Work and Business in the New Normal

These are challenging times, and the solutions and adaptations that have emerged are poised to cause a paradigm shift. That’s if we aren’t in one already. After COVID-19 subsides, many aspects of society – of work and life – will most likely not revert back to how they used to be. There will most likely be a new normal that takes on some of the best practices developed during the crisis. Maybe because these practices are necessary to reduce the risks of a second or third wave, or another future pandemic. Or because they just worked well and made everything more convenient. Either way, the new normal will be evident in both work and life. So here are the most likely trends and how it will affect you

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Maintaining Brand Recognition During Lockdown

With lockdown, non-essential businesses either switch to work-at-home setups, pivot to eCommerce and delivery or pickup services, or close their operations for the duration of the crisis. But even then, businesses can still maintain brand recognition, strengthen ties with customers, raise awareness and even do their part and pitch in for the community. This can be done through social media, online marketing, apps and other methods. So being in quarantine does not have to be a totally unproductive time.

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Improve Your eCommerce with Virtual Assistants

With shelter-in-place orders, businesses have to find a way to continue to provide their products and services to customers. At the same time they must practice social distancing and ensure everyone’s health and safety. Companies have been letting their employees work from home while shifting to online transactions. From restaurants relying on online delivery services to clinics pivoting to telemedicine, eCommerce is the name of the game. And Virtual Assistants are uniquely suited for this, as their capabilities help make businesses more resilient in the time of COVID-19. So here is how you can leverage your eCommerce Virtual Assistants and bolster your online business:


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Virtual Assistants Make Businesses More Resilient Amidst COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has hit all industries hard and forced organizations to adapt. Many, particularly non-essential businesses, have had to downsize their operations, temporarily close their physical establishments, or switch to home-based operations (for those capable of doing so). This has proven to be quite challenging for many. But Virtual Assistants and the businesses utilizing their services have turned out to be better prepared for the disruption. So, why is this the case, and how can more businesses utilize VAs to weather the storm? 


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Work From Home Snacks You Can Nom On

The COVID-19 crisis is certainly a stressful period for us all. The bombardment of news and updates. Adjusting to working from home. The drastic alterations of our lifestyles due to lockdown. It takes time adapt to this new normal. Moreover, staying focused, energized and motivated while working (or even outside of work) can be at times difficult. But there’s something that can help with this: quarantine treats! Here are some work from home snacks you can nom on and refreshments you can imbibe. 


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Use the Right Tools to Work from Home Optimally

There’s a very real possibility that the shelter in place orders, or the lock down or quarantine, may be extended. Which means Virtual Assistants and their clients will have to work from home for longer. Operating from their living rooms or home offices while maintaining their productivity, and reminding themselves that this isn’t a stay-cation, that their teams are still depending on their output. Previously, we gave tips for working from home during quarantine. Nonetheless, one of the hurdles is the lack of access to the resources available in a traditional office. So for this article, we’ll look into tools that can prove useful, even crucial, for this arrangement. 

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Improve Your Email Marketing Campaigns With These Tips

Marketing matters a lot in a business’ growth and success. For entrepreneurs striving to build their businesses, they must develop a keen understanding of the field and wield it effectively. Email marketing campaigns are tried and tested marketing methods that remain relevant in the digital age.  And they’re all the more useful now as the COVID-19 emergency forces businesses to adapt and shift to online shopping and delivery services.  So here are a few tips to help improve your email marketing campaigns:

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Tips for Working at Home During Quarantine… Part 2

Continuing with the subject of working at home in the time of COVID-19 and doing this effectively, we will now go into the importance of properly managing our interactions with the outside world. This entails calls, emails and instant messages from workmates as well as browsing through social media or checking the news. It also includes our social circles that are now physically separated due to lockdown or quarantine. Previously, we talked about how managing our own patterns to separate work from daily life is essential in being good at both. Now we’ll talk about how we are both separated but still connected, simultaneously at risk of being isolated and overwhelmed. Plus how we can chart a course that will keep us functional and healthy while working at home and doing our part to flatten the curve.

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Tips for Working at Home During Quarantine… Part 1

VBN has shifted to work at home operations for its Virtual Assistants to comply with COVID-19 quarantine protocols. So our previously office-based VAs are now adapting to the new arrangement. For some, this is their first time working at home. While for others this might not be their first rodeo. And countless others throughout the world are going through similar experiences, shifting and adapting to a new work pattern. Working at home can feel like a whole new world. Especially since the transition was so sudden, thrusted as a necessity due to the coronavirus pandemic.  So here’s some advice to help make the transition to working from home goes well, to help you with the job and maintain your wellness:

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