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  1. 3 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, (1 year) 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 am about to launch 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
    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.
  3. 3 points
    Hello Danielle, Thank you, it works perfectly the way the video shows.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 2 points
    What do you think?
  9. 2 points
    Thank you, Amber. It does help.
  10. 2 points
    Site Builder is where my website is. And I really love it. So, while I can't use the images from there some place else, it suits me for now. The customization is amazing for free. I've got exactly what I need. I've done a lot of comparison. And some of the cheapest sites have poor customer service, some of the more high-end ones are too expensive, and I just can't stand WordPress. I know lots of people find it useful & simple. But I can't customize it the way that I want, not with the free version. So I've found what makes me comfortable. I need to be able to manage, maintain, and also not be frustrated w/the design. I can't be productive if I'm sitting for an hour trying to figure out how to get things to look the way I want them to. I don't like tons of time spent "troubleshooting". It's a serious drain on my energy.
  11. 2 points
    Thank you Marco. But I find a big differences between the U.S. and Spanish markets.
  12. 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!
  13. 2 points
    Thank you so much ladies for the great feedback! In regards to coding, I wanted to learn how to design and build websites so I could do that for others. I've done some searching though after I saw what you said, Tawnya. This is something I definitely don't need to know prior to getting my website live. I'll put that on the back burner for now. Thank you!
  14. 2 points
    Hi Hannah, welcome to VAnetworking! I definitely think you could niche yourself and work in the medical field.
  15. 2 points
    Thank you. A UPS Store mailbox is a very good idea.
  16. 2 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.
  17. 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?
  18. 2 points
    Hi all! I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Adele. I was a VA for years and then went back into working in corporate America after going through a divorce. Life circumstances at the time just called for that kind of change. I was only a VA on a part-time basis and needed to go back to full-time income -- and quickly! Anyhow, fast-forward to the present. I am now happily remarried and in a much better position. I have decided to take the plunge and delve back into my passion. I assist businesses with their HR, recruiting, and SMM needs. I also assist in a variety of other projects when time allows, such as event and meeting planning and trade show coordination.
  19. 2 points
    I chose Oceanfront VA Services because that's where I'm hoping to be working from in the next few years!
  20. 2 points
    Yes, it's a lot of going back and forth and switching between projects. I found I was wasting a lot of time with admin stuff and emails. I rather focus on a few larger clients. Have you figured out how many hours you could allocate to clients? That might help you out. Don't forget to set aside time for bookkeeping, marketing etc for your own business.
  21. 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
  22. 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!!
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 2 points
    Thank you so much! I will be attending the VAinsiders call today.
  26. 2 points
    Hi Marie, One service I think would be pretty cool as a package would be this. To extend your webinar package by offering to transcribe or create shownotes out of the content that is created. I know some marketers like James Schramko have very in depth pdfs created from their webinars, with formatting and images + transcribed text.
  27. 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.
  28. 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
  29. 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!
  30. 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
  31. 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!
  32. 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).
  33. 2 points
    Welcome back to VAnetworking Nina!
  34. 2 points
    Thanks for the warm welcome! I'm checking the forum now for business name help. Look forward to getting to know you!
  35. 2 points
    Thank you so much for the very warm welcome! I am looking forward to making great connections here!
  36. 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.
  37. 1 point
    Thanks for the article for putting zoom recordings onto Facebook live shows. I will be reading that one soon.
  38. 1 point
    Hello, I was wondering, what would you say I must have already and put together before I launch my business. And what are some things, I can wait until right after launch. Thank you!
  39. 1 point
    Hello everyone My name is Afshan Ahmad and I'm a full time mummy. I have previously worked in a solicitor's office and for a bank for 4 years. After being full time stay at home mum for 4 years I now want to get back into working and focusing on my career alongside my family. Therefore, im interested in setting up my VA business from home and using my previous skills and experiences to get started. I would love if you could share your experience of being a VA please especially mummies. How do you manage with children especially during school holidays or your child is off for some other reason and you have work, meetings etc scheduled.. Thank you very much. Afshan
  40. 1 point
    Hannah you can definitely niche yourself as a "medical" VA. You could work for surgeons, doctors, hospice, old folk homes, therapists, nutritionists, etc. Definitely add that as a special skillset you have. When you say you are learning to code, what do you mean there? I don't know many VAs that having programming behind their belt so didn't want you to feel you had to learn this. You'll find that each VA is unique and we all have different skillsets. You just have to figure out what you love doing and focus in on clients who need that type of work so you can market your services to them.
  41. 1 point
    Great to hear Marie and thanks for sharing!
