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

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    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...  
  • 6 Surefire Ways To Beat Overwhelm

    Worldwide101 Virtual Assistants
    Sandra Lewis
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:33 am
    Beating overwhelm can be tricky – a bit like trying to fight your way out of quicksand as it sucks you into its sticky, murky depths. If the mental image of quicksand is all-too-apt a metaphor for how you feel about your professional life, then take heart: you’re in good company. Many entrepreneurs and small...  
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    Virtual Assistant Networking Resources » The VA Blog
    Tawnya Sutherland
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    The Fall season is creeping upon us and we all know what that means… SCHOOL STARTS! AND educational training isn’t just for our children … We should be continually educating ourselves on a consistent basis as well so that we can stay on top of everything going on in the Virtual Assistant industry. Education can bring us new revenue streams by teaching us new ways of making money in our service based business. SO to get things rolling for you in that area… I’m giving away a $100 gift certificate to one lucky person to apply to some cool NEW Virtual Assistant…
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    Kristi Pavlik
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
  • Question Anyone know of any VA trainings online?

    Virtual Assistant Forums - Information and Resources for Professional VAs
    YoungVA
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:01 am
    Hi all! I'm a newbie and is in my early 20's. I've been hovering around the idea of being a VA for about 6 months now and there are quite a few trainings online, but what would you all consider the best? I've been in banking for over a year and I was an administrative assistant for about a year so I have an idea of a few niches I'd like to provide but I do not have years of EA or PA experience. I'd like a good training program to start with and to open my own business in the Washington, DC area. Thank you
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  • Enter Our Contest > VA Templates, Checklists & Tools to Make You Shine!

    Tawnya Sutherland
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    The Fall season is creeping upon us and we all know what that means… SCHOOL STARTS! AND educational training isn’t just for our children … We should be continually educating ourselves on a consistent basis as well so that we can stay on top of everything going on in the Virtual Assistant industry. Education can bring us new revenue streams by teaching us new ways of making money in our service based business. SO to get things rolling for you in that area… I’m giving away a $100 gift certificate to one lucky person to apply to some cool NEW Virtual Assistant…
  • Want to Become an Instant Expert in Your VA Business?

    Tawnya M. Sutherland
    21 Mar 2014 | 12:49 pm
    It’s really easy to do if you have plenty of written content surrounding your subject of expertise. People love to read online and learn from others who know their stuff! New and consistent up-to-date niche content focused on your market gains you credibility as an instant expert! Are you thinking right now that sure it would be a fabulous marketing tactic to provide my peeps with educational content but barriers I have are: I just don’t have the time to write this content My writing sucks and no one would read it I’m not up-to-date on this topic to write copy about it Well…
  • VAVS Conference for VAs is Back! Don’t Miss Early Bird Draws!

    Tawnya Sutherland
    10 Mar 2014 | 2:10 pm
    VAVS9 is back for it’s ninth season! Have you got your seat yet? If so you are one smart Virtual Assistant (VA) because you will be included in our Early Bird and attendee draws that amount to over $3100. VAVS stands for the “Virtual Assistant VAvirtuoso Seminars” an online conference that VAs keep coming back to attend each season to help grow their business in the right direction (to make money!) WHAT DO WE DO AT VAVS? We learn new business strategies together and get tips from each other on how to succeed working virtually We receive brilliant ideas of how to get new…
  • Hey VA, Are You Acting as a Coach, Consultant or Trainer?

    Tawnya Sutherland
    19 Jan 2014 | 10:38 pm
    We had a great time with Kelly McCausey on Thursday when she kicked off our free training webinars for 2014.   It’s amazing how many Virtual Assistants have crossed over into the role of a coach, consultant or trainer. Watch the video replay here And here’s what else Kelly had to say … If we hopped into a time machine and rolled the clock back to my earliest days in business on the internet, the term Virtual Assistant was almost completely unknown. When you met a VA and asked them to explain what they do, they would almost always compare themselves a home based secretary…
  • Are You Using Google+ in Your 2014 Social Marketing Strategy?

