now how are you going to run ads? 

If you hire a virtual assistant that specializes in Facebook Ads, they would know NOT to put your entire program on that tiny little image because not only can people not read it, but it violates Facebook Ads TOS, and would follow the 20% text rule.

They would also talk about the benefits your clients will get based on the service provided, and not talk in a negative way as Facebook TOS likes to keep the world a happy place. 

Your virtual assistant would NEVER let you run an ad to a retreat that cost $10,000 without having a warm audience first. The warm audience could be your email list, (yes we can target your email list on a Facebook ad) or consumers that have visited your site previously because of the Pixel on a prior ad for a freebie for example. Your Virtual Assistant more than likely, would be assisting you in creating an email funnel and optin to nurture your new client and build the Know, Like, and Trust factor prior to introducing your $10,000 retreat. (Unless of course you are Oprah, and she does not really need an introduction)

Lastly your Virtual Assistant would have installed a pixel on your website to track conversions. A Facebook Pixel is like having a relationship rather than a one night stand, for those who do not use Pixels for their ads.  A pixel allows you to retarget that consumer, and see them again, unlike the ads without a pixel. Those consumers you will never see again, and you can go ahead and do the walk of shame afterwards. 

5. You have written (key word written) 10 Programs and Sold Zero Your plan was to sell the program it really was. You wrote the entire program out on your desktop, several of them as a matter of fact. They are ready (sitting on a Microsoft doc on your desktop) You know if it is on your desktop that means you will remember to create the membership site right? 

The problem is that because you have 7 Million emails sitting in your inbox and missed the opportunity to go on Oprah you decided to go have a glass of wine and had the courage to run the Facebook ad. Now you missed out on your Oprah appearance, your Facebook Ad account is disabled indefinitely, your website is not sparking like Time Square,  and you have been lost in a time machine of cat photos on Facebook for several weeks now.  . . . 

Your intention was there to publish a membership site, but you did not know how and after the New years Eve fiasco on your website you gave up. So your amazing program you worked so hard on is just sitting on your desktop staring in your face day in, day out. You are tempted to file it away, but no then you would potentially never do it.
So it remains, on your desktop.
Unpublished. 

If you hire a virtual assistant, what would happen? You would pass over your content to your assistant, give them a timeline (not tomorrow, let's be fair now) and they will publish it on the membership site of your choice.

What if you do not know what membership platform to use? Not a problem, you are working with an expert! They will guide you in the right direction, after all they have problem worked on most of them. 

If you can relate to any of this leave a comment below or email me at:
http://www.virtuallyempowered.com/contact-virtuallyempowered/

Virtually Yours, 
Amanda Scocozzo
Business Strategist & Virtual Professional

 


   

 

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Our Story.. and the Birth of Virtual Empowerment

Being alone in your business can be scary and downright overwhelming. 
It can feel like your mind is just in a constant spin of ideas, but no execution. 

I spent several years trying to get my business off the ground because I thought I had to do it all alone. When I finally let go, and stopped wasting my energy doing the things I did not like, I watched the flow begin. 

When I was doing it alone, I literally was throwing shit on a wall to see what would work. 
I suffered from shiny object syndrome, and enrolled in every class I could get my hands on (making more work for myself) 

So picture this... Working full time, building my coaching practice, taking every possible DIY class I could get my hands on, trying everything but not really mastering any of it .. 

What do you think happened? 

I was burnt out. 
I almost gave up on my business.
I thought it was impossible. 
I felt trapped in my "9-5", because I could not see a light at the end of the tunnel. 

So what did I do? 
I stopped trying to do everything! I did what I loved to do, which is serve others and from there www.virtuallyempowered.com was born!  

I knew that others had the same pain and struggle I was facing and that I was not alone. 
I knew that the knowledge I had would support others to help their lights shine and give them the permission to focus on doing what they love and share their gifts. 

I developed my team based on what I knew I needed, and now my team supports my clients for what they need. 
Collaboration
Expertise
Guidance
Support
Professionalism
Structure
Beauty
Fire 

The perfect business blueprint that gives you back the gift of time.

