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  • 9 Content Marketing Tips To Grow Your Virtual Assistant Business

    Reese Ben-Yaacov
    Reese
    29 Apr 2015 | 2:28 am
    **Heads up, you can highlight any sentence in this post and tweet it out.** If you’re wondering how to get clients (and keep them) for you VA business, say hello to content marketing. I went to a content marketing hackathon this past Sunday here in Israel. It was hosted by the notorious Neil Patel. For those of […] The post 9 Content Marketing Tips To Grow Your Virtual Assistant Business appeared first on Reese Ben-Yaacov.
  • Question Contracts for Packaged Services

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    RenaAnderson
    29 May 2015 | 2:35 pm
    I am just starting out in my VA business and I listened to the webinar on packaging services. Great information!! And now I have decided to only do packaged services, rather than hourly, etc. Now, I have been struggling with the verbiage in my contracts, and trying to make that work in the sample contracts that were included in Tess' bundle. Can anyone help with that or give me any pointers? Thanks in advance for any input!
  • Are you working in The Twilight Zone?

    Alicia Cowan
    Alicia
    29 May 2015 | 2:46 am
    Busy is the new black these days. Ask anyone how they are (entrepreneurs I’m looking at you espesh!) and I guarantee you’ll get a response of “yeah, good, busy” from almost everyone. There’s always something… BUT, are you making the same mistake I used to? If you are, you’ll be wasting time and restricting your growth, never mind profits, all while feeling like the busiest bee in the hive – gah! Since running my own business, I’ve noticed 3 zones that our work falls into. It took me a while to recognize this, but when I did I realized my…
  • Now Hiring: Part Time Help for Calendar Management

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    Michelle Mangen
    28 May 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Communications firm is looking to hire part-time help for calendar management. Note: This opportunity is only available for US or Canadian service providers who can be available during Eastern Standard Time Prospective client needs calendar management via Outlook (Exchange) on a daily basis, scheduling both personal and business appointments. She would like for this person [...] The post Now Hiring: Part Time Help for Calendar Management appeared first on Virtual Bookkeeping.
  • When should you start planning your Christmas party?

    Practically Perfect PA
    Practically Perfect PA
    29 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    I know, I know it is only May, we haven’t had summer yet and I am already writing blogs about Christmas parties. You may think I am crazy but actually this is the best time of year to start thinking about your office do. Planning your festive celebration should be a fun task but leave it too late and you could find yourself frantically searching for an available venue, not to mention a reliable caterer and decent entertainment. So the sooner you get cracking with the Christmas party the more options there are for you to explore. And trust me there are plenty of options – in…
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  • Question Contracts for Packaged Services

    RenaAnderson
    29 May 2015 | 2:35 pm
    I am just starting out in my VA business and I listened to the webinar on packaging services. Great information!! And now I have decided to only do packaged services, rather than hourly, etc. Now, I have been struggling with the verbiage in my contracts, and trying to make that work in the sample contracts that were included in Tess' bundle. Can anyone help with that or give me any pointers? Thanks in advance for any input!
  • Question Packaged Services and Contracts

    RenaAnderson
    29 May 2015 | 2:31 pm
    I listened in on Lisa Wells' webinar this week and was so excited! Excellent information! I am just starting my VA business and loved the sample contracts I received with the bundled package From Tess. However, I am struggling with changing and creating the right verbiage in the contract for packaged services. Can anyone help or give some insight?
  • Business checking account?

    chelseykcrouch
    25 May 2015 | 5:08 pm
    I've been reading so many things as I get started and it definitely seems like it is recommended to have a separate account for your business expenses. I can't seem to find an answer, though, as to whether it is important that it be a business checking account. For example, I bank with USAA and we have a checking account, a credit card with them, and multiple savings accounts. Is it OK to just open a separate checking account with them and use that for my business expenses? It seems like it should be, since it seems the point is just to have a clear and simple record of all business-related…
  • Just popped in to say Hello...

    Nikki Edwards
    23 May 2015 | 8:34 am
    Hi Everyone Virtual Assistant newbie here, just having a browse around and thought I'd say hello to you all. Looking forward to talking more :) Nikki
  • Hootsuite Certification

    Blue Gem Business Support SVCS
    22 May 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Hey everybody, I received an email from Hootsuite marketing their Hootsuite University. It's a series of courses that is available to learn more about the program and ultimately gaining the Hootsuite Certification. Here is the website https://learn.hootsuite.com/. My question is would it be worth it to spend the money and take the courses to earn the certification? Thanks.
 
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  • Are you working in The Twilight Zone?

