Why Are You Not Using Carbonite in Your Small Business?

In August, I talked about 9 Tools Small Business Owners Love  and Carbonite was on this list.

Carbonite  is an online backup service, which can be used both in Windows on PCs and on Macs. It backs up documents, e-mails, music, photos, and settings. You can schedule the day and time that you want Carbonite to back up your items and it will do the rest. Or you can have Carbonite backup in the background of your computer all the time, so you never lose a change you’ve just made. It’s as simple as that.

Carbonite offers three different paid plans for your convenience, Personal, Pro and Server, but there is no limit on your backup storage space on any of the plans. Each of these plans have 3 options inside them, Basic, Plus and Prime. Here’s how the plans differ:

  • Personal: You need this if you have individual computers. This plan is ideal for home-based professionals looking to protect individual computers.  This plan starts at $59.99 per year.
  • Pro: You need this if you want to backup unlimited workstations.  This plan will protect unlimited computers and supports HIPAA compliance, for those in the healthcare industry. This plan starts at $269.99 per year.
  • Server: Companies will benefit from this if they are looking for local & cloud backup for files, databases and live applications. This plan starts at $799.99 per year.

It is always better to be safe than sorry. We have all had computers give us trouble. How devastating would it be if you lost everything on your computer? It’s not a matter of if your computer will crash, it’s only a matter of when. Carbonite gives you that safe peace of mind to know when your computer does decide to quit on you; you have not lost anything.

Do you want a VA who uses Carbonite and will not lose any of your information? Email me at andrea@timesavingva.com to schedule a free consultation.

How to Tell if FreshBooks is for Your Small Business

Last month, I talked about 9 Tools Small Business Owners Love  and FreshBooks was on this list.

I recommend this cloud-based accounting software because I can do my time tracking and invoicing at one place. FreshBooks offers a 30-day trial period, but if you only have one client it’s free.

FreshBooks has many benefits for small business owners, but here are just a few:

  • Accounting made simple
  • Creating an invoice is quick and easy with no manual input needed
  • Invoicing can be sent via email to your clients and they can instantly pay via PayPal

Some features include:

  • Time Tracking: You set up your projects and tasks at your hourly rate. When you track time against those projects, you know you will be billing your clients accurately.
  • Reporting:  The Reports tab has several reports including invoice details, tax summary, timesheet details, etc…
  • Invoicing: This is quick and easy in conjunction with time tracking. You can email or snail mail the invoice to your client. FreshBooks is good for small businesses where you will be invoicing for your services, even if you don’t need to track your time.

Ready to work with a VA who can help improve your productivity? Email me at andrea@timesavingva.comto schedule a free consultation.

Top 3 Reasons to Hire a Virtual Assistant Specializing in MemberGate

There are many reasons to hire virtual assistant to help you set up and run your membership site, but these three have the most value.

  1. Organizational Skills – Your virtual assistant (VA) can work with you on your timeline to get your site launched. In addition, your VA can advise you on what items are a priority for launch and which ones can be updated after the launch.
  2. HTML Support – You will not have to understand HTML code because your VA will already have the skills to work directly in the HTML code if needed.
  3. Send It and Forget It – Once you send something to your VA to add, modify or remove, it will be taken care of so it’s off your list and off your mind, allowing you to handle your higher-level responsibilities.

If you’d like to learn more about how I can help you with your membership site, contact me today to schedule a free consultation.

3 Myths About Membership Sites

There are many myths about what it takes to maintain and own a successful membership site. We are going to address three of them today:

MYTH #1 – You must be a subject matter expert

You do not need to be a subject matter expert. You are sharing your experience with your members who are excited about the same subject as you.  The goal is to have your members benefit from your knowledge by sharing it on your membership site.  Everyone is unique and provides unique content;your unique knowledge and insights are the benefits you bring to your members. s

MYTH #2 – You need to be a technical expert

In this day and age, you don’t need to be technically inclined to get your membership site started.  In fact, MemberGate lets you concentrate on making your business profitable instead of trying to figure out how to make it run. They set it up for you, including doing the graphics. They provide assistance to you including an online knowledgebase where they provide step-by-step instructions with screenshots and video to help you.  Additionally, you can hire a Virtual Assistant, such as myself, to coordinate the creation of the site and maintain it for you.

MYTH #3 – You need lots of startup money

Not true. Once you start researching your options, you will see this to be a myth.  There are free tools out there that you can use to put something here. Remember, investing in your company is a must, but you don’t have to have a huge budget

If you’d like to learn more about how I can help you finalize, maintain and get more members signing up for your membership site, contact me today to schedule a free consultation.

5 steps to convert visitors to your MemberGate site into paying members

I just read a great tip on MemberGate.com titled How to convert visitors into paying subscribers at your subscription web site.

  1. Make it easy for visitors to find you repeatedly. Having your site set up search engine friendly is important to your success.
  2. Lead with your strength – compelling content. 
  3. Offers visitors a carrot. A carrot is something you can offer that is of value to the visitor.
  4. Give visitors a peek – but don’t let them in.
  5. Make it easy for visitors to stay in touch.  A good way for visitors to stay in touch with you is for you to offer a tip of the week.

The full article provides some other great insights, so please be sure to read it by clicking here: How to convert visitors into paying subscribers at your subscription web site.

Do you need help with your MemberGate site? Email me at andrea@timesavingva.com  to schedule a free consultation.