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  • Super-Easy Email Encryption by Virtru

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    Mary Motz
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    How many times have you needed to send some sensitive info to a contact, but either had to send in several messages, fax it - or worse, just take your chances with sending it via email? With all the security compromises in the news, there is new interest in how individuals can secure their online messages and have more control over who can read it. Many email providers have been making their own internal security improvements, especially Gmail and Google Apps, but this does not replace individual message encryption, where only the intended recipient has the key to open and read the message.
  • Moment of Silence

    Virtual Regeneration
    Kristi Pavlik
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:33 pm
          Your giggle for the day….this one made me laugh out loud.
  • Hello from Lancashire, UK

    Virtual Assistant Forums - Information and Resources for Professional VAs
    GillWVirtualSupport
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    Hello I'm in the early stages of setting up as a virtual assistant. I'm about to be made redundant from a company where I've worked over 16 years as a Chief Exec's PA. Although it's very scary I'm exited, and it's giving me the opportunity to work for myself as a VA- something I've thought about for years but done nothing about! This forum is great. There's so much useful information on here and everyone is so helpful. I look forward to getting to know you. Gill
  • How to treat your website visitors so that they fall in love with you

    Alicia Cowan
    Alicia
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Your website. Your most precious piece of marketing collateral. Your home on the web. You own it and you can do whatever you want with it. You’re not at the mercy of a third party webspace like Facebook. They make the rules and can change them whenever they fancy. Or, if their popularity divebombs, taking your business presence and thriving community with them, you can lose all of your power in an instant. Dramatic? Sure, but it CAN (and does) happen. (That does not mean that you should ignore social media marketing – quite the opposite – but understand it’s place in your marketing…
  • Getting Your VA to EA Level

    Pepper Virtual Assistants
    Pepper
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:23 am
    Working with a virtual assistant (VA) not only lightens your workload but also increases your efficiency. With more time in your hands, you can now focus on the things you want to do and accomplish what you need to do without feeling overworked or overwhelmed. After working with their VAs for some time, certain business owners discover that their VAs are diamonds in the rough. They have the potential to be an executive assistant (EA) given enough training. They realize that the highly skilled virtual professionals they’re working with can do more than just administrative tasks. So, how do…
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    ProVirtual Solutions LLC

  • Super-Easy Email Encryption by Virtru

    Mary Motz
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    How many times have you needed to send some sensitive info to a contact, but either had to send in several messages, fax it - or worse, just take your chances with sending it via email? With all the security compromises in the news, there is new interest in how individuals can secure their online messages and have more control over who can read it. Many email providers have been making their own internal security improvements, especially Gmail and Google Apps, but this does not replace individual message encryption, where only the intended recipient has the key to open and read the message.
  • Announcing My New Domain Name Services Site: Specialty.Domains

    Mary Motz
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    I know there has been radio silence here for a few weeks, but I've been hard at work putting the finishing touches on my new venture, Specialty.Domains. This new domain sales site is focused on the new gTLDs (domain extensions) being added to the market every week. As I posted here back in May, between early 2014 and late 2015, it's estimated that as many as 1500 new domain extensions will become available. This is a huge boon to marketers and brands because these new domains allow you to communicate exactly what you do - just by sharing your web address.
  • A Short Glossary for New TLD Domain Shopping

    Mary Motz
    20 Jun 2014 | 8:11 am
    If you've shopped around recently for a domain name, specifically one of the new domain name extensions available, you probably have been confronted with a lot of unfamiliar lingo. With the hundreds of new extensions presently being rolled out, shoppers are now navigating new choices that weren't available before with the .com/.net world. This terminology is important, because it affects what you will pay for a domain name. As a general rule of thumb, the earlier you try to get dibs on a particular name, the more it will cost you. So, knowing the language is important. Here's a few terms to…
  • Find Unbiased Business Software Reviews and Comparisons at G2 Crowd

    Mary Motz
    12 Jun 2014 | 5:29 pm
    There's so many new and wonderful tools available every day that make having your own business incredibly automated—in ways unimaginable even just a few years ago. There's so many, in fact, it can be downright overwhelming. I love finding a new resource, but you can spend a LOT of time testing and wading through details trying to determine if a new service is right for you. One site that can lighten the load and save you a boatload of time is G2 Crowd (g2crowd.com).
  • John Oliver Magnificently, Hilariously and Thoroughly Explains The Net Neutrality Stakes

    Mary Motz
    4 Jun 2014 | 11:59 am
    I really have to reactivate my HBO subscription. On his show "Last Week Tonight", John Oliver delivered an epic monologue that maps out the Net Neutrality issue, critical to the public interest and getting nearly zero coverage in the mainstream press. I'm an Internet freedom zealot, I will admit - but it's not an easy road out there for someone who is trying to learn some basic facts about it. Enter John Oliver. Stay with the whole thing. It's packed with laughs, charts—and the megacash-fueled backstory (video).
 
