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Tawnya Sutherland

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About Tawnya Sutherland

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    Founder & Admin TeaEO ;)
  • Birthday June 30

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    Whiterock, British Columbia, Canada
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    Anything geeky, love my gadgets. I like to crochet, collect rocks and travel.

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  1. Tawnya Sutherland


    Welcome Ann!
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    Hello, New to the VA world

    Hi Latoyia and welcome! Great website you have and very informative for stay at home moms. Awesome niche you are in as a Pinterest VA as this is a hot growing social network that many businesses should be marketing at. I just checked my google stats and was amazed at how many people visit my website from Pinterest. As for your website being focused on work at home mom tips, that can be an advantage to you selling your VA services too. Think positive! For example, if you know for sure you want to niche in Pinterest then maybe focus on work at home moms who need Pinterest services. That way you could combine your niche with your blog writing love or WAHMs and voila...you have a very targeted website to sell your services to. I would then blog more (your last one was in June). Like every week minimum. Make half your blog posts more Pinterest related, how to market yourself on Pinterest etc. and direct this toward your target market which could be WAHMs? I would clean up your main menu and give them only a couple of choices: HOME + ABOUT ME + WAHM BLOG + HIRE ME Put privacy and contact info at bottom of footer. You can also put contact you info on the hire me page. Next thing I would do is start list building! Build that list as the $$$ will be in your list especially if you like to blog. I'm going to private msg you a link to try my VAinsiders.com for free trial. Do the Email Marketing Training Track course Anyhow, Just brainstorming here but see so much potential for you to work your Pinterest specialties with WAHMs. Put your best knowledge about Pinterest into your blog posts too and don't worry about giving away too much info. People will either do what you say or HIRE YOU to do it Enjoy the forum and again welcome! If you have any questions just ask us.
  3. I haven't used it for many years now. I'm still in CS3 but it does all I've ever needed.
  4. Tawnya Sutherland

    OnBoarding Your New VA - What Can the Biz Owner Do?

    I typically do a client intake form with the new client which includes everything I need to work for them from usernames/passwords to special dates (like their birthday, etc.). I always get on the phone with a new client too so I can feel out their personality (are they stern, humorous, sarcastic, etc.) to help me communicate better with them. As well I want to know their 1-5 year goal plan so I can find ways to help them achieve same. If they have a business/marketing plan I love to read it. As well as any products, membership sites, books, ebooks, etc. I try to get my hands on and read/scan through.
  5. When I had more time, I used to love dabbling in Illustrator making logos. Here's an old page of them I had on my site. You can see old banner ads, print media and business cards, etc. I once did. That time has passed however since VAnetworking.com started taking up all my free time that I used to spend being creative LOL I still like to once in a while get lost in Photoshop but not as much as I did years ago.
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    Greetings from Mari-Lou

    Hi Marilyn and welcome! Congrats on your decision to start this new career path. Was great to talk to you on the phone today briefly and I look forward to getting to know you more at the network. It's always exciting to see new VAs starting out! Any questions you have just ask us as everyone here is great at sharing their knowledge and experiences.
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    Hi Everyone

    Hi Amanda and welcome! Hopefully, you've had some time to check out the free resources in your member area by now. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Looking forward to getting to know you more through your participation here
  8. Tawnya Sutherland

    Great to be Back After 10 Years!

    Hi Nina and welcome back, great to see you here again I think we may have you under another account too so I will private message you and see if it's your old account and I can merge them together. There are some good webinars inside the VAinsiders Seminar archives that might help you move forward and succeed this go around like: From Business to Bust & Back Again – the Story of How My First VA Business Almost Failed, and How You Can Avoid Making the Same Mistakes By Hannah O’Brien Getting Your Spouse (and Other People) on Board with Your VA Business By Stephanie Watson Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy! By Alicia Peterkin
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    Hi Elizabeth and welcome! Do check out your VA Lounge member area as there are a ton of resources in there to get you started. Make sure you definitely watch the video on becoming a VA.
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    just starting my VA business

    Elaine here's a link to get you started on your business name. If you like, start a new post and we can help you brainstorm a name
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    Hi Everyone!

    Hi Rose and welcome! We all look forward to getting to know you more through your participation here. Here's what I would do first of all to figure out your services you could offer. Just write all your skillsets done on separate post it notes. Word, excel, Canva, etc. From there you will have a bigger picture of what skills you have and then you can decide on who would need these skills. ie) Authors/Speakers might need Word help putting together their books, or making kindle books. They could also use your Canva skills to promote their products on social media. Make sense? That's just one example of where your skills could lead you. Also, go research other VA websites and see what services they list. I believe in our free VA member Lounge there is a checklist of 200 services VA can offer their clients so go grab it and start checking off.
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    just starting my VA business

    Hi Elaine and welcome! I recommend you get started by logging into our VA Member Lounge (same username/password as your forum login) and accessing all the resources in there. From a startup checklist to an excel spreadsheet to figure out your hourly rate there are a ton of resources to get you started. Any questions along the way just ask us here
  13. I've been looking for a way to easily play Amazon S3 videos online for awhile now. I use Amazon S3 for my video storage but it's always a pain to have to upload a player with every video so general public can watch same. I didn't realize you could embed your Amazon S3 video into the basic HTML5 Video players. Here's how to do it thanks to WP Learning Lab The code below will put the Amazon S3 video you link to in the basic HTML5 video player. Just replace “PATH-TO-VIDEO” with the video URL. If you want to have a custom still image at the beginning of the video use the “poster” attribute. Replace “PATH-TO-STILL-IMAGE” with the URL of the image. By default, the HTML5 player allows people to download the video. To remove that functionality I’ve added the controlsList=”nodownload” parameter. If you want to allow downloading of the video simply remove that parameter. 1 2 3 <video width="640" height="360" controls controlsList="nodownload" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen poster="PATH-TO-STILL-IMAGE"> <source src="PATH-TO-VIDEO" type="video/mp4"> </video> Allow Autoplay: To have the video autoplay you’ll need to add autoplay to the video tag as in the example below. 1 2 3 <video width="640" height="360" autoplay controls controlsList="nodownload" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen poster="PATH-TO-STILL-IMAGE"> <source src="PATH-TO-VIDEO" type="video/mp4"> </video>
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    Undeposited Funds Mess

    Wow nothing worse than starting to do a client's bookkeeping that is messed up from the getgo. Hopefully you can get it all cleared up for them. Funny his CPA never reconciled correctly, you may want to bring this to the attention of your client so he can deal with that. Have you talked to your client about the mess you've found? As for how to process all the Undeposited Funds, I'm not a bookkeeper myself so not quite sure what you would do. Hopefully someone with that skillset will chime in Tawnya
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    Which is best billing software

    Wave is a free accounting software that is easy to use. Quickbooks is possibly overkill for a VA business but we use it but then we also have products too. I like the Quickbooks online myself but used desktop version for years. The online version is easily accessible to my accountant at any time. There is also Freshbooks which many VAs use.

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