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  1. Nice one Kathy, thanks for sharing this! By the way, I would much rather read something with some personality than something that is 'word perfect'
  2. I find it interesting that they are described in the report as a "local company". They may well have an office in Lexington but they are based in Bermuda and who knows where your stuff will come from - I had something come from the Netherlands once. Who knows what tax laws they're trying to dodge! Anyway, I've voiced my opinion about VistaPrint more than once. I still think that this is possibly a US issue only, we certainly don't get that screen at the end of checkout and I've never had any issues with extra charges etc.
  3. Yvonne, I have the same issue. I currently use Facebook more as a personal tool rather than business but I've been reading up on using it for business. I'm interested to know how to manage this as well, so if you have any tips on that Sally, that would be great. For the record, I have never thrown a sheep, water balloon etc at Candy - or anyone else for that matter
  4. Candy, this is a great idea and a great resource. I would tell you that the first 2min video is great but I wouldn't have expected anything less from you
  5. Good on you Dana, I know all your hard work will be worth it and I'm sure you will have them lined up out the door! Congrats
  6. Oh, so I don't need my first tax return either? Or those letters from the principal from my first year of high school telling me what a great student I was? When you're done with your paperwork, we've got a stack of plastic boxes you can go through - I'll even be kind enough to do our filing cabinet first
  7. So the RSI in my right index finger was worth it? Congrats to you Tawnya and all your volunteers here at VANA that make this place so click-worthy!
  8. Congratulations and good on you Cyndi! I hope you are as proud of yourself as we all are!
  9. I would agree with making sure this is in your contract - both for you in the future if you don't already have it in there and for anyone else who is reading this! Mine specifically states that any disputes will be governed by the laws of South Australia, not just Australia, which also makes it easier for me if any problems arise with interstate clients if the state laws clash. You would have a good chance of going after the client in this case because of the positive emails that you've received, the fact that they are using the website as you designed it etc. In the meantime, good luck with the legal process for this dispute and I hope you can get your subpoena sorted. LJ
  10. Yvonne, I think that's more like a "hat trick + 1" - you even got a list of your services published for free, how good is that?! Congratulations, hope there are more articles to come for you. LJ
  11. I don't want to get into this topic too heavily, since I'm not Canadian, but this is true for our Australian system. I don't currently charge GST but I'm planning to register for it and once I do, I believe I can't charge GST to anyone but Australian clients. Because of this, I have set up different subcontracting rates/offers to VAs in countries other than my own. This was something I thought about and worked into my figures before I took on any subcontracting work. LJ
  12. No, I think you'll be staying off the couch... fixing your customer list by the looks of things! LJ
  13. I finally got the courage to submit my press release! I have submitted it to a number of places online and will be emailing it out this morning to some print publications, including the local newspapers. I had to cut a few bits out for some places online, you can see the slightly condensed version here: http://www.free-press-release.com/news/print-1203337078.html ----------------------------------------------- PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release For more information contact: Levi J. Scarman Owner/Virtual Assistant VA flex P.O. Box 3489 Port Adelaide, SA, 5015, Australia Phone: +61 408 488 930 Fax: +61 8 8121 8501 Email: levi@vaflex.com Web: www.vaflex.com Virtual Assistance Considers Impact On Environment Modern technology means win-win for all Port Adelaide, SA – 18 February 2008 Many small business owners and entrepreneurs are wondering what they can do to address their environmental concerns. Cutting back on traditional staffing and turning instead to Virtual Assistance reduces the impact small businesses have on the environment. After working in office administration for over ten years, Levi J. Scarman, owner of Port Adelaide area Virtual Assistance business VA flex, took on the mantra, “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.,” and decided to go into business to help streamline office administration for other small business owners and entrepreneurs, while making a positive impact on the environment. "It's vital that I do what I can to preserve the environment for my future children. I want them to have the chance to see the Port River dolphins and want them to know that I did what I could to help protect the world around us. A big part of my decision to work remotely as a Virtual Assistant involved choosing an industry that fits with my personal ethics. The fact that I can have a direct positive impact in regards to the future of the environment was a huge influence in choosing to enter the Virtual Assistance industry," Scarman states. He adds, "My office is set up to minimise its carbon footprint. I do as much as I can to reduce my impact on our environment by reusing products, using recycled materials where possible and participating in local recycling programs, and particularly by working electronically as much as I can. Any emissions I can't eliminate I am offsetting through Climate Friendly, which invests in renewable energy projects." Working remotely, typically from home offices, Virtual Assistants are able to reduce their environmental impact through less travel, smaller offices and less paper waste. Scarman says it is important to him to be mindful about how he works, how it affects the