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  3. Hello, Quick question, my virtual assistant business is operated as a sole proprietorship so when designing my website what is the best way to write the context in; First person, second person, or third person. Obviously, I know it is basically up to me but I wanted to see what everyone else thought and I wanted to see if there is a more formal one to use. Thank you !
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  6. Hi my name is Precious Dube I'm in my late twenties female residing in Durban South Africa,and has done few jobs like gym instructor, receptionist, administrator, customer service and financial industry.now I need to learn how to use my skills and work online as a VA.
  7. Hi there! My name is Megan and I just joined this group. I've worked remotely for years, and I took a couple years off to spend with my kids. But I'm ready for action again. Although I offer most EA services, I'm trying to niche down to Facebook Ads and Pinterest Management. I'm working with a couple clients in those areas now and would like to expand. I"m a mom of 2 boys who are both now in elementary school and I live on the Northern end of Los Angeles in Calabasas. I'm working on a new website, but I have a blog with an about me page at : https://hoorayforcoffee.com/work-with-me/
  8. Hi Naomi! Welcome!! From another newcomer and fellow not-so-valley girl haha! I grew up in the So Cal - the desert. Looking forward to learning from you as well as others!! Tammy
  9. Hi everyone I am new here and very excited to network with others, learn from you all and hopefully help others with my experiences. I have been a VA for around 10 yrs, mostly Executive Assistant work. I am looking to add new clients and break away from being a personal assistant, if you will. I am exceptional at customer service but have found that being on the phones lately is causing burnout. I am working on my proofreading certification and have a ton of experience as far as email mgmt, calendar mgmt, various admin services, etc I am in southern California, btw! Looking forward to everyone's wisdom! Naomi Stacy www.NaomiStacyVA.com
  10. Hi all! I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Tammy Rourk and I am just starting out with my VA business. By starting out I mean, I don’t even have my company name yet…wow! Never thought that would have been the hard part! I came across VAnetworking while searching on how to name my business and just started reading. Let me say, Thank you Tawnya! The information you are providing is invaluable!! Quick background – I’m pretty much a Jane of all trades. 20+ years Administrative and Office Management experience, made a career change into Network Security for 5 years, and then, through a series of unforeseeable circumstances, somehow landed in a prestige beauty firm as a Marketing manager (11 years), crazy huh!?! Lost my job a year ago due to a Corporate wide restructuring, and, after an unsuccessful job search, decided to move my retirement plan of running my own business up a few years, and here I am. Seriously though, I didn’t make this decision halfheartedly. This is something I have dreamed of for years, and the timing is right. When life hands you a !! My real challenge, other than the business name, will be narrowing down the services. I will eventually specialize in Network/Cyber security once I’ve refreshed my skills, but for now I’ll stick to more general VA tasks. Here's my information: Your Name: Tammy Rourk Your Website URL (if applicable): none yet Years in Business: 0 Description of your Business, including any specialties: I want to start first as a General VA. My passion is numbers, so I want to offer analytical and financial services. I’m a whiz with a spreadsheet! Eventually I will incorporate Network/Cybersecurity. On a more personal note: What City/Town/State/Country are you from?: I grew up in California. I live in Queens, NY. Are you married? How long?: No Any kids and how old? I have a beautiful daughter and 3 amazing grandsons Hobbies & Interests: Computers, gaming, sewing, gardening (I’m known as the crazy plant lady!)
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  12. Thank you Tawnya! I'm looking forward to getting to know lots of people here and to contribute to the forum.
  13. Yes that is definitely a boring name so I would --> rename my business but not mention it and start creating new content I don't understand exactly what your question is in that paragraph about your mother so just guessing here with my response... Life will always creep into your business and you just have to stay disciplined during those times the best you can. That is when support from others in the industry (like in our group coaching at VAinsiders.com) helps so much! Knowing others are going through or have gone through something similar is very supportive. What name did you choose? I don't understand the poll not knowing it.
  14. Welcome Kesha and hope our forum will be an awesome resource for you and your business needs. As for putting down a long laundry list of services on your website, I don't recommend doing that. You could be more vague stating how you help with any administrative tasks clients have in their business. Then when on calls with prospective clients you can fish with questions for what tasks they need done and offer those. If you need clients right now, look locally. Find 2-4 local networking groups, meetups, chamber or commerce, BINs, etc. and show up locally with your business cards. Getting known in person instills trust quicker with people as they meet you face to face.
  15. Hi Lovely! Thrilled to have you volunteering with us. Hoping to get to know you better once the busy time with VAvirtuosos.com is over!
  16. Hi Doris and welcome! I was a Legal Secretary myself for many years before I started as a VA too. Glad to have you as part of the community. If you have any questions just ask.
  17. You'll want to list out all the services you'd enjoy offering. ie) bookkeeping, powerpoint, proofreading, marketing, social media, etc. There is a list inside the business template vault to give you ideas.Also list services you definitely don't want to offer. Once you figure that out you may see a niche start to evolve. The reason I say do what you love is if you don't like doing your own books you won't want to offer bookkeeping services. Let's say you enjoy making graphics in Canva. That may evolve into you becoming an Instagram or Pinterest expert VA.
