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About JanineGregor

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    Tampa Bay
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    Swimming, boating, writing, walking, zumba, yoga and entertaining. I love art and my walls are filled with prints and paintings of all kinds. Owner of a labradoodle and 3 cats, all rescues. Oh, and I am the Mom to an obnoxious teenage. ;)

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  1. Hello, When a new VA starts with a Client, what do you think the VA should have to 'hit the ground running'? Passwords, URLs...what else to make the transition smooth? Thank you! Janine
  2. VAs save their clients time and money. If a client is not doing a service that took them away from doing a higher level service then their VA is saving them money and giving them time to do the higher-revenue work, for example. What are some services that you have provided for your clients that have saved them money? I'm interested to know the specific services.
  3. Hi Elizabeth, Welcome to this fantastic site! You have come to the right place for encouragement, advice and VA resources. As a VA matchmaker, I can tell you that the QB Online Pro adviser certification is going to be so valuable for you! I receive bookkeeping requests consistently and QB Online Pro is in great demand. When you are certified, do send me an email as I will connect you with another VA who needs this service on her team. In the meantime, I encourage you to start slowly with marketing your business. Do what is most comfortable. Are you on FB? if so, create a FB business page and start posting there. Use the icon in your signature and draw people in with value-centered posts. Also, here on VA Networking there are people who need advice in bookkeeping so do peruse the site and help others out. I found that just being helpful opened up new relationships that helped to grow my business. Post back here with questions. Tawnya and her fabulous VA, Danielle offer great direction and focus. Check out Tawyna's programs here. She offers great free videos to help you get started. I look forward to hearing about your journey and chatting with you again. Best, Janine
  4. Welcome!! You will love it here! Everyone is so helpful and you are correct, there is so much valuable information and it is beautifully curated by the Tawnya and Danielle. Jump right in and ask as many questions as you need! We're here to help! Best, Janine
  5. Hi Tisha, Welcome to the Forums! You have come to the right place for all things VA and support! Here are some great freebies to get you started: https://www.vanetworking.com/free-stuff/ Virtual Assistant Networking Forum #VAforum Kick Start Your VA Business eBook Virtual Assistant Start Up Checklist The Hourly Pricing FORMULA Worksheet Marketing Graphics for Social Media VIDEO (1 Hour) How to Become a VA Plus Top 10 Resources VIP Notice to our FREE Training Webinars Market Leading News for the Virtual Assistant Industry Best, Janine
  6. Thank you for this resource, Tawnya and so beautifully laid out step by step. Janine
  7. I use Calendly and I upgraded to the Pro version. So far it has worked out well and the support has been quick and prompt when I have needed it. Janine
  8. Welcome Jacqui! How has business been since you last posted here? Do you have any questions or comments? There is so much wonderful information here. I am still exploring all the tools and resources. Looking forward to learning more about you and your business. Janine
  9. Welcome to VANetworking! You will love it there! There is so much support and the content by Tawnya is phenomenal. Feel free to jump back in and ask any questions. We are all happy to help! Janine
  10. Hello VAs! I am putting together a list of most commonly asked questions of a VA. I'll start the list with the most common question I am asked: How much does a VA cost? I'd like to hear what questions you respond to. Thank you! Janine
  11. Welcome to VANetworking! You are in a remarkable space for all things virtual assistant. I know a little about Project Management certification as I place PMs with clients for my own matchmaking business. Those that have a PM certification are in high demand. But what you will want to know is how to manage a virtual project, which typically can include a product launch. If you work with online coaches, speakers or authors who launch books, products and services, you will need to oversee the projects and know (if you don't know already) about email sequences, affiliate marketing and creating lead magnets for entrepreneurs. I only say this because I have PMs that come to me from being in the corporate world not realizing that the online world can be different. If you want to work virtually so you can retire and travel well, consider getting a PM certification from educators who understand what online projects will require. Best, Janine
  12. Hi Laura, I got a 'kick' out of your avatar and had to double-take! Such great advice here on this forum! Danielle's suggestion to view Tawnya's tips video is a terrific. There is so much value in the trainings Tawyna offers here. Make sure you are signed onto her email list so you can be notified of upcoming trainings. She also offers coaching so I do recommend connecting with her as this service is invaluable. I would say that the most important to tip I can give you is to reach out as often as you can to others in the virtual business. Offer value to the discussions and begin to establish yourself as an expert. VAnetworking is a great place to check in often and then carve out 15 minutes to check out LinkedIn. Facebook and other discussions as well. People will find you and you can begin to gain a online reputation that can secure future work opportunities. Best, Janine
  13. Hi Jess, My thoughts on LinkedIn profiles have changed this past year. While profiles have typically looked very much like a resume, I have found that the opposite is what attracts people to work with a VA on LinkedIn. I have found that people want to see themselves in the profile and less about your bio. And while offering your skills and a description of what you do, they really want to hear "what's in it for them". I find that the most effective profiles are those that use 'what if statements'. So 'what if you could have a website that could convert visitors to customers?' Or, 'what if you wanted to set up an email sequence where you send customized emails to users who opt-in for separate avenues of interests, well, I can do that'. My suggestion is to think about what it is that you do and how you can solve that problem for people who come to your profile. And then create a profile of a few short paragraphs that has a call-to-action directing people to a free gift or a download on your website to capture email addresses that you can nurse into leading people into a phone call with you. I believe these types of LinkedIn profiles are the most effective and then leave the bio for an About Us page on your website. Tawnya offers great advice as well to add a CTA and a freebie. Best to you, Janine
  14. Welcome Debra to VANetworking! There is so much to learn here and the people are so helpful! Please post back if you have any questions. Janine
  15. Jason, Also remember that you are the business owner and you set your own policies and procedures. Explain you want payment up front for X amount of time or to meet a certain goal. Explain that you require 24 hours turn around time for questions and any updates in your contract. I would also consider taking a deposit in addition to payment up front. That way if you go over the job, you can be paid for the work you did. And don't be afraid to say 'no' to people who disrespect your time and value. Janine
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