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Cheryl R

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  1. Hi all I haven't been around the forum in a while but I knew you were the folks to ask about this. My husband is looking to advance his career and is considering a resume writing service. Do any of you specialize in this area? He is very talented and qualified and has definite ideas about where to put his resume but wants a professional touch in the writing of it. Those we have found online so far appear to be the 'factory" type or else extremely specific which is great except we have no point of reference for any of them. I know I can put out an RFP and will but wanted to run it by here first.
  2. I have a client who is looking to have me post her "live" local events in as many free places online as possible. She hosts a networking event monthly as well as some other things. Does anyone have ideas, other than Sure to Meet and Eventbrite, where I can do that for her? Also, if you have used either of these, do you have any feedback?
  3. dictionary.com usually takes care of whatever I'm needing at the time.
  4. I do feel that good fences make good clients. I also sometimes bend the rules. It always depends on the client and the situation. For example, I currently have a new short term client who purchased a few discounted hours in a doorprize giveaway. I don't anticipate her as a long term retainer client and I don't really do project work so we won't be together very long. She is Very technology shy so I am holding her hand through the things she is trying to get done and talking to her on the phone more than I usually would a regular client...However...she is also Very well connected and participates in multiple networking groups so I know that if I leave her with a favorable impression of my business...even though she probably will not be a future client...I will most likely get business through her referrals. She is very influential...so I bend the rules.
  5. I haven't yet done this but I am seeing this as a possible avenue of marketing. It is a growing field that many business owners are just learning about. I will go the hourly rate if and when it becomes part of my business. You can really sepnd a lot of time on this kind of thing.
  6. Have you tried contacting your blog host? I'll be they have experience with this problem.
  7. JoanStewart, "The Publicity Hound" is offering a great seminar on Twittering here but hurry, it starts Monday.
  8. Has anyone heard of or possibly even use Ping? You know how much time it takes to keep up with updating several social network sites sooo... Apparently Ping can work wonders with multiple social networking sites some of which include MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Jaiku, Delicious, Friendster, Plaxo and lots more. (You must first create separate accounts at whichever sites you choose.) Here's how it works, Go to http://www.Ping.fm and open an account. Then decide which social networking sites you want to receive the information you post to Ping. You can post your message using AIM, GTalk, iGoogle, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, WAP, iPhone/iPod Touch, SMS or email. Then it looks as if with one fell swoop...your single post on Ping goes out to all the other sites you designate. It might not be a great idea to include LinkedIn, because a lot of the more personal information you post on Facebook or Twitter isn't appropriate for LinkedIn, which is strictly for business networking and works differently but this definitly looks like it could be helpful in keeping up and not spending hours doing it.
  9. Hi Melanie I'm in the Atlanta area but still GA. Welcome! There is a VA get together in the works for Oct so maybe you can come up.
  10. This question may have been addressed before but I can't find it exactly in the archived threads so... I have a client who wants a ton of hotmail contacts to be loaded in to her Outlook Express and also to Constant Contact. However...since this is a project oriented type job she does not want to give me access to her Outlook remotely via something like GOtomyPC. (she's a newbie) So I'm wondering...can I pull those contacts from hotmail and put them into an Excel spreadsheet, then she can upload them to Outlook if I walk her through it or Constant Contact or both if she desires...I know they can go from Excel to CC but I'm not sure if they will export from Excel into Outlook Express. OR maybe they can be downloaded directly from Hotmail to her Outlook??? Now that would be nice.. any thoughts?
  11. I was wondering where Tawnya went and who the new brunette vixen was..I need to get one of those Extreme Makeovers myself!
  12. How cool! What a fabulous opportunity!
  13. Great article Diana, and congrats on getting your business mentioned in there too. You are the PR guru!
  14. Since my tag line is "Virtual Assistance...Creating Time for You!" I give away cool wrist watches every chance that its reasonable. My nephew is a bead jewelry designer and I have him keep me stocked with several designs using inexpensive faces and of course at wholesale prices so its affordable for me. These go over very well and make me especially memorable at networking events where there are return participants. These are also good for trade shows, though of course i don't pass them out to everyone...they make great prizes especislly coupled with a few free hours or a free service attached.
  15. I make to do lists and Action Plans...I don't think I can think in terms of SCHEMES..
  16. Phyllis Thank you for this post and this opportunity to express my thoughts on that fateful day. I was a bit perplexed yesterday to hear so little about it...from friends and co-workers and even the news on tv. On 9/11/01 I was working my corporate job in a large city in FL. I was one of the first to realize that something big was happening and went to find a television. As I set up the TV in our conference room people began to appear from all over our floor to see what was happening...almost 100 of us watched together in stunned silence as the first tower fell. It was unbelievable and we cried and stared in shock. Soon after or maybe hours later..i can't actually say, our supervisors released us to go home if we felt we should and I did. My husband was at home, calling my son who lived in Philadelphia and advising him to get out of the city which he did although it took 4 hours to navigate it since so many national landmarks are there and the entire city was shut down. My dear friend and neighbor from across the street came rushing over completley panicked..her brother and his wife and child lived just across the street from Battery Park and could not be contacted...it was hours later that she talked with him after he and his wife had stepped over falling bodies to collect their 1st grader at school and walk several miles up Park Ave to a relative's home, their apt completley destroyed. Several people we knew had loved ones or co workers endangered or lost that day...and I will never forget them or the eerie silence of the skies over Jacksonville...with only a lone fighter jet flying vigilantly over us for weeks. God Bless America
  17. Dana, I really like the e-zine package idea. I'm thinking of adding some "package" type deal to my offerings and that might be a really good one. I don't know that I'd want to get into the $1 per name database kind of thing though. Judy, I also think your idea of packages without necessarily accenting the $$$ for them might be a good idea.. spotlighting what you're good at.
  18. I recently saw a comment from a marketing person who suggested that we VAs create products rather than simply selling our time. He suggested that busy people are not thinking about where they can find part-time help or someone to take care of various tasks. They are wondering who can update their database or do a mail merge or mail out their monthly newsletter? they are wondering if someone can update their web site or blog or send out Christmas cards / Thank you notes? And they are also concerned about the bottom line naturally. He mentioned that it is hard for a non VA to translate $ 35.00 per hour into how much it will cost to enter all of the business cards they have collected into a database and suggests that if we offered to update a database for $ 1.00 per name the client who has 200 business cards will know it will cost $200.00. Its easy to calculate. He also suggested offering a Mail Merge product. Mail merge a letter with a database, print the letters and labels for say $ 2.50 per letter. If you offer to create mailing labels for $ 1.00 per name that they can print out when they need them it is something that they need and they can quantify. Or perhaps a 2 page monthly newsletter to 100 clients for @2.70 per newsletter. Then the client could decide if they want to hire us for $270.00 rather than tying to figure out how long it will take us and calculating their needs from that. His feeling was that other business from that client would follow. What are your thoughts and do you or would you consider doing business this way?
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