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  1. 4 points
    Hey there! Welcome to VAnetworking.com --> The Social Network for Virtual Assistants. I am so excited that you have decided to join the friendliest social network on earth for Virtual Assistants. Let me give you a quick intro of who I am. I am Juli and I have not been in the Virtual Industry that long, (3 years) but by being your moderator, I can relate to some of your challenges that you might possibly face that I might have gone through. I was unemployed looking for way to pay off my student loan debt and how to make money at the same time. I saw an AD on my local TV explaining how to make money online, that educated me a bit on how to make money online but through one of those freelancing sites. I was still not satisfied with only working from that platform so I went on Google and found ways how I could make money online, and this is how I found the forum and joined. Fast forward a year later I have a business in place and I have launched my website. So I have gone through the path that you now are on. Enough about me and more about you! One way to get to know you better on the forum is through your first introduction to us. I will outline some tips on how to get you started on the forum. First you can do a quick introduction about yourself and this can be done by clicking here http://www.vanetwork...al-Busi-f4.html If you are like me and don’t like to talk much about yourself here is a breakdown to use as a guide to ease those introductions jitters: Your Name: Your Website URL (if applicable): Years in Business: Description of your Business, including any specialties: On a more personal note: What City/Town/State/Country are you from?: Are you married? How long?: Any kids and how old? Hobbies & Interests: How did you hear about us? We love to know how you heard about us so please let us know! i.e. Google search (what keywords did you search?), article in magazine (name of mag?), word of mouth (who?), etc. Please feel free to browse around and get to know others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to private message me or any of the other moderators here or contact us at our help desk Until then, can't wait to see your growth here and your accomplishments. Best wishes.
  2. 3 points
    Hi Everyone, Happy Mother's Day weekend this weekend. While working on making some changes for my Webinar Production Agency. I pieced together a new mission statement. Let me know what you think. Our premier agency manages all aspects of our customer's webinars and podcasts to take the tasks off their plate so they a focus on sharing their message. We provide an event team to assist with event management, moderate chat rooms, marketing, video production/editing, and bookkeeping. We put you in the spotlight so that your message can shine.
  3. 3 points
    I'm sorry, for some reason I didn't see this before now. Yes, I used Canva. I'm quite enjoying Canva, although I still think Photoshop is better. There are some things you just can't do in Canva.
  4. 3 points
    Hello Danielle, Thank you, it works perfectly the way the video shows.
  5. 3 points
    Client onboarding is basically a phrase someone made up so they could sell you products surrounding that process. Onboarding a client is fairly simple and usually goes in this order: 1. Get them to pay your retainer upfront (usually online through Paypal). 2. Get them to sign your contract (I do this after I get their payment as once they pay it's easier to get them to sign as they want you to start working for them right away). 3. Talk to them on the phone to get pertinent contact information (contact info, passwords, etc.) to help you service them. 4. You can also send them a document stating your business protocols (hours you work, how you'll communicate with each other, how payments are made, holidays, sick-time, etc.) Each VA has different protocols. As you can see, there isn't much process to prepare to onboard a client. The hardest part is getting them to pay and sign that contract.
  6. 3 points
    I wondered if anyone out there started a VA business after retirement? I have many years of administrative experience, retired recently, and am now considering becoming a VA for extra income. I'd appreciate any advice or suggestions.
  7. 3 points
    Thanks Tawyna and Danielle! She will only be running a few group coaching programs. Not a lot of products at all. She does have a wordpress site. I will definitely check these options out. Glad to be back in the community
  8. 3 points
    Hello, I do provide Transaction Coordination Services, I know this post was a few years ago, but just in case your looking again sometime.
  9. 3 points
    We have a ton of free tools at our resource site www.VAjot.com
  10. 3 points
    Hey Marcus, what do you mean exactly? Are you asking if you should include the ordering/printing or just do the designing. I think that comes down to how much you want to do. If your specialty is to JUST design marketing materials and that's what you are charging for, then leave it at that and let your client do the ordering and printing. Unless you come up with an agreement to do both, I'd stick to just the one. If you meant something else completely, sorry! Just explain a bit further. Thanks.
  11. 2 points
    Thanks Tawnya. I'll look into them both
  12. 2 points
    Hey we have a great trend going here! Danielle is an Innovator that collaborates with the Maker (me), who collaborates with the Visionary (Tawnya). This is the start of a really creative team!