    Tawnya Sutherland
    30 Dec 2013 | 9:12 pm
    If NOT, grab the book “What the Plus!” by Guy Kawasaki and start reading it today! This book will change your mindset about marketing your business on Facebook or Twitter in 2014, TRUST ME ;) I bought the physical book from Amazon as I like to have my books in hand when I read but there’s a link to the FREE eBook too (Courtesy of Google) if you follow +GuyKawasaki on Google+ or grab it below in my blog resources. The ebook is really handy to have on your computer because it has all the links built right into it to just click on, explore and learn. Personally, I’ve…
 
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    Virtual Assistant Forums - Information and Resources for Professional VAs

  • Question Anyone know of any VA trainings online?

    YoungVA
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:01 am
    Hi all! I'm a newbie and is in my early 20's. I've been hovering around the idea of being a VA for about 6 months now and there are quite a few trainings online, but what would you all consider the best? I've been in banking for over a year and I was an administrative assistant for about a year so I have an idea of a few niches I'd like to provide but I do not have years of EA or PA experience. I'd like a good training program to start with and to open my own business in the Washington, DC area. Thank you
  • rate for creating tutorial program

    eroyster
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:51 pm
    I've been asked by a client to create a tutorial program but I have no idea how much to charge. The client wants me to draft this document for them. What do you think I should charge?
  • Dead Beat Attorneys Not Paying Invoices

    dawndmd
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
    Throughout the eight years I have worked now as a Virtual Paralegal, there have been several attorneys who have simply decided to ignore me and not pay their invoices. I would like to see what other paralegals thought about us keeping an ongoing list of the names and cities they live in so that if there is one of us that has had this issue and the person is on the list, we can all benefit from knowing this has happened before. Thoughts? I would like admin to approve that this is ok. Dawn
  • Picking an e-mail address

    LaGreen19
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    I'm having a little trouble deciding what to use for my e-mail address and was wondering what most of you use? I'm torn between whether I should just do laura@domainname.com, or maybe admin@domainname.com? Admin sounds so generic, but I'm not sure how professional using my first name is either.....thoughts/suggestions? Thanks in advance!
  • Charging for Website Design?

    Felicia Hale
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Hello all. I'm excited and scared. I have been an Administrative Assistant/Secretary for over 15 years. My skills are not what scares me. Being a Secretary/Admin Asst is the one thing that I know I'm good at. I'm looking to take this virtually and have been trying to get it out by word of mouth. In one conversation I had with a potential client I mentioned that I designed and maintained the website for the company I currently work for. (This is not a virtual position, it's "in office", as I have to keep it until my virtual business takes-off). I was asked today to design a website…
 
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  • How do you know if your launch goals are realistic?

    Alicia
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:04 am
    When you promote a new service or launch a new product online, how can you tell that your launch goals – the amount of people you want to buy your ‘product’ and how much money you want to make from it – are realistic ones? Out of thin air Especially the first time, it’s almost impossible to know what you can achieve from your launch. You’re kinda left to pluck a figure out of thin air and hope that you can reach it. That either leaves you setting your sights too low or, most often – way too high. Especially when we constantly hear about successful 5 figure launches from other…
  • 3 Words That Get You Unstuck To Take Action

    Alicia
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    In January, I didn’t set a one-word theme for the year like I’ve done in the past. And, when I have done, I’ve never declared it. I kept it to myself. Otherwise I would be linking to that previous post right here (genius blogging tip for you there, babes!) But, as my year has unfolded, I’m finding that there is a mantra that’s working for me, and I want to share it with you… Because, I’m hearing from a lot of people who have AMAZing business ideas worth shouting about that are keeping quiet. They don’t want to declare them to the world because they think that…
  • 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…
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    Pepper Virtual Assistants

  • Why Email Marketing Still Matters

    Pepper
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Many marketing platforms have emerged over the past years but one tool that never left the scene is email. Despite the increasing popularity of social media, email remains the most reliable marketing channel. Some have been quick to discredit the value of this electronic mailbox thinking that it’s obsolete and have no place in the world of tweets and likes. What they don’t know is that email has become more relevant than ever with the surge of mobile use. By 2016, it is estimated that around 4.3 billion people will have an email account. A steady increase in users is a far cry from what…
  • Five Tell-Tale Signs That You Need To Slow Down

    Pepper
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    No one is exempted from stress. Every single person you see is stressed out by something. Psychologists define stress as a reaction to a stimulus that triggers a “fight-or-flight” response, releasing adrenaline throughout your body. That’s why small things can stress you out such as traffic or watching a close game. It’s your body’s way of reacting to a certain situation. However, chronic stress is another story. It can wear you down physically, mentally, and emotionally. Burnout is a result of chronic stress. It doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a result of long-term, accumulated…
  • Call to Action that Converts

