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New (or not so new) Ideas For The New Year

At the start of every year, most of us make resolutions or have thoughts about making some changes to our lives. From telling ourselves that we need to lose weight or eat healthier, to quitting smoking or any other life-changing task, we all wish we could profess these wishes and then actually stick to them.

Website Theft

Part 1 of 3 – What exactly is Copyright? (Please note that some of the information included in this article has been quoted from various locations while other information is simply my personal opinion and you will probably feel my passion in my words.) The hot topic on many business related email discussion lists for

Keep Your Website Up-To-Date

In almost every business publication there are articles telling us how, as a small business, we need to have a website. This is very true! The Internet is where most people go to find a product or service that they are interested in or may have heard about. And, if your business is capable of

Choosing the Right Website Designer

You’ve made up your mind. You want to have a website to represent your business. The next decision to be made . . . who should you hire to develop your site?

Exactly What is International Virtual Assistants Day

Recently, someone asked what is International Virtual Assistants Day (IVAD) and why do we celebrate it. I thought it a great question and wanted to share a bit of history about the significance of IVAD and why it’s OUR special day.

Christmas Special – 50% off

In the spirit of the holidays we are happy to offer our book, How to Build a Successful Virtual Assistant Business (2nd Edition) for 50% off. Whether you want the print edition (mails out in 3 days) or the ebook version, just enter the coupon code XMAS2012 and you will receive the book at half the regular price. Makes a great gift! http://www.va-book.com

“How to Build a Successful Virtual Assistant Business” takes the guess work out of starting and running your own successful VA business … » Read more..

Coping with Interruptions

This past few weeks has brought into a brighter light one of the obstacles that we, as home business owners, have to endure all the time… unexpected interruptions. Sure, interruptions don’t just happen to home business owners but we seem to have the most unique ones.  » Read more..

Communication: The Key to Building Relationships

Communication is the most important contributing factor to the success of any business. We spend our days utilizing various forms of communication in order to build our business relationships. Whether it’s trying to obtain new clients or contacts, or to stay in touch with those we currently value so much, everything we say and do is a reflection of ourselves and our businesses.

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Keep Your Website Up-To-Date

In almost every business publication there are articles telling us how, as a small business, we need to have a website. This is very true! The Internet is where most people go to find a product or service that they are interested in or may have heard about. And, if your business is capable of serving customers throughout the globe, what better way to keep your information available to that huge target audience than an Internet presence? » Read more..

Ontario-based Entrepreneur Receives International Award

Ontario-based entrepreneur, Janice Byer, owner of Docu-Type Administrative & Web Design Services and Equine Web Design, has won the prestigious Thomas Leonard International Virtual Assistant of Distinction award for 2012. The coveted international award was bestowed on Ms. Byer for her extensive contributions to the Virtual Assistant Industry worldwide, her dedication to helping other administrative professionals realize their dream of becoming small business owners, and her passion for helping her clients get the assistance they need to build their own businesses. » Read more..

Image Is Everything

Marketing is an integral part to any business, especially for a Virtual Assistant who has to rely on a professional and creative image. How you get the word out about your VA service can have a tremendous impact on the success of your business. Just throwing together a business card or brochure to hand out, or a quick website is not enough. You need to create a marketing strategy, one that will portray you as capable of creating an image for your clients.  » Read more..

How to Build a Successful Virtual Assistant Business

So, how exactly do you start and build a Virtual Assistant practice, let alone expand it to a level where other VAs are working with you? The first thing you need to do is determine if you have those necessary skills. Having a computer does not make you a VA. You really need to have some real-life experience doing the tasks that are generally expected of VAs. If you have a background in the administrative field or a history of providing other VA-related services, you are well on your way to having what it takes to build a successful Virtual Assistant practice. » Read more..

What Can You Expect from Your VA?

Once you have made the decision that you need some help with various office related tasks that come with running your business, where do you go from there? » Read more..

Don’t Be Afraid to Spend Money on Your Business

Most businesses have a budget and need to stick to it as much as possible. However, not everyone will include products and services in their budget that they may feel they can do without if they can get something similar, somewhere else, for free.  » Read more..

Keeping Clients Happy Keeps them Coming Back

Whether you are a seasoned Virtual Assistant (VA), or you have just opened your doors to new clients, your marketing strategy should not only involve bringing in new business, it should also include keeping your current clients, your most important asset, happy and coming back for more or referring your services. » Read more..