  13. 2 points
    Hi Chuck, Welcome to our virtual assistant community. You are not the only male in this group. One of our admins in this group is Mark Hunter from Australia. And we have a supportive network here. I am from Charlottesville, Virginia. I am married. We have a 13-year old son. I started in 2017 with just an idea of being a virtual assistant. And with the help of Tawnya, Mark and so many wonderful people in the VA insiders group I am moving right along. Bravo for redesigning your career at this stage in your life. Our network is supportive and willing to help cheer you on. To your success. Cheers, Marie Mason PS. Happy Mother's day to your family. Also, my son's name is Charles.
  14. 2 points
    I've always had issues exporting my videos in Camtasia on my Mac. I finally asked Camtasia how to fix the quality issues and here is the article they referred me to. It has fixed my issues so wanted to post it in here in case anyone has this issue. https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/115007279948-Camtasia-Mac-Exported-Video-Had-Faded-or-Incorrect-Color
  15. 2 points
    Hello, I hate to admit this but I have been a VA insider since June and have yet to start my business. Part of the reason is that I stand in my own way and overthink things but the other part is feeling really lost on where to start. I cannot purchase the VAC program at this time which I know would help me. Where should I begin in VA insiders and VA networking to actually execute steps on starting my business?
  16. 2 points
    I just recently joined the VA workforce. I'm interviewing for positions now. I am optimistic that I will land my first client soon and begin creating my portfolio of work! ______________________________________________________________________________________ Visit my site at - https://rhosecellahdasalla.wixsite.com/website
  17. 2 points
    I am definitely backing away from this for now. I need to earn some real wages first. This is something I could come back to but honestly I really hate MLM type stuff. According to them I can earn a lot, as long as those I recruit don't surpass my level. I've never been very good at getting ahead w/stuff like that anyway. I'm going to reach out to some people I know. I also made some flyers to put up wherever I can. So hopefully I'll find some real clients/work soon. I'll be posting & writing new posts for my blog as well.
  18. 2 points
    What do you think?
  19. 2 points
    Thank you, Amber. It does help.
  20. 2 points
    Layla, go into the accountability area in your VAinsider membership and start listing everything you think you need to do. Also list some of the critical money marks you have to achieve (and by when) and we will help you with a gameplan to get past these roadblocks you are having.
  21. 2 points
    Thank you Marco. But I find a big differences between the U.S. and Spanish markets.
  22. 2 points
    Hey Brittany - great start on your site and congrats on having it live! Since your site is very white, I'd definitely 2 colors that you want to go with your brand and have those pop. Since you have pink in your logo, definitely go with that and then one more to really make things stand out. I think it will liven it up a bit. Since it looks like you are a solo VA, I would change some of the wording to "me" or "I". You kind of have both singular and plural and it can be confusing to users. So it's better to stick with one or the other. If you are the only person people will be dealing with, then just go with that. And lastly, I'd add a picture of you - it makes it more personable and people can relate more to someone they can "look in the eye". Good luck!
  23. 2 points
    Hi Hannah, welcome to VAnetworking! I definitely think you could niche yourself and work in the medical field.
  24. 2 points
    I am just starting my journey to start my Virtual Assistant Business. I am thinking of doing proofreading and editing. Right now I am in college perusing a Virtual Office Professional Certificate of Achievement. I have two years experience as an Administrative Assistant Intern. I need your advice on what step should I take next. It seems that people on Guru are wanting degrees and three to five years virtual assistant experience. What's your advice?
  25. 2 points
    I chose Oceanfront VA Services because that's where I'm hoping to be working from in the next few years!
  26. 2 points
    I'm a retired Quality Assurance Manager who started editing part time (I'm a writer as well) and it just grew into editing, copy editing, proofreading and virtual assistance. I'm only wanting to do this part time, as I am writing novels. But jobs and projects and clients have a way of blossoming! So I network with other freelancers to spread out the work I don't want or can't do. I feel like I have friends all over the world now. Good luck in your business! Pat www.editalley.com www.pathauldren.net www.remotegirlfriday.com
  27. 2 points
    I have a client who's Quickbooks online is so messed up I have no clue how to fix it. When I first took over there was years of income that he has put in undeposited funds. I moved all that out into the proper place and now it seems even more messed up. One of his client looks like he has over 300K in credit and another looks like they are behind when they are not....HELP??!! Need an expert!!
  28. 2 points
    Hello Everyone! I am a Virtual Assistant based in South Africa. My journey into this awesome "Virtual World" happen with the birth of my son and the company I was working for at the time didn't want to get a temp so I set myself up at home to do everything I did in the office and that is when the light bulb moment happened Set up an office at home resigned and have never looked back, nothing better than being your own boss, determining your income and getting to be there for your kids everyday. Excited about being a part of this community and look forward to getting to know fellow VA's.