    Pepper
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    Every website you see has a puny but powerful button that contains a call to action (CTA). It has a short statement that entices you to do something. It could be a newsletter sign up, purchase or simply another step to complete a process. You may not even notice it in your own business website but these CTA buttons can show you valuable data about your site’s traffic and engagement. Having said that, it’s important that your calls to action convert, meaning it should make your visitor complete the action you’re asking them to do. There are many factors involved in creating a compelling…
  • 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…
 
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    Riolan Virtual Business Solutions

  • Cómo alcanzar mis objetivos y sueños

    Edna Campos
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    Edna Campos Mucha gente tiene una fe ciega en algo o en alguien pero a veces, no no tiene tanta fe en sí misma. Una cosa es cierta: si deseo alcanzar mis objetivos, tener fe en mi misma o creer en... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Tareas esenciales de mantenimiento para WordPress que necesitas aplicar a tu rutina diaria

    Edna Campos
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    Edna Campos ¿Te ha sucedido que el disco duro de tu computadora se dañe y te quedes sin tus archivos e información prioritaria para tu negocio? Mucha gente no percibe que su sitio web “está sentado”... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Las relaciones correctas importan: cómo construir relaciones en Linkedin

    Edna Campos
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    Edna Campos Cuando se trata de hacer networking online para negocios, no hay herramienta más útil que Linkedin para una profesional o empresaria. Muchas mujeres utilizan las redes sociales para... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cómo tomar el control de tu branding en las redes sociales

    Edna Campos
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Edna Campos Las redes sociales son hoy en día esenciales para los negocios, sean estos del tamaño y tipo que sean. Facilitan el trabajo de branding, al darte oportunidad de poner tu nombre – o el de... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cómo llegar a ser una autoridad en tu nicho

    Edna Campos
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    Edna Campos Hace dos años más o menos, comencé a tener un dolor extremadamente agudo en la espalda baja que me dejó por algunos días sin poder caminar. No sabía que estaba mal. Desesperada por... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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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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  • Delegating is a Growth Mentality

    Ace Concierge | Virtual Assistant
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:01 am
    How often do you just want to collapse at the end of the day; falling into the couch like you’ve become an integral part of the fibers? Letting it absorb all the day’s hectic work, demands, challenges and headaches? It’s like a warm embrace from a heating pad. I know you’re wiped out… Oh come on! You know that feeling. You heave a huge sigh and every muscle seems to release while you close your eyes in a moment of tech-free silence. Yes, you DID turn off your devices, even for just a few minutes. You’ve stolen a few minutes of luxurious bliss. You’re content and relaxed.
  • Are you a social media bed head?

    Ace Concierge | Virtual Assistant
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:10 am
    How many times have you started your day feeling a little discombobulated?  Out of sorts or otherwise, a hot mess? Maybe your alarm didn’t go off, you’re missing a sock, can’t find your keys or worse, your coffee pot died! Oh yes it did. It’s not even a Monday! This is a horror and seems to set the tone for the rest of the day. You throw up your hands and opt for the bedhead look. If you’re like me, you might even have a little crazed Medusa look going on. No, I’m not doing an HOA or SKYPE video call with you. HOWEVER, you cannot bring this uncoiffed mentality into your social…
  • Where’s the Beef in Social Media?

    Ace Concierge | Virtual Assistant
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Back in the day, and yes I’m dating myself here, there was an ingenious advertising campaign devised by Wendy’s using the slogan “Where’s the beef?” Everywhere, from Saturday Night Live to the White House, people were asking “Where’s the beef?” and poking fun at investigating where the true value of something resides in comparison to face value assumptions. Back in the day, Wendy’s used the campaign to highlight the fact that Wendy’s burgers were actually larger than Burger King or McDonalds, and that these competitors had simply used larger buns to create an illusion.
  • 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…
 
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  • How to Moonlight Without the Worry

    Dwayne
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    The Wall Street Journal | Sept 13, 2014 The post How to Moonlight Without the Worry appeared first on .
  • The Brands With The Best Grades On Back To School Content

