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  1. <!--quoteo(post=118194:date=Aug 23 2009, 12:07 PM:name=KrisSPrice)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (KrisSPrice @ Aug 23 2009, 12:07 PM) <a href="index.php?act=findpost&pid=118194"><{POST_SNAPBACK}></a></div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Hello Milly, I'm sorry you're so down, starting out on your own is very hard and can be really stressful. I have been in business for almost 3 years now and there are times that I get down (even w/ clients) b/c I want more. Back in April I took my business in a different direction and have never finished my website (i deactivated my old one b/c it was truly a completely different business that I began). So everyday I beat myself up about that new website <img src="http://www.vanetworking.com/forum/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/blink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="" border="0" alt="blink.gif" /> I will finish it!!!!! It's impossible to compete with other countries who bid on jobs at those rates, that's why I do not use Guru or Elance. If I were you, I would focus on sub-contract work with multi-va businesses. This will help establish you in the industry and will help you network with others that have the same struggles that you have. I'm not sure what kind of mailings that you're sending out but I don't market locally and I don't have advertise on Craig's List. If you want to be virtual, then local advertising is not always where you should focus. I get RFP's from the forum and I check out the IVAA ones also. Don't get too down b/c then you are "breeding" the negativity into your business. You have to stay upbeat and positive. Read some books are marketing and growing your business, even if they are about HUGE businesses have success.....it gets you pumped up and keeps you focused. When I get down, I read books written by people like Brian Tracy (a great motivator), Susan Wilson Solovic, Elizabeth Cogswell Baskin. Just log on to Amazon and reads some of the book reviews on some of these writers and go w/ what drives you internally. When I get bummed or feel that I need boosted, I turn to one by SWS which is The Girls' Guide to Building a Million-Dollar Business. It always gets me back on track. I have so many little sticky notes and highlights in that book and I've only had it for about a year and half. Find something that motivates you, whether it's reading success stories online or writing to all of us on the forum....the key is to stay focused and find something that works for marketing your business. I'm not a marketing person so I can't give you any suggestions like some of the great marketing minds on here will be able to do. I'm just trying to help you snap out of little rut that you have gotten yourself into. Please don't fall into it-it wil gobble you up faster than you can imagine. Hang in there! YOU CAN DO IT, YOU WILL DO IT! Stay positive and stay focused! Good Luck! Please keep in touch with us, things will be improving in no time so let us know how it's going. <img src="style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbup.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="" border="0" alt="thumbup.gif" /> Kris<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd--> Kris Thanks for the words of encouragement. Milly I am right there with you. I know and realize it is hard work to start a business kind of like losing weight and you look for a little movement in order to stay encouraged. Kris you mention sub-contracting with other VA businesses. Forgive my ignorance but as a newbie not really sure how to do this. Can you provide more insight? I will also look into the books you mention. But I have to say visiting this site is a great motivator as well. I check in everyday to see what others are struggling with, pick up new tips, and most importantly get excellent advise from our seasoned VAs who have made their businesses work. It gives me hope I will be able to as well. Thanks!!
  2. Thanks Marie, that really helps. I appreciate your candor and the reasons you have stayed with GoDaddy. I appreciate the help. Good luck with your site, I can't wait to see it. B
  3. Hi Marie From what I am learning it is best to grab the org and net versions as well. I have a question for and for anyone else up for offering advice, how did you decide on what web hosting to use? There seems to be an abundance of them as well as a slew of sites offering ratings on them all, it is hard to decide which will be best and where I will get the most bang for my buck. I was looking at Microsoft Live (cuz it's free) but also found some good information on Just Hosting.com. Thoughts, advice, input??? Thanks B The VOAssistant
  4. Hi Has anyone tried the Affiliate Marketing Sweetie course? It is listed on the VA home page under Marketing/SEO tab. If so, does it work? Have you had great or mediocre success? Thanks for any advice, I am new to all this and trying to figure out what is worth trying and worth investing in. B
  5. Thanks KrisSprice that is what I am wondering. I was hoping to find someone who has actually received work through them. Their sister company is Team Double Click. Anyone have any info on either of these and have gotten work through them? Thanks everyone for your help! B
  6. Hi Cheri Glad to see another Midwesterner (is this a word?) join. I really think you will like it here. I have just recently joined and have found a fountain of information. My cup runneth over. Everyone is so great in providing assistance and information, you really feel like part of a team. Welcome!
  7. Thanks Charlene. I appreciate your replying and your insight. I am new to the VA world and business after 30 years in corporate America and just trying to find work and how to best acquire clients. B
  8. Hello everyone I am wondering if anyone in the group is registered and using the VirtualAssistingUSA site. They allow you to sign up for free but in order for potential clients to find you or you to find jobs they are asking you to sign up for a paid membership. Just wondering if anyone has had any luck with this site. Thanks in advance for any help or insight you can give. B
  9. LOL! Hi my name is Brenda but everyone calls me B. I am really happy you replied. While I have years of office experience my skills tend to lean toward accounting/bookkeeping. How hard was it for you to get your business going? How long did it take you? I kind of feel overwhelmed right now and how to get my business off the ground and where my niche will be. Couple of months with no income tends to make one nervous and I am trying to decide where I will get the most opportunities. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks B
  10. Hey Shannon Like you lost the job and decided to be my own boss. It can be overwhelming this whole VA thing. Where to start, how to get clients, etc. But like you I am sure it is the right thing for me and my family. Good luck and if I can ever be of assistance, let me know. Like you I am pretty much an open book and I love to talk and network.
  11. Hi just bought an HP laptop too and love it. After months of research actually bought at Office Depot and got the best deal. Going back to school special. 3GB of memory, 320 ghz, DVD/CD burner, great graphics card, etc. Also got 21" monitor, HP all in one printer (wireless), and wireless mouse and keyboard and spent only $945. Hope this helps
  12. Hello everyone, I am a new member and would like to take a brief moment to introduce myself. While I am new to VA I have close to 30 years office and accounting experience. Due to unforseen circumstances and our economy I have found myself with out a job. Rather than dispair I am taking this as an opportunity to live my dream and have my own work from home business. I am a mother of 2 boys who are off to college in a couple of weeks. I have been married for 29 years this past June. I am a Wisconsinite for all of my life although my past employment has given me opportunity to travel and speak at conferences I have seen a little bit of the world. I so excited to start this new venture and look forward to getting to know everyone at VANetworking. I know I have a lot to learn about being a VA and I think this site and it's members will be a great resource for me. I am open to any and all tips and suggestions on how to get my businessgoing and find clients. Well that is all for now. TTYL
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