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  1. Wish I could help you on this matter, hopefully someone can chime in.
  2. I think it's all personal preference and depends what you need in an accounting software. I've been using Wave for a few years and really like it. It's free so you could sign up and try it out and see what you think.
  3. Just curious as to what industry code other Virtual Assistants select when doing their income tax? You can search industry codes here: http://www23.statcan.gc.ca/imdb/p3VD.pl?Function=getVD&TVD=118464
  4. Hi Leah, I recently had to fill out that form for a client. I found some youtube videos to help me fill it out. This is the one I used If you have any questions about filing it out let me know.
  5. I have a question that maybe someone can answer... I'm based in British Columbia and am registered for my GST number and can get reimbursed for the GST I pay on business expenses. If I am in Ontario can I get the HST back if I'm at a conference purchasing meals or purchase something that I need for my business? Or no? Thanks!
  6. I asked this question awhile ago too, but can't seem to find my topic in the search. When I'm doing working with a short-term client I usually send them all their files and delete them from my computer. My contract also states that I'm not responsible for saving their work files etc.
  7. From the Desk of Tawnya Sutherland... What are you doing for your summer holidays (or winter depending where you live)? Will you work or just play? Many of you may already know this but I usually spend a month or so up at my parents' cottage north of 7 in Ontario. There's not much up there to do but read, write and spend time on my floaty tube catching a brown tan on the lake. And yes sometimes while there I get a bit bored LOL! The one thing I don't like about going to the cottage is that my wifi connection is only just bearable UGH! I can always walk around the area and find a signal to send off my emails but that is about all the work I can do! I tend to get a bit of cabin fever being unhooked to that extent as I can't work that much and being that I love working I miss it and get a bit grumpy HA! I thought of a good way to kill 2 birds with one stone though and I've decided that since I do have access to wifi enough to respond to emails, I'd offer a SPECIAL on my email brain power coaching sessions. If you are on a limited budget and want to get your business off the ground, this might work for us both. One you'll get unlimited email support Monday - Friday to pick my brain (I'll respond within 24 hours even if I have to walk to the corner store to shoot you off my daily email LOL). No need to wait for your answers as you'll have her on your side ready to provide motivation and input into your VA business when you need the support. Here's the link to learn more about these coaching sessions CLICK HERE AND here's a coupon code for 25% OFF > cottagelife NOTE: This coupon also works on my regular coaching sessions as well if you were thinking of doing any of these. I've got a couple of slots left for these starting August when I get back from the cottage To Your Virtual $uccess, Tawnya Sutherland
  8. Yeah it was a special case so couldn't use their card. Typically that is what I do. I tried looking for the answer on google but didn't really get an exact answer.
  9. I've never had to do this before so am unsure how to do it. If I purchase something on behalf of my client, they told me just to bill it to them. How do I record that in my invoicing system? Do I add GST to it as well? I'm not sure how I do this. I don't really want the expenses to be income that I have to claim either.
  10. This is tomorrow! RSVP if you haven't already. https://form.jotform.com/60778678659278
  11. I launched a new website this last week and Tawnya told me to share it in the forum. If you guys don't know already, I'm her daughter... Anyways it is a website geared towards helping military spouses learn about virtual assistance and start up their own business. www.MilitaryVirtualAssistants.com I always have other spouses ask me about my business and they always want to know how they can get started. I decided it would be best to just create an entire website centered around starting up a VA business so I can send people there. I would love to hear your feedback on the site so far. It will be growing along side my own VA business. I plan to share my journey with others, both business and personal. I've also set up a private forum area for Military Spouses here in the VAnetworking Forum. Head on over to my website to learn how to be part of it. Thanks for all the wonderful support I've received so far!
  12. What expense category do you use for.... - Domains - PLR I always just put them both as an "other expense" but am getting caught up on my books for 2016 and was wondering if that was even correct. I read that you could classify domains as "advertising" and "PLR" as COGS. But I'm not sure. Thanks!
