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Tawnya Sutherland

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  1. Hi Naomi and welcome! I agree with phone burnout and haven't offered that service for years. Reason? I want to work When, Where and with whoever on my timeline not 9 - 5. Enjoy the boards and I look forward to getting to know you more through your participation here.
  2. What service industry? Are you talking writers, graphic designers, webdevelopers, product creators, food industry, where do they live, etc.? Without knowing your target market hard to give you a color. Do a search on website color psychology and you'll have all kinds of information come up to help you. https://neilpatel.com/blog/psychology-of-color-and-conversions/ https://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/designing-websites/how-to-choose-color-for-your-website/
  3. Hi Tammy and welcome! I look forward to getting to know you through your participation at my forums. If you haven't checked out your free resources in my member area, please login and check them out specifically the video on becoming a VA.
  4. Hi Megan and welcome! I look forward to getting to know you through your participation at my forums. If you haven't checked out your free resources in my member area, please login and check them out specifically the video on becoming a VA.
  5. Hi Precious and welcome! I look forward to getting to know you through your participation at my forums. If you haven't checked out your free resources in my member area, please login and check them out specifically the video on becoming a VA.
  6. Hi Chandler and welcome! I look forward to getting to know you through your participation at my forums. If you haven't checked out your free resources in my member area, please login and check them out specifically the video on becoming a VA. Good for you having a couple clients already. Keep marketing they will come your way. You might want to look into my private VAinsiders.com membership as we have a busy job board and good marketing training on the inside to help and support you moving forward.
  7. Hi Amber and welcome! I look forward to getting to know you through your participation at my forums. If you haven't checked out your free resources in my member area, please login and check them out specifically the video on becoming a VA. I juggled full-time off and on as a VA. Thank goodness in my days there were no distractions like Facebook or Netflix marathons so I was able to pull it off. Not sure how people do it nowadays but it is doable...just shut down the distractions.
  8. Hi Jai and welcome! I look forward to getting to know you through your participation at my forums. If you haven't checked out your free resources in my member area, please login and check them out specifically the video on becoming a VA.
  9. Hi Iliana and welcome! I look forward to getting to know you here through your participation at our forums.
  10. Hi Irene and welcome. Looking forward to getting to know you more through your participation here. Make sure you grab all our free resources inside your member area and watch the intro video.
  11. Hi James and welcome, glad you found us. Thanks for the introduction, always good to get to know our readers a bit deeper. I had to google zentangles but learned a new word today.
  12. I agree, what a wonderful niche for you and yep, very lucrative!
  13. You can hire VAs to do work in your business or you can work for other VAs (called subcontracting). Not sure which you are referencing but typically if you subcontract and work for another VA Agency you'll work for anywhere from 15-30% less your hourly rate. You take into the fact though that as a subcontractor the work is handed down to you and you don't have to do any marketing so you can actually bill 40 hours a week instead of 25-30 if you did your own marketing.
  14. Welcome to you both. There are a bunch of resources inside your member lounge. Make sure you watch the Become a Virtual Assistant Video first as it will answer many of your questions.
  15. Where are you pain points in your business? What takes up time which you'd rather spend on something else? Email management? Calendar organization? What is your business and what tasks do you do? Write them all out then start slowly outsourcing ones that don't require your thought to your VA.
  16. Hi Shannie and welcome! You are in the perfect spot to get the support and help you need. This forum has a wealth of information in it in every area to help you get up and running, you just have to search and hunt it down. I think the first thing you should do is to get a online presence so you can send prospective clients there to check you out. Plus it makes you more credible and clients need to trust before they buy. Easiest and free way is setting up a Linkedin Account. I can't say this enough to those just starting out but it also helps to invest in a training organization for VAs like our VAinsiders.com to help give you the support and coaching you need to push you business into startup mode. You might also want to look at my VirtualAssistantCareer.com program which includes a Wordpress website. Share your linkedin profile with us once you get it up and running.
  17. @Jade20653 how you are pulling up these old posts from years ago (maybe in search box) but always check dates of original post before you take time to respond to make sure its up to date
  18. Jade this is an old post from 2006. You'll want to check posts as some of these are really old being we've been around since 2003. I've got a feeling this person isn't around anymore as her pic says Guest now which means they've unsubscribed.
  19. I don't see why this couldn't be a niche/special service you offer. You would have to market it strongly and have some catchy business / domain name very niched to this industry. In a nutshell you would be a researcher. Maybe you could offer packages of sorts where the client fills out their desires in a form and then you supply them with 1-5 (or how many) different choices you find for them. They would pay you for the research (most likely in a package arrangement). You could provide them with links after payment to your finds. These of course would be affiliate links so you make more money when they order through your link. Just thinking out loud but yes, this could be a good niche. Hopefully you are a bit creative and can write because you could have a travel blog surrounding finding cabin vacations, etc. Maybe even companies would advertise on it if you got big enough. Lots of room for growth.
  20. Welcome Paul, if you have any questions just ask us. There is a whole forum on bookkeeping too.
  21. A VA only has about tops 120 billable hours in an average month. So it could vary how many clients they have like six 20 hour retainers so 6 clients or more/less depending what hourly retainer package they choose from you.
  22. Fiverr just isn't a place for VAs to find quality high paying clients. It's where everyone goes to get a cheap service fix. If you want high paying quality clients I recommend joining organizations that bring those types of jobs to their job boards like ours at VAinsiders.com
  23. I'd agree with Danielle, just use your personal one for Linkedin and get known that way. Linkedin is all about business anyhow not personal friendships. You won't find your parents on linkedin talking about what they had for dinner right?
  24. Yes that is definitely a boring name so I would --> rename my business but not mention it and start creating new content I don't understand exactly what your question is in that paragraph about your mother so just guessing here with my response... Life will always creep into your business and you just have to stay disciplined during those times the best you can. That is when support from others in the industry (like in our group coaching at VAinsiders.com) helps so much! Knowing others are going through or have gone through something similar is very supportive. What name did you choose? I don't understand the poll not knowing it.
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