  42. 1 point
    Welcome Jessie, Have you considered joining the VAinsiders? Becoming a member of the VAinsiders is a yearly membership which offers training tracks, job board posting, monthly group coaching, and other discounted perks. A minimal cost for great access to information, valuable knowledge provided by others in the group sessions, etc. which comes in handy when you need guidance. All the best, Angela
  43. 1 point
    Welcome, Kristin! I am so happy to have you here. I do hope your mom is better now and wishing you all the best as you gain clients.
  44. 1 point
    Ontraport might be a good option for them. It really is an all-in-one system. Shopping cart, membership platform, it can even do drip campaigns, email marketing, landing page builder. It WAY outperforms 1SC in my opinion.
  45. 1 point
    Are there any Real Estate Virtual Assistants in this forum who provide Transaction Coordination Services?
  46. 1 point
    Hello everyone! I'm new here, my name is Teishla and I live in Florida. I'm 25 years old and mom of two insanely adorable kids! I have about 8 years experience doing administrative work. I have experience on many different systems, like QuickBooks, Microsoft Office, POS, CRM, and many more. I just wanted to introduce myself to all of you!
  47. 1 point
    Welcome to the forum from Jamaica! Thank you for sharing that even though you started, you took a break and are ready to start over full force. Best of luck to you!
  48. 1 point
    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.
  49. 1 point
    I think outsourcing is really a personal choice for everyone and everyone will have different reasons if they would or would not outsource overseas. Neither are right or wrong. No different than some will shop at Walmart and others won't. I have outsourced to Philippines, UK, Australia and India for my clients and for my business and had fantastic results. Wherever I can find the expert they need. For example the guy who maintains our forum is from Nepal and he knows this forum backend stuff inside/out so that is why I outsource to him, not because of where he lives.
  50. 1 point
    Hi Theresa, welcome to the forum! There are some amazingly helpful people and resources here - I'm sure you'll learn everything you need to know as long as you have the time to take it all in. It can be overwhelming at first, but I promise it's not only fun it's worth it. ------------------------------------- When you ask about other ways to network, are there ways you have tried already or are you completely new to networking? I'm guessing you've told at least one friend or family member you're going to start a business and work from home...so you did network with at least one person. Unless your business is a secret (I've seen it happen) in which case you may not have networked at all. The best way to start networking is to work out what you will say when people ask you: What do you do?With this question, what you want to communicate is some of your services. Try to figure out what the other person does before they ask you this and you can tailor your answer to the needs of that person. If you have never networked before you may want to put together an elevator speech. You can find more about elevator speeches in this thread (including a super-helpful fill in word document from Candy B.) What are your rates? Right after you talk about what you do there are some people that want to dive right into the rate discussion. Don't let them. Tell them your rates or packages vary depending on the services required and that you'd love to set up a time to talk further so you can see if you can help them and then you'd be happy to provide them a rate. Unless you have time to educate the potential client about rates and how $30 is not expensive right there at the networking event, you're going to want to save the discussion for a later time. How long have you been in business?Especially for new business owners, you do not want to answer this with a perky, "I've been in business a week and a half!" That doesn't build trust or make the potential client feel all warm and snuggly. Respond that you have been in the secretarial industry for x number of years and it was a natural transition to do it for yourself rather than someone else. This showcases your experience, not when you applied for your business license. Can you do X for me? Sometimes people will ask you on the spot if you know how to do something. Be careful, because you want to make sure you aren't getting sucked into giving free advice they can then go home and tell a cousin, friend, or mom and have them do the work instead of you. Be friendly and helpful, but don't give away the farm. Oh, and if you don't know how to do what they're asking, never just say "No." That shuts down the relationship. Tell them you don't take care of that but you know someone that does and you'd be happy to provide a referral. Then they will see it as a favor and it gives you a chance to follow up with them to see if they need your services. (If you don't know someone to refer them to, come to VANA and ask around, we have people that can do just about anything between all 8,500+ of us!) While these may be the most popular questions that pop up at networking events, they are certainly not the only questions that arise. As you become more confident talking about your business you will get so that you know what people are asking for and be able to answer, but the only way to get to that point of comfort is through practice. Lots of practice. As for the car wrap, I've never met anyone that got a client from car wrap...people just don't make split decisions about outsourcing secretarial work when they're driving down the road and stop at a red light. At least, not in my experience. If anyone has experienced anything different I'm sure they'll let you know!! Hope this helps. Also check out the links in my signature line to get some helpful starter tips on how to use the forum! You're going to have a blast here, just get ready and hang on for the ride!
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