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Share My Elves! (Virtual Assistants)

elves virtual assistantsI smiled when I saw this as that’s what I call my virtual assistants – my “Elves”!

Many people realize the benefit of having virtual assistants – and I could not live the Luxurious Nomad lifestyle I do without them – but it is a scary journey for some to actually find someone reliable – and who speaks English – and then to navigate the payment situation, their hours, whether you are getting what you paid for…

Since they are ‘virtual’ – meaning they are not there with you in flesh and blood, so to speak – many get dismayed with what seems like a daunting prospect of even knowing where to start in the virtual assistant hiring process, and so continue to do it all themselves.

Not long ago, my Chief Elf and her Elf (yes, even my elves have elves!) came up with the idea of me sharing them with our clients – since many of our clients are also in need of virtual assistants.

What started with that simple idea has now become a reality where we have several clients using the services of my Elves.

Since I already have a team of Elves in various disciplines, we have come up with a straightforward way you can use the services of my Elves without all the drama and worry of having to find your own.

All the details are here:  http://luxuriousnomad.com/elves/

Here is a list of the types of services with which my Elves can assist:

  • Book Marketing (submitting your book to literally hundreds of sites, competitions, forums; posting your author profiles, requesting reviewers and much more – essentially the majority of action items in my book marketing book)
  • Data Mining (research for contact details, websites and businesses)
  • Data Entry
  • Online Research
  • Simple Video Creation (using animoto and windows movie maker with provided files)
  • Basic Photo Editing (Photoshop, Gimp2)
  • Basic WordPress (posting, uploading images and videos, installing plug ins)
  • Social Media Maintenance (posting provided posts/tweets, scheduling using Hootsuite, creating posts using Canva for Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram)
  • Marketplace Listing (such as Ebay, Amazon, Shopify…)
  • Classified Ad Posting (Craigslist, Backpage, and other free classified sites)
  • MLS
  • Directory Listing (for websites and businesses)
  • Forum Posting 
  • PowerPoint Presentation (from provided information)
  • Word Processing (Pdf to MSWord, typing, transcription)
  • File Organization (for google drive)
  • Other tasks – willing to be trained where required

Most of your questions will be answered on this page http://luxuriousnomad.com/elves/ and if you have any other questions, feel free to reach out!

Looking forward to my Elves becoming part of your glorious life as well…

By Leigh St John aka Luxurious Nomad

76% of Potential Clients Can’t Find You!

contactI was astonished at the findings!

After reading a particular book I wanted to contact the author and couldn’t find their contact info anywhere.  Not at the front of the book, nor at the end.  I Googled them and their book to no avail.  All I could find was that it was listed on Amazon, from where I purchased it in the first place.

That started me thinking…  I know, that’s dangerous at the best of times…  🙂

So, I asked my Team of Elves to randomly select 100 books on Amazon that fit the following criteria:

  • Subject matter must be entrepreneurial in nature
  • Self-Published

That’s it.  I figured if someone has written and self-published an entrepreneurial-based book, then they most likely are wanting to use it to generate additional business.

My Elves were then asked to locate the author’s contact information using the following:

  • Amazon’s “look inside” feature and/or
  • Googling the author name and book title and using only the first page of results

My guess was that about 75% of those authors would be found fairly easily – I was totally wrong.

Of the 100 books they found:

  • 23 authors were readily located with contact information ranging from websites, email to full address and phone number
  • 1 author listed a website, however that website had no way of contacting the author!  No ‘contact us’ or even a link to an email
  • 76 authors could not be found!

Why am I telling you this?

If you are a self-published author, I strongly suggest you take a look at your own book and make sure you are not among the 76%!

…and if you now have a sinking feeling in your stomach that your contact details are not easily found at the beginning of your book or through a basic Google search, fear not!  Simply the fact that you have self-published means that you have the availability of modifying your source manuscript document to include your contact information and re-uploading it.  All that will happen is Amazon will list your book as ‘currently unavailable’ while it is approved – then you’re ready to go!

…and remember the author in question I mentioned at the beginning of this article who started this quest?  The reason I wanted to contact them was to discuss a potential client I was wanting to refer to them…  Needless to say, that referral will go elsewhere.

Don’t miss out on business!  

Do what it takes to make sure you are easy to find!

If you would like additional support re your book, please feel free to reach out.  I look forward to hearing from you!

leighstjohn @ leighstjohn . com