  29. 2 points
    Hi there!! I'm Nancy and I am a brand new VA. My previous profession was in social services and health education and I have incorporated my experience into my new business, specializing with healthcare businesses, non profits and disabled business owners and individuals. My business is heavy on the personal assistance services and from the knowledge I have gathered, noone is providing this type of service to the disabled. Of course, I am also offering business support as well. My website is www.avirtualhelpinghand.com I did it on wix.com which is a platform I am very familiar with and I didnt realize most VA's do their sites on wordpress. Hope it's ok. On a personal note, I am divorced with no children, live in Queens, NY and love meeting new people, travel, cooking, and all life has to offer. This new VA venture has been a strong learning curve for me as I had to learn alot of programs and how to do alot of stuff most VAs do. I am still preparing my contracts and planning to learn a few more programs before I officially launch in about a month...I did send out a few cold email pitches but didnt hear anything back..I will DEFINITELY be taking advantage of the free email templates in the stocking stuffer At the moment, I am feeling very overwhelmed, feeling like I need to "do it all" and am in awe of the skills so many VAs bring to the table. Any support and feedback would be helpful. Look forward to getting to know you all better and best wishes and blessings on your own VA journeys
  30. 2 points
    Thank you so much! I will be attending the VAinsiders call today.
  31. 2 points
    I know that some freelancers charge for words and or by content. So for example per word could start at.50 or $1 as an example or for the whole content at 1000 words $50.
  32. 2 points
    Hi Tawnya, Thanks for all the suggestions. I did check out this freelancer website you sent me. The rates were not listed on the site you have to talk to them about it. And it looks like the rates are set at a yearly rate, not a monthly rate. Good points on the time it takes to complete this task. I need to get back with her and ask her some of those questions you asked me. Thank you for those suggestions. Have a productive day. Sorry I can not be on the group coaching call this afternoon. I have to pick up my son a little early from middle school today so he can get home and have dinner and then get some homework done before we have parent-teacher conferences tonight at his school. It's all part of back to school fun. Warm WIshes, Marie Mason Owner CM VIrtual Assistant Agency
  33. 2 points
    Hey Latoyia, so great to have you here! I love how you are focusing on being a Pinterest VA. There's no need to add too much to your repertoire, as you want to make sure it's what you really enjoy doing. So just take it one step at a time and as your Pinterest business grows, then you can see what else you're good at and continue from there. I have found focusing on one thing and getting really good at that is way better than doing a lot of little things and being subpar at them. And one last thing, if you are working solo, I'd remove the "us" and just put "About" and "Contact" or put "About Me" and Contact Me". Especially since you have "Hire Me", that could get confusing. It's better for prospective clients to understand that it's YOU they are working with. Makes it more personable as well. Good luck to you!
  34. 2 points
    Good Morning !! I am new to the career of a Virtual Assistant. Although I have been performing remote work for years; I have just recently made the decision to expand my skills in other areas of Administration, as well as make a business for myself. I have over 25 years in Human Resources Management; and have been an Executive Assistant for around 30. I am excited to begin this new journey of my career path. Marilyn
  35. 2 points
    Good afternoon from Midcoast Maine! I just wanted to stop by and re-introduce myself as I have not been active in the forum for about 10 years now. I started a VA business back in 2007 after my third child was born. The business took off very quickly and before I knew it my plate was full with work and a new baby! This was wonderful except I didn't have it in me at the time to create a full blown business and hire help to keep the flame alive, so sadly I let it go. I had ANOTHER baby since then in 2010. Now that my youngest is off to 2nd grade and my oldest is off to college (yikes) I'm ready to do something for me, all while still being available to my family when they need me. I have been taking a few hours a day to read through all the material available to me here at vanetworking but I'm sure I'll have many more questions as I make my way back into this career endeavor. It's great to know I have a supportive group of VA's/Office Managers/Administrative Professionals, etc... to turn to for advice. Thank you for your time!
  36. 2 points
    There are SO many things you can create, but let's be realistic, sometimes it can be tedious. What are a few things you just LOVE to create more than others? Feel free to show some examples! For me, I love to make custom 2D graphics from scratch and I also love to make info graphics for some reason haha. Info graphics are too big, so no samples there, but here are some 2D graphics I've made in the past in Adobe Illustrator (with watermarks).
  37. 2 points
    Welcome back to VAnetworking Nina!
  38. 2 points
    Thanks for the warm welcome! I'm checking the forum now for business name help. Look forward to getting to know you!