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  • Moment of Silence

    Kristi Pavlik
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:33 pm
          Your giggle for the day….this one made me laugh out loud.
  • You dont have to be perfect

    Kristi Pavlik
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    I have to keep reminding myself of this from time to time.  How about you?
  • Happy 4th of July America!

    Kristi Pavlik
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
  • Happy Canada Day!

    Kristi Pavlik
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    To all my friends, colleagues and team members across the border…..
  • Systems and Processes Aren’t Just Big Business Tools

    Kristi Pavlik
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:53 am
    I recently came across an article on Entrepreneur.com that caught my eye. You have Good Ideas–Don’t Let Them Disappear by Matt Mayberry made a point that I try to make with my own clients: Systems and processes aren’t just for big business! Automating even small tasks can make a business run smoother, and even a tiny start-up company run by a single person can benefit. The article talks about a simple process to capture good ideas before they evaporate. We know we should put a process like this in place for ourselves, after all, ideas don’t work 9-to-5! Matt goes on to…
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    Virtual Assistant Forums - Information and Resources for Professional VAs

  • Hello from Lancashire, UK

    GillWVirtualSupport
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    Hello I'm in the early stages of setting up as a virtual assistant. I'm about to be made redundant from a company where I've worked over 16 years as a Chief Exec's PA. Although it's very scary I'm exited, and it's giving me the opportunity to work for myself as a VA- something I've thought about for years but done nothing about! This forum is great. There's so much useful information on here and everyone is so helpful. I look forward to getting to know you. Gill
  • Technology

    wcvirtual
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    Hello all, I am getting ready to launch my VA business soon and was feeling pretty good about it until I visited some other sites. They were awesome, and the portfolios were great. I feel like I am behind the 8-ball when it comes to building website (although out of necessity I did build my own), doing blogs, etc. Where is the best place to get training for building and maintaining websites and blogs, branding, ezines, etc. What field of study do these things encompass. I just want to know a starting point so I can get some of these things under my belt and add them to my services. That…
  • Maine?

    stsmall
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    Are there any VA's working in Maine? The Maine Association of Virtual Assistants is no longer active, so I thought I would put the inquiry here in hopes of meeting others in the area. I look forward to speaking with/meeting anyone :)
  • Question Disability Insurance

    PeppyM
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Does anyone have disability insurance, to cover expenses, in case of an accident, injury, or illness? I've heard that it's quite expensive, to purchase as an individual. I have a friend, who is an independent contractor, and who recently had a motor vehicle accident. He has no disability insurance, so he is scrambling to find resources to cover his expenses, until he is able to work again. I don't want that to happen to me, but on a practical level, I can't afford a huge premium.
  • Making my attempt to jump back in!

    stsmall
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    Hello from Midcoast Maine :seeya: It has been a really long time since I've worked from home (several years), and I'm honestly not interested in starting reopening my business, at least not yet. I'm hoping to start back out as contract/1099 status, and maybe I'll get lucky enough to rebuild a client base. No bites yet, not even any real nibbles, BUT, a lot of unanswered/ignored reach-outs *sigh* :shy: I'm at the point of "if I just get one...", so, I just keep my fingers crossed and keep chugging along. I don't give up easily! :) ~Shawna
 
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  • How to treat your website visitors so that they fall in love with you

    Alicia
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Your website. Your most precious piece of marketing collateral. Your home on the web. You own it and you can do whatever you want with it. You’re not at the mercy of a third party webspace like Facebook. They make the rules and can change them whenever they fancy. Or, if their popularity divebombs, taking your business presence and thriving community with them, you can lose all of your power in an instant. Dramatic? Sure, but it CAN (and does) happen. (That does not mean that you should ignore social media marketing – quite the opposite – but understand it’s place in your marketing…
  • Why knowing your customer is vital for success (and what dating’s got to do with it)

