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Safety vs. Stability – what do they mean in business?

Do you feel safe in business and your life in general? By safe, I don’t mean having a body guard to protect you from life’s dangers; I mean do you have stability?

This week, I had a client tell me that the trust he and I have built, over the past 6 years together, has earned me an ongoing contract between our two businesses. This got me thinking, is it only the trust he values or does it go much deeper than that? So, I asked the question; “What makes you feel safe in our business partnership”?

He responded by saying that, together, we have been able to form trust and been able to grow our businesses.  He also loves the honesty in my approach and values my commitment to his business and staff. He said the one word to describe what it means to be partnering with me is….stability!

This got me thinking – do I feel stable in my own business? Do I feel stable with my business practices and do I feel I have an edge over other Virtual Assistant companies…absolutely!  I offer excellent services and aim to build profound business relationships with my clients. The services I offer and the partnerships I create with my clients give me stability not only in my business but also in the marketplace against my competitors. Unfortunately, these practices don’t necessarily make me financially stable nor do they make me safe from losing clients and losing income.

Knowing this, while I continue to grow my business I continually work on key areas to reach financial stability and feel intense safety.  Here are a few tips:


  1. Track your current spending and income information down to the fine details. Keep this information in an accounting software package or even something as simple as an Excel spreadsheet. Continually analyse your spending vs. income – if your spending is greater than your actual income you need to look at changing this straight away.


  1. Be sure to create a budget, whether weekly or monthly.  Ensure you stick to your budget and determine where costs can be cut, if necessary. For example, you may be able to cuts costs by outsourcing parts of your work, downgrading online software you are using, changing suppliers or even something as simple as changing the quality of paper that’s used in the office.


  1. Ensure all bills are paid on time. These days, the majority of suppliers charge a late fee if invoices are not paid on time.


  1. Determine if you can use new suppliers to not only cut your own costs but to also forward some of those savings to your customers. This is a win-win; you save money on services/products and your customers get a more cost effective deal, which they will love you for.


  1. Offer referral discounts. I do these two ways. I always offer a referral finders’ fee to anyone who refers clients to me and I also offer the potential new client a discount as a referred client. This not only means that the referrer keeps referrals coming my way, it also helps potential clients make the decision to employ me as, straight up, I offer them a discount that my competitors, more than likely, will not offer.

The above are just some ways I like to ensure my business in on the right path to financial stability. I would love to hear what you think is important to create stability in your business.




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How to turn warm leads into BFFs

Recently I received a lead from a potential client.  Although they did not end up using my services they still wanted to keep in contact with me.

This got me thinking – why?  Why would a potential customer want to stay in contact even though they had no desire to work with me?

The answer, once I sat back and looked at this scenario, was very simple; they were not yet ready for the financial outlay, which is totally cool, but they did want to keep the communication lines open for when they are.  Clients may not be ready now but that does not mean they won’t ever be ready to spend money with you.

Here are my top 10 tips on how to stay front of mind with all your warm leads.

  1. As soon as they contact you, either via your website or by direct email, acknowledge them within minutes. This shows your responsiveness – first impressions count. A great idea is to set up an automatic email in your CRM system that will send them an immediate response.  Thank them, give them as much information as possible and finish this email by advising you will be in contact, shortly, via phone.
  2. Create an email response that stands out from your competitors. The email that you send is this initial contact can set you apart from others that offer the same service. My email doesn’t necessarily showcase the benefits of working with me. Initially, I concentrate more on telling them who I am, what I stand for and how I may be able to help eliminate some of the pain they feel in their business – after all, they have reached out to me because they need help.
  3. Find out who they are and try to connect with them. Research their business online and read their website and social profiles.  This will provide an understanding of their business, their values, and what they like to do in their spare time, etc.  A great start, if possible, is to connect with them on LinkedIn.  Common connections on LinkedIn are a great conversation starter.  For instance, I had a lead come in a while ago from a potential client.  I looked at their LinkedIn profile and could see we had a common connection. It turns out I had already spoken to this particular person via the work I do with another client. I mentioned this during our conversation and they remembered who I was.  It was a great way to start a conversation and chat on a more personal level.
  4. If possible, show you are familiar with their industry. If you have a lead from say a Tradie, use your familiarity as leverage. Mention that you have worked with Tradies before, state what you have done for them and describe what worked and what didn’t. If you haven’t specifically worked with anyone in their particular field, you may find a connection via a family member that is somehow linked to that field or you may have had an interested in that field when you were back in high school. Basically, you are looking for any type of connection that shows you have or once had an interest in what they offer.
  5. Tell them how much you enjoyed their website, social profiles or that great article they may have recently written. This demonstrates you have taken the time to get to know them and are interested in their business.
  6. Give some advice on a possible pain point they have. If you receive a lead asking for help with a website, take a look at their website and find the areas that could do with some change. Now, there is a fine line between constructive criticism and just showing off, so be careful here. For example, recently I received a lead from a client who was looking for virtual reception support. I called them right away to introduce myself and was greeted with their voicemail. I left a message, sent them an email and continued on with my work. Later that day, I received a return phone call from them and, during our conversation, I let them know that I understood why they needed support on their incoming lines – it took all day for them to return my call! If I was a client looking to use their services, I would more than likely have moved onto one of their competitors already.  Saying this was perfectly in line with their reception inquiry and I was able to demonstrate why they needed help in this area.
  7. Follow up a few days after your initial contact. Give them time to process the information you have either emailed or spoken about. Don’t follow up the very next day as chances are they have not had time to digest it all yet. I suggest following up 2 days later with a ‘checking-in’ email. Depending on the circumstance, I usually enquire if they received the information they required and ask if there is anything I can do for them at this stage.
  8. Call them a week later. If you have heard nothing from them since your initial contact, pick up the phone. This will demonstrate you are not just ‘shooting them an email’ and that you care and have taken the time to actually call them.
  9. Keep the communication lines open no matter the outcome. If your lead either does not come back to you or they let you know they are not proceeding with your service at this stage (no matter the reason) ensure you keep them on your radar. For instance, in a month’s time, if you see an article you believe to be beneficial to their situation, send it to them and let them know you thought they may like it. Connect with them on their social profiles and comment on their posts. If you hear of someone looking for their services, send them both an introductory email stating you believe there may be a connection here. Showing that you are thinking of them will keep your own name in the forefront of their mind.
  10. Celebrate with them. If you see, on social media, that they have had a big win in their business, congratulate them – send them a card or a personal email. If they have a birthday, send them a card or a personal text or email to wish them a Happy Birthday. Making personal connections outside of business shows you care.