  39. 2 points
    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.
  40. 2 points
    In the US, QuickBooks is probably the most frequently used accounting software available. It is relatively user-friendly, but it helps if you are familiar with basic accounting procedures. There are both an online and desktop version available. I prefer the desktop version as it has more extended functionality than the online version, and is a one-time payment rather than a monthly subscription. Other folks like the freedom of accessing their QB online from anywhere. The desktop version can be accessed remotely through various software options. You will find various pro and con opinions in this forum section, as well as ways to remotely access this, as well as other software.
  41. 2 points
    Hi Folks! My name is Max Miller& I have joined this group recently. I am living in New York city & have a great career in e-commerce virtual assistant services. I have joined this group to know more about VA services & to share my knowledge about it. Thank YOU
  42. 2 points
    Welcome to the forum Liza! The good thing about having your own business is that you can so choose to offer what you like. All the best to you.
  43. 2 points
    Hello Liza, welcome to the forums! I've always wanted to visit Spain You're in the right place if you want help and support, so feel free to look around and ask any questions!
  44. 2 points
    This downloads YouTube videos for free: https://www.clipconverter.cc/
  45. 2 points
    There are so many different website creators and builders out there now, so which would you choose? I'll make a list of some them out there, but if you have one that isn't listed or prefer doing it all from scratch, let us know! Wordpress Squarespace Joomla Wix Weebly iPage Webs Built in web builders like with GoDaddy Commerce builders like Shopify
  46. 2 points
    Hello everyone! I'm very excited to be here as your new moderator, so thought I'd introduce myself, so you can know who I am and what I'm all about. My name is Veronica and I've been creating websites since the 90's, yep, the 90's! Back then, WordPress and Squarespace didn't exist. We had to actually create our sites from scratch! I think it was even before or right around the time CSS came about.. My sites were made with tables - lots and lots of tables. Thanks to the Wayback Machine, I was able to find a couple of my sites from the early 2000's, which brought back some great memories. Attached are a couple of the site layouts. I took a couple years off from creating sites as it was pretty exhausting and I got burnt out because I refused to use Dreamweaver and Frontpage (lol), and then WordPress and Joomla were all the rage around 2011/2012. I actually loved Joomla more than WordPress back then. It is a lot more extensive in what it can do and I feel you can be a bit more creative in how the sites look. But alas, WordPress is what I've mostly stuck with and what I use to create my clients' sites, because in the end, they are the ones who will be using them, so might as well make it easy for them! So what do I do now? Well, I have my own business called Dewdrop Digital and yep, you guessed it, I specialize in web design and also branding. I've been working with Adobe products for years and years and I love creating things from scratch. I worked in the video game industry, so I have made some 2D graphics here and there as well. I also have Dewdrop Visuals, which is a site for learning how you can incorporate web and graphic design into your business for your clients. I've recently created a YouTube channel to expand even further, so be sure to check it out and subscribe for weekly videos! In addition, I also have Dewdrop Academy, which will house all of my courses. You can check out my free mini course, The Canva Starter Kit if you're interested in learning how to make graphics with Canva. So again, I'm very happy to be here and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. I chose this forum as my main section I'll be keeping a watchful eye on as it's what I know the most about, however you'll see me all over the forums in general, so be sure to say hi!
  47. 2 points
    You can link BOTH the photos and the name. The more options they have to go to your services page, the better!
  48. 2 points
    Hey Mark, thanks! Haha you just might be the best at Canva - we can have a Canva-thon and see who wins lol! But just like with anything, there ALWAYS something to new to learn, so we probably can find some new tricks from others. Awesome! Glad to see I wasn't the only Joomla fan!
  49. 2 points
    Hi Nicole, Tawnya makes some great points! What she meant about #2, is to have each of those images link to your services page. People have a tendency to run their mouse over images to see if they are clickable, so it's a good way to get people clicking to your services page even faster. It looks like you fixed the discovery call link to properly point to your contact page. I think it's a great job for your very first site! Another thing I would focus on is your branding. Right now, you utilize a lot of colors, which is fine if that's what your focal point is going to be, but it doesn't really match with your logo, so I'd stick with the colors that are in your logo. Also, watch your fonts as well, both with the number you are using and the sizes. No more than 3 for each. Hope that helps!
  50. 2 points
    Hi Deepa. Are you using a WordPress Site? They generally need renaming at the database level. As for the general structure of the file system, you should be able to get it working in your cpanel. Could you contact your host and get them to do this for you? It might be best if you are unfamiliar with file systems and perhaps databases.
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