    Alicia
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Do you know your ideal customer? I mean, really, really understand them? Their wants, needs, worries? What keeps them awake at night? Because if you don’t and you’re not showing it in your communication there’s an important piece missing that will impact the growth of your business… The Attraction Factor It’s a scary thought but by marketing to everyone you attract no one. You’re just another business that offers a similar product or service to someone else. There’s no way for your prospects to differentiate between you and the business next door. You’re vanilla. And,…
  • The ONE thing You Need To Do To Get Noticed Online

    Alicia
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    This week I learnt that (once again) my blog has been listed as an influential resource – named as a Top 10 UK Marketing Blog by Search Engine Journal. Yay! I say, once again, because last year I was named one of 50 Top UK Online Marketing Influencers & Bloggers of 2013. Naturally, I’m thrilled. Not least because there was no admission process, nominations or canvassing for votes required – I’ve been awarded purely on the merit of my work. Plus, I didn’t have to do any additional work. BONUS! Earning Public Recognition – What Does It Take? In my previous post…
  • Do this to sell more online (It’s not as hard as you think)

    Alicia
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Are you baffled why some seem to get all the attention, massive amounts of followers on social media, and hundreds of blog comments? Meanwhile you feel ignored, frustrated and a l’il foolish…. This is something I hear a lot from business owners wanting to grow their business online. Not only that they don’t know what to share, but what to say that is interesting. They ask me; WHY would anyone be interested in what I’ve got to say? I was having a conversation about this with a friend recently and it got me thinking about the difference between the businesses who fly online and those…
  • 10 healthier business choices that lead to growth and prosperity

    Alicia
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    When building a business you are faced with a billion decisions to make and conflicting advice everyday. Having variety and the freedom to choose is a fabulous position to be in, but with so many options it can result in poor choices that don’t serve you or your business growth. Often the choices we make come from an uninformed place. These choices lead to wasting time and money, draining your energy and keeping your business small. So here I’m sharing 10 healthier business choices to make your business better and help you to work smarter. Tuck in! 1. Plan your weekly schedule instead of…
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  • Getting Your VA to EA Level

    Pepper
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:23 am
    Working with a virtual assistant (VA) not only lightens your workload but also increases your efficiency. With more time in your hands, you can now focus on the things you want to do and accomplish what you need to do without feeling overworked or overwhelmed. After working with their VAs for some time, certain business owners discover that their VAs are diamonds in the rough. They have the potential to be an executive assistant (EA) given enough training. They realize that the highly skilled virtual professionals they’re working with can do more than just administrative tasks. So, how do…
  • Social Media Customer Service Mistakes You Shouldn’t Commit

    Pepper
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Social media has drastically changed the way we do customer service. Hotlines and face-to-face interactions are still utilized but tweets and comments have become more popular for customers especially for those looking for immediate answers to their inquiries. Social media has provided a 24/7 platform for companies and consumers to interact with each other. In this two-part series on social media blunders, we have previously tackled the marketing mishaps brands often commit. Today, we’ll shift our attention to customer service, which is the primary reason why 73% of top performing companies…
  • How to Effectively Train Your VA

    Pepper
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Training is the most important stage in your working relationship with your virtual assistant (VA). As an employer, it’s your responsibility to train your VA on the scope of her work and the nature of your business. The way she performs is also largely influenced by the way you equip her. Your VA has a specific skill set which she can use to accomplish the tasks you delegate to her. The great thing about working with someone online is that you can use a variety of tools that can make training easy for you. Let’s look at some techniques and the tools you can use along with it. Create a…
  • Costly Social Media Marketing Blunders You Should Avoid

    Pepper
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    Social media is one of the most powerful marketing platforms today. It provides unlimited reach that allows you to access your audience directly. You can even promote content, product info, and promos with an exposure that can rival what TV advertisements offer. It’s almost like a free flowing marketing tool that allows you to reach your market anytime, anywhere. However, a lot of marketers commit costly mistakes when using this tool. In this two-part series, we’ll look at social media blunders you need to avoid. Today, we’ll tackle the marketing side then next week we’ll shift gears…
  • Website Conversion Killers You Need to Avoid

