Consider this: You’re running a small web design firm and things are finally starting to look up. You’ve just landed a big client. Maybe a little too big for you to handle? Nah, never! At least that’s what you told the CEO when you closed the sale.
Only, now that you’ve received the work order, you find out that it’s twice as much work as you had anticipated, and (Oops!) the client had to move the deadline up two weeks. You don’t mind, do you? Of course not! You’ve only got a mountain of payroll paperwork that must be processed … twenty clients needing content updates … three other design jobs in the queue … a family at home that you like to see on occasion and, oh yeah, you like to sleep every now and then too! All of a sudden, it seems like everything that was going so right is going to unravel right here and now…
Except it won’t. You’ve actually got this covered. Your online personal assistants are already coordinating everything. So rest easy.
Why Virtual Assistants?
For many small businesses, virtual employees have become indispensable. You hear the story so many times: At first, I didn’t think my business was big enough to require hiring a virtual assistant, and now I don’t know how I ever got along without them. VA does not only provide highly critical services on a daily basis, but they also allow you to dedicate more of your valuable time to focusing on growing your business. Just as importantly, using online personal assistants can provide you with the flexibility of quickly taking on new tasks that just doesn’t exist if you are going through the process of hiring on-site personnel.
The Importance of Saying Thanks!
So maybe you already know all of these great things about virtual assistants. Maybe you’ve already been through a tight spot where your virtual team came to the rescue. Instead of losing the major client, you ended up smelling like a rose. Great feeling, isn’t it? And no doubt you were profuse in your thanks. We understand that. When you run a small business and someone helps to pull you through a tough stretch, the feeling of gratitude can be immense. You may have even wished you could go a little beyond saying thanks, but weren’t sure how. After all, while saying thanks is extremely important, showing that gratitude can pay be extremely powerful. It can pay huge dividends down the road.
In his classic treatise on sales, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, author Robert Cialdini discussed the power of reciprocity. In it he says, “We are human because our ancestors learned to share their food and their skills in an honored network of obligation.” It’s important to think about what he is saying here. This type of give-and-take is a fundamental aspect of human relationships. It is an interaction that we feel compelled to participate in at our cores, because without it we would have never made it this far as a species.
When you give something more than your thanks, something of value to your VA’s, you start a sort of reciprocity loop with them. It’s just human nature. You will create a relationship beyond your online personal assistants being random user profiles that send you completed tasks. You will make a human connection that will be more valuable, productive and beneficial for you both.
Quick, Easy and Effective: Amazon Vouchers
Showing appreciation and creating this cycle of reciprocity is not something that is costly, complicated, time consuming, or really in any way difficult. It can be something as simple as a gift voucher from Amazon.
In many ways, these are the perfect way to send a fast thank you to a hard working, and dedicated member of your team. Most likely you don’t know what your VA’s like to do in their spare time, or what their particular needs might be. In fact, this might have held you back from showing your appreciation in the past. A voucher sweeps aside any gaps in knowledge that you might have. Amazon has about a jillion different products to choose from. The vouchers are easy to implement too. Your VA’s just apply them at checkout. If any money’s left over, it goes to their Amazon account for later use. There are no fees or anything like that associated with them.
In terms of purchasing a voucher, Amazon has made the process so that it couldn’t be simpler. Their eGift cards can be bought in any amount. Even cooler, you can personalize the design by uploading a photo to be used, or you can go with some of the pre-designed options. Take the time to try and find something that really fits the occasion. Just putting in that two minutes of extra thought to go beyond the generic Amazon logo can really enhance the experience.
Here’s really all you need to do:
- Go to Gift Cards on the Amazon site
- Choose the type you want to purchase
- Click Add to Cart, and then Proceed to Checkout
- Provide your payment information, click Continue
- Place your order
This is not complicated stuff…
So how much should I give? If you’re thinking about a voucher, but you’re not sure what amount to give, just think of it like this: We often tip the wait staff at our favorite restaurants twenty percent of the tab. If it is a special occasion, or an important business lunch where the waiter or waitress has really played an important part in making things run smoothly, we may tip a little bit more. So why not go twenty percent of what your VA’s normally charge for a job well done. Or even a little bit higher! They may have gone to great lengths to pull you out of a tight spot, so show your appreciation!