    Dwayne
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Content HUB | Sept 10, 2014 The post The Brands With The Best Grades On Back To School Content appeared first on .
  • Salesforce Ultimate Customer Service Event

    Dwayne
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    IntelliResponse Exhibitor & Sponsor at the Salesforce Ultimate Customer Service Event in Toronto, Sept 16th, 2014   IntelliResponse will be an Exhibitor and Sponsor at the Salesforce Ultimate Customer Service Event in Toronto, Sept 16th, 2014 Hear guest speaker Matt Dixon, Executive Director, Financial Services and Customer Contact Practices at Corporate Executive Board and co-author of “The Effortless Experience”. Discover how IntelliResponse VA for Salesforce can help deliver an effortless experience to your customers by empowering both consumers and contact center…
  • Intelligent Assistants Conference 2014

    Dwayne
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    IntelliResponse Platinum Sponsor at the Intelligent Assistants Conference in San Francisco, Sept 16th, 2014   Don’t miss the presentation: “Survey Results: Documenting the Need for Customer-driven Digital Self-Service” featuring David Lloyd, CEO, IntelliResponse (Sept 16th from 9:15am-9:40am). Discover how today’s leading organizations are leveraging intelligent virtual assistant technology to transform the customer experience. Speak one-on-one with senior executives at IntelliResponse and learn how intelligent virtual assistant technology can deliver highly accurate answers to…
  • “If It Wasn’t for Those Pesky Kids”: Customer Service for Millennials [Infographic]

    Dwayne
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Scooby-Doo fans will fondly remember those words, as they were usually uttered when the gang uncovered the criminal, who would always utter: “And I would have gotten away with it, if it wasn’t for those pesky kids.” 40 Years Later… Today, millennials face an uphill battle when it comes to interacting with companies, as there are a number of misconceptions about the demographic. One of the biggest misconception companies have is that all millennials are broke[1]. That statement couldn’t be further from the truth! There are about eighty million millennials in the U.S and they spend…
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    Practically Perfect PA

  • The benefits of using a private jet charter

    Nicky Christmas
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:17 am
    As every assistant will know a lot of time, effort and money goes into organising business travel. I’ve often been told that hiring a private plane for my Executives can save me and my boss a lot of time and hassle but I often wonder if it is worth the money. After all isn’t flying on a private jet the epitome of luxury? After looking at the different options for chartering a private plane here are just some of the benefits. Time A private jet will allow your boss to travel to their exact schedule, which is great if they have a lot of meetings in various locations over a number…
  • Experience vs. a university degree

    Nicky Christmas
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:33 am
    A few months ago I asked the Practically Perfect PA readers if they could complete a survey for me. The survey asked if assistants feel that having or not having a university degree has made a difference to their career path. I received so many thought provoking comments that I thought I would share them with you over two posts (the second post will be published on Friday). Here are the results! Do you have a degree? Do you think that having a university degree helped you get your PA role? Yes – but only partially No, my degree is in Elementary Education and Communication Disorders Only…
  • Dealing with lazy colleagues

    Nicky Christmas
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:59 am
    At some point or another you will encounter lazy colleagues. They are everywhere and a lot of them have been lazy for years! I have always thought ‘each to their own'; if they want to be lazy that is their problem. But when it starts to impact my work or they start to pass work on to me because they are too lazy to do it themselves – well that is a problem that needs to be resolved. It has happened to me a couple of times actually. Here is how I dealt with it. Stand up to them Firstly you have to identify work that they should ask you to do and work that is totally out of your…
  • Hilton Doubletree, Downtown Montgomery

    Nicky Christmas
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:24 am
    Montgomery’s official population is 205,000. This is pretty small for a US city and Alabama’s state capital doesn’t even sneak into the US’s largest 100 conurbations. This came as no surprise to us as we walked the streets during the 24 hours we spent in Montgomery: in January it’s a ghost town. Montgomery is a city that would be easy to miss on a map. It sits between bigger, better known southern cities Mobile and Birmingham. The backdrop to Montgomery is neither coast nor hills and it is neither bustling metropolis or sedate town. Montgomery is not somewhere you would put a big…
  • Eight reasons why assistants should use a travel management company