  13. TOPIC: Using Email Marketing as a Virtual Assistant or Consultant DATE: Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 TIME: 1PM PST (Vancouver, BC, Canada – UTC/GMT -8 hours) CLICK HERE to convert to your timezone SPEAKER: Patrick Tuthill During this special webinar… We will dive into the core ways in which VAs and marketing consultants use Email to drive the needle for their client base, and where AWeber can provide value as an added tool to your arsenal. We encourage an open and informal format, so we welcome questions during the discussion. Speaker BIO: Patrick Tuthill has been in the digital space for the last 8 plus years, mostly working wth startups and Entrepreneurs who are looking to grow their digital footprint as a Blogger or web publisher. He now works with cross functional teams as a growth specialist for AWeber, and industry leader in the Email marketing space. He enjoys connecting with Entrepreneurs of a Sign up for the webinar here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3580145472193155330 Sign up for Aweber here. Feel free to discuss anything about the webinar below. Ask questions that didn't get answered on the webinar. Share tips with others etc.
  14. It's tax season in Canada and the USA right now. Are you an earlier filer or do you wait for the last minute? Do you prefer your taxes yourself or have someone do them? I usually prepare them early and then file later since I always have to pay so there is no rush for me. I use turbotax online to do them and it's pretty simple.
  15. Hi, Tawnya and I want to finally have a VA lunch meet up in the Vancouver area. It's actually going to be in White Rock, B.C. so that people in Washington State can come up easily as White Rock is just one mile north of the Canada/USA border. It will be held Saturday, April 16th from 1pm to 5pm PLEASE RSVP HERE (details/location will be emailed to you before the event) Please fill out the form if you are interested so we can get in touch with you. Hope to finally meet some of you! Extra Details: Here's a couple of places to stay if you are planning on an overnight trip. Ocean Promenade Hotel -15 minute walk from my place but they have ocean front rooms which are super nice. Best Western - This is about 3-5 miles away and probably cheaper Pacific Inn Resort - Few minutes away If you are bringing the family, there are lots of other things for them to do while you are at our Social Party Plenty of site seeing around the lower mainland, hanging at the beach, renting paddleboards/kayaks, etc. PS: If you want to bring an appie feel free but not required (although greatly appreciated LOL). I'll have 3-5 appies and be supplying water, coffee, tea and red/white wine.
  16. My clients give me their credit card or their PayPal login information. I always confirm before making a purchase on their behalf.
  17. Susanne, it's actually Collette's Podcast that I was posting on her behalf. It does sound great!
  18. VAinsider Member Advertisement From member: Collette Schultz Catch the first episode of a great subcontracting resource. Here's the background: I have been listening to podcasts for a very long time. I started with Kelly McCausey, a podcast I believe was called work at home moms (WAHM). Then I listened to the podcast with Denise Griffitts, Your Partner in Success and followed Nicole Dean. At one point I even flirted with the idea of producing my own podcast but quickly dismissed the idea as too hard and then began the slow downward getting busy with subcontracting projects. My time was turning into profits. Fast forward a few years and once again I began flirting with the idea of creating my own podcast and began researching why virtual assistants and service providers weren't using a team to turn their own business into profits. In my research I found that there really isn't another podcast that addresses and educates about this topic. So, I contacted one of the original role models, Denise Griffitts and asked for some coaching. She agreed. That's how Virtual Team 360 podcast was born. Now that you know a little of the back story, In the first interview, I wanted to share with you why I think going forward with the podcast on the subcontracting concept will be an important tool for team members, virtual service providers and multi-VAs. Signup to get the notice and special offers after the recording here: http://www.savvysubcontracting.com/podcasts/
  19. Trying to figure out if you are to charge GST / HST to clients in Canada can be confusing. I can't really find any topics about this subject in the forum. Especially recent ones so wanted to throw in these resources for Virtual Assistants. The CRA GST/HST phone number is 1-800-959-8287 if anyone wants to talk to them. They pointed me towards this document, it is huge, but we can go down to page 65, Services which explains how we should be charging GST / HST. http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pub/gm/b-103/README.html Hope that helps.
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