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  1. 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.
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    Hello Danielle, Thank you, it works perfectly the way the video shows.
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    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
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
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    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.
  7. 2 points
    What do you think?
  8. 2 points
    Thank you, Amber. It does help.
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    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.
  10. 2 points
    Thank you Marco. But I find a big differences between the U.S. and Spanish markets.
  11. 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!
  12. 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!
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    Hi Hannah, welcome to VAnetworking! I definitely think you could niche yourself and work in the medical field.
  14. 2 points
    Thank you. A UPS Store mailbox is a very good idea.
  15. 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.
  16. 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?
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    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.
  18. 2 points
    I chose Oceanfront VA Services because that's where I'm hoping to be working from in the next few years!
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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!!
  22. 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
  23. 2 points
    Thank you so much! I will be attending the VAinsiders call today.
  24. 1 point
    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
  25. 1 point
    I highly recommend Lastpass and it's free
  26. 1 point
    Hello everyone, my name is Layla and I've been serious about freelance work for about 3 years now. I have a disability so things have been a bit bumpy for me. My landlord just told me that the rent will increase next month. So I have to get on task, and stay on task. The Goth Writer Here's my website, still free for now, so it takes a moment to load. I also have a blog, with the same name. I love writing, write fiction, primarily supernatural & Sci-Fi, poetry, and blogging of course. I'm divorced, childfree, and have one cat who is about 5 years old. I love Goth subculture, clothes, & music. I don't get dressed up as often as I'd like, or as much as I used to when I frequented clubs. I like to watch Sci-Fi & supernatural TV shows & read books. I'm hoping to find something relatively long-term & steady soon. I hope that I've answered all the basic questions. If anyone would like to know more, please send me a message. I look forward to interacting with all of you.
  27. 1 point
    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.
  28. 1 point
    Hi Danielle, thank you, I have looked at them, even appied to a couple. I've arranged some reviews for pay, but that's not much more than beer money. I've placed some Craigslist ads, and am attending a networking event this week to see if I can make any connections. I tend to do best in-person. Before I got sick, I did really well with interviews, preparations, etc. But the online job seeking world is so much different. I've had to readjust my techniques and parameters many times. Since I don't have any money for anything, not even bills, The Dept. of Ed also took 15% of my check from me, I'm hoping to find something before the month is over.
  29. 1 point
    Welcome, Delia! Hope you get lots of great ideas from the forum and resources.
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    Looks great Melissa!
  32. 1 point
    Hello everyone! I'm brand new to the VA community/business...still working on stepping away from my full-time job as I prepare for retirement and full-time travelling/housesitting. I'm not sure what I want to offer as VA services; I'm a freelance proofreader/editor, and I've got 20 years of experience in online/telephone customer support, along with being a pharmacist and (long ago) a chemical engineer. My plan is to retire from my current position and move to Mexico or Ecuador, where the weather is better than it is here (Eastern Canada...pretty chilly in the winter...NOW!) and it's less expensive to live. From there, I'll do international house/pet sitting till I don't enjoy it anymore. So I need a location-independent source of income and I thought being a VA would be ideal. Hoping to chat with a few of you - get ideas about how to proceed, etc. I just saw this template, so I guess I'll fill it out: Your Name: Jacquie Your Website URL (if applicable): jacquiedoucette.com Years in Business: <1 Description of your Business, including any specialties: I guess my specialties will be customer service, bookkeeping, editing/proofreading. I'm pretty much an A-type person, so give me a job and I'll get it done. What City/Town/State/Country are you from?: near Ottawa, ON, Canada Are you married? How long?: married for 23.5 yrs Any kids and how old? two daughters - 22 and 20 yrs old Hobbies & Interests: I LIVE for volleyball!! Also enjoy walking my dog, reading (novels, not non-fiction) and I love to travel, though I haven't really done a lot, compared to some people.
  33. 1 point
    Here's a video to show you how to access the freebies: Let me know if that works for you.
  34. 1 point
    Me too. I also follow them through the newsletters. I am also excited to join this forum. Cheers.
  35. 1 point
    Hi Keisha, welcome to VAnetworking! I would love to visit Barbados someday in the future.
  36. 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.
