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  1. I would recommend Rebekah Zobel Jones of My Fabulous VA. It is her specialty and I have found her to be excellent at what she does, professional, prompt and extremely knowledgeable. Good luck!
  2. Welcome Bree, nice to see you around! As Patty says, good luck with your new adventure!
  3. Patty!! You poor thing, I cringe just reading everything you've been going through. I hope my stalk-ee gets better soon, thinking of you and wishing you better times ahead. Miss you!
  4. I have to say that after I saw this yesterday, I was so shocked I had to wander away to process it. While my contact with Denise was only occasional, we had connected and become online friends several years ago. She struck me as an extremely positive and genuine person whose kindness came through clearly in whatever medium she was communicating. My thoughts are with her family during this heartbreaking time.
  5. Candy, I hope you have an amazing birthday!!
  6. Hi Jerri, While you are correct that some carriers will not deliver to a PO box, UPS has delivered to ours. I have a PO address because I live in a rural address and UPS found our property (with some help from me) and drove into our yard, scaring the bejeepers out of the horses. Both the driver and I were howling because the horses were acting so insanely and we decided that it was because they had never seen a big brown truck before, lol! If I need a delivery sent via a courier and the carrier doesn't like PO addresses, I have the package sent to my husband's office. Being virtual, I have never had a need for a client to use my mailing address for the purpose of using a courier. Hope that helps!
  7. Nope. It will be great to meet you Dana, you seem to have a ton of awesome ideas around being a legal VA! : I haven't yet 'officially' registered, I was waiting til today for the chocolates, lol.
  8. I can't believe that I get to say this, but I just booked my flights, so I guess that means...(please insert drum roll here) I AM GOING TO THE IVAA 2010 SUMMIT!! Being Canadian, of course, I wanted to go to Montreal last year, but having a 3-month old I didn't want to leave my new little wee one. But, this is a new year with new opportunities and I am soooooo EXCITED to get a chance to meet all these fabulous VAs I have been reading about for years! I can't wait to meet everyone! Whew....that felt good. Oh, and a special thank you to Rebekah Zobel-Jones! I have been debating attending the Summit and being undecisive, etc., etc., and she got me off the fence and did a great selling job of the benefits of attending a live VA event (which was actually a goal for Year 2 in my business plan and here I am at Year 4 ). Thanks, Rebekah!
  9. It must be a Canadian thing. As a resident of Calgary (you know, site of the 1988 Winter Olympics ), some helpful newscaster reminded us the other day of how we had a Chinook during our Olympics and temperatures were warmer here than they were in Miami for 6 DAYS!!! I bet you thought winter was cold up here, lol...
  10. Hi Tracy, Congratulations on starting your new VA business and . It sounds as if you have a wonderful outlook on life that should stand you in good stead with your new venture. Good luck and I look forward to hearing more on your journey as you progress towards your goals! All the best,
  11. Welcome back to VANA, Serena! I always look forward to your input and I am glad we shall be seeing more of you here, all the best!
  12. Dana, great story and a perfect illustration of the potential pitfalls when hiring an overseas VA company. It sounds as if you most definitely went above and beyond and gained a valuable supporter, nicely done!
  13. I keep hearing the same thing on Twitter. I am wave-less so I can't comment one way or another except to say I don't know if I am really missing anything. p.s. Brent, you really should send us a pic of your office, inquiring minds wanna know! Clandestine bomb shelter?? HA!!
  14. I would just like to take a minute and thank Bernice for graciously offering up her home as the location for our Calgary meet up this past week. She was a wonderful host, thanks so much and I look forward to meeting everyone again at our next meet up!
  15. Ana, I look forward to seeing you around the forum and hearing more about your VA business! I also really enjoyed getting a chance to know you better at the Calgary meet-up this past week, take care!
  16. Hi Rita, Have you looked at OfficeTime? It has the ability to change the fee on an individual task basis and is not a monthly fee-based program. When I went looking for a replacement for MyHours I objected to having to pay someone a monthly fee for a time tracking program and I wanted a program I liked that had lots of flexibility. They have a free trial that you can download and I was hooked from the start. It is also very reasonably priced as far as I am concerned and I had an excellent response the one time I needed help. Hope that helps and good luck!
  17. Hi Gwen and ! Have you looked at MailChimp? Good luck!
  18. I use Grasshopper (used to be GotVMail) and it, too, is very inexpensive. I have an #800 forwarded to my cell number and a long distance plan that covers any charges. If you do a lot of calls for your client, it may cost you in terms of going over the free minutes included with your current cell phone plan, which might be something to consider.
  19. Connie! My hubby works in Airdrie, great town! It sounds as if you've done great with your biz so far, good luck and welcome!
  20. Happy Birthday Erin! You share a birthday with my son who turned 3 yesterday, I hope you had a wonderful day!
  21. Hi Charlene, A quick search of Magic Jack's FAQ garners the following answer: Your Question Can I send and receive faxes using magicJack? Answer SOMETIMES. We do not officially support using faxing with magicJack. Please try the following steps to use magicJack with your fax (contact your fax manufacturer for details): Turn off error correction on your fax machine or program Set the fax machine or program to use the slowest speed available Increase the speed, checking at each speed that faxes work HTH!
  22. Hi Milly, Firstly, let me say I completely understand how frustrating it is to work so hard and not have better results. It takes a lot of work and time to build up a successful VA business and having been in business for a little over a month and having garnered 2 clients, I would say you're doing quite well! A lot the of successful VAs you read about have been around for years and it has taken them time to get where they are. As a VA, you want clients to respect your abilities and pay you what you're worth and I don't think you're going to find your ideal clients on Guru or Elance. While I know VAs have found worthy clients on these freelancing sites, I agree you are competing against people from developing countries who can offer very low bids. Frankly, you get what you pay for, as many of these businesses will subsequently discover. Mass mailings generally don't have a great return on investment and advertising on Craigslist might not be where your ideal client is. You have to think on that, who is your ideal client and where do they hang out? Once you figure that out, then you're able to target them specifically, which boosts your chances of success and narrows your focus so you are working towards a specific audience. In-person networking is a great way to market your VA business. Get out to networking events in your area and meet people! If you do a search on meetup.com, it is likely that you can find a networking group to join in your area. Tell everyone you know what you are doing and how it can help their business. Volunteering for a charity you support can also help you hone your skills and generate good testimonials. Once you have a few clients willing to sing your praises and give you testimonials, you will find it easier to gain more ideal clients through word of mouth. Don't give up! Just change your approach a bit and remember that it takes time to build any successful business, but if it's what you want to do, then you can!
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