As a Virtual Assistant Doing a 'Good Job' Just Isn't Enough

As a Virtual Assistant, Doing a Good Job Just Isn’t Enough

Why should a potential client choose you over everyone else out there? Entrepreneurs, business owners and corporate businesses alike all share one thing – they want the best. If they are working hard to be on top,  you can guarantee that any virtual assistants they hire are also hard workers and the best of the […]

Get Your Ducks in a Row - Getting Set Up as a VA

Get Your Ducks in a Row – Getting Set Up as a Virtual Assistant

In a recent blog post I discussed assessing one’s skill set. Life, whether as a mom or office assistant, may have equipped you with the skill set necessary to be a virtual assistant. If you want to take the next steps towards the goal of working from home as a virtual assistant, there is a […]

An Important Lesson About Business Cards

An Important Lesson About Business Cards

I love summer! It’s that time of year when it’s warm enough here in Nebraska for festive celebrations – and unintentional networking. I don’t ‘enjoy’ lugging a purse around with me, but I need to and was reminded of that recently. I had given my business card out to so many people that I ran […]

Help! What Do I Put on My Virtual Assistant Resume

Help, what do I put on my Virtual Assistant Resume?

A resume is a resume is a resume, right? Well…not exactly. For optimal performance resumes are custom-tailored to the position being sought. Say, for example, you are looking for a job as a high school English teacher. You wouldn’t want to use your resume tailored for a position as a delivery driver or sales manager […]

Doing Your Due Diligence

Doing Your Due Diligence

I cannot express how important it is to do your due diligence, especially when starting your own business. When I first set up shop as a virtual assistant (VA) I was all over the place. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, just was not sure how to get started. I spent […]

Assessing Your VA Skill Set

Assessing Your Virtual Assistant Skill Set

Do you know what it takes to be a virtual assistant? Various life experiences contribute to one’s overall resume with regards to working from home as a virtual assistant. Today I’d like to expand on that though and help you break down your experience and see how it adds to your skill set as a […]

A Virtual Assistant in Training

A Virtual Assistant in Training

Have you ever felt as if you were in training, though you weren’t sure what you were training for? I have and I must say that it is an interesting feeling. You know, feeling God has something specific in mind for your life, but has yet to let you in on His plans. I bring […]

Lack of Action and the Bottom Line

Lack of Action and the Bottom Line

VA TIP: Tell your clients what programs you have available to use. The client may have additional work for you once he or she hears that you have a specific program. (from Facebook) You never know. Some clients just might have more projects/tasks for you to work on if they knew more fully what you […]

Tips for Social Media Success

Tips for Social Media Success

Whether you are blogging, tweeting, updating your Facebook status, or establishing professional connection on LinkedIn you are involved in greatest thing since sliced bread –Social Media Marketing! The purpose of social media in the business and professional world is advertising and marketing in networking, ultimately building a rapport with your audience while stretching your advertising […]

Managing the Time Monster

Managing the Time Monster

When I first started out as virtual assistant I struggled with time management. After all, I had always been the employee, never the employer. As a business owner, I quickly realized that the buck stops with me and if I don’t keep track of things, i.e. not practicing good time management, I was cheating myself […]

Check Out My Interview with CWAHM's Jill Hart

Check Out My Interview

In the event that you missed it, I just wanted to share with you my interview with Christian Work-at-Home Ministries‘ Jill Hart today on CWAHM Radio. Today we visited about various aspects of working from home as a VA (virtual assistant).        

Little Things That Make a Big Difference

Little Things That Make a Big Difference

Have you heard the fable about the pail of water and the bird that was thirsty? For various reasons the bird could not get to the bottom of the pail, where the water was. So, the little bird began picking up little stones with his beak and dropping them in the pail of water. Stone […]

Getting Things Done - Apps & Programs for the Virtual Assistant

Getting Things Done: Apps & Programs for the Virtual Assistant

Many of my clients are able to tell me what they want with one caveat – they do not know how to get it done or how to make it happen. As a virtual assistant it is my job to figure it out – freeing up my client’s time on revenue generating tasks. Over the […]

Dealing with Difficult Clients

Dealing with Difficult Clients

Have you experienced one yet? Odds are that if you are in business long enough, you will – and it most likely will not be a pretty site. Difficult people have a way of pulling our strings and pushing our buttons. Oftentimes things start off quite smoothly while other times signals along the way alert […]

Top 5 Email Marketing Services

Top 5 Email Marketing Services

Whether sending out a sales blast to your customers and clients or keeping in contact with a newsletter, email marketing is important. Though I don’t think it will ever truly replace physical advertisements and newsletters showing up in people’s mailboxes, with the evolution of the Internet and instantaneous connections, it is rapidly picking up speed.  […]

How to Run Your Business Without Leaving Your Chair

How to Run Your Business without Leaving Your Chair

Imagine sitting at a table with your laptop perched in front of you and a steaming cup of your favorite coffee just within reach. Now, imagine running your business like that. Thousands of people do it all around the world every day, why not you?  Many even do it from scenic perches. All you need […]

Virtualization versus Cloud Computing

Virtualization vs. Cloud Computing

Amongst all the great debates out there, here is yet another one to add to the ranks:  ‘Virtualization or Cloud Computing.’  Where do you stand in this ongoing debate? Virtualization is software which allows companies to, essentially, do more with less equipment through the utilization of certain software within their servers. If you’ve ever divided […]

Running Your Coffice from Panera Bread Company

Running Your Coffice from Panera Bread Company

An office with a view and fresh coffee – that is all you really need, right? Well, that and free Wi-Fi service. With many businesses today your office is wherever you are. With the natural progression of technology – the cell phone, laptop, Wi-Fi and cloud computing – telecommuting via a mobile office is quickly […]

How the Cloud Changes Choosing a Personal Computer

How the Cloud Changes Choosing a Personal Computer

In the 1980s the personal computer made a debut in homes across America. Since then technology has brought us cell phones, laptops, PDAs (personal digital assistant), netbooks and now tablets. Personal computing devices have become smaller, smarter and faster all at the same time. Throughout this time we have also seen advances to the internet. […]