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About MGrayVA

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    Right now, I am obsessed with Pentatonix. They are the best group ever! I also like to read, write, and exercise.
  1. I just wanted to say a quick congratulations to the other raffle winners from the VAVS conference. I am so excited about the prize that I won (AdminPro training)! Thanks to whoever drew my name out of the hat!
  2. Hi, Emily. I remember you from the VAVS training last week. Good to "see" you here!
  3. If you missed the 11th VAVS conference, then you really missed a treat! In addition to the wonderful roster of speakers, there were lots of little freebies and discounts throughout the week. Being a longtime cheapskate, I began with the Silver membership for $37. But the content was so great, that I upgraded to Gold. I am one of the cheapest people that I know, so if I willingly parted with an extra $77, then it was for good reason. If you are a new VA, or if you are thinking about becoming a VA, then I suggest attending the next conference. Even if you only buy a Silver ticket so that you can participate in the live recordings. It is a great investment. I learned a lot of great lessons this week and am glad that I attended. Check out my full VAVS review here:Twenty Sessions of WOW!: VAVS 11 . cheers, Meghan M. Gray Enterprises www.mgrayva.com **Learning Excel? Check out my post about writing formulas here.**
  4. Thank you. It's no biggie. I will just cross it off of my list.
  5. Thank you, Tawnya. The 15 hour rule sounds good to me. I will try it out and let you all know how it goes. In the meantime, I do have one more question. I was able to sign up for Twellow, and Friend or Follow. But, TweetLater does not seem to be active. Does anybody here have a membership to this site, or is it outdated? Thanks.
  6. I understand, Danielle. The same way that you feel about LinkedIn, is the same that I feel about Facebook. I'm saving that one for last.
  7. Hi Johnna, Would you consider outsourcing the tasks that you don't like to do? I'm not sure how established you are, but maybe you can subcontract another VA to do those tasks for you. From what I've learned so far, it's common for VA's to outsource tasks that they don't like (or don't have time for). If you have someone to work under you, then you can still list those services on your site. That way, you won't have to worry about passing on clients, and you can focus on the tasks that you love to do. Good luck, Meghan www.mgrayva.com
  8. That's a good question. I remember reading that it's better to use the .com for your domain name. Since the .com and .net of your intended domain name are already registered, it may get confusing for your audience. I don't remember where I originally heard this logic, but here is an article that may help to shed light on your situation: http://v2.registar.com/tutorials/5-rules-to-registering-a-domain-name/. I'm not sure what your business name is, but would you consider spelling it out instead of using an acronym? That may be a possible solution to your problem. Good luck to you, Meghan www.mgrayva.com
  9. Good luck to you, Alison. I hope that you find the info that you are looking for.
  10. So far, I’ve been a social media dud. I can attribute this in part to the fact that I’m an introvert. I used to run a blog about healthy cooking and eating habits. I did my own posts and videos, but got cold feet when it came to promoting my site. My networking consisted of opening an account, posting a link to my site, following a few popular people, and retweeting the catchy stuff on Twitter. Keep in mind that what I retweeted had absolutely nothing to do with my niche. You can guess what happened. All of the content that I worked so hard to create went unnoticed, and my site did not do as well as I hoped. Epic Fail. Now, I’m looking to change all of that. Instead of using my introverted personality as an excuse to fail; I’ve vowed to work towards improvement. First up: Twitter I decided to make good use of the webinars on VAnetworking. I wasn’t sure which social media account to tackle first, so I just chose Twitter. I found a webinar called “Twitter tips for VAs” by Kathy Colaiacovo. There is a lot more to Twitter than meets the eye! For instance, its sister sites: Twellow and TweetLater. These are great tools for creating connections and keeping up with current ones. It’s more than tweeting and following. There should be an organized method involved. Kathy gave a lot of other helpful hints, and I gladly soaked it all up. There are a few more Twitter webinars on VAnetworking, which I plan on checking out. Also, Kathy has a YouTube channel that I plan on using as a resource as well. It’s the end of my workday, and this post is the last task that I will complete tonight. But, tomorrow’s to-do list includes setting up accounts on Twellow, TweetLater, and Friend or Follow. I am excited about using these tools to grow my network! What’s Next? I don’t expect to become an expert in social media overnight. But at least I now know that I can get better. I believe that following Kathy’s tips will really help me to improve. Of course, there is more to social media and networking than just Twitter. Twitter is only a piece of the puzzle. My next stop is LinkedIn. I have a profile and have joined a few groups. However, I have a feeling that I am not using LinkedIn to its full potential. I’m saying a quick prayer of thanks for the webinars that will guide me. Happy networking, Meghan www.mgrayva.com
  11. It feels great to have my website up and running! It took me a while to do it, but I am really happy with the results. I just wanted to give a quick word of encouragement to any other newbies who are building their own sites. Stay positive, patient, and persistent. It will all come together in the end. keep going, Meghan
  12. Hi, guys. So I am taking my time going through the VAC, because I really want to do things right. Some of the best advice for me, has been to keep my skills updated and polished. It is a lot of work, but I know that it will pay off tremendously. One of the areas that I have been working on, is my capability with MS Excel. I searched and searched online for different programs that would meet my needs. I was just going through my trial period with a program that required a fee, until I discovered the best Excel training program of all! The program is called Excelisfun, and it is technically not a "program". It is actually a YouTube channel with over 2,000 videos of Excel tutorials. The presenter is Mike Girvin, a teacher and Excel Guru from Seattle. The material is wonderfully helpful, and I cannot believe that it is free. He even provides practice assignments for each concept! If you are looking to learn Excel, or simply brush up on your skills, then I highly recommend Excelisfun. Click here to go to the channel. Another YouTube channel with great Excel lessons is Ann K. Emery (her channel is named after her). She is a Data Analyst & Visualization specialist, and focuses on how to use Excel for those purposes. She also has an amazing blog, with lots of helpful information. Here is the link: click me. My last tip is a site called GCFLearnFree.org. They have free courses in Excel, along with downloadable exercises. In addition to Excel, they have lessons on many other software applications, including MS Access, Google Docs, etc. They also have a YouTube channel by the same name as their website. These three resources are and have been very helpful to me, and I hope that you guys will find them helpful as well. Always learning, Meghan
  13. Wow! Your site is really professional. I'm not an expert, but I think that you will attract a lot of clients with the services you offer. Good luck to you.
  14. Thanks, Susan. I am not great with graphic design or anything of the sort. However, I was able to follow along with the GIMP training videos. They will really help you to feel your way around, and design what you like. Good luck!
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