    Pepper
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Websites have become the virtual extension of a brand. It’s your 24/7 billboard where people can view your products, know more about your company, and get something valuable out of it. A lot of users may visit your site but it may not necessarily translate to a conversion. A conversion is an action you want your customers to make. This can be an email opt-in, newsletter subscription, ebook download, or a purchase. Usually, it will take more than just browsing for your visitors to convert. They should be impressed by your content for them to stay longer and take action. A recent report by…
 
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    Your Virtual Assistant: Providing Virtual Services to Small Business Owners

  • Device Tips and Apps to Be Better Prepared for Hurricanes #VZWbuzz

    Michelle Mangen
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:57 am
    When I first decided I was moving from Wisconsin to Florida many friends said something along the lines of, “Oh my gosh, aren’t you worried about hurricanes?” I told them I’d actually prefer hurricanes over tornados, which are pretty common in Wisconsin. I went on to explain that at least with hurricanes we typically have [...] Related Posts: Improve Productivity with Smartphone Apps #VZWbuzz Go Green & Save Green with Verizon #VZWbuzz Secure Your Payments with ISIS Mobile Wallet from Verizon… How Virtual Assistants Can be Reliable and Proactive Touring…
  • Touring Motorola’s HQ with Midwest Verizon Influencers #VZWbuzz

    Michelle Mangen
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:20 am
    The past four weeks have been packed with travel, two business trips and one personal, and I have two more personal trips coming up in the six weeks. One of the recent business trips was to Chicago with other Midwest Area Verizon Lifestyle members. It was a whirlwind and information packed day and a half! [...] Related Posts: Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch Review #VZWbuzz The Virtual Assistant Lifestyle Enhanced by Mobile… Device Tips and Apps to Be Better Prepared for Hurricanes… Want to know about Verizon’s Lumia 928 Phone? #VZWbuzz Go Green & Save Green with Verizon…
  • Featured Virtual Assistant | Suzanna Kiraly of Abundant Ideas

    Michelle Mangen
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:14 am
    Introducing our featured virtual assistant: Suzanna Kiraly of Abundant Ideas How long have you been in business?  1 1/2 years What’s YOUR Story. How did you get started?  Our business began with a desire to share our knowledge and experience through our blog and to provide assistance to businesses in the areas we are passionate [...] Related Posts: Featured Virtual Assistant | @JuliaLilly with 360Admin Featured Virtual Assistant | Georgia Vlavianos of Arista… Featured Virtual Assistant | Marlene Eldemire @MarsVA Featured Virtual Assistant | Holly Brown of A Virtually……
  • Do Virtual Assistants Need Press Kits?

    Michelle Mangen
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:34 am
    I’ve gotten a few questions from Virtual Assistants about press kits. Your VA practice may be small, but you can still reap big benefits from a press kit, and I recommend that you put one together. Typically, a press kit (and in this case, I am talking about an e-version, usually as a PDF) consists [...] Related Posts: Struggling With Copywriting? Helpful Hints for Virtual… Struggling With Copywriting? Helpful Hints for Virtual… Does Your Virtual Assistant Business Have A Tagline? Struggling With Copywriting? Helpful Hints for Virtual… What comes first: Your blog or…
  • Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch Review #VZWbuzz

    Michelle Mangen
    29 Jun 2014 | 1:26 pm
    As a member of the Verizon Lifestyle Bloggers program I received the Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch. I grew up watching Inspector Gadget and my first thought was that this device is something he’d swoon over. Since I’m not a person who wears items on my wrists (bracelets, watches, etc.) I handed this Smartwatch off to [...] Related Posts: The Virtual Assistant Lifestyle Enhanced by Mobile… Get Fit with Samsung Galaxy Note 3 #VZWbuzz Secure Your Payments with ISIS Mobile Wallet from Verizon… Improve Productivity with Smartphone Apps #VZWbuzz Go Green & Save Green with…
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  • Use condiments to create brand evangelists

    Ace Concierge | Virtual Assistant
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:08 am
    What you serve to your customers is what keeps them coming back to you. Feed your audience more than a side dish of products and services. Anyone can make the same entree as you but when you spread on a little aioli love or some spiced up wasabi sauce, it is you who tantalizes the tastebuds. Add some authentic sizzle. A true taste of flavor of what it is like to do business with you instead of the competition. What makes you so different, so incredibly unique that your audience should shake your hand in partnership? Step away from the mediocre and predictable to be outstanding in your…
  • What makes a business owner the CEO of their company