This is what Virtually Empowered Stands for.

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My secret to kicking fear in the bootie!

How many times has fear crept up on you and left you paralyzed? 

I bet you have said to yourself at one time or another something along these lines:

  • It just was not meant to be (AKA- I failed and I give up) 
  • This always happens to me (AKA - I failed and I give up) 
  • I did not really want to do it anyway (AKA- I failed and don't want you to know how bad I wanted it) 
  • I will do it next week (AKA- If I do it today- I might fail and I am not prepared to deal with failure) 
  • This is just my luck (AKA- If I act like I expect nothing of myself, I can never fail or disappoint myself) 

Have I hit home yet? Guess what- YOU ARE NOT ALONE! 

Half of the reasons we do not get ahead and accomplish our goals is because we did not mentally prepare and get out mind into the right place. I am sure you are wondering now, well..

How the heck do I do that? 

I thought you would never ask! I have taken on this nifty trick that has gotten me through some of the scariest decisions I have ever made and it is something that I want for you as well. 

This is a 2 part process so let's start with Step 1

1. Let go of the need to be CERTAIN of the outcome. According to Tony Robbins, and a test he often recommends called the Six Human Needs one of the most common highest needs is a desire for certainty. I know first hand about this because it is what keep me in a career I hated for nearly 20 years.  In working with law and finance for 20 years, it fought against every grain of my being as I am someone who thrives in helping others and being of service. Fear of the unknown and leaving this career and my steady paycheck is what had me feeling trapped and burdened by the unknown possibilities. As I gradually began to embrace new challenges, and small victories where I allowed change and uncertainty into my life is when I started to feel alive and truly step into my deepest and truest self. 

2. Define the outcome if no action is taken. Take a moment and look at your problem. Imagine something that you want to do but that you are scared to move forward on.

  1. Now imagine that no action was taken or that you never tried.
  2. What are the results of remaining status quo and how will it negatively impact your life?
  3. What is the worst case scenario if you NEVER do it? 
  4. How will that hurt you and what will it affect? 
  5. Who else is impacted by this decision in your life? 
  6. By not trying, how will it affect them? 
  7. If you see yourself in 5 years, in the same place and did not take the initiative to make that move, how do you think you will feel when looking back? 
  8. What will that affect have on your life in 5 years? 
  9. How will others around you be impacted in five years? 
  10. How do you feel this in your body now that you are stuck and not moving through where you need to be? 

Make this exercise as VIVID AND BOLD as you can. The uglier and more deep you go with it the greater impact you will have. The key is we are often more motivated by pain than pleasure. So using this as your focal point to push through where you are stuck, can take the shift away from fear as your goal becomes to avoid pain. The pain of not trying ends up to be far worse than simply trying something and not succeeding. 

Remember to fail forward and embrace failure. It means that you tried and got out of your comfort zone! 

What will you try TODAY that you have been putting off? 

If you need help with making this boldly unbearable, and build a plan towards execution- shoot me a message and we can certainly chat!  

Virtually Yours- 

Amanda Scocozzo, CPC, Business Strategist

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Are You Maximizing Your Online Presence?

I am sure like many other entrepreneurs out there, social media has fallen off your radar from time to time. Of course there are so many other things in the day to day life of an entrepreneur, how can you possibly get it all done? 

Sure ... You have good intentions! 

But, do you really know what it takes to build an online presence?

Are you reaching your target audience? 

Are you even using the right social media platform to connect with your ideal client? 

Who has time for all that? Especially when you are trying to run a business and maintain your day to day services.

So OF COURSE it falls off the radar! 

Virtually Empowered is designed to fully support your business with your very own personal Dream Team! We cover all of your virtual business needs including Social Media, Product Launches, Marketing, Web Design, Logo and Graphic Design and so much more! 

This month, for the first time EVER, we are running a promotion

May Media Madness

Be sure to schedule your free consultation to take advantage of this offer by following the link above. 

 

 

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