    Alicia
    29 May 2015 | 2:46 am
    Busy is the new black these days. Ask anyone how they are (entrepreneurs I’m looking at you espesh!) and I guarantee you’ll get a response of “yeah, good, busy” from almost everyone. There’s always something… BUT, are you making the same mistake I used to? If you are, you’ll be wasting time and restricting your growth, never mind profits, all while feeling like the busiest bee in the hive – gah! Since running my own business, I’ve noticed 3 zones that our work falls into. It took me a while to recognize this, but when I did I realized my…
  • Is this the reason your blog posts look boring?

    Alicia
    21 May 2015 | 12:03 pm
    You’ve checked all the boxes for your blog: Great catchy headline Valuable content Subtle mentions of your business Links to your previous work scattered through Clear call to action Done, done and done. But why is it no one seems to “see” your posts? When you post to social media, if you’re hearing crickets this could be why: You’re not using images in your posts or they’re yawn-making! Pretty as a picture We are visual creatures by nature – just take a look around at all the ads and your favourite glossy mag. Bright, engaging pictures! Using pictures in your blog can lift…
  • Nail this to get more readers for your blog

    Alicia
    14 May 2015 | 2:33 pm
    There are some people’s blog you’ll read no matter what (like mine, right?!). You know that you’ll either A) enjoy or B) get value from what they write. Ideally, you’ll get both. How did I get here?! But what about those other articles you read online? Y’know, when you pop on your computer or smart device to look for something specific and then it’s half an hour later and you’re reading something totally unrelated? Something you may have had little or no interest in previously? Why are you reading it? How did you even get there? I can tell you now what it will probably have…
  • 4 things you need in your business blog

    Alicia
    8 May 2015 | 2:46 pm
    The last time I counted there were approximately…… ummmm a LOT of blogs and articles online. It’s where most of us go to find out about, well – everything. There are: hobby blogs professional blogs news blogs half written blogs neglected blogs… They all have a different strategy and objective. Or none at all. Different horses for different courses The hobby and personal blogs are doing it just… because they love it and have something to share. Their end game isn’t about making profits right away, if ever. You know the ones I’m talking about “Mikesadventures.com,…
  • It’s not what you’ve got it’s what you do with it that counts…

    Alicia
    1 May 2015 | 2:53 pm
    I’m certain we’ve all heard phrases similar to “it’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you do with it that counts” and I can tell you, I 100% agree. It’s about content, right? Do less, do it well I was talking to a client recently who wanted to create 3 blogs a week – I LOVE the enthusiasm and applaud her for that but that’s a big commitment to take on and unless your blog IS business it’s not the best use of your time. Take the example of high end luxury goods, Hermes don’t produce 100’s of different styles of bag, they do less, they do it well and they do it…
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  • Now Hiring: Part Time Help for Calendar Management

    Michelle Mangen
    28 May 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Communications firm is looking to hire part-time help for calendar management. Note: This opportunity is only available for US or Canadian service providers who can be available during Eastern Standard Time Prospective client needs calendar management via Outlook (Exchange) on a daily basis, scheduling both personal and business appointments. She would like for this person [...] The post Now Hiring: Part Time Help for Calendar Management appeared first on Virtual Bookkeeping.
  • Now Hiring: YouTube Channel and Video Optimization

    Michelle Mangen
    28 May 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Your Virtual Assistant is looking to hire for YouTube Channel and Video Optimization projects Note: This opportunity is only available for US or Canadian service providers Your Virtual Assistant is looking to hire someone to optimize a YouTube Channel and currently uploaded individual videos according to best practices to increase their exposure in search results [...] The post Now Hiring: YouTube Channel and Video Optimization appeared first on Virtual Bookkeeping.
  • The 5 Minute Workout for Workaholics and Bloggers [Infographic]

    Michelle Mangen
    27 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    By now, we all know that sitting too much during our lives can affect our health in a negative way. It’s been drilled into our heads over and over. If you are a workaholic or a committed blogger, it becomes a huge challenge to avoid sitting too much. After all, you need your computer to [...] The post The 5 Minute Workout for Workaholics and Bloggers [Infographic] appeared first on Virtual Bookkeeping.
  • Entrepreneur Lifestyle: How to Be Healthy Without a Gym [Chart]

    Michelle Mangen
    20 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    There are a lot of misconceptions about entrepreneurship. One of the biggest ones I can think of is with regard to time. Many people think that since an entrepreneur might work from home, he or she has lots of extra time. That is a huge misconception. The successful entrepreneurs I know have been forced to [...] The post Entrepreneur Lifestyle: How to Be Healthy Without a Gym [Chart] appeared first on Virtual Bookkeeping.
  • 60 Tasks You Can Outsource to Fancy Hands

    Michelle Mangen
    13 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Anyone living in the 21st century has likely said they just don’t have enough time to do all they want to do. Other variations include wanting to “clone ourselves”, wanting a sister-wife, nanny or an on-call personal assistant. At the end of the day we can all use a set of helping hands (even if we’re [...] The post 60 Tasks You Can Outsource to Fancy Hands appeared first on Virtual Bookkeeping.
 