environment, and continually educates himself about his impact on the environment. "I utilise natural light, and at times when artificial light is necessary I use energy efficient lighting. I use compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), which the Australian Greenhouse Office says reduce up to 75% of greenhouse gas emissions and running costs. I participate in Lights Off Australia and Earth Hour to help educate my clients, and I try to use the least amount of electricity as possible," Scarman says. "Having worked in traditional settings, I've seen how much waste offices can produce, particularly with paper. A lot of people think it's beyond their control, but it can be as simple as switching to recycled paper and saving 13 trees for every tonne of paper you use," he adds. Working with a Virtual Assistant instead of using a traditional in-house employee gives small business owners and entrepreneurs the opportunity to contribute positively to the future of the environment. Virtual Assistants use one, usually smaller, office to support a number of businesses rather than one larger office for each business, and they use much less paper by working electronically. Fuel for private transport is the biggest generator of greenhouse gases for most Australian households (Australian Greenhouse Office, 2007), and working from a home office enables Virtual Assistants industry to have a substantial positive impact on travel. By eliminating almost all work-related travel, Virtual Assistants can substantially decrease the six tonnes of transport-related greenhouse gas produced by the average Australian household each year. Virtual Assistance is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to hiring traditional employees as a way for small business owners and entrepreneurs to save themselves time, money and office space. Virtual Assistants provide administrative, creative and technical services as independent contractors from their own office space. Levi J. Scarman is a Virtual Assistant based in the Port Adelaide area, SA, Australia, who works globally and specialises in designing marketing materials and graphics for small business, as well as writing and editing services. His business website is http://www.vaflex.com ###
  14. This is fantastic for both of you, congratulations on finally seeing the article in print! LJ
  15. Thanks for the feedback so far, I'm working on the headline...! LJ
  16. I wrote a press release a while back and the consensus seemed to be splitting it in two and going for both angles separately. I've finally gotten around to actually writing the one I really wanted to do, and would appreciate any feedback from those of you who have the time or inclination! It's going to be sent to two local newspapers as well as places like G etc - still researching the list. ------------- Virtual Assistance addressing environmental concerns for small business Positive effect on the environment means win-win for all concerned Port Adelaide, SA – Many small business owners and entrepreneurs are wondering what they can do to address their environmental concerns. Cutting back on traditional staffing and turning instead to Virtual Assistance reduces the impact small businesses have on the environment. After working in office administration for over ten years, Levi Scarman, owner of Port Adelaide area Virtual Assistance business VA flex, took on a new mantra, “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.,” and decided to go into business to help streamline office administration for other small business owners and entrepreneurs, while making a positive impact on the environment. “It's vital that I do what I can to preserve the environment for my future children. I want them to have the chance to see the Port River dolphins and want them to know that I did what I could to help protect the world around us. A big part of my decision to work remotely as a Virtual Assistant involved choosing an industry that fitted with my personal ethics. The fact that I can have a direct positive impact in regards to the future of the environment was a huge influence in choosing to enter the Virtual Assistance industry,” Scarman states. He adds, “My office is set up to minimise its carbon footprint. I do as much as I can to reduce my impact on our environment by reusing products, using recycled materials where possible and participating in local recycling programs, and particularly by working electronically as much as I can.” Working remotely, typically from home offices, Virtual Assistants are able to reduce their environmental impact through less travel, smaller offices and less paper wastage. Scarman says it is important to him to be mindful about how he works, how it affects the environment, and continually educates himself about his impact on the environment. “I utilise natural light, and at times when artificial light is necessary I use energy efficient lighting. I use compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), which the Australian Greenhouse Office says reduce up to 75% of greenhouse gas emissions and running costs. I participate in Lights Off Australia, and I try to use the least amount of electricity as possible,” Scarman says. “Having worked in traditional settings, I've seen how much wastage offices can produce, particularly with paper. A lot of people think it's beyond their control, but it can be as simple as switching to recycled paper and saving 13 trees for every tonne of paper you use,” he adds. Working with a Virtual Assistant instead of using a traditional in-house employee gives small business owners and entrepreneurs the opportunity to contribute positively to the future of the environment. Virtual Assistants use one, usually smaller, office to support a number of businesses rather than one larger office for each business, and they use much less paper by working electronically. Fuel for private transport is the biggest generator of greenhouse gases for most Australian households (Australian Greenhouse Office, 2007), and working from a home office enables Virtual Assistants industry to have a substantial positive impact on travel. By eliminating almost all work-related travel, Virtual Assistants can substantially decrease the six tonnes of transport-related greenhouse gas produced by the average Australian household each year. Virtual Assistance is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to hiring traditional employees as a way for small business owners and entrepreneurs to save themselves time, money and office space. Virtual Assistants provide administrative, creative and technical services as independent contractors from their own office space. Levi Scarman is a Virtual Assistant based in the Port Adelaide area, SA, Australia, who works globally and specialises in designing marketing materials and graphics for small business, and writing and editing services. His business website is http://www.vaflex.com ###
