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About aholton

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  1. Hi all! I've been kicking myself in the butt for the past few months trying to decide if I wanted to start a blog or not. I've written a few posts and have them scheduled to start posting in June but I'm getting cold feet. I'm not 100% sure that I'll be fully committed to keeping a decent flow of posts going. So I'm wondering, has anyone made posts via LinkedIn? To what extent could I turn that into a makeshift blog, for lack of a better term? In my mind, LinkedIn is 95% professional and 4.9% personal (0.01% other). So for a post about why I got started in the VA world (which includes my freedom from obligatory pants-wearing), I can't really envision sharing that on LinkedIn. Any input on that? Or confusion? I tend to ramble. ~Aiyana
  2. I would definitely say to pay for your own hosting. It helps to have backend access when something goes wrong. My step-dad has been with GoDaddy for years and he's committed to them. I'm using Arvixe right now but they recently had an ownership change and now I'm having all types of problems, so I won't suggest them. I'm currently considering moving to Site5 once my year runs out with Arvixe. Summary: Definitely go with paying for your own hosting. Best of luck
  3. Thanks to both of you. I went ahead and watched Tawnya's webinar about it too. I think that's definitely something I'll be looking into soon.
  4. Welcome to VA Networking and welcome to PA. If you get the chance, go see a play at YLT (York Little Theatre). They're great. I did a show there once. Enjoy the forum! - Aiyana
  5. Hey all! I finally finished my website and am trying to get back to being active in forums and my LinkedIn groups. Now that I'm done with my website (which you can find here), I'm considering starting a blog. I definitely know it's good for establishing a presence and gaining traction in this industry. Problem is I have no idea where to start. Do people still do a typical "Hey look, this is who I am" type of first post? I drafted an idea with four reasons why I decided to become a VA. Any input/ideas you guys can give would be super. That goes for the website too. Much thanks in advance Aiyana
  6. Hi Johnnie! Welcome to VA Networking. Tawnya basically gave you the full starter kit. All I want to add is that I started out in music. Vocal performances and music education were my goal and magically I'm a VA. Only been a year but I absolutely love it. If you commit to setting things up and finding your own unique set of skills, you'll know within the first three months tops whether or not you want to stick with it. The internet's a big place and you'd be surprised how much people are willing to outsource virtually. Best of luck to you. Aiyana
  7. Upwork is actually oDesk. They had a big rebranding, same site, different name. And yes, they are the ones that did a merge with Elance. They actually had a big change to their policy a few months back (I assume as a precursor to the rebranding) where they created a bottom line rate ($3) so that overseas VAs couldn't underbid and luck out. They also did some changes on the client end to prevent spam job postings and things along those lines. It's gotten a lot better and now it's much more freelancer-friendly as far as gaining contracts.
  8. I like it a lot actually. It got a little messy with the name change and the whole Elance merge that's still going on, but I think it's a perfect start to venturing into self employment. I played around on Elance and Guru too, but Upwork is my favorite most definitely.
  9. Hi all I'm Aiyana. I attended the webinar from this past Thursday and I had to sign up for the forum. It was an awesome webinar and there were plenty of lovely personalities attending. I've been a VA full time since the start of 2015, and I'm hoping I make this my lifetime career. I started out freelancing via Upwork (formerly oDesk) and started to build my own website recently. I haven't officially stepped away from Upwork just yet, but aiyanaholton.com is starting to finally come together, so that may happen by the start of 2016. Anyway, I'm excited to meet you guys and hopefully learn some things from everyone, share client stories and experiences, etc. Looking forward to any future conversations. Best Aiyana H.
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