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How Business Continuity Planning Will Get You Ahead

How Business Continuity Planning Will Get You Ahead

"What comes to mind when you come across the term Business Continuity Planning?" The first time I asked this question was during a workshop for small business owners a few years back. The replies were vague, and I could easily tell that the concept of Business...

Idioting My Way through Downloadable Content

Idioting My Way through Downloadable Content

Downloadable content. Everyone knows that a successful online business must be able to supply a product that clients can download. I am not a graphic designer, nor am I a tech-guru. I also don't have funds to pay someone to create downloadable content. That meant that...

Learning to Create My Website

Learning to Create My Website

Learning to create my website by myself! What was I thinking? I am a nurse by profession, I have wanted to be a nurse since I was 5-years-old. I have been a qualified nurse for 30 years. Computer literacy was not part of the nursing curriculum it still isn't. Why I...

How to Provide Top Tier Customer Service – Virtually

How to Provide Top Tier Customer Service – Virtually

Great customer service is about one thing - building relationships. While talking face to face it is easier to show intent and expression and some elements of relationship-building are more natural - this does not always translate via email. Below are the metrics that...

How to Get a “Team-Meeting” in an Office of One

How to Get a “Team-Meeting” in an Office of One

You are stuck in the middle of a project and you aren’t quite sure how you can move forward.  No problem, you just take the information to your team meeting that afternoon so that you can bounce ideas off of each other.   You have a great work ethic but if you aren’t...

Help! I’m an Introvert. Is Remote Work for Me?

Help! I’m an Introvert. Is Remote Work for Me?

Hey there!  My name is Andrea. I’m a bookkeeping professional and I work entirely online. Also, I’m a full-blown introvert. And I mean, I really thrive and feel my most comfortable when I am alone. Who knows, partly because I can just throw on some comfy leggings and...

Level Up: How and When to Raise Your Rates as a VA

Level Up: How and When to Raise Your Rates as a VA

When starting as a VA, we often find ourselves taking any old project for any old price. Sometimes even for... for... *gulp* FREE. *cringe*  We are desperate and dying for work and experience in our field to feel validated in our career choice, so we bite the bullet...

Clean up on Aisle 5: A Guide to Balancing Work Tasks with Home Chores

Clean up on Aisle 5: A Guide to Balancing Work Tasks with Home Chores

There are so many positive attributes to working from home. I mean, ask anyone who does it and they won’t shut up about how great it is. They’ll rant and rave about how they set their own schedule, their own terms, they don’t have to answer to anyone but themselves,...

How to Use Instagram Hashtags

How to Use Instagram Hashtags

If you’re looking to promote your services or offers through Instagram while not having to spend on ads, you might want to check out hashtags. Hashtags are a great way to find exposure for your business or anyone on Instagram, it can help you gain likes, followers,...

Delivering Customer Service that Lines Up

Delivering Customer Service that Lines Up

When hired to provide customer service for a client, you take on the responsibility of being the face of their business. You need to fully understand their product and services and more importantly, speak their language. Often you can play an important role in...

Tips for Working at Home With Kids

Tips for Working at Home With Kids

Many of us choose to work from home because it allows us to prioritize our family and spend time with our children, especially when they are young. Working from home with young children is challenging. This is especially true with COVID-19 making childcare options...

How I Gained Flexibility from Working Online

How I Gained Flexibility from Working Online

Ever since I graduated from college, there is always one thing that I want when I’ll start working and that is FLEXIBILITY in terms of work schedule. I’ve always dreamt of working while having a flexible work schedule because a few years back, I always hear stories...

My First Time Experience as a VA

My First Time Experience as a VA

Ever since this Pandemic happened, some people are already considering quitting their corporate jobs and becoming a full-time remote Virtual Assistant. If you’re wondering what it’s like to build yourself as a VA business, you might want to read on. I thought of...

Top 5 Most Requested Skills For Virtual Assistants

Top 5 Most Requested Skills For Virtual Assistants

Imagine what it would be like to leave that dead-end, hour-long commute job where all you do is count down the hours until 5 pm. Envision leaving your corporate mainstream job and doing, literally, ANYTHING ELSE! Instead, waking up and strolling into your home office...

The Importance of Taking a Break

The Importance of Taking a Break

“Have a break, have a KitKat” If you’re someone who’s fond of eating chocolate, then you’re probably aware of that tagline. Before the pandemic, a lot of us were working days on end and abused ourselves until we cracked. Taking advantage of our bodies took its toll,...

Why Building Your Network as Early as Possible Matters

Why Building Your Network as Early as Possible Matters

Growing up, I always liked interacting with people. Regardless of their sexual orientation, race, religion, or anything that you could think of, I would still interact with them as long as mutual respect is existing. I enjoy engaging in discourse with different kinds...

Toolbox For The New VA

Toolbox For The New VA

With all the different platforms, applications, and tools on the inter-webs, it can be a daunting task to decide what to use. There are many free sites and the paid tools usually have a free trial period. Use the trial period to see if the platform will suit your...

How To Land Your First Client As A VA

How To Land Your First Client As A VA

When you first dip your toe into the Virtual Assistant world, it is easy to be intimidated and lose hope when you can’t find anyone to give you a chance. There are plenty of opportunities out there but most are looking for experience.   How can you gain experience and...

How To Stay Motivated While Working Remotely

How To Stay Motivated While Working Remotely

With everything that’s happening in the world today and by everything I mean Coronavirus, most of the work and meetings are now getting done through the internet. This sudden shift sure is unusual and let’s say “bizarre” for a lot of people but for me and my pals who...

Being a VA in South Africa

Being a VA in South Africa

The South African job market has not fully embraced the remote work possibilities as the rest of the world. Yes there are a few companies that allow flexi work with a few days a week at home but mostly this is a scarcity. As we entered the COVID-19 pandemic, it was a...

How I Went from Teaching to Being a VA

How I Went from Teaching to Being a VA

Career changes are often scary and it can be difficult to take a leap into the unknown, especially when you have small mouths to feed. My name is Diana and I was a classroom ESL teacher for nearly ten years.  However, a few years ago I found myself five months...

5 Steps to Become a Virtual Assistant

5 Steps to Become a Virtual Assistant

Are you tired of waking up early in hopes of beating rush hour on a Monday morning? Do you stand long hours in the train station or even waste almost an hour of your day because you're stuck in traffic? Did you ever wish that you can travel and work from anywhere in...

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