Home (or Away) for the Holidays

I spend a lot of time talking about working from a home office.  I even co-host a podcast called Biz Buddies for Virtual Professionals that focuses on tips and helps for those who provide virtual services from their home offices.  What I don’t talk about as often is one of the best perks of having … Read more

Are Your Services Worth More than a Pizza?

[Special thanks to The Gritty VA for making me aware of this great video that I think all business owners should watch.] Did you watch the video on the right? If not, this post will make a lot more sense if you do. If you’re like me, after watching, you sat back and thought, “Wow.” … Read more

Is Positive Thinking a Powerful Business Tool?

It’s a known fact that having a positive outlook makes a difference in patients fighting life threatening diseases. Having dealt with cancer within my own family, I distinctly remember the doctor telling us how important it was to think positively and not dwell on the fear. Today as I read about more people being laid … Read more

A Virtual Assistant’s Reflection on 2008

Have you ever noticed that the New Year seems to sneak up on us? I don’t know about you, but I tend to get so caught up in preparing for the holidays and gift giving that December 26th, when all the buzz begins to be about New Year’s, it almost feels like being hit over … Read more

Hold for the Holidays Syndrome

It’s that time of year again. The jack’ o’ lanterns and candy aisles have been replaced by turkey and tree trimmings. But that’s not exactly what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the malady that effects so many businesses at this time of the year. Every traditional office job I’ve ever had was infected by it. … Read more

Renew the Love Relationship with your Business

Do you remember when you first decided to start your own business? Maybe your love of helping people drew you to life or business coaching, or you decided to start your own law practice or use your expertise to teach others. Take a moment to recall the excitement and passion you felt when you finally decided to take that step and go into business for yourself. Does owning and running your own business still bring you that same excited, passionate feeling?

If you’re like many small business owners you’ll admit that the day to day running of your business has taken that ‘first love’ luster off your relationship with your business. For some it’s the tedious nature of vital tasks such as contact management, follow-up and marketing that’s the culprit. For others, the knowledge that they should be doing things like blogging, newsletters and social marketing to help their business grow, but don’t have the time or knowledge to implement them. Whatever it is that may be separating you from the passion for your business, a virtual assistant could help repair your relationship with your business.

By identifying the things that are keeping you from that excitement and passion you used to feel, you’re taking the first step to getting back to the reason you started your own business in the first place. But it also prepares you to work with a virtual assistant. The problem many small business owners have concerning working with a VA is the fact that they don’t have a clear idea of what it is that they truly need a VA to do for them. It’s worth taking the time to examine what you’re spending your time on instead of doing what you love. Make a list of the the things you don’t like doing and the things you put off doing. As easy as that, you’ve got starting point for not only finding the right VA fit for your business, but you have a clear idea of what it is you need them to do for you. If you need a little help determining just what eats up your time and keeps you from doing what you love, resources like “An Introduction to Virtual Assistance for Businesses” can help not only with the information it imparts but with the worksheets and forms designed specifically to help you identify where you can use the help. And help you fall in love with your business again!

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Dream Job

I had an appointment with my optometrist this morning.  His secretary began asking me the normal questions associated with a yearly visit.  Same address? Insurance?  Same employer?  At this last question of course I explained that I now owned my own business.  Being a polite woman, she asked what I was doing.  Her initial reaction when I said I had opened a virtual assistant business was, of course, to ask what it was.  I watched her eyes light up as I explained.  I could tell that she, like many of us, was one of those people that dream of working from their home.   People like my optometrists’ secretary, working 9 to 5 in a traditional office, see those of us who work from home as having the ultimate dream job.  But is it?  As with everything there are positives and negatives to working out of your home.

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