Saturday, January 15th, 2011
The virtual business community is rallying together using social media networks like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to coordinate donations of time for flood affected small businesses in Queensland.

Ingrid Bayer, from My Online VA Service in Taree NSW, said, “We’re all watching, with mounting horror, the devastation being brought upon Queensland. Many affected people are small business owners who may have lost their home offices and business premises in the rising flood waters. Being small and micro business owners ourselves, we can only imagine how disastrous it must be to lose not only their homes, cars and personal possessions, but also their livelihoods and income as well."

“The Virtual Assistant community can help these businesses get back on their feet with tasks like remote phone answering, administration, client relationship work, website work, marketing tasks – the list is as endless as our imaginations,” said Mrs Bayer.

Ingrid Bayer has teamed up with Jodie Hodges from Coffs Harbour based Virtually Organised to set up a Facebook community group “QLD Floods – Donate Your Time” and are using the social media platform to spread the word and coordinate group donations of time from other Virtual Assistants throughout Australia and even overseas.

“The effectiveness of social media and the power of online networking means that we have dozens of members already who can donate their time and skills to help businesses affected by the floods in all areas of Queensland, especially the remote communities. We’ll be working with organisations like VolunteeringQLD and local chambers of commerce to help individual businesses in need,” said Mrs Hodges.

Sarah Macdonald from Commerce Therapy, based in the Cairns Region has also teamed up with Ingrid. “QLD Floods – Donate Your Time” has linking with the Facebook Page “Business Support for SEQ Flood” set up by Mrs Macdonald. This Facebook page has been set up to provide a collaboration of Business Consultants, Business Coaches and Virtual Assistants who are willing to donate time and services to flood affected Businesses and Non-profit Organisations. The Facebook Page has a listing of businesses who have donated their time along with relevant links to business support and funding. “This page has allowed businesses to business services help organisations and businesses recover from the crisis of the SE Queensland floods by doing what we do best, business services,” stated Sarah Macdonald.

For assistance or to donate your time or visit the Facebook page QLD Floods – Donate Your Time.

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