    Nicky Christmas
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:12 am
    I don’t know about you but I have spent hours arranging and then rearranging travel for my Executives. It takes up a huge amount of time and can be incredibly complex especially if they are travelling to a number of destinations with connecting flights and a host of visa requirements. I’ve had absolute nightmares in the past such as the time I organised a trip to Japan only to be told to cancel everything the day before because my colleague now had to go to Brazil. All this stress and you don’t even get to leave your desk! It is quite common now to have help with travel arrangements as…
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    Real Estate Virtual Assistant

  • Effective Delegation Skills Are Golden

    Janet
    6 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Want to know the secret to working with a REVA, real estate virtual assistant? You might think that it’s having a successful consultation with them. That’s important, but that’s not the key to working with them. The key ingredient is effective delegation skills. Without it, a lot of time is wasted. Let me give you […]The post Effective Delegation Skills Are Golden appeared first on Real Estate Virtual Assistant.
  • Blog To Your Heart’s Content

    Janet
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    I do a lot of blogging, I have to admit, every “Great!” “I love it!” or “Good job” means a lot to me. Why do so many agents use REVAs for their blog copy? Some are strapped for time. Let’s face it; if they’re successful, they don’t have much time to write a blog post […]The post Blog To Your Heart’s Content appeared first on Real Estate Virtual Assistant.
  • The Impact of Words

    Janet
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    The post The Impact of Words appeared first on Real Estate Virtual Assistant.
  • Why Use a Real Estate Virtual Assistant Instead of a Temp

    Janet
    4 Feb 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Many quickly realize that a Real Estate Virtual Assistant is very different from hiring a temp. Temps are used in many situations such as when an employee takes a temporary leave of absence. The problem arises with the screening process. You must rely on agency standards which can be high or low depending on the […]The post Why Use a Real Estate Virtual Assistant Instead of a Temp appeared first on Real Estate Virtual Assistant.
  • More Time Off Means Happier Clients

    Janet
    16 Jan 2014 | 11:55 am
    Feeling overworked with too much on your plate? This is becoming more and more common. What’s the answer? When done right, time off benefits you and your clients. When you’re refreshed, you produce your best work. On the other hand, when you’re overworked, you will make more mistakes and can’t offer your best to your […]The post More Time Off Means Happier Clients appeared first on Real Estate Virtual Assistant.
 
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    Reese Ben-Yaacov

  • You’ve Got To Cut Your Teeth Before You Make It

    Reese
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:06 am
      There is a saying about cutting your teeth in business. You’ve got to go through the struggle and put in your time in order to get what you want in your career. Have you ever wondered how I built my virtual assistant business and became successful in the first year? I cut my teeth […] The post You’ve Got To Cut Your Teeth Before You Make It appeared first on Reese Ben-Yaacov.
  • The Key To Running A Successful Virtual Assistant Business

    Reese
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Have you ever said that “every business owner is my target market”? As virtual assistant coach I’ve heard it a lot and when I do, I cringe. It may seem that if you cast a wide net you’re likely to catch more fish but the opposite is true.  When you market your services to everyone something very unfortunate […] The post The Key To Running A Successful Virtual Assistant Business appeared first on Reese Ben-Yaacov.
  • How To Create Virtual Assistant Services Packages That Sell

    Reese
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:23 am
      It’s all in the packaging. Your perceived value. Let’s talk about how to create your very own virtual assistant services package(s). First it’s important that I mention that most virtual assistants trade their time for $$$. This isn’t a bad business model but it does make it hard to scale your business. Your earning […] The post How To Create Virtual Assistant Services Packages That Sell appeared first on Reese Ben-Yaacov.
  • Should You Call Yourself A Virtual Assistant?

    Reese
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:51 pm
        Have you ever felt uncomfortable with the thought of calling yourself a virtual assistant?  Have you been told that using this title means you’re subservient to your clients?  Not an equal, not an entrepreneur? I’ve been getting asked this question a lot lately.  I have decided to record a video blog to give […] The post Should You Call Yourself A Virtual Assistant? appeared first on Reese Ben-Yaacov.
  • Get An Awesome Website Without A Designer

    Reese
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:24 am
    I took a walk down this swanky gentrified street in Jerusalem known for it’s cafes and restaurants. Most of the joints on this street have given their storefronts a total facelift while others, well…haven’t.  Like the falafel joint. Now I love a good falafel and in these parts of the world we have some of […] The post Get An Awesome Website Without A Designer appeared first on Reese Ben-Yaacov.
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    Worldwide101 Virtual Assistants

