Unplug to Recharge!

Are you tethered to your laptop? Is your iPhone your constant travel companion? Virtual business owners rely heavily on these technologies to operate, but on occasion, it is necessary – and healthy – to take a break and leave it all behind. Consider taking a work-free, wireless-free vacation this year, and reconnect with nature, your…

Becoming a Virtual Assistant – Enhance Your Chance To Do It Successfully

There are two very important secret elements that will enhance the chances of becoming a virtual assistant successfully. These two “softer” basic elements are mostly overlooked since they are not part of the normal implementation requirements of a VA business. Many new businesses fail within the first few years of their existence and it is…

3 Reasons You Should Remove E-mail from Your Processes

I’ve heard it all and I still say every business should remove e-mail from their processes where they can. Here are three good reasons: 1. Security Issues I cannot stress this one enough. Any information you send in the content or as an attachment to an e-mail can be intercepted, reviewed and altered by the…

Shorten Your Path to Success

“A coach is part advisor, part sounding board, part cheerleader, part manager and part strategist.”~ The Business Journal In order to grow your business to the level of success that you want, you need to formulate a plan that will get you there with the least amount of resistance. How do you do that? Easy….

How Secure is Your WordPress Blog?

There are several things that can happen to a WordPress site. 1) You can get spam on your comments form or on your contact form; 2) you can get hacked; 3) you can corrupt your database. There are many security measures that you can put in place to protect your blog. DEFINITION – A plugin…

What’s Stopping Virtual Assistants From Attracting Their Ideal Clients?

Why is it that we, as an industry, struggle with attracting potential clients? It’s a common challenge… one that I’ve heard from Virtual Assistants for years. And one that I’ve even heard business owners complain about. May I ask you, when you attend networking events and meet new business owners – do you find it…

Why Do I Need SEO?

You’ve gone through the steps of setting up your business, getting all your licenses and insurance in place and you’ve designed your site or hired someone to design it for you…. Now, how do you get people to your site or to choose your site over one of the millions of others out there? An…

Do You Tweet? Twitter Observations

If you don’t understand what that title means, the answer is probably no! It seems that what started out as something a CNN journalist inaccurately described as “a place where teenagers were posting what they were doing throughout the day, from the cereal they were eating to the movies they were watching”, Twitter has grown…

Virtual Assistant Tips to Success

Virtual Assisting has become one of the most exciting and rewarding home-based businesses. What a privilege it is to be a part of such an evolutionary industry that continually grows and offers new opportunities and rewards for those coming into the business and those veteran pros as well. Marketing your Virtual Assistant business can be…

Want Better Clients? Sell Value

As you are contacted by potential clients, how often do you find yourself being haggled, or “talked down,” offering discounts or extras, or offering a la carte services or hourly rates to sign the client on? Are you attracting price-conscious clients, who inevitably end up demanding more for less, and sucking you dry? If so,…

Entrepreneur Marketing Advice

by Diana Ennen Marketing your business is essential to its success. You can have the greatest service or the best product, but if you don’t market it and let others know about it, then it’s doubtful that you’ll be very successful. When considering your marketing, you first want to take into account who your clients…