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3 Webinar Tips I Got From A Basketball Game

3 Webinar Tips I Got From A Basketball GameI recently went to a Charlotte Bobcats game with my family. It was the Bobcats vs the Oklahoma City Thunder. Earlier in the week, my plan was to get a Nathan’s hotdog and cotton candy. Yes, that’s what I was looking forward to at an NBA game. However, I ended up getting nothing at all.

You see, this was the first time I’ve been to a game since about 2007. It was quite different than previous times.

I was with my husband which made it extra fun but I started noticing things that I hadn’t noticed before.

Fear of Delegation

fear of delegation

Believe it or not, the photo above is not a stock photo.  It’s my to-do pile on my desk and my “really need to do right now” pile on my other work space.

My name is Molly and I am a total control freak! 

I love my business and truly believe that I am really good at it!  However, the success I’ve had comes with a price.  And that price is the toll it’s taken on my other business – managing myself and my household.  

These 2 Email Tricks Will Can You a Ton of Time

A friend of mine, Amy, recently moved to another country. While I’m sad she’s gone, I know this is a great opportunity for her and her family. She’s been a personal trainer for years and has just expanded her business to include online courses along with nutrition tips.

Email tricks to save you a ton of time

Since the launch of her online programs, things have really changed. Business is booming and she’s even hired an assistant. As things started to progress, Amy found herself a bit overwhelmed. Ok, REALLY overwhelmed! As we were chatting on a Skype call, she mentioned one part of her business that was getting out of control: her email inbox. I provided her with these two quick tips that would save her time throughout her day:

Smart Skills: How to Raise your VA Value & Charge More for Your Services

Truth be told the majority of us are in business to make money.

Let’s face it, we all have desires, hopes and dreams which cost money! Right?


In order to fulfill these wants sooner than later we need to find quick ways to make MORE money in our business.

What are the top 3 WANTS you’d like to check off your bucket list? Here are some of mine, I want to travel to more tropical beaches (yes that’s me in Boracay, Philippines), I’d like to buy an ocean front 3 bedroom condo and I’d like to get married again so I have a traveling partner in crime. The last one will probably be the most expensive, men always are aren’t they? But that is another story so let me get back on topic here LOL!

Beeline for Business… “Don’t Let Your VA Business be a Statistic!”

You wouldn’t start out on a vacation or an important trip without first mapping out your course.

Just as builders and construction projects require an architectural plan, the same careful preparation is paramount to laying out a foundation to build a small business.

Before beginning, plan carefully. -Marcus T. Cicero

paperchaser2Preparing yourself as an entrepreneur. While becoming your own boss sounds liberating, you have to conclude whether owning your own business will work with your lifestyle and fit your family’s needs. What skills do you possess? What tasks do you like to perform? Where do you excel? Do you have the discipline to work independently? Do you have the ability to work on a team or multiple teams to support your client(s)? Is there a willingness and/or budget to take additional courses to improve your skills and to finance your small business start-up related expenses?

12 Reasons to Attend Online Conferences for Virtual Assistants

Working virtually from home in my service business I find there are numerous training opportunities to expand my knowledge base as a Virtual Assistant. 
One trend I really love is attending online conferences as they seem to fit into my busy lifestyle (plus my budget) much easier.  I realize how important it is in business to attend your industry conferences so that’s why I developed the Virtual Assistant Virtuoso Seminars (#VAVS) online conference.  Our 12th season is coming up November 16-20th, 2015.
If you’ve not heard about this online conference for Virtual Assistants you can check it out here.
If you are attending let us know on our Facebook Event Page so we can welcome you!

Here’s 12 reasons you should attend this online Virtual Assistant industry trade conference:

1. Convenient – #VAVS is educational training that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home office via our online webinar platform. All you need is a computer with speakers (or a headset) to listen with, an internet connection and YOU!

How to Use Social Media as a Lead Generation Tool

Social Media is an excellent tool to use to generate more leads. At your fingertips you have access to thousands of people – it’s a networking event on steroids. But, how do you use social media right to attract the right audience and generate the right leads for your business?

How to Use Social Media as a Lead Generation Tool

Every type of marketing, no matter the goal, starts with the same thing:

Know Your Audience

You have to know everything you can about your audience.

  • Who exactly are they?
  • What is their sex?
  • How much money do they make?

The Importance of Following Up with Your Clients

Once you have a client, whether it’s a short-term project or a long-term one, it’s important to follow up with them. Your former and current clients are likely one of the best sources for future clients, and it doesn’t take much to please a former client when you follow up with them. A nice short note, a birthday card, or a congratulatory tweet, can all go far in keeping you in the forefront of their mind for future projects.

The Importance of Following Up with Your Clients

Boost Your Income! ADD Bookkeeping Services to Your Virtual Assistant Business

Have you been looking for another service to add to your Virtual Assistant business that will make you stand out and earn the income you desire?

Have you ever considered offering bookkeeping services?

Bookkeeper Virtual Assistant Training

Bookkeeping has been around for hundreds of years and isn’t set to go away anytime soon.

Every business today needs to keep their books up to date!

Unlike admin tasks that ebb and flow, offering this monthly service to your clients will ensure you a steady monthly retainer income you can count on.

The Virtual Assistant Rockhound – Are You a Diamond in the Rough?

Many of you don’t know this but I’m a Rockhound.

YES, I collect precious stones just for the thrill of it which you can see from my coffee table display in the pic on the right. But this time I’m looking for some different types of gemstones than I typically collect at rock quarries and mines on my off road travels. I’m traveling around the world virtually today popping into small towns, cities and communities to dig up a handful of Virtual Assistant gemstones who’d love to share their business knowledge with other VAs in my VAVS12 collection.