  • Founder Interview

    Emma
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:20 am
    Worldwide101′s founder Sandra Lewis is interviewed by Nick Loper of virtual assistant review site, virtualassistantassistant.com. Sandra explains what makes Worldwide101 different from other virtual assistant companies.  
  • 6 Surefire Ways To Beat Overwhelm

    Sandra Lewis
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:33 am
    Beating overwhelm can be tricky – a bit like trying to fight your way out of quicksand as it sucks you into its sticky, murky depths. If the mental image of quicksand is all-too-apt a metaphor for how you feel about your professional life, then take heart: you’re in good company. Many entrepreneurs and small...  
  • Does Your Social Media Imagery Need A Makeover?

    Emma
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:53 am
    Your social media presence is an incredibly important aspect to your business; alongside your website, it is an online representation of your company and a fantastic place to talk to your customers, meet new ones and advertise what you have to offer as a company. However, take a look at your imagery; how’s it looking?...  
  • No 2nd Language? Travel Abroad With Ease with These Apps

    Emma
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    When you travel regularly for business, you can often find yourself in a country whose language you are totally unfamiliar with. While Google can be useful for translating the odd phrase and word here and there, there are apps that make working abroad with languages easy and trouble free. From translating written words in real...  
  • 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...  
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    Tigerlily Virtual Assistance

  • E-book – How To Use Canva Like A Pro For Business – Canva Presentations and More

    Lillian De Jesus
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    I’m so thrilled, nervous, excited, and relieved to get to share this e-book with you! If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know how crazy in love I am of Canva. If you’re new to this blog (Welcome!), check out my most popular post here. It’s been an interesting journey creating my first e-book, which I do plan to elaborate on a different post. Today is a time of celebration! The e-book contains what I have blogged about before, using Canva for business solutions such as: presentations, social media posts, and blog posts. It also has some great troubleshooting…
  • How To Use HitTail For Your Business Blog

    Lillian De Jesus
    7 Sep 2014 | 1:34 am
    Did you start your business blog yet? You know I always encourage you to do so. If you haven’t and aren’t sure if you should go for it, be sure to check out my post on 3 Top Reasons To Blog For Your Business. If you have started, that’s excellent news! I haven’t written much about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and I want to be sure you’re taking full advantage of your blog. When you blog at first it does take some time to gain page rank from the search engines. Google looks for keywords to rank your blog and it has a special formula called an algorithm. It has made many changes…
  • 23 Small Business Marketing Tools

    Lillian De Jesus
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Many small business owners look for advice on so many aspects of business. What do you do for this? What do you do for that? Well that’s when I love to provide information in a helpful way in providing the tools that I frequently use in a list. Everything is in one area and ready for bookmarking. Here we go from my virtual assistant toolbox to your small business. BLOGGING 1. Kindle Publishing for Blogs – This is another way you can get your blog noticed and monetized. Daniel Hill provides a great tutorial here. 2. Google Keyword Planner – SEO keyword search 3. HitTail – SEO…
  • 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…
 
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    Worldwide101 Virtual Assistants

  • Founder Interview

    Emma
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:20 am
    Worldwide101′s founder Sandra Lewis is interviewed by Nick Loper of virtual assistant review site, virtualassistantassistant.com. Sandra explains what makes Worldwide101 different from other virtual assistant companies.  
  • 6 Surefire Ways To Beat Overwhelm

    Sandra Lewis
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:33 am
    Beating overwhelm can be tricky – a bit like trying to fight your way out of quicksand as it sucks you into its sticky, murky depths. If the mental image of quicksand is all-too-apt a metaphor for how you feel about your professional life, then take heart: you’re in good company. Many entrepreneurs and small...  
  • Does Your Social Media Imagery Need A Makeover?

    Emma
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:53 am
    Your social media presence is an incredibly important aspect to your business; alongside your website, it is an online representation of your company and a fantastic place to talk to your customers, meet new ones and advertise what you have to offer as a company. However, take a look at your imagery; how’s it looking?...  
  • No 2nd Language? Travel Abroad With Ease with These Apps

    Emma
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    When you travel regularly for business, you can often find yourself in a country whose language you are totally unfamiliar with. While Google can be useful for translating the odd phrase and word here and there, there are apps that make working abroad with languages easy and trouble free. From translating written words in real...  
  • 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...  
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