Do you want to develop your business? Do you wish you had more time with your family? Maybe you’re looking for ways to reduce expenses and increase productivity?
If your answer is YES, then you need to hire a virtual assistant (VA) because they are the magic you’ve been missing and will help you work wonders. Don’t believe me? Just take a few minutes…
What the heck is Virtual Assistant anyway?!
The definition may vary a lot but generally, a VA is someone who performs professional tasks or services for an individual. He or she can work remotely according to the hours of your choice. Anything a personal assistant or office administrator can do; a VA can do even better and with more flexibility. A typical day may include managing projects, manage emails and diaries, taking phone calls and updating your websites to name a few. If you are wondering why a VA is preferable to an in-house one, here’s why:
Your time is your money
It also makes good financial sense to hire a VA. Outsourcing the tedious, repetitive tasks enables you to devote your precious time to the most lucrative, financially rewarding parts of the work. Besides, a VA is more economically practical as their average salary is about $ 4,000 – 16,000, roughly one-tenth to two-fifths that of a personal assistant. There are no on costs and your flat hourly fee doesn’t have any hidden surprises. Some VA companies like Northern Enterprise Solutions offer services at $450 to $1,850 per month.
Buy time with your money
By shifting the least productive jobs to VAs, you can save a lot of valuable time for better use. According to a Harvard study, that approach can help you save up to 20% of your time, which means a full day every week. Imagine the equivalent of a day a week is freed up! Extra time to grow your business, take the kids to sports, join that networking group or quality time with loved ones.
Boost your work output
Have you ever felt that no matter how hard you try, you are always getting so little done by the end of the day and you dread waking up tomorrow, facing another long day filled with tasks you’d rather not be doing? Those necessary evils, however, can be assigned to VA, thus saving your energy and that you can concentrate on what you enjoy doing the most and what you do best.
It might be good to be out of sight
A flesh – and – blood assistant will, of course, require a lot of things such as training, office, benefits package, tea and coffee – and it all adds up. While her or his performance is not easy to gauge. On the other hand, VAs work remotely so there are no office costs. Moreover, hours are purchased upfront and you nominate the when the work happens and for how long. So they are a good option if you want to enjoy the benefits of administrative assistance, but don’t want to pay for the extra hassles of offices and staff.
Flexibility is the key
In many small businesses, the number of tasks for assistants may vary wildly. During the busier periods, you may want extra hours on more days. When the lean time comes, you want the flexibility of not having these obligations. With a VA as you can adjust her or his working time to a few hours a day or a week. In short, you only have to pay for the work that needs to be done.
Ok so maybe there isn’t a best theme award, but at Northern Enterprise Solutions we think there should be!
In the digital age, it is crucial for business, big or small, to have an informative and beautifully-designed website. The easiest way to do so is to use an attractive multipurpose WordPress theme. Among them, the king is Divi, powered by Divi Builder and regarded as a reliable front-end editor. While there is a lot of feature-rich WordPress templates out there, we think Divi is your pick of the litter because:
Unlike many premium WordPress themes, Divi doesn’t need any more WordPress plugins to operate. Don’t let the simplistic Divi Builder appearance fool you, in fact, that’s part of the beauty of Divi, for as easy as it is to use, it’s also just as powerful and flexible. Also, Divi Builder has a customizable interface that enables you to adjust elements according to your needs (no other WordPress page builders offer this at the moment).
In terms of ease of use, few can rival Divi Builder for now. You can perform basic tasks such as adding a new row, importing/exporting layouts, dragging and dropping or inserting headers/footers more smoothly than ever before. So if you can play Solitaire on your computer you can use Divi.
Divi Builder offers up to 46 elements of contents. With powerful and diverse options like YouTube, audio player, blog, portfolio and so on. So you can build just about anything with the click of a few buttons with full control over how it all looks.
But if designing a website makes your head swim, Divi has you covered. Currently boasting more than 140 appealing pre-designed layouts filled with original photos and illustrations that the Divi design team themselves created. Moreover, new layouts are added every week, offering customers a wide variety of choices.
But what is really wonderful is that Divi places all of those amazing photos and illustrations in public domain, thus allowing users to apply them freely on commercial projects without any copyrights problems. Divi divides the layouts into complete website packs, each of which is tailor-made for a specific type of website. Therefore, your job is merely to search the perfect design within the builder, import it and input your content.
So Divi’s pretty cool yeah? Well, it keeps on delivering, even with the advanced stuff to help you get the most from your website. The Divi Builder offers a lot of professional features, notably split testing (reducing bounce rates and increase conversions by displaying multiple layout variations of your page track visitor’s reactions), real-time design (change is updated instantly), responsive editing (allowing you to make your website more compatible with mobile devices) and universal translation (full support for 32 languages). BOOM!