It’s important to make human connections with people no matter what the outcome of a situation.  Strive to stand out from a crowd. Become the change they need no matter how you are able to show this. Show how you are different from others and that you are a real thought leader in your space – the best person in your field.

Written by Korryn Campbell



The Importance of Proofreading & Editing

Our very own proofreader and editor, Karen Jones has shared with us…The Importance of Proofreading & Editing!


Proofreading and editing your documents is an essential part of publishing anything. Before you submit a book, blog post, essay, email, uni presentation or before a website goes live, you should always proofread your work or get someone else to read it first.  A second set of eyes to check your work is always a good idea.

There is nothing worse than reading someone’s work and finding grammatical errors or paragraphs which don’t read well.  It’s the first thing I notice when reading anything and it can sometimes mean the difference between using that person’s services or not.

Editing is also very important, especially if you are working on a client’s website; making sure all the links go to the correct pages is vital as well as checking that everything on the page looks streamlined and is sitting right.  You don’t want images being cut off by words or vice versa.

So the next time you write something, no matter what it is, make sure you proofread and edit it first and if you don’t have the time to do this yourself, then outsource your work to a professional who would be happy to do this for you.

Bye for now!


Proofreader & Editor


Marketing your business

Welcome to 2014!

This year I hope to launch a few new products. In order to do this I need to ensure I have procedures in place for marketing and client contact.

Having a great marking plan can help reach your target market, boost customer sales and get those “word of mouth” referrals we all love.

This week I have been doing research into marketing my business and the best ways to help me achieve my goals for 2014. I don’t have a big marketing budget to be able to spend, so am looking into more cost effective ways to market my business and still keep cash flow in check.

Without clients, a business will not survive. A business needs to understand the value of marketing and understand that people are unlikely to use your service unless they know who you are and what makes you the better choice over some of your competitors.

It’s important to build your brand. In order to do this you need to know who your target audience are, what you have that your competitors don’t have, what your competitors have that you don’t have and what it is you want to achieve.

The next thing to do is to write a marketing plan…yep take out your pen and paper and have a good old fashioned brain storming session. Some questions to ask yourself are:

  • How can you meet your target market’s needs?
  • What are your competitor’s strengths and weaknesses?
  • Are you in a position where clients can see the benefits of your services?
  • What makes you stand out above the rest?
  • What can you offer that others cant?

From here, it’s time to map out your strategy. This should include ideas on how to market, what channels will be used, what timeframes will be set, what will you need in order to get things moving, will this require a budget (if so, what are the costing’s), will the team need to be motivated in order for them to on-sell and do you need any outside help.

I’m about to start writing my marketing plan for 2014 based on the above research I have done. It’s been a little overwhelming with all the info out there on Marketing Strategies. As I don’t have a big budget, most of my marketing will be done online and face to face networking. I have also been very lucky over the past 4 years and receive most of my work via referral from other/past clients, so I would like to focus a little on this also and offer incentives to current clients….wish me luck!

Bringing balance to your life!



20 things you may not know about me

1.         I have two nicknames –  a) My work colleagues call me KC   b) My Dad calls me Eore

2.         I have been with my husband for 12 years.

3.         I HATE public toilets and generally don’t use them unless it’s life or death.

4.         I sing along to just about every song I hear & make up the words I don’t know.

5.         I’ve only been on a plane three times in my life.

6.         Phobias: a) Little tiles – I can’t walk on them in bare feet, especially in bathrooms and pools b) Clowns wearing stilts.

7.         Terrified of snakes and toads, but generally don’t like bugs either.

8.         I come from a MASSIVE Family; 4 x grandparents, 2 x parents, 2 x parents in-law, 8 auntie’s and uncles, 11 cousins, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, 4 sister in-laws, 5 brother in-laws, 4 nephews and 3 nieces….I think that’s it!

9.         Clifford the big red dog was my favourite childhood book.

10.       When my sister was four, I hit her over the nose with a broom on her birthday. Now all her birthday photos have her with a band aid over her nose.

11.       I’m a daydreamer. My hubby and kids call it “Korryn land” and I must say I visit it often and have so much fun there…it’s always so quiet!

12.       I’m very impatient, if you say you will do something, do it now!

13.       I love going to the beach, it’s my most favourite place on earth.

14.       My dream holiday is to visit Canada for a white Christmas and then head to the USA and visit New York and LA, then off to Disneyland with the kids.

15.       I’m terrible at maths.

16.       My favourite time of year is Christmas, it’s so magical!

17.       I have “Shiny thing” Syndrome. I get very distracted by new things and don’t have a great attention span, so tend to go off on my own tangent allot!

18.       I was 27 when I started my business from home, to work around my kids. I’m still here 5 years later and I have learnt and grown so much as a person and a Mum.

19.       I love surrounding myself with positive people.

20.       I love the movies “Finding Nemo” and “Wizard of Oz”.