The E-Book is Launched!

The first title in the Clerical Advantage Learning Series is now available for purchase. Introduction to Virtual Assistance for Businesses–  The perfect guide for businesses interested in the concept of virtual assistance. Five chapters that take you from explaining what virtual assistance is to what to do if it’s not working for you, plus helpful … Read more

Is Your Business Card Working for You?

One of the first things anyone starting a business does is to either make or order business cards.  But seldom do we stop to think about the fact that this simple little rectangle of paper is going to be a representative of us and our business.  The majority of business cards are simply your name, … Read more

Fusion Marketing

I’m always in search of new marketing concepts. Being a micro-business that operates in a rather unconventional, although rapidly growing, industry, I find myself looking for low-cost, highly effective ways to get my name out there.  So when I stumbled upon the phrase ‘fusion marketing’  it intrigued me.  After reading an article by Al Lautenslager … Read more

If you’re in the area…

It’s been rather quiet here at the Conference Table this past week.  I promise I have a good reason.  I’ve been preparing materials to teach  my first class on virtual assistance.  Through my local adult education program, I’m offering an introductory class on virtual assistance. It is focused on introducing business owners and individuals interested … Read more

Going Virtual: Sharing the Adventure- Part Three

I’m bringing you part three of my series sharing just how the client/virtual assistant relationship works in real life situation…my own.  If you missed Part One and Part Two go ahead and check them out to see how it all began.

In my prior business life, starting a new job always required a learning curve. Now as a business owner providing services to a client I’ve come to recognize that each client also requires a learning curve.  My title processing client was no exception.

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Going Virtual: Sharing the Adventure- Part One

For virtual assistants like myself, I believe one of the most common problems in landing that first client is the fact that many business owners are skeptical that their work can be done from a home office.  They can’t wrap their heads around the concept of being ‘paper-less’  or having their work done by someone they may never get to talk to face to face.  And until a start up virtual assistant has some first hand experience, it’s not always easy to explain in detail just how well virtual assistance can mold itself to the client’s individual needs.  What do you say when a potential client says, ” I don’t see how this job can be done outside of my office.”?  Ok, so maybe you can’t say, “I have a client with a similar set up and this is how we do it.”  But what if you could say, ” I know another virtual assistant, like myself, who has a client with a similar set up to yours and this is what they do.”?  That’s why, in the interest of helping and educating others, I’m going to share a bit of my experience here. In as many installments as it takes, I am going to tell the story of my first retainer client, what I got right and what I got wrong.   Part One goes like this…

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Business on a Bootstrap

One of the first things most people think about when entertaining the thought of starting their own business is financing.  Once upon a time, when the kingdom was carefree with low gas prices and real estate was king, it was relatively simple to find financing for a start up business. But alas, King Real Estate has fallen and lending institutions are much less likely to lend money to just anyone with a new idea.  So what is a fledgling entrepreneur to do?  There are avenues that may work for certain businesses, but for some the answer comes to us from the ‘olden’ days.  I recall my grandfather using the phrase “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps”. Even as  child I got the idea that it was something that required a bit of effort. 

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