Why “CouldUJust”?

Vikki Baptiste by Jackie Haggarty

Vikki Baptiste – image by Jackie Haggarty

Born out of an inbred need to connect, to inform, and to share, CouldUJust/BN Virtual Solutions started out life as “Go2Gal”.

Go2Gal would run local errands, whip up a website, connect you to a graphic designer, suggest a personal organizer, find the best price on an 8′ pre-lit Christmas tree, research the latest fad diet, write a grant, and much, much more … until I explained the concept to my Ma. We often bounce things off each other, and she’s very much in tune with the way I think and the things I do, and she told me a story of someone she knew in England who had a kind of a handyman business called “Could You Just”.

This person has long shuffled off this mortal coil, his business born and buried way before the advent of the internet, and research proved that I could, indeed, just adopt the name for my business!

What is a VA?

“A Virtual Assistant (VA) is a highly skilled, professional who provides administrative support and other specialized services to businesses, entrepreneurs, executives, sales professionals and others who have more work to do than time to do it.”

Diana Ennen and Kelly Poelker
“Virtual Assistant: The Series”

I wish I could correctly attribute the single best explanation I found for using a Virtual Personal Assistant (VPA). Alas, the reference escapes me and efforts to retrieve it have been futile. It goes a little something like this:

“Paying a Virtual Assistant $35 an hour to perform my more menial tasks frees me up to charge $150 an hour to do what I do best. … and besides, it’s just smart to leverage your time in this way.”

Virtual assistants, in their many forms, can save you money in other ways. They already own the technology to get the job done, so you don’t have to spend your money buying it. Pick the right VA and you have a trained professional for the job that you now don’t have to spend time training for. You’ll never miss an appointment again, because your VA is managing your time AND your reminder calls!

Today’s VPA is well connected and has referrals at her fingertips, which could result in new customers for you as she makes those natural connections between the seeker and the sought after.

She can be hired for the long term, the short term, or by-the-job. No commitment or full commitment – whichever suits your needs. And when the assignment is over, you have either formed a strong bond with an assistant you can call on again and again, or you move on to the next one. Be assured, though, that your VA has a vested interest in creating the best working relationship she possibly can. Her livelihood depends on it, and she’s only as good as her last testimonial.
I want to say yes, of course I can do it all! However, integrity prevails and I know my skills and limitations.

Besides making more time for yourself, and your family and friends, hiring a virtual assistant means you are not locked into a contract, and you don’t have to pay for office space, training, equipment or supplies. No social security, state or federal taxes, sick pay, or holiday pay. You’re not responsible for health benefits, 401K or retirement plans.

I am extremely lucky to have a strong network of professionals that I can defer to. From dog walkers to PHP coders, Reiki practitioners to roofers, I have a professional lined up ready to give you the best service possible.

So, when you contract with Virtual Solutions, you’re getting access to the whole shebang, the “who’s who”, your personal trade directory. That’s peace of mind.

And you only pay for time on task.

Couldn’t you just use more time? Your virtual personal assistant can do many tasks which help to make your day easier. It’s just a good business move to leverage your time, and a smart move to use a VPA to do it.

Why not trust your VPA to:

  • make your travel plans
  • organize your next meeting
  • migrate your website to the WordPress platform
  • write SEO content for your website
  • research any number of topics
  • order anniversary flowers for your spouse
  • transcribe your meeting notes
  • proof read your document
  • create blog entries
  • help you enter the world of social networking
  • Photoshop your headshot
  • create your business cards
  • create consistent branding
  • write Facebook posts
  • purchase client appreciation gifts
  • author eNewsletters
  • organize your social networking
  • optimize your website (SEO)
  • and much, much more