  17. That's fantastic news Kathie, can't wait until Australia Day to see if you win! Congratulations and thank you for all the hard work and energy you have put into the industry over the years. LJ
  18. You need to go to the VAinsider section and find the current login information. http://www.mediamage.com/cvaforum/index.php?showtopic=10603 LJ
  19. Hi Sharon This actually helps a great deal. I was thinking when reading it back that it seems a bit too 'empty' on both angles and was wondering if I should break it into two different press releases. I think I might think about this over the weekend and come back to it Monday to do some research into the environmental angle. Thanks for your input, and I may well contact you offlist! LJ
  20. Hi, Levi. Great release. I have just a couple of suggestions for you. 1, The first is strictly a personal response, in that I react emotionally to any claim to be "the answer" to large-scale problems. Just quirky, I guess. Maybe 'an effective answer', rather than the answer. 2, The wording here is a little awkward. Maybe 'Working remotely, most from home offices, Virtual' would be a little beter. 3. Last, 'its' is possessive. Add the ' to show a contraction for it is vital. Great release, and I love tying in the environmental impact. I hope you get a great response. Martha Thanks for your feedback, Martha. 1. I understand where you are coming from on this, I think I'm going to change the headline to "Virtual Assistance addressing financial and environmental concerns for small business" and change the second sentence to "Cutting back on traditional staffing and turning instead to Virtual Assistance could address many of these concerns." 2. I am changing this sentence to Leanne's suggestion above, "Working remotely, typically from home offices, Virtual Assistants ..." 3. Totally missed this one! Thanks again for your feedback, much appreciated LJ
  21. Thanks Leanne, I am going to go with your suggestion on that sentence! LJ
  22. Its been about 15 years since I worked in the media so feedback is appreciated before I go and make a fool of myself! Its written for two newspapers - one is a local area free newspaper, the other is a statewide publication; both are owned by the same company LJ EDIT: I'm making changes as they're suggested... PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release For more information contact: Levi J. Scarman VA flex P.O. Box 3489, Port Adelaide, SA, 5015, Australia Phone: +61 408 488 930 Fax: +61 8 8121 8501 Email: levi@vaflex.com Web: www.vaflex.com Virtual Assistance addressing financial and environmental concerns for small business Port Adelaide, SA – Small business is a big part of the South Australian way of life, and looking into the future many small business owners and entrepreneurs see financial and environmental concerns. Cutting back on traditional staffing and turning instead to Virtual Assistance could address many of these concerns. Virtual Assistance is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to hiring traditional employees as a way for small business owners and entrepreneurs to save themselves time, money and office space. Virtual Assistants provide administrative, creative and technical services as independent contractors from their own office space. Virtual Assistance also reduces costs for small businesses by providing services on demand as independent contractors rather than working as a traditional employee, saving employers many employee related costs. After working in office administration for over ten years Levi Scarman, owner of Port Adelaide area Virtual Assistance business VA flex, decided to go into business in order to help streamline office administration for other small business owners and entrepreneurs, as well as individuals requiring services on demand. “Small business is all about building relationships; building relationships with clients is mutually beneficial. I've always had an interest in helping others and Virtual Assistance gives me the opportunity to do what I love at the same time. Its very satisfying to know that you are helping other small businesses succeed,” Scarman says. Working remotely, typically from home offices, Virtual Assistants are able to reduce their environmental impact through less travel, smaller offices and less paper wastage. Scarman says it is important to him to be mindful about how he works and how it affects the environment. “I do as much as I can to reduce my impact on our environment by using recycled materials where possible, participating in local recycling programs and working electronically as much as I can. I also use energy efficient lighting and participate in Lights Off Australia,” says Scarman. “It's vital that I do what I can to preserve the environment for my future children. I want them to have the chance to see the Port River dolphins and want them to know that I did what I could to help protect the world around us,” he adds. Levi Scarman is a Virtual Assistant based in the Port Adelaide area, SA, Australia, who works globally and specialises in designing marketing materials for small business, and writing and editing services. His business website is http://www.vaflex.com ###
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