    Ace Concierge | Virtual Assistant
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:13 am
    You relish the feeling of owning and operating your own business. You are the boss. The king of your company, controlling your own destiny and driving the success of the organization. You understand the systems and processes required to prosper in the business world. You are a visionary. A thought leader, delivering strategy and tactics to meet your goals. Being an entrepreneur requires a mindset that isn’t just about collecting a paycheck but more about creating a thriving business, meeting needs, being intuitive and developing your company in such a way that it impacts your…
  • Market Share is Relationship Share with Patti Blackstaffe

    Ace Concierge | Virtual Assistant
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:04 am
      Status quo or stand up and command market share? It isn’t so simple to grab a piece of the pie when there are billions of social media users and companies searching for and sharing information. You need to find your niche, your voice or something that sets you apart from the rest of the digital ecospace to glean even a few minutes of visibility. You don’t need to blend in with the rest of the crowd but rise above and be a little unique. Whatever that means to you, do it authentically. Do it from the heart. Don’t think of social media as purely a soapbox to sing your own…
  • Social media | The connector of all things

    Ace Concierge | Virtual Assistant
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:25 am
    What do we know about those lurking in the background of our computers? Sure there are plenty of psychos but there are millions of would be friends, colleagues and partners. Sometimes it may seem like a microcosm of voyeurs or people jumping up and down screaming, “Look at me! Look at me!” But when you filter out the noise and crazies, you find some pretty awesome people. People who are educators. People who become close friends, clients or business associates. When Human Resources Expert (and an admired social media friend), Jennifer Miller recently messaged me inquiring about…
  • Data Overload | Seduced Online

    Ace Concierge | Virtual Assistant
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:12 am
    Turning on your computer or your phone is similar to opening the floodgates of hell for information overload. With daily bombardments of blog posts, news and websites, it is no wonder our brains haven’t exploded from over consumption. You can spend exhaustive hours reading, processing and filtering information every single day while just sitting at your desk or local coffee shop. It is an abyss or a dark hole that sucks you in and tightens the grasp on your brain. Fingers of words encapsulating your every thought, every move to retain your attention and drive you to take some kind of…
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  • Technology That Reads a Customer’s Mind

    Dwayne
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    The Globe and Mail | Aug 26, 2014 The post Technology That Reads a Customer’s Mind appeared first on .
  • What’s Your Low Customer Effort Strategy?

    David
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    It’s a simple question really. How good is your customer engagement?  Do you truly deliver a low customer effort experience?  Nothing fancy, but an exceptionally important question.  Since roughly 57% of customers that your live agents end up talking to started on your web site1 or perhaps on mobile and maybe even social, something is obviously not working. In a recent article, McKinsey found that “Digital customer service has become a significant factor in both purchase and service transactions: roughly 70 percent of telecommunications purchase journeys occur in part or in whole…
  • 2014 Golden Bridge Award Finalist

    Dwayne
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    The post 2014 Golden Bridge Award Finalist appeared first on .
  • IntelliResponse Named as Finalist in the 6th Annual 2014 Golden Bridge Awards for Innovations in Technology Category

    Dwayne
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    Winners Will Be Honored at the Golden Bridge Awards Dinner and Presentation in San Francisco on September 8, 2014 TORONTO, Ontario – Aug 18, 2014 – IntelliResponse, provider of the most widely deployed enterprise virtual agent technology, has been recognized as a finalist in the 2014 Golden Bridge Awards for its IntelliResponse OFFERS product. The coveted annual Golden Bridge Awards program with active participation from a broad spectrum of industry voices, encompasses the world’s best in organizational performance, products and services, innovations, executives and management teams,…
  • Genisys CU Uses Intelligent Automation To Answer Members’ Questions Quickly

    Dwayne
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    Credit Union Journal | Aug 15, 2014 The post Genisys CU Uses Intelligent Automation To Answer Members’ Questions Quickly appeared first on .
 
