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AngieW

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About AngieW

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  • Birthday 02/22/1972

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    jakswalk@hotmail.com
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    http://www.virtualparalegal.biz
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    Texas
  • Interests
    crochet, reading, scrapbooking, my beautiful children!
  1. Thank you to each of you for replying. I'm doing a little better. I really appreciate all of things you all had to say. I'm trying to keep a positive attitude about this. My connection to the one client I was speaking about should be there January 1st so I probably won't know much more until after that. I did get off my rump and send out some more emails. I sent an email to everyone in my address book that I didn't think would get ticked off. I know a few attorneys so I sent them emails asking them if they would be interested, and if not, could they please pass my info along. So, hopefully something will come of that. Diana, to answer your question, I have sent some letters out. I sent 5 out and then things got crazy at work. I worked 67.5 hours last week. I was too tired to do much of anything once I got home. My girls are 4 (5 on Jan 1st) and 2.
  2. I don't know what to think. It appears more and more each day that the one client I was really hoping to land is trying hard to pull all of their work in house. Which, of course, means that they won't need me. I really need them (or someone) soon to be able to quit in February. There is no way I can come up with the money that we are short without having at least one client. I have been working a lot of overtime lately and haven't had much time to focus on my business, but I'm really getting discouraged. I just don't know how to get people to use my services. I've been talking to various people that I have met through work but so far no real leads. I want to be home with my babies so bad. I have felt for some time that God is leading me in the direction to stay home with my kids, but this is really making me think. Did I misunderstand? I just don't know. Sorry to ramble, but it was a depressing afternoon
  3. Hi Diana, Yep, I have a goal to get at least one client by February. In fact, I really HAVE to get at least one client by then. lol Otherwise, I will have to continue working for a little longer.
  4. Welcome Sophie! I read in the Mompreneurs book that it's a good idea to come up with a company name rather than using your name. I think it said to come up with something catchy that people will remember. If you use your name, unless you're very well known in the community, people might not remember. Congratulations for taking the step!
  5. Man that's embarassing. Oh well! These were new contacts Tawnya. I looked them up through the State Bar and looked for sole practitioners rather than larger firms.
  6. OMG, that looks real good. Ahhhhhhh. I sent 5 of those out yesterday. Oh well, I can't do anything about it now. I had 3 or 4 different people look at it before I sent it out too.
  7. Must have forgot to paste it. Sole Practitioners: Do you need help organizing your case load? Could you use assistance preparing wills, divorce decrees, corporate minutes and various other legal documentation? Do you answer your own phones? If you currently have a staffed office: How do you handle the work when your staffed is overloaded? Virtual Paralegal can assist you with all of your business’s outsourcing needs. A Virtual Paralegal ("VP") is a virtual assistant that specializes in the legal profession. VP's are not employees of your company. They are small business owners who become an integral part of your business with an interest in helping your business succeed. VP's get to know you and your clients and can assist you in keeping close contact with your clients and their needs. Communication between your company and your VP is accomplished using phone, fax, email, diskette transfer, cassette tape, overnight mail, and instant messaging. As your VP I will assist with internet research, bill paying, information processing, receiving, reviewing and distributing mail and email, event planning as well as making travel arrangements. I have my own office with equipment, software, and necessary tools to ensure standards of excellence and quality. Partnering with me can save you money and free up your time to focus on the important issues at hand, the operation of your business. Organization, communication and being able to multi-task and balance your workload are essential to your success. I can help you accomplish these tasks. I define my success by your satisfaction! I have 10 years experience as a paralegal. Please visit my website for more detailed information regarding my education and experience. Hourly rates and monthly retainers are available. Signed agreements are required. I offer free pickup and delivery for offices located in Tarrant County. Contact me today to discuss your business’s outsourcing needs!!
  8. I sent about 5 of these out yesterday. I would love to know what you all think about it. Is it too corny?
  9. Thanks so much! One of my very good friends designed my website and the logo. I'm really happy with it.
  10. Thanks so much for all the advice. I think I'm definitely going to get a fax machine as one of the first things. My Dad wants me to get a new computer. We'll see! I guess if he's willing to buy I won't complain. lol
  11. Thanks! I was hoping to eliminate a lot of fluff...........get right to the point.
  12. Ok, I'm being stupid, but what is MYOB? lol
  13. AngieW

    Help!

    I'm curious about how to up the rate too. I was talking to one of the guys that I think might be a client in the future. He knows that I've quoted one atty (the first one I made a proposal to) at $20.00/hr. I realize that's really low, but I was trying to just get him in and then when he referred, the others would have higher rates. This particular atty HATES to spend money so I didn't think there was any other way to get him in. I also knew that he could use the help. Anyway, so I don't want the other atty to think that everyone is going to get that rate. I did tell him that one company that he was wanting me to help with would have to pay $45/hr. I guess as long as I'm up front with him, he'll understand. We're both learning and forming our new businesses at the same time so I think he'll get it.
  14. My dh is worried about me getting more debt to get my business started. I agree with him, because one of the reasons that I'm going to be doing this business is to pay off the debt that we currently have. When we get rid of that, I really don't have to work. Anyway, I was just curious if you guys thought it would be okay to go with what I have currently and then upgrade as I can. I currently have word, excel and I think powerpoint. I have Adobe Reader, but really want to get Acrobat. I don't have a transcription machine yet, but plan to get one. I also don't have a free standing fax machine. I can't afford that just yet and definitely can't afford a 2nd line until I get some clients. Any hints?
  15. I figure I'll give my photo paper a shot and if that doesn't work then I'll have them printed.
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