Superb security and performance
You can also rest assured that Divi is strong and secure. It works with Sucuri.net to rigorously test every single theme and updates and no issues has been found so far. Websites built with Divi Builder have impressive performance with low loading time even when performance optimization is not added, ensuring a pleasant user experience.
Great price – Great bargain
Did you know Northern Enterprise Solutions provides WordPress theme transfers? If you’re a small business owner with a WordPress website, we can transfer your content into a Divi theme for just $175! Get in contact today to arrange your theme transfer and access all of these features.
Gutenberg is the next big thing for WordPress
WordPress has been the most popular content management system (CMS) for bloggers and website designers for the past 15 years. Despite its revolutionary status, WordPress hasn’t changed its visual editor much. Not anymore. The hotly-anticipated Gutenberg has arrived and here is everything you need to know.
What is the Gutenberg WordPress editor?
The editor is named after Johannes Gutenberg, whose invention of the printing press half a millennial ago revolutionised the way knowledge and information was stored and exchanged, just like WordPress now. Though Gutenberg is only available as a plugin, for the time being, it will be integrated with WordPress 5.0.
Gutenberg is a new visual editor for WordPress. It is intended to make it easier for users, especially WordPress beginners, to modify the visual presentation of the website content. Currently, WordPress layouts require you to use a lot of shortcodes, metaboxes and HTML, which is as tedious for many of us as History of Magic for Hogwarts students.
Therefore, Gutenberg’s embrace of building blocks simplifies the process and makes it look like Quidditch. It enables you to add contents in blocks of many types from the WordPress backend and easily create searchable flow.
Gutenberg is not yet a page builder as it doesn’t support properly important features like drag and drop or nested blocks. However, those features and many more advanced layout options may be included in subsequent versions. Once in effect, Gutenberg will supersede TinyMCE as the default content editor though TinyMCE will still be used in some respects.
Can I download and use it now?
To be clear first, Gutenberg is still under development and is not ready to be released yet. But you can contribute a little to its making trying out the demo and leave comments and feedback in the WordPress support forum or open an issue on GitHub or join the discussions in #core-editor on the core WordPress Slack.
WordPress version 4.8 is required to use Gutenberg. To download it, go to the WordPress repository or search in your WordPress dashboard under “Add New” plugins. Don’t forget to install this on a test site or use staging environment of your host as Gutenberg is still a beta version.
Why should I care about it?
Because Gutenberg has the following advantages:
– Content blocks: The use of the structure makes the editor extremely easy to work with, especially for beginners. Building a website will be just like playing with LEGO sets. Gutenberg is better than LEGO, however, because you can create your content blocks.
– Perfect compatibility with mobile phone platform: Gutenberg has excellent performance on mobile phones. Do you have a new idea for your website display and nothing else but a smartphone on hand? No problem.
– Integrity: you can have a friendly divorce with Gutenberg because your site won’t break if you uninstall it. You can also have a happy blended family as you can edit in Gutenberg content created by the classic editor and vice versa.
– Formatting retainment: You can copy and paste while keeping formatting settings such as lists, headings, bold text, etc.
I am a website owner. What are the new things I can do?
– Collaborative editing: If you ever have a group of writers contribute to the same post, you may experience the frustration that only one writer can work at the time because of the post locking feature. While this prevents overwriting, it causes a lot of job delays. Now it is a thing of the past as Gutenberg’s block structure enables you to lock individual blocks only, allowing multiple people to work on different parts of a post freely.
– Block and embed discovery: You can look for content blocks of various kinds, such as Facebook embed or a custom template more easily. It is also possible to create custom content blocks.
– A standardised approach to page building: Gutenberg will focus on site creation. As a result, there will be a standardised approach to native WordPress page building. You can use Field Manager, Advanced Custom Fields, or a customised solution to create page builders for section fronts or marketing pages.
– High level of personalisation: Block structure allows you to deliver content according to your needs. For example, you can create suitable content blocks for different kind of site visitors.
But what is the catch?
There are not many.
– Gutenberg is not complete, yet so you may face some performance issues like lack of support for metaboxes, shortcodes and content output using HTML 5 tags.
– There can be backward compatibility problems, especially for TinyMCE – integrated themes and plugins.
– The accessibility of Gutenberg is also a serious issue, but it will be indeed fixed in the official edition.
WordPress creators have decided that Gutenberg will become the official editor for WordPress. That means when Gutenberg is officially integrated with WordPress core, you won’t be able to turn it off. Therefore, it makes great sense to start learning about the new editor as soon as possible. So what are you waiting for?
Northern Enterprise Solutions are the official WordPress Community Coordinators. Our development team are on standby to help you with all of your WordPress and Gutenberg requirements. Get in contact to talk about 3 pages for $175.
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