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    Practically Perfect PA

  • When should you start planning your Christmas party?

    Practically Perfect PA
    29 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    I know, I know it is only May, we haven’t had summer yet and I am already writing blogs about Christmas parties. You may think I am crazy but actually this is the best time of year to start thinking about your office do. Planning your festive celebration should be a fun task but leave it too late and you could find yourself frantically searching for an available venue, not to mention a reliable caterer and decent entertainment. So the sooner you get cracking with the Christmas party the more options there are for you to explore. And trust me there are plenty of options – in…
  • A PA’s guide to confidentiality

    Practically Perfect PA
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    As a PA or EA, your ability to handle confidential subjects, issues, emails and documents is essential. And increasingly, PAs are asked in job interviews how they approach the issue of confidentiality. This guide offers insider knowledge that will help you to handle all things confidential with confidence. Confidential emails and digital files The issue of confidentiality is especially pertinent when it comes to handling emails and electronic documents. You’ll probably have access to your manager’s emails, and in most cases, you’re probably the first port-of-call in reading them and…
  • Healthier choices for your conference

    Practically Perfect PA
    26 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    With spring here and summer on the way, I am sure I am not the only one thinking about trying to include some healthier choices in my life.  And why not extend that to your conference or event.  It can be easy to opt for the standard conference package, but with a little tweaking and few extras you can energise your delegates enough to make for an incredibly productive event. Here are 5 of our most popular conference energisers: Change the mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack Swap one of the mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack choices for something healthier. There is no reason not to include…
  • The devil is in the detail: The importance of creating a thorough event brief

    Practically Perfect PA
    22 May 2015 | 2:50 am
    As Event Professionals (#Eventprofs), most of us will have experienced a request to organise an event with brevity of instruction…. ‘We need to organise an event in London for 200 people on 20th June’ For the uninitiated, this may seem like a straightforward request until you start to ponder the type and style of venues you need to research, whether those venues will fit within the company’s budget, and… well, ‘what is our budget anyway?’ And that’s just for starters. Event Planning Not all questions relating to the organisation of an event are immediately obvious. So, for…
  • Working on your own initiative

    Practically Perfect PA
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    In my blog posts I often write about proactivity and showing initiative. I think it is hugely important for assistants to be proactive so that they are noticed and rewarded within the work place. Proactivity, showing initiative and demonstrating your worth should eventually pay off with promotions and recognition. It isn’t easy (in fact it can be ridiculously hard!) and actually it can be quite difficult to know where to start. How do you, as an assistant, show initiative? Where do you even begin? Well there are a few areas within the role that allow assistants to show their…
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    JG Assistance

  • Are You Ignoring Important Tasks

    Janet
    21 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    It happens. Unexpected work comes in and before you know it, you’re ignoring important tasks that can cost you dearly in terms of clients and quality. In fact, these mundane tasks account for part of the growth factor of your business. Yes, here you are with tasks that need to be done but require precious […] The post Are You Ignoring Important Tasks appeared first on JG Assistance.
  • Time Management Made Simple

    Janet
    18 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Time management will be at the top of most virtual assistant’s list of necessary skills. Why is this so? From the virtual assistant’s perspective and their clients, we need to stay on top of things, and the way to get this done is by effective time management. Wait a minute, though, it doesn’t need to […] The post Time Management Made Simple appeared first on JG Assistance.
  • Advantages To Being A Retainer Client

    Janet
    14 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    A retainer fee is a pre-arranged guarantee for a project to be completed within a specified time period. Retainer packages are paid in advance. The advantage of a retainer package vs a pay-as-you-go package is that you know exactly what a project will cost. Retainer packages work well for small business owners working within a […] The post Advantages To Being A Retainer Client appeared first on JG Assistance.
  • Delegation Allows You To Reach Your Goals

    Janet
    7 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    When Approached With the Right Attitude Delegation Allows You To Reach Your Goals and Meet Your Deadlines . The post Delegation Allows You To Reach Your Goals appeared first on JG Assistance.
  • Don’t Let Your Real Estate Blogging Fall by the Wayside

    Janet
    4 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    With the best of intentions, many real estate agents begin their blogging adventure. They know that it will drive more traffic to their website, and who doesn’t want that? Even more so, they want their website visitors to become “informed” buyers and sellers. With both goals in mind, they sit down at their computer ready […] The post Don’t Let Your Real Estate Blogging Fall by the Wayside appeared first on JG Assistance.
 