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  • Crying at work

    Nicky Christmas
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:10 am
    Okay, hands up if you have ever cried at work? Now unfortunately I can’t see if you have actually raised your hand but I can imagine that at some point in your career you might have shed a tear or two. If I could see you I would turn that raised hand into a high five and maybe give you a hug. I’ve cried at work, I’ve actually cried a few times at work if I’m honest. Once I cried at work because my contact lens was stuck in my eye and once I cried because I fell down the stairs and sprained my ankle – that was more out of embarrassment than pain. Both occasions…
  • Del Frisco’s, Boston

    Nicky Christmas
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:41 am
    There are breathtaking countries and then there is America. There are incredible cities and then there is Boston. There are amazing Stakehouses and then there is Del Frisco’s. This is a five star, “Double Eagle”, 1lb slice of cake type of restaurant. It is simply the best dining experience I’ve ever enjoyed. Entering Del Frisco’s the first thing that feasts are your eyes. This is a wonderful looking restaurant full of deep sunken black leather chairs and sofas and Boston inspired artwork. The place was buzzing with noisy dinners packing every area of the split level, a feature that…
  • The Nadler Soho, London

    Nicky Christmas
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:08 am
    The Nadler Soho is located just off Soho Square which is pretty much in the centre of London’s West End with its theatres, restaurants, bars and shops all within walking distance. I am telling you about the location first because it really is the best thing about The Nadler. Around these parts hotels are pretty expensive (sometimes unreasonably so) but The Nadler is what you would call a hidden gem. It is in a fantastic location but it is reasonably priced. On top of that The Nadler is a really high quality hotel, which I would say is definitely punching above its price bracket. The…
  • Top tips guide on passports for business travellers

    Nicky Christmas
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:14 am
    When your job involves a lot of travel, you always want to know that you’re prepared ahead of time and that you won’t run into any last minute snags. There are so many destinations to go to with different rules for travel documents. Don’t get caught up at the airport with a passport they won’t accept by following these simple tips. 1. Get your new passport before the old one expires The first and most obvious tip is to make sure that you and your fellow travellers’ passports are valid. With long life spans of up to ten years, your passport might expire without you noticing. When…
  • Working for a workaholic

    Nicky Christmas
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:32 am
    To become a successful board-level director you would expect that individual to be somewhat of a workaholic, if not extremely passionate about their job. All of the executives I have worked for have been passionate about their career and the organisation they work in, some have been what I would describe as workaholics. You know the type; they are alway switched on, they are always available and they are always on their iPhone. Not to even begin mentioning the hours they work. Working for a workaholic boss can be tricky for most people but for assistants it can really difficult. Are we…
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    Worldwide101 Virtual Assistants

  • How important is choosing the ‘right’ virtual assistant?

    Sandra Lewis
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    Let’s talk about the single, biggest mistake small business owners make when it comes to going virtual: choosing the “wrong” virtual assistant. How can the so-called “wrong” VA be such a mistake? The answer begins by reframing the context of the question: if you look at virtual assistants as impersonal, low-level help, then sure, anyone...  
  • The Office in Your Pocket; Apps for Working with Documents On The Go

    Emma
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:59 am
    You’ve got a report to write or a proposal to send to a client, but you’re on a train without your laptop. What can you do? Rather than wait until you’re sitting comfortably in your office chair, get out your phone or tablet and head to the app store. Several apps are enabling business owners...  
  • How Your VA Can Help Your Business Stay Secure

    Sandra Lewis
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    From Heartbleed to WordPress and Drupal instabilities to hackers stealing the world’s passwords, it’s impossible to avoid news related to Internet safety and security these days. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to avoid actually enacting online safety and security measures – as easy as not doing anything. Not backing up your websites, not choosing secure...  
  • Make Invoicing Simple With These Four Tools

    Emma
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    You pour your heart and soul into a project for a client, and when completed it’s time to send an invoice in their direction politely requesting a funds transfer. How do you manage your invoices, though? If it is something done regularly and invoices get sent by the dozen in any given month, using a...  
  • How To Come Home From Vacation To an Inbox Miracle

    Sandra Lewis
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    Ahhhh, it’s that time of year – the time to drag your bathing suit out of storage and swap your work shoes for flip flops. Oh yes, we’re talking about vacation season. At least, that’s true for most people. For small business owners, summer travel is a little more complicated. And while we’ve already shown how...  
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    Tigerlily Virtual Assistance

