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About Markux

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    Southern California
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    Film & Theater
  1. Hi All -- I'm finding myself at an interesting point in my trajectory as a VA and small business owner. This past couple of weeks, despite being on jury duty, having a sick dog, and a brother whose marriage is imploding, I managed to book a couple of new clients and wow them to the point that they are going to be going forward with me without hesitation. But I'm a bit overbooked! Ironically, it is at this moment a former co-worker has approached me and said she's freelancing now and wondered if I have any overflow work for her. Our skillsets are fairly parallel -- mostly overlap, but with a few complementary areas -- and I've also been getting requests left & right for turn-key social media marketing solutions. It seems I may be at that point of needing to add to my roster! What is the *one* crucial piece of advice you would give to someone in my position who is on the verge of expansion (aside from the obvious "everything in writing", etc., etc. that is due diligence)? All the best, Mark AdminCavalry
  2. Hi All -- Joined a little under a year ago and have been meaning to get back here more frequently, but it's been a bit crazy-busy! Will post more about that later, but for now, have a more immediate question that I was hoping to get some input on... Was recently approached by a potential client to do some social networking for him, specifically Twitter, as well as some Facebook / LinkedIn work. The work, especially Twitter, should go pretty quick -- get a voicemail from him, login to his account, make a post, logout. Rinse & Repeat a few times per week. Is anyone else doing something similar for clients? and if so, how are you billing for it? My policy is one hour billable, minimum, but for something like this, I don't see how I can do that in good conscience... Thanks much for any and all input! Cheers! ~Mark
  3. Thanks, all, for the warm welcome! I've been working non-stop getting things under way. As you all know, there's a lot to do. I've finalized some of my marketing materials today and I just pulled the trigger on securing the domain for the website. I'll let you all know when it's up and running and do a proper roll-out. I also had some really good ideas while working on stuff today that make me even more excited about this venture... things I can bring to the table, companies that I specifically want to target, etc. Have a great weekend, all! cheers! .m.
  4. Well, I've been a-lurkin' for a little while now and I think it's about time I actually post a little introduction. I was going to wait until I had my business name established and the website up & running, etc., etc., but I've gotten impatient after spending the afternoon reading so many posts, so here I am. Greetings! My name is Mark, and like a number of other VAs, I've recently become a data point for the unemployment stats of 2009. This happened once before in 2003 and that's when I first learned about being a Virtual Assistant. I considered becoming one then, but it didn't quite materialize. Now, however, I'm galvanized to not rely on the corporate world for any ol' J.O.B.! I want to take the rudder and sail where I will! I've had a bit of experience already as a VA working with some of the consultants from my old job on an informal contractor basis, and it's been a lot of fun. Plus I've really felt like I made valuable contributions to their startup businesses. Now it's time to put a more formal structure on things and find some more clients! I've also been intrigued with VA work because it seems like something that I may be able to weave together with my other passion: acting. I've got a strong background on stage and moved to L.A. to pursue TV and Film. I'm hoping to create a VA practice that can help keep a roof over my head when acting jobs are a little thin. Within the corporate world, I've worked with a relational database design consultancy, an HR pre-employment testing company, was a Sarbanes-Oxley project coordinator, and most recently was embedded support for a team of industrial commercial real estate sales people. B.A. from Santa Clara U. and M.F.A. from San Diego U. On the personal side: single, no kids, and enjoy cycling, cooking, reading, and martial arts. Looking forward to getting to know you all better, and thanks for this wonderful resource! Will post something when I rollout the new business! Cheers! ~Mark
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