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#1 Tawnya Sutherland

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Posted 17 September 2007 - 07:12 AM

NEW - Upgrade to VAinsider Membership Club

First of all, I want to thank each and every member of VANA for making it such a resourceful community for Virtual Assistants worldwide. This month is a celebration for me personally since it was four years ago that I started the forum as a networking resource for up and coming VAs with just myself and a few close friends. It began as just a fun place to hang out and learn from each other to help push forward our businesses. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined it to grow to over 7,000 members! But it has grown and matured into the most populated membership based VA networking communities online.

I remember 10 years ago when I first started my practice, I was a single mom with 3 children to feed and shelter. I knew my answer was staying home and working as a secretary online and eventually it all came together for me. However, at the time there were no support groups or other VAs I could freely network with. This was the biggest gap I had in starting up my business. When VA groups/organizations did start popping up online, I had to be very picky which one I put my dollars into as they were not free. Saying that, I now belong to all of them that I want to and membership fees (If any) are no longer an issue. But back then membership fees were an issue for me and I know that there are VA's in the same boat today that I was in back then.

Hence, my goal with VANA was and still is to always keep it FREE for other VAs who don't yet have it within their budget to join a fee based site. They're need and desire to network online is as real for them today as it was for me back 10 years ago, and the community support offered by networks at VANA is immeasurable.

However, time moves on and as many close colleagues of mine already know, VANA was in serious threat of having to be shut down because my accountant said the costs of maintaining it for the past 4 years is now in the 5 figure amount yearly. The time it takes to run and maintain a forum as big as this with all that it offers is now seriously cutting into my own work schedule. I have been freaking out the past few months trying to find a way to have VANA cover its costs yet still KEEP IT FREE for all our members as I had pledged to myself in its inception.

So, to keep VANA alive, I have come up with a new upgrade fee based membership to enhance our FREE VANA membership called the VANA VAinsiders Club, and you can have a view an overview of all the benefits here of each membership.

What I have put together are many upgrades to what VANA is now, yet still keeping the main forum topics that you all know and use open and available for our free members to browse, post to, ask questions and network in. It will all come into effect October 1st, 2007. You can read even more about VAinsider Club here.

Have a look and I hope and feel this will be a win/win for us all! Cheers! … to VANA’s future growth and continuous support to all Virtual Assistants worldwide.

You can easily upgrade your membership by going into your "My Controls" and then go to Purchase Paid Subscriptions too

Warmly,
Tawnya Sutherland
Founder of VANA in 2003

PS: Feel free to use this thread to ask any questions about the VAinsider Club.

#2 accuassist

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Posted 17 September 2007 - 09:31 AM

QUOTE(Tawnya @ Sep 17 2007, 11:15 AM) View Post
NEW - Upgrade to VAinsider Membership Club

So, to keep VANA alive, I have come up with a new upgrade fee based membership to enhance our FREE VANA membership called the VANA VAinsiders Club, and you can have a preview at: www.vanetworking.com/vainsider

Wow, Tawnya! You've outdone yourself once again! I'm so impressed with all the goodies that you'll be offering through the VAinsiders Club. I'll definitely be signing up! How exciting!!!

Just one question: Would you mind elaborating on the monthly VAinsider Virtuoso Marketing Seminars? They sound GREAT!

Thanks for all you do to help your fellow VAs succeed! thumbup.gif

Angela


#3 Tawnya Sutherland

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Posted 17 September 2007 - 10:30 AM

QUOTE(Tawnya @ Sep 17 2007, 11:15 AM) View Post
NEW - Upgrade to VAinsider Membership Club

Just one question: Would you mind elaborating on the monthly VAinsider Virtuoso Marketing Seminars? They sound GREAT!

Thanks for all you do to help your fellow VAs succeed! thumbup.gif

Angela


Angela, you are a VANA moderator and all mods get free membership so you won't have to signup wink.gif

As for the Marketing Seminars, I have been teaching online marketing tactics for a few years now and thought it was time to bring these teachings virtually to VANA members. Dependent on current technologies each month, I will choose a topic of interest to our VAinsider Club members that will help them further their online marketing plans.

I thought this would be a alternative way for VAinsider members to tap into my internet marketing expertise at a lower rate than hiring me privately. This is a service that I hire myself out to clients at $500/hr+ as a Certified Internet Marketing Specialist and Business Strategist.

Each seminar will be approximately one hour long every month. It will include a presentation by me (or the occasional guest speaker) with Q & A time built in to pick my brain. It will also be downloadable within the forum discussion area for that seminar in the VAinsiders private club area for those who couldn't attend because of a conflict in their schedules.