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    Reese Ben-Yaacov

  • Make Your Own Graphics For Your Website With No Budget

    Lillian De Jesus
    18 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
      When starting a Virtual Assistant (VA) business or ANY entrepreneurial business online, there are so many thoughts that gather in your brain to get you started online. There is always the BIG question… How do I get a website going for my business? Of course, you need an “online home”, although many people use […] The post Make Your Own Graphics For Your Website With No Budget appeared first on Reese Ben-Yaacov.
  • A Step by Step Guide To Eliminate Hearing “You’re Too Expensive”

    Reese
    11 May 2015 | 12:16 am
    {You can highlight any line of this blog post and tweet it out, so give it a try} You’ve just had the most amazing potential client conference call and now it’s time to discuss your rates. You quote your price, and your prospect lets out a long sigh which means you’re about to hear something like: “That’s […] The post A Step by Step Guide To Eliminate Hearing “You’re Too Expensive” appeared first on Reese Ben-Yaacov.
  • 9 Content Marketing Tips To Grow Your Virtual Assistant Business

    Reese
    29 Apr 2015 | 2:28 am
    **Heads up, you can highlight any sentence in this post and tweet it out.** If you’re wondering how to get clients (and keep them) for you VA business, say hello to content marketing. I went to a content marketing hackathon this past Sunday here in Israel. It was hosted by the notorious Neil Patel. For those of […] The post 9 Content Marketing Tips To Grow Your Virtual Assistant Business appeared first on Reese Ben-Yaacov.
  • Kids, Work and Taking Time Off (A Passover Story)

    Reese
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:37 am
    **Heads up, you can highlight any sentence in this post and tweet it out.** Every year as we lead up to the holiday of Passover I feel my heart rate speed up. This is the single most dreaded holiday of the year for me. Every observant Jewish woman is burdened with the yolk of the […] The post Kids, Work and Taking Time Off (A Passover Story) appeared first on Reese Ben-Yaacov.
  • Automation Is Sexy And Downright Necessary

    Reese
    11 Mar 2015 | 3:14 am
        Automation has saved my live. As a mother to 4 children and a virtual assistant (aka entrepreneur running an online business) I have had moments of utter insanity trying to run my business and raise my children. Running a virtual assistant business on my own means that I’m the CEO, CFO, CAO, VP of marketing, […] The post Automation Is Sexy And Downright Necessary appeared first on Reese Ben-Yaacov.
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  • Suffering With Creative Block? Try These Tips.

    Emma
    28 May 2015 | 6:27 am
    Whether you consider yourself a creative person or not, the so-called ‘creative block’ can happen to anyone. Imagination is used when coming up with a new marketing strategy, ways to find a new business partner, a proposal for a client, or planning a company workshop from A to Z, as well as by the stereotypically...  
  • Looking For Inbox Zero? These Strategies Will Help.

    Emma
    19 May 2015 | 2:33 am
    Inbox Zero is something that we all strive for in the world of business, but reaching it isn’t as easy as we want it to be. That being said, many people aren’t even reaching Inbox Fifty on a daily basis, never mind Zero and more often than not it has something to do with how...  
  • 5 Ways To Be Memorable At Networking Events

    Emma
    11 May 2015 | 2:16 am
    When networking is involved – whether at a conference or a local convention – it isn’t just the first impression that is important, it is an overall and latest impression. You’re attending these events to meet potential contacts that could be beneficial to your business, and they’re ideal for finding and building new business-relationships. However,...  
  • 4 Apps To Take Your Networking To A New Level

    Emma
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Networking is critical in the business world; whether you’re doing it to find a business partner or new clients to use your service, networking can make it happen. Apps for your phone and tablet are incredibly valuable and go far beyond the traditional networking means that many have been using for years. Many application developers...  
  • To Do Lists Going Unfinished? Here’s What To Do First.