  • HOW TO USE NETWORKING & SOCIAL SITES TO GET YOUR BLOG VIRAL – PART 2

    Lillian De Jesus
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Here we are to Part 2 of this series and if you haven’t had the opportunity to check out Part 1 please read about it. There are many tools and social sites to get the word out about your blog that I had to split this post into 2 parts. Let’s continue shall we… Pinterest – For the creative business types like fashion and food bloggers, Pinterest is a great platform. Every time you post on your blog, create an image that’s best for Pinterest (Canva does have a Pinterest template). Pin your blog post to a board just for your business. There aren’t groups or communities however…
  • How to Use Networking & Social Sites to Get Your Blog Viral – Part 1

    Lillian De Jesus
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    Your business blog is finally getting some attention and getting noticed. You’ve been really hitting the social sites hard and getting some traffic to your website. Then it gets quiet days after your last blog post and people are not clicking on your blog. Hmm… If you just started your blog and you’re looking for some tips to get it noticed, read about the tips here before going further. Networking and relationship building is vital to keep a business alive and it’s the same with your blog. Sure you can post your blog URL to Twitter, Facebook, and so on but then who’s really…
  • 5 Easy Tips On How To Get Your Blog Noticed

    Lillian De Jesus
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Your website is all set and you’ve written your first business blog post. Congrats, you’re blogging! For those of you who haven’t started to blog, click here to get more information on how to start and here is why you should blog. Okay the first blog post is done…now what?! Be sure to check this Ultimate Checklist, which will help you make sure you haven’t forgotten any elements in your writing. Here are 5 easy starter tips: Have social media buttons for sharing your blog & post on your platforms Start an email newsletter list Have tweetable content Use an awesome image…
  • How to Start a Business Blog in 4 Easy Steps

    Lillian De Jesus
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    A blog could be good for your business, right? You’re ready to make the step into marketing your business with a blog… so what’s stopping you? You know it’s a great idea but then you remember you HATE writing. No worries! Everyone goes through a bit of doubt and hesitation when they first start into the blogging world. It’s okay, I promise you. I had the same fears running through my head when I started. Fears in my head: I doubt anyone would want to read what I have to say. My grammar is good but is it REALLY good? What should I blog about? Before you start a blog you need to…
  • 3 Top Reasons to Blog for your Business

    Lillian De Jesus
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    Do you have a blog for your business or non-profit? Here are 3 top reasons to blog for your business or non-profit organization. Here’s the Who, What, and Why: Authority – Who knows your product or service best? You do. You are the expert in your field so tell us more about how great your product or service is. Exposure – What is it that you do? Show them! Empathy – Why should they care about what you know?   Show your audience you care. You know they have busy lives and kids to take care of so how can you be helpful to their needs. If you read my previous post, How to use 3 Top…
 
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  • How important is choosing the ‘right’ virtual assistant?

    Sandra Lewis
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    Let’s talk about the single, biggest mistake small business owners make when it comes to going virtual: choosing the “wrong” virtual assistant. How can the so-called “wrong” VA be such a mistake? The answer begins by reframing the context of the question: if you look at virtual assistants as impersonal, low-level help, then sure, anyone...  
  • The Office in Your Pocket; Apps for Working with Documents On The Go

    Emma
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:59 am
    You’ve got a report to write or a proposal to send to a client, but you’re on a train without your laptop. What can you do? Rather than wait until you’re sitting comfortably in your office chair, get out your phone or tablet and head to the app store. Several apps are enabling business owners...  
  • How Your VA Can Help Your Business Stay Secure

    Sandra Lewis
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    From Heartbleed to WordPress and Drupal instabilities to hackers stealing the world’s passwords, it’s impossible to avoid news related to Internet safety and security these days. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to avoid actually enacting online safety and security measures – as easy as not doing anything. Not backing up your websites, not choosing secure...  
  • Make Invoicing Simple With These Four Tools

    Emma
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    You pour your heart and soul into a project for a client, and when completed it’s time to send an invoice in their direction politely requesting a funds transfer. How do you manage your invoices, though? If it is something done regularly and invoices get sent by the dozen in any given month, using a...  
  • How To Come Home From Vacation To an Inbox Miracle

    Sandra Lewis
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    Ahhhh, it’s that time of year – the time to drag your bathing suit out of storage and swap your work shoes for flip flops. Oh yes, we’re talking about vacation season. At least, that’s true for most people. For small business owners, summer travel is a little more complicated. And while we’ve already shown how...  
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