I am looking forward to teaching the VAinsiders further marketing strategies to help their virtual business be top guns!


#4 AngelaH

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Posted 17 September 2007 - 12:37 PM

I agree wtih Angela - you are offering some wonderful new features for the new VAinsider Club!

I'm so excited about the Marketing Seminars you'll be hosting. Talk about being able to learn from the best!!

Thank you so much for all you give!

Angela

#5 Right Hand Man

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 03:54 AM

I think this is a great idea!

I was wondering - on the info page it says you will get access to all the RFPs submitted to VANA. Does this mean that there will no longer be general access to RFPs?

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 05:26 AM

QUOTE(Right Hand Man @ Sep 18 2007, 05:57 AM) View Post
I think this is a great idea!

I was wondering - on the info page it says you will get access to all the RFPs submitted to VANA. Does this mean that there will no longer be general access to RFPs?


I was going to ask the same question - there are other things in the "upgraded" membership that are available now - like the ability to private message anyone or access to the premiere partners or listing in the VA directory. Will all of these be removed from the "free" membership?

#7 Tawnya Sutherland

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 06:59 AM

RFPs are a privilege to members only at most other VA organizations I am a member of like at IVAA, CVAC, CVAN, etc. So in answer to your question,yes, I am following the suit of others who have been around for years and that forum area plus the website review forum will be for VAinsider members only. All of the other how-to, tips, tricks, networking forums will be available to the free members.

Tawnya

#8 Tawnya Sutherland

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 07:12 AM

QUOTE(mmvp @ Sep 18 2007, 06:29 AM) View Post
Will all of these be removed from the "free" membership?


Only 2 not all the forums. wink.gif The RFP forum and the Website Critique Forum. These two forums are the most work for my staff and I need staff to maintain them so they will be in the upgrade area for paying members to help me balance this cost so it is a win/win for us both here at VANA. I can no longer fund VANA completely out of my pocket as I have done for 4 years (read above). I wish I could but I can't and I hope you can all understand my position.

The majority of VANA free members won't upgrade but the ones that do will get to view all the RFPs and hopefully have better chances now of landing them too without so much competition! smile.gif

#9 accuassist

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 07:33 AM

QUOTE(Tawnya @ Sep 17 2007, 02:33 PM) View Post
Angela, you are a VANA moderator and all mods get free membership so you won't have to signup wink.gif

Oh, wow!!! I didn't realize that! Even better! thumbup.gif

(However, if I wasn't a moderator, I would still be signing up at the full price. For everything you're including in the paid membership, it's well worth the cost!)

Your marketing seminars sound absolutely fabulous! I can't wait!

Angela


#10 Tawnya Sutherland

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 08:48 AM

Everything will be switching over October 1st so you still have time to enjoy these forum areas. smile.gif

Tawnya


#11 dsustaita

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 05:09 PM

Tawnya, VANA has been an incredible source of information for me and my business this past year. I don't know where my business would be without all of the wonderful people that come here on a day to day basis. I thank you for all you have done with VANA and the VA industry.

I know I'll be signing up for the VAinsiders Club!

#12 Tawnya Sutherland

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 08:20 PM

QUOTE(dsustaita @ Sep 18 2007, 06:12 PM) View Post
Tawnya, VANA has been an incredible source of information for me and my business this past year. I don't know where my business would be without all of the wonderful people that come here on a day to day basis. I thank you for all you have done with VANA and the VA industry.

I know I'll be signing up for the VAinsiders Club!


I love hearing quotes like these since they really make everything I do here more worthwhile even when I'm dead tired from working too hard at the end of the day like tonight wink.gif

I'd love to use your above quote on our website and give you a backlink to your website too if you don't mind. I could use more quotes like yours on the VAinsider page at www.vanetworking.com/vainsider

Let me know wink.gif


#13 Tawnya Sutherland

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 03:28 PM

If anyone has anymore questions, feel free to ask here, email me or meet up with me at our Monday night chat since I'll be available that night to answer a few questions on VAinsiders during the first half of the networking chat.

#14 Elenora

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 06:29 PM

Bonjour,


As a “Newbie” to the world of Virtual Assistant, may I say that in these past few months, the VANA Forum, and its participants have been most helpful and encouraging in my efforts to create a new position for myself in the Virtual work force.

Tawnya, I am more than happy to support you in the changes you are implementing. I know that, as in the past, Vana and your efforts will always be there to support me and future VA's in their new endevours.


Elenora





#15 salterva

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Posted 20 September 2007 - 09:22 AM

Hi,

I tried to join, wanted to pay with Paypal and didn't see a link to do so?

Thanks,
Kaen




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