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The Contractor Test; Do You Pass?

August 20, 2010
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Virtual Assistants provide business to business services. They own and maintain their own businesses. So would you be surprised to find out that many of them are providing services in such a way that the IRS would actually classify them as ‘remote employees’ and as such their clients are in danger of owing taxes for…

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Virtual Assistant Rates- You Want to Charge What?

August 6, 2010
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Don’t let the title mislead you, this post is for both those of you that are interested in using a virtual assistant as well as virtual assistants themselves ( and those that want to be one). Below are some tips on virtual assistant rates, what to charge and why. I used to love hanging around…

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Do We Need More Than the Name Virtual Assistant?

June 28, 2010
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I have a Google Alert set up for the term Virtual Assistant, and today’s alert brought me a link to an ABC News story on, you guessed it, Virtual Assistants.  I was excited at the possibility of a major news network shedding some light on our industry.  That was, until the video began. First, it…

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How to Work With a Virtual Assistant Successfully- Top Secret Tip #6

June 3, 2010

In my last post I discussed the importance of conducting consultations with in your search for a virtual assistant. Top Secret Tip #6:  The Contract- When you’ve found the virtual professional you feel comfortable and confident with, let them know that you’d like to work with them.  If they too feel that you’re a good…

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How to Work With a Virtual Assistant Successfully- Top Secret Tip #4

May 5, 2010

If you’ve read the first three posts in this series, you’ve done the prep work necessary to create a successful working relationship with a virtual assistant. (If you are still stuck on just what tasks you can have a virtual assistant do for you, download my Top 100 Ways You Can Utilize a Virtual Assistant…

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The Reasons Behind Bad Virtual Assistant Experiences

April 5, 2010

I read an article last week by another virtual professional that grabbed my attention. They stated that while attending an event, they learned that the virtual assistant industry was possibly getting a bad reputation. Apparently tales of bad VA experiences far outweighed the good at this particular event. To add to this disturbing information I…

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Professionalism is Priceless. Lack of Professionalism? Costly.

April 1, 2009

In my last post, regarding virtual assistants on Twitter I used the term professionalism as something that those searching for a VA should look for when scrutinizing the many choices available to them.  But in this day and age of social media, just how important is professionalism.  I mean, don’t the masses of home office…

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