    Emma
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:37 am
    Many people can’t work without a to-do list. Whether a handwritten list in a notebook or an app that keeps you in check of your tasks, they keep us grounded and level with what needs doing. The problem is, these lists don’t always get completed when you want them to. You push tasks to the...  
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  • 6 Steps In Creating An Irresistible Freebie Opt-In Using Canva

    Lillian De Jesus
    22 May 2015 | 12:34 am
    Let’s bring simple back! People are thinking they have to create these hundred page ebooks and elaborate workbooks to get the attention of their readers. In reality, no one has time for that unless they make the time. Then the question is, “Is your opt-in so freakin’ irresistible that people can’t wait to type in their email address?” Hmm… Did I get you thinking? I realized this myself when I was working on worksheets for my course and found myself getting completely hung up on the style. I almost forgot KISS (Keep It Simple Silly). Seriously, have you ever done that? Where…
  • Creating A Blog Title Image Using Canva With 6 Easy Steps (For YOUR Brand)

    Lillian De Jesus
    6 May 2015 | 10:36 pm
    No need for a graphic designer to create a blog title image meant just for you. All you need is creativity, a couple of branding resources, and Canva (an amazing graphic design app for the “non-designer”). That’s right! If you didn’t get a chance to find out the BIGGEST reason to have a blog title image check it out right HERE. Let me give you a hint what it is… it’s to get noticed on social media. Such a simple however an important key element in a blog that can help you get noticed. What’s Branding? First of all, let’s get branding straight because so many people…
  • The Biggest Reason You Need To Create A Blog Title Image

    Lillian De Jesus
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:35 pm
    It’s all about the visuals on a blog! Think about what typically appears on a blog after the blog title…   the blog title image. What does the image tell you about the post? Is it a photo and does it give you the title of the post? There have been many times I’d see a blog post with a photo and I have no clue how the photo has anything to do with the blog post. The write-up on a tech gadget with a photo of a flower blowing in the wind. Yea… weird. What’s the significance of this photo to the article? Why should you care about the blog title image? There are so many…
  • The 3 Video Marketing Tools That Will Help Ease The Fear Of Being On Camera

    Lillian De Jesus
    2 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    Nowadays everywhere on the web is all about video. Make sure you post video on Facebook, be sure to post video on Twitter, and don’t forget about Pinterest! Videos have become the hottest visual marketing tool for social media and business websites. Nerves Twitching & Stuttering If you want to gain traffic and gain authority there has to be that “trust factor”. So many sites advise to show your face to the camera and explain to the world why they must trust your expertise. BUT… what if you’re not that type of person? You know a “video person”. There are many people who…
  • The 2 Best & Free Image Editing Tools To Remove Backgrounds

    Lillian De Jesus
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:03 pm
    When I create graphics for social media or blogs, there are times when I come across a graphic with a white background. Even some of my clients receive great logos from their designers however they never get a logo with the transparent background. The question is how to get rid of the dreaded white background without going into Adobe Photoshop or paying for a software to get it done. I have tested so many web applications and it all came down to 2 image photo editors to remove backgrounds that were super easy to use. I mean REALLY easy to use. Using image editors can make it easy to remove…
 
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  • Suffering With Creative Block? Try These Tips.

    Emma
    28 May 2015 | 6:27 am
    Whether you consider yourself a creative person or not, the so-called ‘creative block’ can happen to anyone. Imagination is used when coming up with a new marketing strategy, ways to find a new business partner, a proposal for a client, or planning a company workshop from A to Z, as well as by the stereotypically...  
  • Looking For Inbox Zero? These Strategies Will Help.

    Emma
    19 May 2015 | 2:33 am
    Inbox Zero is something that we all strive for in the world of business, but reaching it isn’t as easy as we want it to be. That being said, many people aren’t even reaching Inbox Fifty on a daily basis, never mind Zero and more often than not it has something to do with how...  
  • 5 Ways To Be Memorable At Networking Events

    Emma
    11 May 2015 | 2:16 am
    When networking is involved – whether at a conference or a local convention – it isn’t just the first impression that is important, it is an overall and latest impression. You’re attending these events to meet potential contacts that could be beneficial to your business, and they’re ideal for finding and building new business-relationships. However,...  
  • 4 Apps To Take Your Networking To A New Level

    Emma
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Networking is critical in the business world; whether you’re doing it to find a business partner or new clients to use your service, networking can make it happen. Apps for your phone and tablet are incredibly valuable and go far beyond the traditional networking means that many have been using for years. Many application developers...  
  • To Do Lists Going Unfinished? Here’s What To Do First.

    Emma
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:37 am
    Many people can’t work without a to-do list. Whether a handwritten list in a notebook or an app that keeps you in check of your tasks, they keep us grounded and level with what needs doing. The problem is, these lists don’t always get completed when you want them to. You push tasks to the...  
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