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About TaylorMadeVA

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    Writing! Business, and business owners - I love to hear stories about VA's who are living their ideal lives as a result of owning/operating their VA practices. Email me if you're up for this!

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  1. Thanks, Tawnya! I'm sure there are lots of us around here, but we're not all that easy to find! A mention in the Weekender Report would be great. Bonnie
  2. Hi, I just started an Edmonton area VA Meetup group for VAs in the Edmonton and surrounding areas. We used to get together for lunch a few times a year informally, but haven't done this for a couple of years, and I miss it! If you're in the Edmonton area (including Sherwood Park, Ardrossan, St. Albert, Fort Saskatchewan, Spruce Grove, Leduc, Beaumont, etc.) please come and join in. We will probably get together on a monthly basis for lunch or coffee, and get to know each other, share some ideas, etc. The Meetup Group is here: http://www.meetup.com/Edmonton-Area-Virtual-Assistants/. The Meetup planned for today didn't happen due to road conditions so our first Meetup will likely happen in April. If you are not living in the Edmonton area but planning to visit, let us know and maybe some of us can meet you while you're here. Warmly, Bonnie Taylor Made Time
  3. Thanks, Dianna! I'll pass this info along - but I think the person has found an alternative now. Bonnie
  4. Does anyone know if there is a way to manage an entire email account from a phone - not a cell phone, just a regular landline. Capability would have to include having each incoming email converted to a voicemail and sent to the phone number - or the capability to dial in to the email account. From there, would have to be able to have a voicemail message converted to an email message, and sent. Would also need capability to delete received and sent emails. Is this even possible? Bonnie Taylor Wachowicz www.taylormadetime.com
  5. Costco has QB software on sale this week - I think until December 2, 2007, but check their site for details. Bonnie
  6. Hi Tracy, Your language is a bit confusing when I read your post. It is difficult to tell if you are an employee or a contractor - and I strongly suggest that you check with the provincial laws in Alberta and NS to make sure that you actually fit the definition of contractor. If you are receiving a salary rather than fees, and the entity that pays that salary is dictating your pay rate, hours of work, vacation time, sick time, etc., you may actually be classified as an employee - which means that the "employer" must pay all the associated employer/employee taxes, workman's compensation, Canada Pension, Employment Insurance, etc. - and withhold associated taxes when paying you. A contractor generally provides a contract to the client, states the fees to be paid and when they are to be paid, is responsible for paying their own taxes, has more say/control over how the work is to be done, and generally (though not always) works for more than one client. The tax man also takes into account how many other clients you have as a contractor, and whether you are actively marketing your business. There are a lot of things they consider, so rather than basing your information on this comment, it's best to talk to an accountant or lawyer - or check the government website. Check into it - you will avoid any unpleasant surprises later. Bonnie
  7. Tawny, how very like you to tie all you do for us here into your bigger dreams. As you bring your own dreams to life (like working with Oprah) you bring all of us along with you. Who else would have thought to include a place for us in your Oprah Adventure? How can Oprah not want to meet you? You are such a huge support for all the VA's in this forum, and you have definitely brought the VA profession out into the open! You rock! Bonnie
  8. I hope this is the right place to post this information! I am excited about being one of the sponsors for the Brad Sugars "Billionaire in Training" event in Edmonton on September 13, and I have complimentary tickets to give away. If anyone is located near Edmonton and wants to attend, please visit the Taylor Made Time website to get the special code for your ticket. it would be great to meet some of you there, so if you decide to go please let me know - maybe we can arrange to meet for a coffee before or after! Brad is also doing this seminar in Red Deer, but if my registration code doesn't work to get you into that session please let me know. The attachment has more information about the event and about Brad Sugars. I have sent this code out to lots of people, so if you want to go, click fast! It's a limited number of tickets. See you there? Bonnie 20070821BIT.pdf
  9. Thank you for your ideas! I found a beautiful blank journal with fairies printed throughout and inspirational thoughts written on each page. When I saw it, I thought "Oh cool, I can give her a fairy tale book to go with her fairy tale life!" (she really does understand the idea of attraction and abundance). On the first page I wrote a short dedication to my friend and her family. On the next few pages I wrote a fairy tale. The fairy tale features Ogopogo, her "pen pal" friend Nessie from Loch Ness, and their friend Ping who travels back and forth and shares her adventures with both. In the fairy tale, they make up new languages so they can understand each other. I also included a list of the links you have given me, printed on a scroll and wrapped with ribbon, entitled "Ping's Picks of Things To Do and Where To Go". When I gave it to my friend, I said it was an interactive gift and that she and her family should carry on where I left off. It's up to them to write the next chapters of their fairy tale lives, they are their own authors, just as we all are. Thank you for helping me to give a gift that truly came from my heart, used my imagination, and provided the proof to my friend that she truly has helped me find my voice. I would not have been brave enough to give my fairy tale writing away before she came into my life. Bonnie
  10. Great links and ideas! Thanks! Any other ideas?? The Okanagan has got to be one of the greatest places to vacation - they will have a blast living there! Bonnie
  11. Hi Janet, If I was your client, I would expect to provide you with clear instructions about the work I need to have done, and to answer questions so you have what you need to do the work. Does she expect you to do work she doesn't know how to do? If she does, will she pay you for the time you spend researching what you need to learn, and then the time you spend on learning how to do the work? Will she provide you with the name of the person/people who can help you get up to speed? If I was in your place, I would call the client and clarify exactly what it is that she needs to have done; who I need to contact to learn how to do the work in the manner she is accustomed to having it done; and clear expectations of the time it will take for me to be up to speed with what she needs. If you completed your interviews and have a contract in place, you probably have some of that information already. If you do not have a contract yet - STOP! Get the contract and work details clarified before you go further. It's always exciting to start work with a new client, but neither of you will enjoy working together if there are a lot of missing details that prevent you from doing good work. Good luck!! Bonnie
  12. I have a friend who is moving to Kelowna, and I've been trying to come up with an original idea as a moving gift. She currently lives in Alberta, is married and they have two young daughters. I thought it would be fun to give them a list of 101 things to do in Kelowna (and area) - things that are adult oriented as well as kids/family oriented would be great. Challenge #1: I don't know Kelowna that well, and picking things off websites is not the same as hearing about those things from someone who has been there, done that. Challenge #2: I want to have the gift ready for this Saturday (no pressure!). Can anyone help? If you know Kelowna and have experienced activities that are available there, please send me as much detailed information as possible so I can compile it for them. Website links would also be good. I plan to put put the ideas into a scrapbook of some kind, with lots of space for them to add mementos or comments or stories about their experiences with each activity. I also considered doing this in an electronic format, because of the time constraints. Any other ideas would be welcome too! They are an active family who truly enjoy life and new experiences. THANKS!! Bonnie
  13. Cindy, you could also try doing a Google search for greenhouses in Brandon. Sometimes florists are a bit limited on plants, but they will have lots of cut arrangements. Greenhouses would have plants for indoors or outdoors so the recipient could choose what is most appropriate for the new home. Bonnie
  14. Hi Mary, Does your potential client already have bookkeeping software? If yes, you probably will have an easier time if you use what he uses. Bonnie
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