  18. Hello everybody, I'm Doris Susana and this is my first introduction on this forum. I've been reading and digesting a lot of information. This is a very informative forum! Anyway, I'm new to the VA industry and I'm looking into becoming a VA at first as a part-time hustle and then (hopefully) on a full-time basis. I have 15+ years in the legal field as a legal secretary. I've worked primary in the Litigation, Corporate and Trust & Estates practice areas. I also have an Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies, but have not really worked as a paralegal. I would love to start out as a General VA. I do lots of legal transcription, proofreading, and some translation and interpreting at work. I would love to use some these skills too. Here's my information: Your Name: Doris Susana Your Website URL (if applicable): none yet Years in Business: 0 Description of your Business, including any specialties: I want to start first as a General VA. I love accounting and languages. I might then decide to offer Bookkeeping. I speak Spanish, I would love to incorporate that somehow in my VA business. On a more personal note: What City/Town/State/Country are you from?: I grew up in Brooklyn, NY but now live in Richmond Hill, Queens. I'm originally from the Dominican Republic. Are you married? How long?: Yes. 19 years. Any kids and how old? I have two kids: Selina and Benjamin (14 and 16 respectively). Hobbies & Interests: I love read (particularly the classics). I love to learn new things. Right now I'm reading something completely new to me: Affiliate Marketing.
  19. I am a trained and experienced virtual assistant. My website is https://zjgvirtual.enterprises/.
  20. Your Name: John Chang Your Website URL (if applicable): best way to see what I'm up to now is probably via LinkedIn (several blogs listed below) https://www.linkedin.com/in/jycmba/ Years in Business: self-employed since 2003 Description of your Business, including any specialties: lately, focus on video editing / some production and copywriting, especially for business brokers content marketing strategy - blogging, articles, repurposing existing content into video and social media helping you host online events - webinars and masterminds, working through tech issues On a more personal note: 10 yrs navy before working in "real world" / Anthony Bourdain (R.I.P) is my "spirit animal" What City/Town/State/Country are you from?: currently near Ontario CA, aka "Inland Empire" Are you married? How long?:briefly married Any kids and how old? one son from marriage, all grown up and now in the army Hobbies & Interests: travel / food - finding those "hidden gems" is a favorite activity when visiting places hiking / camping / outdoors dancing Argentine tango making videos / Vlogs reading / writing Texas hold'em poker Places you can read some of my writing.. https://medium.com/@johnchang https://www.quora.com/profile/John-Chang-7/ business blog - http://bushpilotmarketing.com/ personal blog - http://www.tangovagabond.com/ creativity / entrepreneurship - http://butterflyformula.com/
  21. I actually have a few.. teaching others to earn a side income - https://www.youtube.com/user/FieldRep101TV (mainly through field inspections & mystery shopping) my marketing agency - http://bit.ly/bushpilot-youtube creative entrepreneurship (lately shifting to film / tv discussions) - https://www.youtube.com/user/jycmba/videos food / travel lifestyle - http://bit.ly/tango-food-travel ..and I started coaching ESL (English as a Second Language) clients - http://bit.ly/esl-masterminds-subscribe
  22. I'm pretty happy with Audaciy but if I absolutely wanted to use a Mac product, it'd be Garageband which is a basic software packaged with their systems anyway.
  23. I need some ADVICE! I have not too long ago started my online virtual assistance business and when I launched I did NOT prep or prepare, I didn't have the knowledge nor insight behind a startup launch that I now know is so important. I backtracked and wasted so much time by not laying out every part of a business plan and marketing plan in the beginning. Now, I am spinning my wheels trying to get everything done out of order for making my online presence and expertise visible and evident. Originally I named my business rather quickly without putting my mind to it, and I have altogether said that branding my business by my name would be too difficult and I sure wouldn't think ANYONE could consider my last name easy to remember or catchy enough to draw attention (Boerema is my last name - pronounced BORE - MUH) and I really want to RELAUNCH my business and REBRAND all the way to my business' roots, however, I have started building my following and gaining engagement under this name now, and all my listings, and I just wonder if it is for ONE thing worth it to: --> rename my business???? --> continue using this brand name and personality as is and wait to rebrand? --> rename my business but not mention it and start creating new content Additionally, is there any insight and advice someone can offer me, because for me, unfortunately, when I began freelancing and starting this business full time, I had thought some about the decision and about starting a VA business, however, the most prominent reason was because I had a situation at home that required me being here at home and closer to not just my own house but to my mother, who needed help after a mastectomy (save the tata's!) and she broke BOTH feet around the same time, lord help us. That makes it very difficult to make errors in my newfound business when it is hard enough finding quality and paying clients, and making enough money to survive. Help? (POLL) And which is better for my name situation? OPTIONS: Optimal Virtual Assistance Solutions Bluemoon Assistant AssistanceStreaming Savvyaction Clarification Workstation Keep brainstorming for something better...
  24. Hello, welcome to VAnetworking. You will absolutely love it here. I know I do. There are so many fantastic virtual assistant here who are will to help, all you gotta do is ask. So don't be shy. We're glad your here. Also great job on the website. I tool a look at it and I love it. The only thing I would say should be fixed is on your services page, your blue text is a little hard to read due to the back ground. But other than that, I think it's great. Good job! Looking forward to getting to know you more and helping each other out. Welcome to the VA world:)
  25. Hi Danielle! Thank you for your warm welcome! i will look into seeing if other local churches could use my assistance. Sometimes that can be difficult, because most churches already have their own secretary. But it doesn't hurt to ask! Thank you!
  26. Hi Sameera, welcome to VAnetworking!
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