  37. 1 point
    Great start on your website, pat yourself on the back!!! Our website is always a work in progress as you will soon find out. As for some constructive feedback... 1. I love your logo at the top left. See if you can remove the words on the right of it in black as it is redundant. You only need your business name once. Maybe you could put a nice photo there instead to represent your business. 2. There seems to be wasted white space to the right of all your pages (almost like a column not be used). Maybe see if you can extend your copy to use all the space as that will bring more of your copy above the fold. 3. I'd add some visuals (images/pics) to your website too as this helps warm up a webpage and make it more welcoming for visitors. Or videos too if you are more creative. 4. For credibility/trust since you are a VAinsider you could add our logo to your page (use your affiliate link if you do). I also see you are a member of IVAA so add their logo too. 5. On your services page I would do a call to action (either paypal buttons to buy your services or a link to email you about them). Great job and look forward to seeing it grow with your business.
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    Hmm good question. What services are you going to offer? You really don't need much to start up besides a computer and internet. You probably want to get a contract written up at the very least. I'd also recommend outlining your operating procedures such as, how clients can reach you, when you'll be around etc. There is a sample contract here: http://vanetworking.con/free. You probably already have access to it. You can take that one and edit it to make your own. You'll also have to figure out how you want to be paid, what system you will use. Maybe PayPal? And also your rates and packages. What have you done so far?
  39. 1 point
    Thanks Tawnya! The picture I have right now is fine for avatars and social media, but I am looking at a picture that will look good in all sizes. I am very grateful for your Christmas stocking with the blogging course and the PLR. That will help me a lot to add content in a relevant way as I have an easier time adding to my functions.php and style.css files than writing articles as such. Thanks for the free gifts too! Marie-Claude
  40. 1 point
    If Zoom works for you use Zoom! Here's an article I found using zoom to put onto Facebook Live I used BeLive for my Facebook Lives.
  41. 1 point
    Can you share a link to the ad on Linkedin?
  42. 1 point
    Dare to be different and you won! Way to think out of the box Marie
  43. 1 point
    Hello Everyone, My name is Rita Orewole. I have been a virtual assistant for 2 years now. I actually started as a transcriptionist, then I moved on to writing. Presently, I offer the following services; Writing, Editing and Proofreading, Voice over & online customer service. I am from Nigeria. Some of my hobbies are reading, writing, thinking and visualisation. I am also multi passionate. I discovered VA networking on Facebook. I'm excited to be here, hoping to connect with other awesome VAs.
  44. 1 point
    I hope this isn't a crazy question. Well I actually have a couple of questions 1. What is considered billable vs. nonbillable hours? 2. I was reading throughout the forum about charging clients in fifteen minute increments. How would this be calculated if say a job is thirty minutes? Thank You.
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    1. You are a business owner, not an employee; do not allow a client to treat you as such. 2. Re-address the issue of a rate increase by listing in detail what you were doing for him at your initial rate, then list what you're doing for him now, based on your specialty skills, etc. 3. Your rate increase (NOT pay raise) is based on the value of the service and results you provide. 4. If you don't get the rate increase, terminate your business relationship with him; this type of situation leaves little room for improvement on the client's part in this regard. 5. Make sure you have a contract outlining the details and scope of the work you're expected to do and the rate at which you should be paid, including your scheduled rate increases.
  47. 1 point
    Hi TJ and welcome! So looking forward to getting to know you and seeing your business grow in the future. Enjoy the archives and if you have any questions, just ask
  48. 1 point
    I save my mental health practitioners a ton of money. The charge a pretty nice fee for their patients. So say one of my doctors is charging $350 for a one hour session. One of my clients I am doing about 30 hours a month of admin work that he would usually be doing himself, now he can fit in 20-30 more one hour sessions a month so he's making an additional $6000-9000 in those additional sessions he can fit in.
  49. 1 point
    Sounds to me that your client is a little confused. He seems to think you work for him. Bottom line, you work for yourself. Your rates are your rates. Period. Don't feel sorry for him or concerned about how he'll feel. He knows darn well he can't hire good help for less. When you set your rates, you need to think about paying for your rent, bills, medical / dental, retirement, investments, vacation. You aren't doing yourself a favor by cutting yourself short and you aren't doing the industry any favors either. I work off of retainer. My clients pay a flat rate for me by the month. I let them sign with me for 90 days at a time and we renew at the end of that period. That allows either of us to cut free from each other if we decide we don't want to do business with each other anymore. When you work on retainer, you rationalize that you expect to do 15 hours a week (for example) or a client at $20/hr. That's $300/wk, $1200/mo. That way, you get paid whether they go on vacation or not. As do you. I was on a 7 day cruise in the Bahamas over New Years. I worked a little each day and I mean no more than a half-hour but I was still paid for a set amount of hours for the month. And trust me, I spend more than two hours a day working for my client. But when he's gone for two weeks, I'm still paid whether bits and pieces trickle through for him or not.
  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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