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Linda Q

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  1. That would work - that would incorporate the important part of the name.....hmmmm...I think I like that! Thank you! LindaQ
  2. Hi all! OK - I'm trying to figure out a good domain name and Tawyna suggested I pick all of your brains. My business is called Villa Linda Business Solutions and my tagline is "Lindaloo works for you!" (Everyone I know calls me Lindaloo because of that Alabama song - by the way, I can still be found "..cuttin' a rug..."!) Anyway, Lindaloo is taken, Villa Linda is taken, so I'm stumped. What do you think of VLBusiness solutions.com. It's available, but a little long. Oh, what I will be offering is admin support (Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, PowerPoint), data entry, marketing (mailing lists, labels, etc.), press releases, and if I can do it without buying software, medical billing and patient accounts. I can also do some accounting - I know how to use Quickbooks and took a couple of classes (not my strong suit, but I'm not too bad either). I'm also good at proofing, editing, and creating documents (I worked on an Air Force contract making the engineers reports, etc., government-worthy). So I think I'm ready, at least I hope so!! So come on guys!! Put your thinking caps on and blow my mind with your brilliance!! LindaQ
  3. Almost! I'm still painting my office; need to get my files in order; BALANCE MY CHECKBOOK!! ; do all the things you said; tweak my profile and mission statements; and OH Yeah finish building my website!! One good thing----I'm graduating from Central NM Community College in Dec with and Associates in Bus Admin. It only took me almost 30 years!! Ha! Ha! Anyway, your list actually helped me to focus on how to focus on some things I want to learn, too. Thanks!! Even though I'm actually going backwards and kinda starting over, I'm still having the time of my life!! Thanks for the encouragement and for sharing. It's nice to know I'm not the only one with an incredibly LONG "to-do" list! OK - I'll get down from for now!! As Yoda said, "Do, or do not. There is no try." LindaQ
  4. How you would best charge will depend on a few factors. Do people typically purchase only one item to have shipped, or might they have multiple items? Will you be responsible for printing packing slips to include with the orders? Will you be responsible for procuring mailing boxes and packing supplies? How much time are you going to spend in line at the post office? If people typically buy only one to three items at a time, I'd probably charge by the order. Factor in time for packing, printing and label data entry, per item costs for ink and toner, paper, shipping labels and shipping supplies. I'd charge a separate one-time "incident fee" for the trip to the post office. Depending on how many of the books you have to keep on hand, I might also factor in a storage fee for warehousing the client's materials. Here are some items to ponder. Using USPS Click-N-Ship, you can print postage right from home. You can request carrier pickup at the time you print the order (assuming you live somewhere that has door-to-door mail service) and never have to leave the comfort of your home to ship packages. If you're doing a lot of shipping, you may want to purchase (and charge to the client) peel and stick labels. LabelUniverse.com has labels specifically for the Click-N-Ship format. You can find a link to them somewhere on the USPS site, or I can find the label code for you. If you're doing a lot of shipping, you might want to look into a service like Endicia.com (avoid Stamps.com -- I've heard that once you sign up with them, they make it VERY hard to cancel). [Edited to add: You can also order mailing supplies directly from USPS and have them delivered to your home.] Adding to this - the Flat Rate boxes are free and as long as the item fits in the box, weight doesn't matter so they can be money savers. We use them to ship to my son-in-law in Iraq and have never had a problem. I've begun using the USPS again and have been very satisfied with the service and the cost. LindaQ
  5. Hi! Another way would be to set up an account with PayPal or some other money sending organization. LindaQ
  6. Hi Barb, To answer your question, I believe we have to get a webpage or website up and running first. Then, from what I've seen here, it's a matter of being able to get your name and your skills out there for people to see. Have you signed up for Twitter and Facebook yet? Tawyna offers an interactive webinar every Wednesday afternoon, you should attend those. After the webinar there's the VAJot forum where just about anything is discussed. As far as direct advice, I don't have any because I'm still in the "getting my webpage/website" designed phase. I'm running out of time, too, so I have to pick up the pace some. Good luck to you! If I figure out what you can do specifically, I'll pass along the info. It was nice "meeting" you, as well! LindaQ lindaloo06@yahoo.com "LindaLoo works for you!!"
  7. No, I didn't!! See what I mean?? I went off by myself half-cocked and didn't follow the plan or explore here enough to utilize all the things that have been provided for us!! Thank you so much for letting me know about this! LindaQ lindaloo06@yahoo.com
  8. Thanks, Tawyna!! I'll be there!! Sorry I haven't been there much, my Mom was pretty bad off and I was needed for rehab. She's doing great & I'm back!! LindaQ
  9. Hi all, OK - if you are a new VA and really want to learn these skills, how do you find a VA that will train you? When you aren't a VAInsider, you don't have access to RFP's, so what's the correct way to let everyone know you're out there and itching to learn as much as possible about just about everything? I agree that if the skill is something that will be used again, then the training itself is compensation - and if it's a one-time deal, then financial compensation should be offered. In fact, all of the comments here are sensible. Anyway, some guidance would be much appreciated!! Thanks, in advance!! LindaQ Villa Linda Business Solutions, LLC lindaloo06@yahoo.com Lindaloo works for you!!
