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The Home Office

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…

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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 The jack’ o’ lanterns and candy aisles have been replaced by turkey and tree trimmings.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.…

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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…

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Maintaining Balance

I’m learning quickly that as a small businessperson, finding a certain amount of balance between running my business, providing services to clients and maintaining a personal life is one of the most difficult aspects of being my own boss.  And it’s a lot harder than it sounds.  My 22 year old is preparing to leave…

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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…

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Separation of Work and Home: A Home Office Lesson

As a virtual assistant, I work from my own home office. I have everything I would have at my disposal in a regular office, two computers, a fax machine, a copy machine, printer, etc..  When I first started my company, I decided the best location for my office was a corner of my bedroom since…

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Happiness. What's it worth?

According to a BusinessWeek article by Carmine Gallo, only 10% of American employees look forward to going to work.  With those same employees working longer hours, a whopping 47.1 a week on average, that makes me think that there are a lot of unhappy employees out there.  In the above mentioned article it points to…

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