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Yvonne Weld

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  1. I plan to go to Doreen Rainey's conference "Get Radical" in March, IVAA in April/May and eWomen in August. I absolutely love going to VA events and wouldn't miss IVAA (especially since it's Vegas and that is on my bucket list). This year I decided to start a budget for conferences outside of the VA world as well. Places where my clients will be. The Return on Investment (ROI) is huge at these conferences and you make so many valuable connections and most importantly the quality of the speakers is second to none. When I am deciding on a conference I consider a few things: 1. What is the potential ROI (will potential clients be there, will I make connections that may know my potential clients, are there topics that I am interested in learning about, but that will give me new skills in my business) 2. What is my goal going in (build relationships, learn a new skill, listen to motivating speakers, etc.) that will have the biggest impact on me and my business right now. It has only really been this past year that I have ventured outside the VA world, but before that I concentrated on VA events because my budget was much smaller. As a new Virtual Assistant I told myself I didn't need to attend these conferences or I couldn't "afford" to go. After attending my first conference I realized I couldn't afford not to go. I made so many connections with other VAs and the thing I forgot is that these VAs are in front of my potential clients too. Not every VA is going to be a good fit for a potential client and because I went to these events and made a good impression on my VA colleagues they began to refer the people that weren't a good fit for them to me. I quickly started gaining business, experience and saw a good Return on Investment. On the flip side I am now the person going to these events looking to make connections for potential referrals as my business is full. Networking in person is so important and as Virtual Assistants we are all guilty of "hiding" behind our computers from time to time and forgetting that. Okay sorry to have jumped up on my soap box and I will stop preaching now about why I think conferences are so important! Tawnya, I can't wait to see you again this Spring and we will have to do Vegas right and do some sight seeing just as we did in Memphis!!
  2. Here here ... I couldn't have said it better myself.
  3. Way, way, way too funny and I could just see that VA behind the wheel of this one too ... at least the pedal could only go so far!! rolf
  4. A Client of mine actually got a virus from this email. I was surprised since it is for US government and not Canadian so that should raise a flag, but I thing many of us see the word "government" and panic. Make sure even if you aren't in the US you tell your clients to be wary of this one!!
  5. The reason for choosing a niche is for marketing purposes. It makes it so much easier to market with a person in mind. For example if your niche is real estate agents you market with real estate agents in mind, however if a lawyer was to come along and after speaking with them you love the prospect of working with them, absolutely nothing says you can't. I hope this explanation was clarifying for you. The simple reason is focus ... you truly can't be everything to everyone so you choose a tiny segment to market to, however if someone outside that market finds you all the better!!
  6. Hi Stephanie and welcome ... I'm not too far from you as I am between London and Sarnia, Ontario!!
  7. Good job Linda for sticking it out ... sometimes it can take several events to find the best fit for your business. The best group will be that one that when you walk in the room you feel like you are home and the people are interested in you and assisting you to build your business. Keep kissing those frogs ... you will find your prince (pardon the pun)!!
  8. A little bit of a personal plug, but I have a manual that is a "template" of sorts that simply asks the questions and you fill it in. I also offer a monthly teleseminar to VAinsiders where we go through each section of the manual and work together to create our manuals. Here is my site so you can check it out ... http://www.thrivingbusinessmanual.com There is also some free resources including a seminar you can download and listen to that talks about the importance of a manual and a preview that will outline the areas to consider when documenting your business. It can be accessed on this page: http://www.yvonneweld.com Thanks and good luck.
  9. That sounds good to me. Made me want to look into it more. Some people are very passionate about this issue, why not add a "cc" on the bottom of your letter when you send this to the newspaper letting them know you are sending to groups that are passionate about this issue such as recycling advocates and the like. This will let them know you mean business!!
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