Top 5 Ways to Market Your Online Business OFFLINE

Top 5 Ways to Market Your Online Business OFFLINE

Marketing your online business is a big part of helping it grow. However, why constrict yourself to advertising online when the options offline are so full of potential? Advertising offline can be expensive, but it can also bring your online business a lot more publicity. There are many ways to get your business out there. […]

My Virtual Assistant Tool Box

My Virtual Assistant Toolbox

What is a craftsman without the tools of their trade? What is a carpenter without his saw? What is a chef without good food and the proper utensils and cookware? As virtual assistants our box of tools and bag of tricks are seemingly endless. I have found the following tools to be the most valuable, […]

Continuing Your VA Education, Part 1

Continuing Education: Improving Your Skillset and Services as a Virtual Assistant

Offering social media management and consulting services to clients is one of those things I sort of fell into. When I started working online as a virtual assistant social networks were in their infancy. MySpace was dying with Facebook and Twitter quickly gaining traction. Facebook spoke to the extrovert in me; couple that with working […]

Reasons to Hire a Virtual Assistant

Reasons to Hire a Virtual Assistant

For a busy entrepreneur not to have a virtual assistant on staff, or at least on retainer, is for a king not to have his knights or a coffee shop not to serve coffee. Scratch that. It would be the same as a king CHOOSING not to have or make use of his knights, being […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]