  10. Linda, I'm puzzled by this statement. What does your Intuit subscription have to do with your hosting through the VAC? Sorry for the confusion - absolutely nothing - good catch!! My point was that I should've used the the coupons that I received from Tawyna instead of going my own way and getting a website through Intuit and paying monthly right off the bat. I could've had something up and running all this time..... I'm just beating myself up. I'm going to contact Tawnya's company Monday and get the ball rolling. After all, she supplied the tools - it was my arrogance that didn't take advantage. I've wasted 4 months....... Anyway, I'm painting, cleaning, and rearranging my office this weekend and going back to the VAC and doing it the right way!! I got ahead of myself and didn't follow the plan..... I've gotten myself into a tizzy - sorry if I'm not making sense. Anyway - thanks again for listening!! LindaQ
  11. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! LindaQ
  12. ***Just an update - I've now canceled my subscription with Intuit, so no more website and I've canceled my fax service. I'm back to the basics --- learning html, XHTML, etc. using a textbook called "Web Design Technologies" from the Web Warrior Series. This bites cuz now I won't be up and running until my one-year free hosting I got through VAC has expired. It's what I get for not doing it right the first time!! Anyway - you'll probably be seeing a lot of me over the next few weeks as I learn. I'm so glad I have you guys to help with my questions. I'm blessed to have found this forum! LindaQ
  13. ***Just an update - I've now canceled my subscription with Intuit, so no more website and I've canceled my fax service. I'm back to the basics --- learning html, XHTML, etc. using a textbook called "Web Design Technologies" from the Web Warrior Series. This bites cuz now I won't be up and running until my one-year free hosting I got through VAC has expired. It's what I get for not doing it right the first time!! Anyway - you'll probably be seeing a lot of me over the next few weeks as I learn. I'm so glad I have you guys to help with my questions. I'm blessed to have found this forum! LindaQ
  14. Thanks! I'm just learning html and XHTML - it's taking longer than I hoped to get a website built, but I'm determined to do it! CSS is something I will be learning, too, I'm sure, so thanks for the link! LindaQ
  15. Hi Nancy, I took a class in MS Access 2007 and loved it! It was easy to use and you can build the database to suit you and your client. Check it out! Linda Qualls, President Villa Linda Business Solutions, LLC lindaloo06@yahoo.com
  16. Hi there, I used Hughes Net as my satellite provider for about 3 years. I recently was able to finally get a DSL connection through the phone company. I'm selling my satellite, modem, & cables for $200 if you're interested. That would cut down on his initial outlay. HughesNet charged me $62.99 a month. I realize that's incredibly expensive, but it's worth it if you need a faster connection than dial-up. Anyway, let me know if I can help answer any questions he may have about service, etc. Linda Qualls Villa Linda Business Solutions, LLC lindaloo06@yahoo.com
  17. Welcome Karen! As a fellow "newbie", I can honestly say that if it wasn't for this forum, I would have quit a long time ago. I look forward to hearing all about your business. LindaQ lindaloo06@yahoo.com Villa Linda Business Solutions, LLC
  18. That does look fun. I think I'll play for a while and see what this can do. Thanks for sharing!! LindaQ Villa Linda Business Solutions, LLC lindaloo06@yahoo.com
  19. This was an incredibly informative forum topic! Thank you all for sharing your thoughts and ideas so readily. Being a brand new VA and in the position of not really knowing anything, I'm so thankful that I found this site. By the way, how do you become a "Sub"? It seems to me this would be an invaluable way to learn the ropes. Thanks again for all of the tips. LindaQ
  20. Hi all, I really don't have anything constructive to help all of you with, but I wanted to jump in and tell you all how helpful this forum is for me. I'm still deciding on my rates, and need all the help I can get. This just shows how valuable a forum like this really is. Thanks everyone! LindaQ
  21. Tracy, I just wanted you to know that I used mycontactform.com and created a form that I can live with for now. Thank you so much for guiding me their way!! LindaQ
  22. Tracy & Leanne, Thanks for the input. I've been messing with this site for a couple of hours now, I think I'll try the one you suggested, Tracy, and see if it's any better. I wish I was experienced enough to create my own scripts. I'm thinking of taking an SQL class in the fall, any thoughts? I know I'm going to take a Web Design class because I'm sure I'm doing a lot wrong. As long as I get it working soon, I'll leave it alone until I know more about what I'm doing. Thank goodness the Intuit-Homestead website builder I'm using is geared for people like me. Thanks again!! LindaQ lindaloo06@yahoo.com Villa Linda Business Solutions, LLC
  23. Hi there, There are several different uses for the 1099 and different 1099's. I believe he was thinking of the 1099-Misc. When I subcontracted for a computer firm last year, I needed her to issue me a 1099-misc in order to show my income to the IRS. This for is only used in the United States to show miscellaneous income, whether from the sale of an item or for services provided. You won't need one because you operate in Canada, so your tax guy was correct. LindaQ lindaloo06@yahoo.com Villa Linda Business Solutions, LLC
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